Robert (Sherman) Yehl Portrait

Robert (Sherman) Yehl

Associate Professor

  • PhD
    University of Houston

Dr. Robert (Sherman) Yehl is a “pracademic” and spent over 30-years in a variety of public sector and non-profit positions. Dr. Yehl has served as a street-level bureaucrat to city manager and as a consultant for USAID, including two tours in Iraq in the Local Governance Program. He joined the Political Science Department in 2011 and served as Public Administration Coordinator (2014-2016). He is a Senior Policy Fellow at the VSUs Center for Applied Social Science.

Areas of Concentration:

  • Local Government Differentiation
  • Service Delivery
  • Public Policy


Selected Publications

  •  “Georgia Rural Hospital Districts as “Shadow Governments.” Co-authored with Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham. Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior, 21:2.
  •  “From New Town to New Governance – The Woodlands, Texas.” Co-authored with Dr. James Thurmond. International Journal of Organizational Theory and Behavior 20:3 (2017).
  •  “Hidden Government.” Co-authored with Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham. PM 99:5 (2017).
  •  “On-Site Clinics: A New Model of Health Coverage in Local Government.” Co-authored with Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham in Social, Economic, and Political Perspectives in Public Health. IGI Global
  •  “The Cotton Mill Village Turned City.” Co-authored with Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham in Journal of Urban History 40:5 (2014).
  •  “The Public Cemetery: Meeting Challenges in a Time of Change” co-authored with Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham, The Public Manager 42:4 (2013).
  •  “The Promising Potential of Worksite Health Clinics” co-authored with Dr. Mary Eleanor Wickersham, PM 95:6 (2013).