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Zach Huitink

Zach Huitink

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Zach Huitink

Assistant Teaching Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Senior Research Associate, Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Design and Governance

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., Syracuse University, 2017


Zach Huitink's research interests focus on areas of national defense, homeland security and veterans’ affairs. Work to date has focused on defense acquisition and contracting practices; public-private partnerships in homeland security and cybersecurity; veterans’ employment, skill building and human capital management; and implementation of organizational change in large public sector enterprises.

Huitink has a successful track record of obtaining extramural funding and working with public, private, nonprofit and university research clients. Huitink has taught master's degree level courses in public administration and national security, and is currently teaching in the ExecutiveMPA@Syracuse program, including coursework on public management and policy topics.

He has extensive training in economics, organization theory, national security and research methodology. He earned a Ph.D. from the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School, with concentrations in organization theory, public management and international security. Huitink previously served as the inaugural D'Aniello Family Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University, and an externally-affiliated researcher in the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C.

Areas of Expertise

Acquisition and government contracting, public-private partnerships, human capital management, policy implementation.