The Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration: From Vision to Victory

Keywords: social equity, public administration, history, journal


This article details the genesis of the Journal of Society Equity and Public Administration (JSEPA), the official section journal of the Section of Democracy and Social Justice (SDSJ) of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA). It is written to memorialize and celebrate the victory of JSEPA’s establishment for the generations of scholars and practitioners who will contribute to its success in the years to follow, as well as the readers—students, faculty, and practitioners alike—who will rely upon its findings to provide understanding and direction to solving some of the greatest inequities confronted by government.

Author Biographies

Susan Gooden, L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, Virginia Commonwealth University

Susan T. Gooden (she/her) is dean and professor at the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University. She is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, president of NASPAA, past president of ASPA, and co-founder of JSEPA.

Richard Johnson III, School of Management, University of San Francisco

Richard Greggory Johnson III (he/him) is a tenured Full Professor & Department Chair for the Department of Public and Nonprofit Administration, School of Management, University of San Francisco. Dr. Johnson serves as Chair of the USF Institutional Review Board (IRB).  He is a Social Equity Scholar and co-founder of JSEPA.

Sean McCandless, University of Illinois-Springfield

Sean McCandless, PhD (he/him) works as an assistant professor and DPA associate director at the School of Public Management & Policy, University of Illinois Springfield. He is the immediate past chair of ASPA’s Section on Democracy and Social Justice.


RaJade Berry-James, School of Public and International Affairs, NC State University

RaJade M. Berry-James (she/her) is an elected Fellow of the congressionally chartered National Academy of Public Administration and Vice-Chair of the Standing Panel of Social Equity in Governance. She is Chair of the Faculty and Professor of Public Administration in the School of Public and International Affairs at NC State University.



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Received 2022-03-17
Accepted 2022-05-05
Published 2023-01-03
How to Cite
Gooden, S., Johnson III, R. G., McCandless, S., & Berry-James, R. (2023). The Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration: From Vision to Victory. Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration, 1(1), 1–12.