L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Anthony Starke

Anthony Starke

Assistant Professor

Scherer Hall, Room 315 Phone: (804) 827-7313 Email: starkeam@vcu.edu


-Race and Public Policy 
-Public Administration Theory 
-Social Equity 


B.S., Psychology, Old Dominion University

B.S., Human Services, Old Dominion University

PBACC, Nonprofit Management, Virginia Commonwealth University

M.P.A., Old Dominion University 

PhD, Public Administration, University of Nebraska 


Dr. Starke is Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Virginia Commonwealth University's L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs. Professor Starke's research includes specific interests in vulnerable and oppressed populations, public service education, and liberation. Prior to returning to the Wilder School as a faculty member, Professor Starke was an Assistant Professor at the University of Colorado Denver's School of Public Affairs. Professionally, Dr. Starke worked as a human services practitioner and qualified mental health professional engaging with  public, private, and nonprofit service providers. A native of Hanover County, VA, his greatest accomplishment to date is being a proud and doting uncle to several amazing humans.


Professor Starke's work broadly focuses on issues of democracy, identity, citizenship, and social equity. In addition to several book chapters and technical reports, he has published in Public Administration Review, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Journal of Public Affairs Education, Public Integrity, Journal of Social Equity and Public Administration, State and Local Government Review, Metropolitan Universities Journal, and Journal of Community Engagement and Higher Education. 


Dr. Starke has served terms as member and Secretary of the Public Administration Theory Network board of directors, Conference of Minority Public Administrators Region IV Representative, and ASPA Section on Democracy and Social Justice Secretary. 


Dr. Starke is the recipient of several professional awards and academic honors including VCU Wilder Graduate Scholars Fellow (2014), ASPA Founders' Fellow (2014) and International Young Scholar (2016), Engagement Scholarship Consortium Engaged Scholar Awardee (2016), PAT-Net Fellow (2017), and University of Nebraska Presidential Graduate Fellow (2018). An accomplished instructor and faculty colleague, Professor Starke received NASPAA's Social Justice Curriculum Award (2020), CU Denver's School of Public Affairs Excellence in Teaching (2021) and Excellence in Leadership and Service (2022) Awards for Tenure/Tenure-Track faculty. He is the inaugural recipient of ASPA's Section on Democracy and Social Justice Best Dissertation Award (2020).