John Aughenbaugh, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
827 West Franklin Street, Rm 304


B.A., Political Science and History, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
M.A., Political Science, Virginia Tech
Ph.D., Public Administration, Virginia Tech


  • Courses taught: constitutional law; courts and politics; introduction to American government; administrative law; administrative ethics; law and public policy; public policy analysis; human resource management; introduction to public administration; introduction to public policy; political science senior seminar; and constitutional and legal issues of homeland security.
  • Courses developing: On-line introduction to American government; community service version of public policy.


How terrorism exposes a gap in the U.S. constitutional regime; administrative philosophy of retired Supreme Court Justice Byron White; judicialization of public administration management processes, particularly related to reform of public institutions; organizational dynamics of courts and their effect on public administration; and constitutional implications of various economic development policies.


Prior to coming to VCU, Aughenbaugh was an administrator at Virginia Tech, including stints as associate director of Virginia Tech’s Richmond Center and as an economic and community development specialist in the Office of Economic Development. Before these administrative posts, he taught various public law courses in Virginia Tech’s political science department, where he won a number of awards for his teaching.

Aughenbaugh has presented at a number of academic conferences, is frequently asked to lecture about the impact of courts on government administration, has had a number of public law entries published in various academic encyclopedias and is currently working on journal manuscripts related to the federal courts’ impact on the work of bureaucrats, public administration service learning, as well as state research and development tax credit programs.  Aughenbaugh served on the Governor’s Council on Human Resources from 2007 – 2009.  Lastly, Aughenbaugh was VCU’s Coordinator of the Graduate Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (HSEP) program and then chair of the entire HSEP program from October 2010 through May 2012.