School of Public, Nonprofit and Health Administration

Davia Downey

Davia Downey (aka Prof D) is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration.

Professor Downey teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in local politics, public policy and public administration. She has authored and co-authored journal articles, book reviews and book chapters. Her most recent publication, “Civic Culture in Ottawa: The Endurance of Local Culture, co-authored with Laura A. Reese and Raymond Rosenfeld can be seen in Comparative Civic Culture published by Ashgate Publishing in 2012.

Professor Downey is active in the American Society of Public Administration, and has served as a board member for the Capital Area chapter for over three years. she is also a member of the Urban Affairs Association, the American Political Science Association, the Midwest Political Science Association, and the International City/County Managers Association. She was nominated as IFC Professor of the Month at GVSU during her second semester at GVSU and currently serves as the faculty advisor for Pencils of Promise campus club.

Prior to joining the faculty at GVSU in 2011, Professor Downey served as a research and graduate assistant for the Global Urban Studies Program at Michigan State University.

Professor Downey holds a PhD in political science from Michigan State University (2011), a Masters of Public Administration from Eastern Michigan University (2005) and a BA in music performance from Albion College (1999).

Stuff I’m currently recommending to my friends ... So Much for That, a novel by Lionel Shriver; Kimbra, a musician out of New Zealand, and her album Vows, and the C25K running app by ZenLabs, which made me into a runner which I never thought was possible!

My best advice to students is to ... engage with and connect the work you do in the classroom to the real world every chance you get.

If I were not a professor, I think I would like to ... be a policy wonk for the Urban Institute.

People are surprised to know that I ... sing opera.

At home, I have ... a dentist for a husband, a very curious toddler and two cats.

p class="trivialist"> My favorite pizza toppings are ... black olives, sausage and mushrooms (they have to be REAL mushrooms though, I can’t stand the canned kind!).


office: 242C DeVos Center
phone: 616-331-6681


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