Steve McKnight

Steve McKnight

Department: Political Science
Office: Home Office

Areas of Interest: Community Planning, Public Administration, Natural Disasters, Social Equity

Research Interests: Community Planning, Public Administration, and how they impact Community Resilience

Steve is a Ph.D. student in Public Administration and Public Policy with concentrations in Community Planning and Public Administration. He holds a Masters' Degree in Public Service Administration and a Bachelors' Degree in Political Science, both from Texas A&M University. Steve has worked in government at both the county and state level prior to enrolling at Auburn. During his time at Texas A&M University, Steve was part of a team that worked directly with the Texas Attorney General's Office to help produce educational materials for victims of domestic minor sex trafficking. As a Brazos County employee, Steve helped write and revise the policy handbook of the Sheriff's Office. Steve also spent time as a volunteer first responder with Texas Search and Rescue, a state-wide NGO focused on emergency response and relief. Currently, Steve's research is focused on how government actors can more effectively and equitably build resilience in their communities. He is currently working under the direction of Dr. Michelle Worosz on the Future of Farming Project, a co-disciplinary effort to disseminate climate-smart technology in Alabama farming communities.

"I am excited about working with scientists from other disciplines in the pursuit of safer and more resilient communities! The collection of expertise within the ranks of the NRT is expansive and I feel very lucky to be able to tap into that wealth of knowledge."

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