Sukumar Ganapati

Florida International University

Lecture Information:
  • February 2, 2024
  • 2:00 PM
  • CASE 241

Speaker Bio

Dr. Sukumar Ganapati is a Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration. He joined FIU in 2004. He obtained his Ph.D. in Planning in 2003 from the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California. He served as the Director of the Ph.D. program in Public Affairs for four years from 2013 to 2016. He presently serves as the Chair of American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Science and Technology in Government. Dr. Ganapati’s research focuses on digital and local governance. The research is significant in the rapidly evolving context of digital era. There are five themes in his research: (i) Cybers-security; (ii) Agile government; (iii) Emerging technology applications in public service; (iv) Open government and (v) Local governance. He is the author of about 30 peer reviewed journal articles, 15 book chapters, and four research monographs. His articles have been published in major journals such as Administrative Theory and Praxis, Economic Development Quarterly, Government Information Quarterly, Public Administration Review, Public Performance and Management Review, and others. Dr. S. Ganapati’s total sponsored research as a principal investigator (PI) or Co-PI exceeds $2 million. He is the PI of the National Science Foundation supported “Advanced Cyber Infrastructure Training in Policy Informatics” (Award # 1924154) which is an over $1 million project to conduct research and training on machine learning tools and cyber-security for public policy and administration. The project features a data repository for making local government administrative data available to researchers. He was the PI of the “Cybersecurity Pathway for Public and Nonprofit Organizations. Cyber/IT Pathways Program”, an over $0.6 million project funded by Cyber Florida in 2022-2023. He was Co-PI of another NSF funded project called “Resilient Rural America” that examined recovery after Hurricane Katrina. He has received four rounds of funding support from the IBM Center for the Business of Government to conduct research on adoption of emerging technologies in the public sector. Dr. Ganapati has co-edited special issues of journals and co-chaired conferences. The special issues were in two journals: Information Polity (2000, Issue 2) with the theme “Public Policy and Governance in the Sharing Era” and Journal of Public Affairs Education (JPAE, Spring 2016) on “Information Technology and Public Administration Education.” He was the Program Co-Chair of the 2018 Southeastern Conference on Public Administration held in Birmingham, Alabama. He has co-chaired conference tracks for dgo.2023 (in Gdansk), dgo.2021 (in Omaha), dgo.2018 (in Delft), the IV World Planning Schools Congress (2016, in Rio) and the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning (ACSP). At FIU, Dr. S. Ganapati has taught the following courses: Economic Development and Urban Management, Foundations of Policy Analysis, Smart Governance, Policy Analysis and Program Planning, The Practice of Public Management, Economic Development and Urban Revitalization, IT and E-government, Managing Global Cities, Introduction to Public Administration, among others.


With the fast paced evolution of the digital world (especially AI), algorithmic governance is no longer aspirational, but becoming closer to reality. This talk will focus on the paradox of algorithmic governance: certainty of self-enforcing algorithms, and uncertainty of the human governance. The talk will examine how government technology policies are evolving to accommodate as well as resist algorithmic governance.