RaJade M Berry-James PhD

Associate Professor

  • Email: rmberryj@ncsu.edu
  • Phone: 919-515-5027
  • Address:
    Caldwell Hall 207, Box 8102
    NCSU Campus
    Raleigh, NC 27695
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Dr. RaJade M. Berry-James is an associate professor of public administration in the School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) at NC State University. She is also a consultant in higher education, specializing in assessment and accreditation.

Dr. Berry-James' research and teaching focuses on social equity, program evaluation, and research methods. Her scholarly research has appeared in several outlets, including the Review of Public Personnel Administration, Journal of Black Political Research, Public Performance and Management Review, Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting and Financial Management, and Journal of Public Management and Social Policy. Dr. Berry-James currently serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Public Administration Education (J-PAE), the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy (PMSP) as well as the journal of Public Performance and Management Review (PPMR). In her service to the field, Dr. Berry-James was past-chair of NASPAA's Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA) and past co-chair of the 12th Annual Social Equity Leadership Conference.

Dr. Berry-James received the 2016 Public Service Award from the Conference of Minority Public Administrators as well as the NCSU Chancellor's Creating Community for Outstanding Faculty (2013) and The Sylvester Murray Distinguished Mentor Award (2011). She earned a BS in Business Administration from Rider University, a MPA from Kean University and a PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University (Newark).


Berry-James, R. M., H. White, and Ewoh, A. Talent Development and Management.  New York, NY:Routledge/Taylor & Francis.


Funded Research

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator). North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC. Funded by W. K. Kellogg Foundation for the North Carolina Farm to Early Care and Education (F2ECE) Initiative of $60,000. Evaluation project period: February 2017 – May 31, 2018.

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator). Instructional grant from North Carolina State University Office of Faculty Development to examine student learning outcomes in cultural competence. AY 2016-17: $1,250.

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  External funding to support & supervise Graduate Industrial Traineeship (Melanie L. Riester), SAS Institute, Inc. 8/16/2016 –5/15/2017:$31,352 (PINS 75677)

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  External funding to support Assessing Performance Information Use in Nonprofit Contexts (Claire Fitzgerald), SAS Institute, Inc.  12/21/2015-5/31/2016:$1,515. (PINS 68834)

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator). Seed grant from North Carolina State University Center for Genetic Engineering & Society to conduct a pilot study to explore risk perceptions and cultural attitudes toward genetic engineering among underrepresented faith-based communities in North Carolina. 2014-15: $20,000

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  Institutional funding on a DELTA grant to create a virtual learning lab (DIVERSELab) to train and develop graduate students on primary and secondary issues of diversity and principles of leadership.  North Carolina State University, DELTA.  AY 2012-13: $8,000.

Berry-James, R. M. (Principal Investigator).  Institutional funding on a mini-grant to support a Community Needs Assessment for a Certificate in Cultural Competence.  Grant dollars used for graduate student support.  North Carolina State University, Office for Institutional Equity & Diversity.  January 2012 – June 2012: $3,000.

Berry-James, R. M. Institutional funding from North Carolina State University from The Graduate School and matched by the Office of the CHASS Dean to support graduate student recruitment in the Department of Public Administration. AY 2011-12: $3,750.

Extension and Community Engagement

Conference Co-chair. Amercian Society for Public Administration, Annual Conference, Atlanta GA, March 2017

Board Member, Raleigh-Wake Partnership to End and Prevent Homelessness, 2013-2015.

Co-chair (with Dr. Tracey Ray).  NAPA’s Social Equity Leadership Conference, Globally Engaged, Locally Responsible.  North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC, June 5 -7, 2013.

Chair, 2012-14. National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). Commission on Peer Review and Accreditation (COPRA). ; Member, 2011-2014.  

Community Reviewer, 2011 to present..  North Carolina Department of Public Safety, formerly Department of Correction, Human Subjects Review Committee, 



Gooden, S. T. & R. M. Berry-James. (2018). Why Research Methods Matter: Essential Skills for Decision Making. Leigh, Irvine, CA: Melvin & Leigh.

Peer-reviewed Articles

Ortega, Ramona; Marina, Brenda L. H.; Darwich, Lena Boustani; Rho, Eunju; Rodriquez-Soto, Isa; and Berry-James, Rajade, "The Voices and Choices of Women in the Academy" (2013).  Journal of the International Association for the Study of the Global Achievement Gap. Book 9.  http://digitalcommons.georgiasouthern.edu/jiasgag/9

Ortega, R., G. Plagens, P. Stephens, and R. M. Berry-James.  (March 2012). Mexican American Public Sector Professionals: Perceptions of Affirmative Action Policies and Workplace Discrimination.   Review of Public Personnel Administration32(1), pp. 24-44.

