Aaron Deslatte joined O’Neill as an assistant professor in 2019 and directs the Metropolitan Governance and Management Transitions (MGMT) Laboratory. His research focuses on the roles that public managers play in enhancing economic, environmental and social sustainability at the local and metropolitan level, with the goal of building cumulative knowledge which can help local governments advance sustainable economic and community development.
Deslatte previously taught at Northern Illinois University and is a faculty affiliate with the IU Environmental Resilience Institute and the Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop. He also spent many years as a journalist covering politics and government in Missouri, Kansas, Arkansas, and Florida, including a term as the Tallahassee Bureau Chief at the Orlando Sentinel.
He earned his Ph.D. in public administration from Florida State University. He also earned two master’s degrees from Florida State, including his MPA and M.S. in political science. His undergraduate degree is from Missouri Southern State University.