Douglas M. Ihrke


Office: Alumni House, Room 381
Phone: (414) 229-4732
e-mail: dihrke@uwm.edu


Ph.D., Northern Illinois University, 1996.
M.P.A., General Administration, Northern Michigan University, 1992.
Bachelor of Civil Engineering-Transportation, University of Minnesota, 1990.

Research Interests:

Dr. Ihrke teaches in the Department of Political Science, the Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, and in UWM's interdisciplinary Urban Studies program. After receiving a Bachelor of Civil Engineering degree from the University of Minnesota, he worked as an engineering technician before pursuing an MPA degree at Northern Michigan University (NMU). Professor Ihrke also worked in municipal government in Michigan for two years. At Northern Illinois University, his doctoral studies focused on public administration, public policy, and urban studies.

Professor Ihrke has written on American bureaucratic institutions and politics, with special emphasis on public employee attitudes and behaviors. He also has written on various local government issues including city council/administrator relations and managerial innovation. He has published articles in journals such as Public Personnel Management, Public Administration Quarterly, Public Productivity and Management Review, and the Journal of Management History. Future research will more fully explore the nature of urban communities.

Dr. Ihrke teaches undergraduate courses in urban politics, public policy, public administration and American Government. He also teaches graduate courses on organization theory and public personnel administration in the Master of Public Administration (MPA) Program as well as courses on bureaucracy, and urban public policy and social institutions in the Urban Studies Programs.

Master of Public Administration Program:

Students interested in the MPA program at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee should contact either Dennis Hatch (Programs and Internships Coordinator) at (414) 229-6810, Berthina Joseph (Program Assistant) at (414) 229-4209, or John Bohte (MPA Director) at (414) 229-4328.

Courses Taught:

PolSci 104: Introduction to American Government
PolSci 210: American Public Policy
PolSci 470: Public Personnel Administration
PolSci 783: Bureaucracy and Organizational Theory
PolSci 958: Governance and Executive Leadership of Nonprofit Organizations - Syllabus (pdf)

Selected Publications:

Caldwell, Dean S. and Douglas M. Ihrke. 1994. "Differentiating Between Burnout and Copout in Organizations," Public Personnel Management. Vol 23, No. 1 (Spring):77-84.

Gabris, Gerald T., Keenan Grenell, Douglas Ihrke, and James Kaatz. 1999. "Managerial Innovation as Affected by Administrative Leadership and Policy Boards." Public Policy and Management Review, Vol 23, No. 2, (Summer):223-249.

Esseks, J. Dixon, Kraft, Stephen E., and Douglas M. Ihrke. 2000. "Policy Lessons from a Quasi-Regulatory Conservation Program." Chapter 10 in Ted L. Napier, Silvana M. Napier, and Jiri Tvrdon (eds.) Soil and Water Conservation Policies and Programs: Successes and Failures. Boco Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Ihrke, Douglas M. "Active and Passive Regulatory Attitudes and Reactions to Psychological Burnout." Forthcoming in the Journal of Health and Human Service Administration.

Hawkins, Brett W., and Douglas M. Ihrke. "Reexamining the Suburban Exploitation Thesis in American Metropolitan Area." Forthcoming in Publius: The Journal of Federalism.