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United States
University of Texas at Dallas
Diversity, Women leadership, Inclusion, Ethics, Job satisfaction, Job productivity, Immigration, high-skilled immigration, Reverse Brain Drain
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About Me

Meghna Sabharwal is an associate professor in the public and nonprofit management program at the University of Texas at Dallas. She received her Ph.D. in public administration in 2008 from Arizona State University and her postdoctoral fellowship from City University of New York.

Her research interests are focused on public human resources management, specifically related to workplace diversity, job satisfaction and productivity, and high-skilled immigration.

She recently published a manuscript in the top journal of her discipline, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. The study examines the issue of “glass cliffs” among women senior executive service members in the federal government. Her research investigates issues of diversity and inclusion in organizations with an aim to enhance performance and improve retention.

She received a three year National Science Foundation grant in 2012 to study is to better understand why some academic scientists and engineers continue to live and work in the US while some return to their home country (a reverse brain drain). The study is developing a theoretical understanding of how the notion of space and place is changing with transnational migration and how the social construction of nationality is being transformed across borders.

She has received two best paper awards in her disciplinary journals. She also has two book publications: Public Personnel Administration and Public Administration in South Asia: India, Bangladesh, and Pakistan. 

Recent Publications

Last 5 years

Moghrabi, Imane-Hijal, Meghna Sabharwal, and Evan M. Berman. “The Importance of Ethics to Organizational Performance in Employment at Will States.” Administration and Society (published online April 16, 2015) (IF: 1.263) doi: 10.1177/0095399715581043

Lee, Young-Joo and Sabharwal, Meghna. 2016. “Education–Job Match, Salary, and Job Satisfaction across the Public, Non-Profit, and For-Profit Sectors: Survey of recent college graduates.” Public Management Review 18(1) 40-64.

Sabharwal, Meghna and Roli Varma. 2015. “Transnational Research Collaboration: Expatriate Indian Scientists and Engineers Connecting with the Peers in India.” East Asian Science, Technology and Society: An International Journal. 9(3), 275-293

Sabharwal, Meghna and Roli Varma. 2015 “Scientific Diaspora: Stay Plans of Indian Faculty in the United States.” Perspectives on Global Development and Technology 14(3) 368-387.

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2015 “From Glass Ceiling to Glass Cliff: Women in Senior Executive Service.” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 25(2) 399-426. (IF 2.175, 5 year IF- 3.192). Number 1 journal in the field of public administration according to the 2014 ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking )

Sabharwal, Meghna, Imane Hijal-Mograbhi, and Marcene Royster. 2014. “Preparing Future Public Servants:  Role of Diversity in Public Administration.” Public Administration Quarterly 38(2).

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2014. “Is diversity management sufficient? Organizational inclusion to further performance.” Public Personnel Management 43(2) 197-217. (IF 0.326) (Google Scholar: 10 citations).

Berman, Evan, Meghna Sabharwal, et al. 2013. “The Impact of Societal Culture on the Use of Performance Strategies in East Asia: Evidence from a comparative survey.” Public Management Review 15(8) 1065-1089.

Sabharwal, Meghna and Iris Geva-May. 2013. “Advancing Underrepresented Populations in the Public Sector: Approaches and practices in the Instructional Pipeline.” Journal of Public Affairs Education 19(4), 657–679. Won the best paper award for 2013 JPAE

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2013. Guest Editor. “Introduction: Immigration and its Impact on Human Capital Development.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis 15(4) 293-296. (IF 0.510)

Sabharwal, Meghna and Qian Hu. 2013. “Participation in University-Based Research Centers: Is it Helping or Hurting Researchers?” Research Policy, 42(6-7): 1301-1311.

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2013. “Comparing Research Productivity Across Disciplines and Career Stages.” Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis, 15(2): 141-163.

West, Jonathan, Loo-See Beh, and Meghna Sabharwal. 2013. “Charting Ethics in Asia-Pacific HRM: Does East Meet West, Ethically?” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 33(2): 185-204. (IF 0.900) Won the best paper award for 2013 ROPPA.

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2013. “Productivity and Leadership Patterns of Female Faculty Members in Public Administration.” The Journal of Public Affairs Education, 19(1): 73-96

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2011. “High-Skilled Immigrants: How Satisfied are Foreign-Born Scientists and Engineers Employed at American Universities?” Review of Public Personnel Administration, 31(2): 143-170.

Sabharwal, Meghna. 2011. “Job Satisfaction Patterns of Scientists and Engineers by Status of Birth.” Research Policy, 40 (6): 853-863.

Media Coverage

National Science Foundation funded study on “Return migration of academic scientists and engineers from the United States to India” was featured on NSF’s Research Highlights page:


Invited talk on “Public Administration in South Asia” at the Jamia Milia Islamia, Department of Political Science, New Delhi, India. October, 2013 was highlighted on Jamia’s website:


Invited Panel Speaker at the 2012 Constructing Civil Society Conference, National Open University, Taipei, Taiwan

(Video: starts at 1:17:52)!


Dr. Sabharwal’s work on return migrants is cited in the article – American Dream is Huge in India by Rachna Rathi in Narratively – an online platform devoted to human stories.


A talk at Indian Institute of Technology – Gandhinagar related to trends in reverse brain drain appeared in The Times of India and several other local newspapers.

Country Focus
India, United States, South Asia

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