Simon Okoth

Simon Okoth, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Director of Internships

(571) 295-1015

Blanton House, 826 W. Franklin St., Room 319

Office hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Curriculum vitae

Water Rights

Climate Policies

Emergency Response


  • Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • M.P.A., Public Administration, Murray State University
  • Certificate in Community Environmental Studies, Tufts University
  • B.A., Economics, Berea College

Research Interests

  • International water rights
  • Climate, disasters and emergency response
  • Comparative climate policies

Select Publications

  • Okoth, Simon H. The MENA Powers and the Nile Basin Initiative (Palgrave Macmillan, 2021)
  • Okoth, Simon H. Responding to Black Swans: Why Ordinary Citizens Matter (Westbow, 2017)
  • Okoth, Simon H. A Review of State of the Art of Public Administration in Western Academia: Lessons for the Gulf States. Middle Eastern Journal of Public Policy and Administration, 2015
  • Okoth, Simon H. Public Policy Making in the United Arab Emirates. In A. Dawoody (2015), Public Administration and Policy in the Middle East (Springer)
  • Okoth, Simon H. Prosecute and punish: Curbing political and administrative corruption in Kenya. In G.M. Mudacumura & Gotkug Morcol (2013), Challenges to democratic governance in developing countries (Springer)


  • Government and Politics of the Middle East
  • Politics of Developing Nations
  • Public Administration
  • Black Political Thought
  • International Political Economy


  • Black History in the Making, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2020
  • Research Incentive Funding (RIF Grant-$6000) for field studies on Water Rights in Egypt and Ethiopia (Zayed University), 2014
  • Leigh Grosenick Award for Best Doctoral Paper, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2005
  • U.S. Embassy Nairobi/Department of State Leadership Award, 2003
  • Peace Corps Meritorious Cash Award for Initiatives in Gender and Information Technology, 2000