Berry-James, R. M. (2011).  The Face of America: Promises, Directions and Challenges.  In American Government, available at http://americangovernment2.abc-clio.com/.

Brown, S. L. and R. M. Berry-James. (Fall 2008).  Riots and Rebirth: The Role of Policy Sciences in Addressing Disparities in Healthcare.  Endarch: Journal of Black Political Research: Vol. 2008: Iss. 3, Article 3, available at http://digitalcommons.auctr.edu/enda/vol2008/iss3/3

Berry, R.  M.   (December 2005).  Comments on the Case Study - The Problem of Phase IV: A Case Study Analysis of Building a Society in Northern IraqPublic Performance and Management Review, 29 (2), pp. 246-248.  

Berry, R. M. (February 2005). Web Based Survey Research: Lessons from the University of Akron StudyInternational Journal of Public Administration, 28, pp. 1-16. 

Berry, R. M. & R. Ortega-Liston.  (2004). Teaching International Students Using WebCT Technology:  Are there differences between U.S. and foreign-born graduate students?  The International Journal of the Humanities, 2 (2), pp. 1035-1050.

Berry, R. M. (Summer 2004). Affirmation Action in Higher Education: The Costs and Benefits. Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management,  16 (2), pp. 257-276.

Deason-Howell, L. and R. M. Berry. (September 2002).  Citizen’s Abuse and Misuse of the City of Akron’s Emergency and Non-Emergency Phones Lines.  Journal of the American Society of Professional Emergency Planners, 9, pp. 85-96.

Berry, R. M. and L. Deason-Howell.  (Winter 2001).  Implementing Affirmative Action in Higher Education: The Effect of Race and Institutional Factors on Program Efficacy.  Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, 7(2), pp. 1-13.

Berry, R. M.  (June 2000). Ellen’s Dilemma: A Case StudyPublic Productivity & Management Review, 23 (4), pp. 495-498.

Sanchez, J. E., F. Marder, R. Berry, and H. Ross. (Winter 1992). Dropping Out: Hispanic Students, Attrition, and the FamilyCollege & University, 67 (2), pp. 145-150.

Book, Chapters & Reviews

Jameson, J. K., Berry-James, R. M., Daley, D. M., & Coggburn, J. C. (2017, forthcoming).  Effectiveness of Mediation in the State Agency Grievance Process in The Handbook of Mediation: Theory, Research and Practice.  New York, NY:Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Ortega-Liston, R. and Berry-James, R. M. (November 2015). Tasa de universitarios graduados y su relación con la ausencia de administradores hispanos de alto nivel en los estados fronterizos de Arizona, California y Texas. Donald Klingner y Roberto Moreno Espinosa, reds. La Tormenta Perfecta: El tráfico en las drogas ilegales en la zona fronteriza Mexico - Estados Unidos y las administraciones publicas. Tlalpan, Mexico: IAPAS, pp. 226-251  ISBN: 978-607-96906-1-8

Ortega-Liston, R. and Berry-James, R. M. (March 2014).  Critically Low Hispanic College Graduation Rates and Under-Representation in Public Administration in Using the “Narcotrafico” Threat to Build Public Administration Capacity between the US and Mexico.  Eds Roberto Moreno and Donald Klingner.  Boca Raton, FL: Taylor & Francis, pp. 119 - 141. 

Berry-James, R. M. (September 2012).  Private Prisons and Juvenile Facilities in Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry.  Eds. John C. Morris and Byron E. Price.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 199-222.

Berry-James, R. M. (February 2012).  Cultural Competency in Health Care: Standards, Practices and Measures in Cultural Competency for Public Administrators.  Eds. Kristen Norman-Major and Susan T. Gooden.  NY, NY: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 181-196.

Berry-James, R. M. (2010).  Managing Diversity:  Moving Beyond Organizational Conflict in Diversity and Public Administration, 2nd Edition.  Ed. Mitchell F. Rice.  NY, NY: M. E. Sharpe, pp. 61-80.

Berry-James, R. M. (2007).  Teaching Research Methods for the Public Sector: New Approaches in the Discipline.  Book Review of Applied Statistics for Public Policy.   Public Administration Quarterly, 31(1), pp. 121-124. 

Berry, R. M.  (2005). An Office Romance, in D. Olshfski, K. Callahan, and E. Schwella, eds., Global Public Management: Cases and Comments.  Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, pp. 48-51.  

Other Publications

Berry, R. M. (February 2000).  The Reality of Implementing Affirmative ActionPA Times, 23(2), p. 2.

Berry, R. M. (1999). Implementing affirmative action: The critical role of affirmative action officers in higher education. Dissertation Abstracts International, 60-65, 1758A.



  • PhD in Public Administration from Rutgers University - Newark, 1999
  • MPA in Public Administration from Kean University, 1993
  • BS in Business Administration from Rider University, 1987