Laurance Geri


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I’ve been a faculty member at Evergreen since 1994 teaching primarily in the master's program in public administration (MPA). I have taught MPA tribal concentration and many electives including public policy, energy policy, nonprofit management, and international administration. From 2017 to 2022 I was a Curriculum Dean; from 2001 to 2005 I was MPA program director. My research interests include international administration and energy policy. In 2011 I co-authored Energy Policy in the U.S.: Politics, Challenges and Prospects for Change and in 2013 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study energy policy in Chile. Prior to Evergreen, I was a staff director for an agency of the US Department of Agriculture, with responsibility for monitoring agency programs in Latin America and Europe. I have been very involved in the Thurston County nonprofit sector and have served as Board President for United Way of Thurston County and the Child Care Action Council. 


D.P.A., University of Southern California, 1996; M.P.A., Policy Analysis and Evaluation, George Washington University, 1982; B.A., Economics, University of Washington, 1980.

Teaching Style

I aim to bring a spirit of inquiry to my teaching by asking challenging questions at the beginning of a course. My goal is to help students learn to frame their own research questions and develop satisfying answers. By being a co-learner with them I can share their excitement as they gain expertise in a new area. I try to bring energy to the learning process and create a vibrant learning community with each class. 

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