Portrait of Dana Michael Harsell

Dana Michael Harsell

  • Associate Professor of Political Science and Public Administration, MPA Director, Political Science & Public Adm
    • Public Administration and Public Management, Government Performance, Public Service Provision, Public Arts, State and Local Government

Contact Info

Office Address

Gamble Hall Room 265J
293 Centennial Drive Stop 8379
Grand Forks, ND 58202-8379

Curriculum Vitae


Dana Michael Harsell is an Associate Professor and Director of the Master in Public Administration Program in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration at the University of North Dakota. He teaches courses in state and local government, public administration, the intersection of business and government and the presidency. Dr. Harsell holds a BA in political science and psychology and an MA in political science, both from the University of Montana, and a PhD in political science from Syracuse University. Dana’s research interests include public management and performance, public service provision and arts and culture policy. Harsell is a co-editor of Governing North Dakota and his recent publication, “My Taxes Paid for That?!: or Why the Past is Prologue for Public Arts Funding” appeared in PS: Political Science, 46(1). Harsell was also the recipient of a National Endowment of the Arts, Artworks: Research grant in 2014.

Juried/Refereed Publications
Harsell, Dana Michael, 2013. “My Taxes Paid for That?! Or Why the Past is Prologue in Public Arts Funding.” PS: Political Science & Politics, 46(1): 1-7. http://journals.cambridge.org/repo_A88kYN65

Harsell, Dana Michael & Mark Jendrysik. 2013. “Egalitarian Populism on the High Plains. Or, Why Are There No Parking Meters in North Dakota?.” The Journal of Popular Culture, 46(2)

Harsell, Dana Michael, Christine C Harsell and Robert Wood. (2011) “Expanding Rural Healthcare Services in the Great Plains States through Secure Video Links: A Case Study of Rural Service Delivery.” American Journal of Health Sciences, 2(2): 13-21.

Harsell, Dana Michael and Patrick O’Neill. 2010. “Experiential Learning: Lessons Learned from the UND Business and Government Symposium.” American Journal of Business Education, 3(8):27-33

Harsell, Dana Michael. 2010. “Wikis in the Classroom: Faculty and Student Perspective.” Journal of Political Science Education, 6(3):310-314

Jones, Dale and Dana Michael Harsell. 2007. "Learning to Build Capacity: Applying the GPP Model to Other Governments." In Pursuit of Performance: Management Systems in State and Local Government, edited by Patricia Ingraham. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. 195-211

Andersen, Kristi and Dana Michael Harsell. 2005. "Assessing the Impact of a Quantitative Skills Course for Undergraduates." Journal of Political Science Education 1(1):17-27.


Howe, Neil, and Dana Michael Harsell (eds.). 2013. Governing North Dakota: 2013-2015. Grand Forks: The Bureau of Government Affairs. ISBN 978-0-9796796-9-8

Howe, Neil, Dana Michael Harsell and Robert Wood (eds.). 2011. Governing North Dakota: 2011-2013. Grand Forks: The Bureau of Government Affairs. ISBN 978-0-9796796-8-1

Wood, Robert, Neil Howe and Dana Michael Harsell (eds.). 2009. Governing North Dakota: 2009-2011. Grand Forks: The Bureau of Government Affairs. ISBN 978-0-9796796-6-7         


Harsell, Dana Michael. 2009. “North Dakota”. In Political Encyclopedia of U.S. States and Regions, Vol. II., edited by Donald P. Haider-Markel. Washington D.C., CQ Press. pp. 601-611.                                                                

Other Publications

Harsell, Dana Michael and Robert Wood. 2007. North Dakota Directory of Public Service Provision. Grand Forks: UND Bureau of Governmental Affairs.

Harsell, Dana Michael. 2005. "Working with Career Executives to Manage for Results," in Learning the Ropes: Insights for Political Appointees. Edited by Mark A. Abramson and Paul R. Lawrence. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. Pp. 115-133. Also in, Becoming an Effective Political Executive, 2nd ed., by Judith E. Michaels. 2005. Washington D.C.: The IBM Center for the Business of Government. pp. 34-44.

Jones, Dale and Dana Michael Harsell. 2003. Applying the Government Performance Project Model to Other Governments. In Paths to Performance in State and Local Government: A final Assessment from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. Syracuse University. pp. 187-212.

Harsell, Dana Michael and Dale Jones. 2002. "Managing for Results." In The New Jersey Initiative: Building Management Capacity in New Jersey Municipalities, New Jersey Initiative Final Report. Syracuse University. ISBN 0-9723595-0-8. Report. pp. 131-149.

Harsell, Dana Michael and Dale Jones. 2002. "Managing for Results." In Summary of the New Jersey Initiative: Building Management Capacity in New Jersey Municipalities, New Jersey Initiative Final Report Summary. Syracuse University. ISBN 0-9723595-1-6. Report. pp. 32-36.

Ph.D. Political Science, Syracuse University

M.A. Political Science, University of Montana

B.A. Political Science and Psychology, University of Montana