Laura Prokić

Laura Prokic
Adjunct Lecturer

Laura Prokić holds a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology with minors in Psychology and Philosophy from Willamette University and a Master of Public Administration with a focus in Global Leadership and Management from Portland State University. Her research interests include public leadership, youth political participation and leadership, democratization, civil society, and public administration reform in transitioning democracies. She also has an interest in social research, participatory development, and program/policy evaluation. From 2013-2015 she served as a U.S. Peace Corps Volunteer in The Gambia, where she trained teachers in new teaching methods and helped local youth address their development priorities. From 2016-2019 she managed the local implementation of U.S. State Department youth leadership exchange programs, helping youth from across Africa, the Middle East, South America, Central/Eastern Europe, the South Pacific, and the U.S. gain skills and connections to become community and global leaders.

Education, Degree
BA Cultural Anthropology, Willamette University
MPA with specialization in Global Leadership and Management, Portland State University

Office location
108W, Paramaz Avedisian Building

[email protected]

Office hours
Varies depending on teaching schedule. Also by appointment.

Areas of research and teaching specialization
Public and Community Leadership, Youth Leadership and Political Participation, Public Administration Reform, Democracy and Democratization, Civil Society, Research Methodology

Courses currently taught
PG102 Introduction to Political Inquiry
PG103 Methods of Political Inquiry
CHSS194 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

Research Activities/Projects
Director of AUA Open Center for Leadership and Governance (coming soon)

Lyons, Laura (2018). "The 'Necessary Evil': State and Non-State Sector Interactions in Cuba and Effects on Public Services," Hatfield Graduate Journal of Public Affairs: Vol. 3: Iss. 1, Article 3.