L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



Saltanat Liebert

Saltanat Liebert

Associate professor

Scherer Hall, Room 305 Phone: (804) 828-1874 Email: sliebert@vcu.edu


  • Immigration policy
  • Civil service reform
  • Comparative public administration

Areas of Interest:

  • Immigration policy
  • Civil Service Reform
  • Comparative Public Administration


B.A., English Language and Literature, Kyrgyz State National University, 1998 
M.P.A., Public Administration, Indiana State University, 2000 
Ph.D., Public Administration, American University, 2007


Principles of public administration, public human resource management, immigration and public policy, comparative public administration.


Prior to joining the Wilder School, Dr. Liebert taught at American University in Washington, D.C., and worked for the World Bank, United Nations and the International Organization for Migration in Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Austria and the U.S. She has also served as a consultant on governance, migration and human trafficking issues, working with such institutions as the Protection Project of Johns Hopkins University and the International Research and Exchanges Board. Liebert has been interviewed by media outlets such as Voice of America, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and BBC World Service.

In addition, Dr. Liebert is the Chair of ASPA's Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations (2022-24) and the recipient of the 2020 Julia Juanita Henderson International Award presented by ASPA's Section on Women in Public Administration. 

Select Peer-reviewed Journal Articles

Liebert, Saltanat and David Webber. 2023. “Exploring Religiosity Among Kyrgyz Migrants in the United States,” Problems of Post-Communism, published online in October 2023, doi: 10.1080/10758216.2023.2259581

Novikova, Irina and Saltanat Liebert. 2021. “Citizens’ Perception of Government Responsiveness: Building an Engaged Citizenry” Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration 43(4), pp. 298-316, published online on September 20, 2021. https://doi.org/10.1080/23276665.2021.1966815

Liebert, Saltanat. 2021. “U.S. Immigrant Integration Policy in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic,” Public Administration Review, Vol. 81, No. 6, Viewpoint article, pp. 1197-1203, doi: 10.1111/puar.13331.

Rissler, Grant, Saltanat Liebert, and Brittany Keegan. 2021. “Local Responses to Immigrant Residents in the Age of Trump: Insights on the Space for Action at the Local Level.” State and Local Government Review, published online on December 21, 2020. https://doi.org/10.1177/0160323X20980029

Liebert, Saltanat, 2020. “Deconstructing Immigrant Integration: the Case of Kyrgyz Labor Migrants in the United States,” International Journal of Public Administration, Vol. 43, No. 2, pp. 151-165. 

Liebert, Saltanat, Goerzig, Carolin, Mona H. Siddiqui, 2020. “Integration of Muslim Immigrants in Europe and North America: A Transatlantic Comparison,” Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs, Vol. 40, No. 2, pp. 196-215. 

Baimenov, Alikhan and Saltanat Liebert, 2019. “Governance in the Post-Soviet Era: Challenges and Opportunities,” Public Administration Review, Viewpoint article, Vol. 79, No. 2 (March/April), pp. 281-285.

Liebert, Saltanat. 2014. “Challenges of Reforming the Civil Service in the Post-Soviet Era: The Case of Kyrgyzstan.” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 34(4), pp. 403-420.

Liebert, Saltanat and Carl Ameringer. 2013. “ The Healthcare Safety Net and the Affordable Care Act: Implications for Hispanic Immigrants.” Public Administration Review, Vol. 73, No. 6 (November/December), pp. 810-820.

Liebert, Saltanat. 2010. The role of Informal Institutions in U.S. Immigration Policy Implementation: the Case of Illegal Labor Migration from Kyrgyzstan.” Public Administration Review, Vol. 70, No. 3 (May/June), pp. 390-400.