Shannon K. Orr, Ph.D.


Director Falcon Food and Resource Community/Falcon Food Pantry

Office Location: 118 Williams Hall




Dr. Shannon Orr research is broadly focused on two areas: stakeholder participation in public policy, and capacity building for non-profit organizations. Her current research is focused specifically on food insecurity and food pantry operations.

She is the author of two books, three book chapters and 18 academic journal articles. She has published research in Policy Studies Journal, State and Local Government Review, American Review of Politics, Journal of Natural Resources Policy, American Journal of Evaluation, Public Opinion Quarterly, PS: Political Science and Politics, International Journal of Politics and Ethics and State Politics and Policy Quarterly among others.

Her teaching is heavily focused on community engagement. In her graduate public administration classes she has led more than 150 community based client projects, working for a diverse range of community partners including the Toledo Symphony, the City of Bowling Green, NASA, the Glass City Marathon, Ronald McDonald House, the National Park Service and more. She has won a number of awards for her teaching, at both the University and state level.


Fields of Study

  • Food Insecurity
  • Environmental Policy (climate change, protected lands, sustainable development, Asian Carp)
  • Global Policymaking
  • Program Evaluation


  • 2005 Ph.D. in Political Science  Wayne State University:  Detroit, Michigan
    Major Area:  Public Policy Minor Areas: Comparative Politics, Public Administration
    Dissertation:  “Organized Interests and International Climate Change Policy”
  • 1998 M.A. in Political Studies/International Development  University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario
  • 1996 B.A. (Hons.) in Political Studies Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario

Selected Publications


Staci Zavattaro and Shannon K. Orr (eds.) Reflections on Academic Lives: Identities, Struggles, and Triumphs in Graduate School and Beyond. Palgrave Macmillan.  ISBN-10: 113760008X (2017)

Shannon K. Orr Environmental Policymaking and Stakeholder Collaboration: Theory and Practice CRC Group - Taylor and Francis Press – American Society of Public Administration Book Series in Public Administration and Public Policy. ISBN-10: 1482206382 (2014)

Peer-Review Journal Articles

Orr, Shannon. 2021 “Stakeholders and Invasive Asian Carp in the Great Lakes” Case Studies in the Environment” 5(3)

Orr, Shannon K. and Caitlin Buhr “ International Negotiations and State Interests: A Green Climate Fund Simulation.” Journal of Political Science Education  DOI: 10.1080/15512169.2019.1579652

Orr, Shannon K. 2016.  “Institutional Control and Climate Change Activism at COP 21 in Paris.” Global Environmental Politics. 16(3):  pp. 23-20.


Recent Awards and Honors

  • 2022 Case Studies in the Environment Best Case Study 2021
  • 2021 Ohio Campus Compact David Hoch Memorial Award for Excellence in Service 
  • 2019 Faculty Senate Award for Community Engagement

Selected Grants

  • 2021 Responses to Food Insecurity in a Pandemic:  Public Administration Challenges and Opportunities – American Political Science Association Centennial Center Research Grant
  • 2011 American Political Science Association Research Grant to study civil society engagement within United Nations Summits.  
  • 2009 Faculty Mentoring Award BGSU
  • 2009 Canadian Embassy Faculty Enrichment Grant ($6000 CDN$) to travel to Ottawa and Toronto to do background research for summer online course on Comparative Public Administration.
  • 2007 Canadian Embassy Faculty Research Grant Program ($12,500) to travel to Banff National Park (Banff, Alberta, Canada) to do field interviews and archival research.
  • 2006 Faculty Mentoring Award BGSU ($3000) to prepare Canadian Embassy grant proposal on Banff National Park
  • 2004 APSA Graduate Student Travel Grant  

Selected Presentations

  • Shannon Orr “Campus Food Pantries: Addressing Food Insecurity Through the Direct Provision of Food” presented at Just Food: It’s Never Just Food – Association for the Study of Food and Society (Virtual). June 9-15, 2021.
  • Shannon Orr “Municipal Charters: Public Service and Community Development” presented at the Midwest Political Science Association Annual Convention (virtual) April 2021
  • Shannon Orr and Natalie Orslene “Challenges and Opportunities of Operating a Campus Food Pantry:  A National Survey” presented at Universities Fighting World Hunger Summit, Virtual (March 26, 2021)
  • Shannon Orr “Full of Carp: Asian Carp and the Threat to the Great Lakes” Midwest Political Science Association Annual Convention, Chicago, Illinois. (Cancelled due to COVID19).
  • Shannon Orr “Full of Carp: Technology and Asian Carp in the Great Lakes” presented at the Prairie Political Science Association (Canada), Banff, AB, September 2019

Falcon Food and Resource Community/Falcon Food Pantry

As the Director of the Falcon Food and Resource Community (FFRC) Dr. Orr oversees the Falcon Food Pantry and BGSU Community Garden. The FFRC brings together teaching, research and service in food insecurity, while also providing free groceries and hygiene products to students/staff/faculty at BGSU in need.

Recent Courses Taught

Undergraduate Courses

  • Global Sustainable Development
  • Nonprofit Administration
  • International Organizations

Graduate Courses

  • Public Administration Problems and Issues
  • Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation
  • MPA Capstone
  • Reserach Methods

Updated: 04/30/2024 02:43PM