Dr. Cigler specializes in intergovernmental relations, especially state and local policy, politics, and management, with key interests in intermunicipal and state-local relations, public finance, alternative service delivery, counties, smart growth, emergency management, and general issues of governance. Cigler is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. She received national awards for her intergovernmental research and scholarship and community building for economic development, a Distinguished Alumni Award from Thiel College, Penn State Harrisburg's Excellence in Research Award, and statewide awards from the County Commissioners Association of Pa., the Pa. Women's Commission, and a MS Leadership Award. She was awarded a Legislation Citation for contributions to the Commonwealth and served as a Penn State faculty associate in a legislative research office for 8 years and was twice a Visiting Scholar there. Her published work includes more than 170 articles, including 12 in Public Administration Review; dozens of professional reports; and 9 books/edited collections. Dr. Cigler has delivered more than 215 speeches, workshops and testimony to elected and appointed officials of national, state, and regional organizations, and university audiences. She currently serves on the boards of the Keystone Research Center (Pa.) and the South Central Assembly (Pa.) and on advisory committees for the County Commissioners Association of Pa.; the Association of Pennsylvania Municipal Managers; the Pa. Budget and Policy Center; the Metropolitan Policy Center (University of Pittsburgh); a Pa. legislative Local Government Commission study of mandates; and the National Center for the Study of Counties. She has held numerous leadership positions in public administration organizations and served on fifteen editorial boards.
B.A.; M.A.; Ph.D. (Penn State)