Sabina Schnell

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

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Contact Information

400C Eggers Hall
(315) 443-1282


Ph.D., George Washington University, 2014


Transparency, open government, anti-corruption, good governance, comparative public administration, public sector reform in developing countries, development policy and administration


PAI 705 Research Design for IR Practitioner

PAI 730 Public Administration, Good Governance, and Development 

PAI 756 Policy and administration in developing countries (International Development Policy and Administration) 

PAI 762 International Management and Leadership


Sabina Schnell is assistant professor of public administration and international affairs and faculty research associate at the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC).  She holds a Ph.D. in Public Administration from the George Washington University, a MA in Development Policy from the University of Bremen, Germany, and a BA in International Business from the Academy of Economic Sciences, Bucharest, Romania.  At Maxwell she has taught courses on International Development, Good Governance, International Management, and Research Design for IR Practitioners. Her research focuses on transparency, open-government, anti-corruption and good governance in developing countries. She has published articles in Governance, the American Review of Public Administration, Public Administration and Development, and the International Review of Administrative Sciences. Sabina also has extensive experience as a development practitioner, having worked on policy advisory and public sector reform projects with international organizations such as the German Agency for International Cooperation and the World Bank. 


Peer reviewed articles

Schnell, S., & Jo, S. (2019). Which Countries Have More Open Governments? Assessing Structural Determinants of Openness. The American Review of Public Administration

Schnell, S. (2018). Cheap talk or incredible commitment? (Mis)calculating transparency and anti‐corruption. Governance31(3), 415-430.

Schnell, S. (2018). From information to predictability: transparency on the path to democratic governance. The case of Romania. International Review of Administrative Sciences84(4), 692–710. 

Schnell, S. (2015) Mimicry, Persuasion, or Learning? The Case of Two Transparency and Anti-Corruption Policies in Romania. Public Administration and Development. 35(4), 277–287

Schnell, S. & Saxby, J. (2010). Mobilizing against hunger and poverty: Capacity and change in a Brazilian social mobilization network. Public Administration and Development. 30(1), 38-48. 

Book chapters

Schnell, S. (forthcoming). Transparency assessment in national systems. Ch. 4 in: Paanakker, H., Masters, A.B. & Huberts, L. (Eds.) Quality of Governance: Values and Violations. Palgrave MacMillan

Schnell, S. & Brinkerhoff, D. (2010). Replicability and Scaling Up. In: Helmut Anheier & Stefan Toepler (Eds.) (2010). International Encyclopedia of Civil Society. New York: Springer