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Fengxiu Zhang

Assistant Professor


Fengxiu Zhang is an Assistant Professor in Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. She is also a core faculty member at the Center for Resilient and Sustainable Communities in George Mason University. She received her Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy from Arizona State University in 2020.

Zhang’s research interests include decision making under risk and uncertainty, adaptation and resilience in public organizations and communities, climate adaptation, technology in government and transportation management. Much of her research focuses on integrating the sociopolitical, institutional and behavioral perspectives to advance understanding of public organization and community adaptation to increased risks in the physical and technical environments. Zhang’s research has been published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and TheoryPublic Administration ReviewPublic Management ReviewPublic AdministrationJournal of Environmental Management and selected transportation journals.

Zhang has received multiple awards and recognition for her work, including the 2019 Staats Emerging Scholar at Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affair and Administration (NASPAA), 2019 Digital Governance Junior Scholar in Section on Science & Technology in Government (SSTIG) at American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), 2019 Best Student Paper in Section of Transportation Policy and Transportation (STPA) at ASPA, 2019 Dissertation Completion Fellowship in the Graduate College of Arizona State University as well as 2019 Honorable Mention, William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for her Public Administration Review article.

Areas of Research

  • Organization Adaptation to Extreme Events
  • Climate Adaptation 
  • Community resilience 
  • Decision Making under Risk and Uncertainty
  • Technology in Government 
  • Transportation Management
  • Quantitative Methods