Shannon Portillo

Shannon Portillo
  • Associate Dean, Academic Affairs

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Regnier Hall 170


Shannon Portillo, Ph.D. serves as associate dean of academic affairs for the University of Kansas Edwards Campus and the School of Professional Studies and as a professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at the University of Kansas. Dr. Portillo’s scholarship explores how formal policies and rules and informal social norms shape the work of public organizations. She is specifically interested in how racism and sexism impact organizations and workers’ experiences both historically and currently. Her work helps scholars and practitioners understand how inequities have been institutionalized in public organizations, including courts, policing, city management, higher education, and the military. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Women’s Foundation, the Army Research Institute, and other entities. Her work has appeared in a broad array of academic and popular outlets, and she is currently working on her second book. Community service is a core value. Dr. Portillo serves as Co-Chair of Governor Laura Kelly’s Commission on Racial Equity and Justice and Chair of the Douglas County Commission.