Dr. David Blatt Joins OU-Tulsa MPA Program
David Blatt, PhD, has joined the OU-Tulsa faculty as the George Kaiser Family Foundation Endowed Professor of Practice in the Master of Public Administration program.
Dr. Blatt will teach courses in health policy, legislative process and behavior, and poverty and inequality.
The MPA is the preferred graduate degree for a career in public service, enabling the graduates to pursue a multitude of career paths in federal, tribal, state, and local government; and the nonprofit, education and private sectors. The mission of OU’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) program is to equip students with knowledge and skills to adapt to changing public service environments and to work collaboratively to solve problems in the public and nonprofit sectors.
“The MPA program gives students the education they need to transform the world around them,” says Dr. John H. Schumann, OU-Tulsa president. “With Dr. Blatt as a member of faculty, OU-Tulsa students will gain valuable insight into the ways government and policy impact society. His students will benefit from his extensive experience in seeking to address and solve our community’s most intrinsic problems.”
Dr. Blatt comes to OU-Tulsa with more than two decades working in the public policy field. He helped found and served 10 years as executive director of Oklahoma Policy Institute, a state policy think-tank that aims to expand opportunity for all Oklahomans through nonpartisan research, analysis, and advocacy. He has conducted extensive research on a wide range of state policy issues, including:
• The state budget and taxes
• Health care
• Consumer finance
Dr. Blatt was named Political Scientist of the Year by the Oklahoma Political Science Association, Local Social Justice Champion by the Dan Allen Center for Social Justice, and Public Citizen of the Year by the National Association of Social Workers. Dr. Blatt previously served as Director of Public Policy for Community Action Project of Tulsa County, as a budget analyst for the Oklahoma State Senate, and as a Parliamentary Intern for the Canadian House of Commons. He has a Ph.D. in political science from Cornell University (1996), an M.A. from McGill University (1989) and a B.A. from the University of Alberta (1986).
OU-Tulsa offers a wide range of 30+ undergraduate, Master’s, and Doctorate level degrees, as well as graduate certificates. Programs include architecture, engineering, education, nursing, sonography, public health, occupational and physical therapy, human relations, library and information studies, organizational dynamics, public administration, social work, as well as medicine through the OU-TU School of Community Medicine. Since 1957, OU-Tulsa has provided higher education to NE Oklahoma and moved to the 60-acre Schusterman Campus in 1999. For more information, visit www.ou.edu/tulsa.