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Eddie French

Dr. P. Edward French

Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Phone: (662) 325-2711
Email: efrench@pspa.msstate.edu

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Dr. P. Edward (Eddie) French

Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Phone: (662) 325-2711
Email: efrench@pspa.msstate.edu



Dr. French is the Department Head of Political Science & Public Administration and holds the rank of Professor. In his research and teaching, he specializes in human resource management and politics of state & local governments. He served as the Executive Director of The Stennis Institute of Government; Director of the M.A., M.P.P.A., and Ph.D. programs in the department of Political Science & Public Administration; and Stennis Scholar prior to becoming Department Head.

Currently, he is an Associate Editor for Public Administration Review, and serves on the Editorial Boards of Review of Public Personnel Administration, Public Personnel Management, and Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. He is former Editor-in-Chief of Public Personnel Management, and former Associate Editor for Review of Public Personnel Administration. He is also a former Board member of State and Local Government Review and Journal of Public Administration and Policy Research.

He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University, a Master's in Education Administration from The University of Virginia, a Master's in City Management from East Tennessee State University, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from The University of Tennessee. Dr. French has authored or co-authored numerous refereed journal articles, books, and book chapters focusing mainly on human resource management, local government administration, and public policy issues. This research has appeared in several notable academic journals including: American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration Review, Public Integrity, Public Performance and Management Review, Public Personnel Management, Review of Public Personnel Administration, State and Local Government Review, as well as others.

Dr. French is recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Scholarship Award from the American Society for Public Administration, Section on Personnel and Labor Relations, in recognition of outstanding scholarship in public human resource management throughout a career of research. He also has been honored with the MSU Dean's Eminent Scholar Award, MSU President’s Faculty Diversity Award, the Arts and Sciences Researcher of the Year, the Arts and Sciences Researcher of the Month, and Political Science / Public Administration students have also voted him the outstanding graduate professor on four different occasions (2009, 2011, 2013, and 2016). He is the President elect for The Southeastern Conference for Public Administration, and former President of the Mississippi ASPA chapter. Prior to entering academia, he was a local government manager in Virginia. On a personal note, he has been married to Amy H. French for over 30 years. Their daughter, Amanda, and son-in-law, Michael, are both graduates of Mississippi State University.



Contact Info

Department of Political Science
and Public Administration
Department Phone: 662.325.2711
Department Fax: 662.325.2716
Mailing Address: P. O. Box PC
Mississippi State University, MS 39762
Department Office: 105 Bowen Hall
Email address:polscipubadm@pspa.msstate.edu