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Christine ReedChristine M. Reed, Ph.D.

Regents/Foundation Professor
Date of Appointment: 1982

Phone: (402) 554.2864
Fax: (402) 554.2682
Office: CB 115D

Primary Expertise

Public and Administrative Law
Environmental and Animal Law and Ethics


B.A., Connecticut College 1971
M.A., Political Science Brown University 1974
Ph.D., Political Science Brown University 1983

Courses Taught

Foundations of Public Administration (doctoral core seminar)
Public Administration and Democracy
Seminar in Administrative Law
Environmental Policy and Management

Professional Research

Professor Reed's research in environmental policy and ethics during the past year has focused on the public management of wild horses in the U.S. and the Netherlands. Her article in Environmental Values uses the capabilities approach of philosopher, Martha Nussbaum, to assess whether wild horses are likely to flourish in sanctuaries proposed to be set aside for those animals captured during round-ups from herd management areas on federal range lands. Professor Reed has also recently published an article comparing U.S. and Dutch wild horse management practices in the International Journal of Public Administration. She presented a paper on the history of the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range at the Western History Association annual conference in October, 2011 and is writing a book on that topic under a conditional contract with the University of Nevada Press.

Professor Reed is the Principal Investigator of a two-year project funded by the NU Water for Food Institute, examining the potential of collaborative governance in the Platte River Recovery Implementation Program.

Professional Activities

Professor Reed is a member of the Society for Conservation Biology and past chair of two sections of ASPA: the Section on Public Law and Administration and the Section on Environmental and Natural Resource Administration. She has served on the editorial boards of both Public Administration Review and Administrative Theory & Praxis. She previously chaired the College Personnel Committee and serves on the SPA Doctoral Program Committee. Between 1995 and 2000 she was Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, then Associate Vice Chancellor for Research and Dean for Graduate Studies both on an interim basis.

Hobbies & Interests

Professor Reed continues to pursue her life-long passion for horses by owning and riding Belle, her paint mare. She has also attended several wild horse photography workshops at the Pryor Mountain Wild Horse Range, and has exhibited her images at the Omaha Healing Arts Center as part of the annual summer Old Market Gallery Crawl. Her photographs are on her web site: