Lydia Quarles, a senior policy analyst at Mississippi State University’s John C. Stennis Institute of Government and assistant professor in the university’s department of political science and public administration, is receiving a national award for advancing the role of women. The American Society for Public Administration recently selected Quarles for the 2012 Joan Fill Bishop Award, a major recognition for women who have helped increase women’s participation in the field, contributed to the public sector and shown innovative leadership.
During her career, Quarles has worked as an attorney and a judge. From 1993-2001, she was an administrative law judge with the Mississippi Worker’s Compensation Commission, where she also served a six-year term as a commissioner. She continues to practice law in-state and operates a consulting business.
Since joining the Stennis Institute in 2006, Quarles has managed numerous projects and taught graduate-level public administration courses. She also provides research reports and training sessions for the Mississippi Legislature, and is managing editor of the institute’s publication, “Perspectives on Women & Politics.”
Quarles holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communications from the Mississippi University for Women in Columbus and a law degree from Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham, Ala.
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