Suzanne Leland

UNC Charlotte
Associate Professor of Political Science


Suzanne Leland is an Associate Professor of Political Science at University of North Carolina at Charlotte in the Department of Political Science and Public Administration.  She worked for the Governor's Consolidation Study Commission while earning her Ph.D. at the University of Kansas. She teaches and researches urban politics, state and local government, and intergovernmental relations. She is the co-editor of Case Studies in City-County Consolidation and City-County Consolidation: Promises Made, Promises Kept? with Kurt Thurmaier. Her publications also have appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Budgeting and Finance, American Review of Public Administration, Municipal Finance Journal and other journals


Ph.D. University of Kansas.


Urban politics, state and local government, and intergovernmental relations


    Jan 19, 2012
    When it comes to city-county consolidation, citizens should know that nothing is guaranteed. And some of the commonly held beliefs about consolidation may not, in fact, be accurate. One prime example: Despite fears in Mecklenburg's towns, in many recent city-county consolidations the smaller municipalities in a county weren’t part of the merged body.
    Apr 20, 2011
    “Which is more likely to kill more Americans in the US in the next year, a nuclear meltdown similar to Chernobyl  or a hurricane similar to Katrina?” (Please write down your answer, and then read on…) Catastrophes such as Hurricane Katrina, the 9/11 terrorist attacks, or the earthquake,...
    Jan 06, 2011
    City-County consolidation, when a county and the cities within a county merge to form a single government entity, is the most visible and comprehensive change in the local government structure. With an average passage rate of fifteen percent, and only forty total consolidations in the US, city-county consolidation is an extremely rare event. Yet, during this great recession, many communities such as Charlotte, along with Pittsburgh, Buffalo, and Cleveland continue to entertain the idea in order to improve their economic competitiveness.