Meghna Sabharwal

Associate Professor and PhD Advisor of Public and Nonprofit Management Program, University of Texas at Dallas

Meghna Sabharwal is a tenured associate professor and a Ph.D. Director at The University of Texas at Dallas in the Public and Nonprofit Management program. Her research expertise lies in public human resource management, specifically related to workplace diversity, job satisfaction, performance, comparative human resource management, and high-skilled immigration. She won the best paper award from ROPPA in 2013 for a co-authored paper titled: "Charting Ethics in Asia-Pacific HRM: Does East Meet West, Ethically?" Meghna is also the recipient of the Julia J. Henderson International Award (2015) by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Section on Women in Public Administration, which recognizes demonstrated commitment to international public administration, in particular, or to international public service. She also won the best article award for the Journal of Public Affairs Education in 2013 titled: "Advancing Underrepresented Populations in the Public Sector: Approaches and practices in the Instructional Pipeline." She won the best graduate and undergraduate professor award in 2017 and 2016 by the Public and Nonprofit Management at the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Sabharwal was awarded the 2016 University of Texas at Dallas Inclusive Excellence and Intercultural Engagement Teaching Award. Awards sponsored by the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at UTD.

Dr. Sabharwal has published over 35 peer-reviewed articles and has presented in over 70 international, national, and regional conferences, and has been invited to over two dozen presentations or talks at national and international professional meetings, seminars, or colloquia. So far she has received two National Science Foundation grants, one in 2013 ($197,189) and the other in 2017 ($217,155). She also received a $5,000 internal Economic Political and Policy Science Advisory grant.

Dr. Sabharwal is the current chair of the Section of Women in Public Administration, the largest and most active ASPA sections. She also serves on the editorial boards of Review of Public Personnel Administration 2017-2020, Journal of Public Affairs Education 2015-2018, Indian Journal of Public Administration - leading journal of Public Administration being published regularly by the Indian Institute of Public Administration, New Delhi, since the early 1960s, and Governance and Management Review research journal by Institute of Administrative Sciences at Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan. She regularly reviews manuscripts for several public administration, public policy, social science and higher education journals.

Dr. Sabharwal received her doctorate in public administration from Arizona State University in 2008. She worked as a postdoctoral research fellow at the City College of New York, City University of New York (CUNY) before joining the faculty at the University of Texas at Dallas in fall 2009.


  • 2009–present
    Associate Professor, University of Texas at Dallas