Trent Engbers

Adjunct Instructor
Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Southern Indiana

(812) 855-7980
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  • Ph.D., IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs
  • M.A., University of Maryland, College Park
  • B.S., Xavier University, Cincinnati


Dr. Trent A. Engbers is a former Peace Corp volunteer, an experienced college educator and nonprofit consultant living in Evansville Indiana. His primary appointment is as assistant professor of political science and public administration at the University of Southern Indiana, but has also taught at University of Notre Dame Mendoza College of Business, Indiana University O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, DePaul University School of Public Service and the University of Missouri Truman School of Public Affairs. With over a dozen years’ experience in college education and professional training, Trent is available for training and consultations in organizational development, leadership, nonprofit fundraising and board development. He was a 2015-2016 USI Foundation Award Winner for Excellence in Teaching.

Trent holds degrees from Xavier University, the University of Maryland, University of Missouri and Indiana University. His research on leadership, economic development and civic engagement has been published widely including Social Science Quarterly, Public Administration Review and the Journal of Leadership Education. He lives in Evansville with his wife Kimberly and their four children.

Selected Works

  • Engbers, T. (2016). Comparative Research: An Approach to Teaching Public Administration and Political Science Research Methods. Teaching Public Administration, Currently available online.
  • Engbers, T., Rubin, B. M., & Aubuchon, C. (2016). The Currency of Connections An Analysisof the Urban Economic Impact of Social Capital. Economic Development Quarterly, doi: 0891242416666673.
  • Engbers, T., Thompson, M. & Slaper, T. (2015). Theory and Measurement in Social Capital Research. Social Indicators Research, doi:10.1007/s11205-016-1299-0.
  • Engbers, T. A. (2015). Building community: The characteristics of America’s most civic cities. Journal of Public Affairs, 16(1), 50-56.
  • Fucilla, L & Engbers, T.A. (2015) Sounding Presidential: Framing and political leadership in Presidential speeches. Congress and the Presidency, 42, 1, 50-78.
  • Engbers, T (2013). Politics of Polygamous People: What a Minority Religion Can Tell Us about Religion and Politics in America, Religion and Politics Journal, 2, 373-395.
  • Engbers, T.A. & Fucilla, L. (2012). Transformational Leadership and the Obama Presidency. Social Science Quarterly, 93(5), 1127-1145.
  • Perry, J.L., Engbers, T. A., & Jun, S.Y. (2009). Back to the future? Performance-related pay, empirical research, and the perils of persistence. Public Administration Review, 69, 1, 39-52.
  • Engbers, T. A. (2006). Student Leadership Program Model Revisited. Journal of Leadership Education, 5, 3. 1-4.

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