Patricia Moss Wigfall is a professor of public administration and public policy at North Carolina Central University in Durham, North Carolina. She received a doctorate in political science (specializations in public administration and public policy) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a Master of Arts in labor and industrial relations from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia.
Dr. Wigfall's teaching areas include public management, public policy, organizational theory and behavior, intergovernmental relations, and the politics and demographics of public policy formation. Her research has explored models of leadership, influences on teaching pedagogy, health care disparities at the local level, comparative analyses of ethical accountability in tobacco control intervention in China and the United States; comparative models of government intervention in prevention and cessation of tobacco use among youth in Liberia and the US, demographic influences on access to health care, and behavioral decision making models in smoking.
The author of a book that analyzes contributions of key public administration theorists , Dr. Wigfall has also published articles in several professional journals and a case study text. Her involvement in professional partnerships, conferences and presentations of academic papers at both national and international levels include China, Ghana, Greece, Canada, France, and Great Britain,the latter including experience as a visiting scholar at The Oxford Round Table for Women's Leadership at the University of Oxford in England.
Dr. Wigfall has served as principal investigator and co-investigator of several grant-funded projects in health, academic service learning, and education. She serves on the editorial boards of two international academic journals.
An American Cancer Society demonstration grant provided her the opportunity to found and advise the NCCU Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer (NCCU-CAC), a student-organization now housed in the Department of Public Administration, which sponsors campus and community - wide projects on cancer awareness and health policy. Student participation in NCCU-CAC activities and projects is tied to academic community service and volunteerism.