Agatha S. Caraballo

Associate Teaching Professor

Public Policy and Administration

Phone: 305.348.1006


Director: Maurice A. Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership


Dr. Caraballo is the Founding Director of the Maurice A. Ferré Institute for Civic Leadership and an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Public Policy and Administration in the Steven J. Green School of International and Public Affairs at Florida International University (FIU). She is also an Affiliate Faculty in the African and African-Diaspora Studies program and Master of Arts in Global Affairs degree program.

She is a Past Chair and former Treasurer of the Section for Women in Public Administration (SWPA) for the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), as well as a past President of the ASPA South Florida Chapter. Presently, Dr. Caraballo serves as the inaugural Director of Teaching for the Black Faculty Association at FIU.

She is proud to have organized numerous professional development events related to public service and leadership, and to be recognized for exceptional teaching, mentorship, and service with several awards. Dr. Caraballo’s honors include a Legacy Miami “40 Under 40” Award, the FIU Top Scholars Award for Dedicated Mentoring, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Service Award, the Donald Stone Service to ASPA Award, and the NASPAA Pi Alpha Alpha Advisor of Excellence Award, among others. Her online classes have received Quality Matters certification, a nationally recognized benchmark for high quality distance education.

Dr. Caraballo holds Ph.D. in Public Affairs and Bachelor of Science in Communication degrees from FIU and an Associate of Arts in Communication from Santa Rosa Junior College in Northern California, where she was raised. Her professional background is in higher education, nonprofits, and leadership development. Dr. Caraballo and her husband, Leonel, are the proud parents of two children.

Areas of Expertise

Online teaching, communications, public affairs, professional development, administration, community relations, economic development, diversity and inclusion, corporate social responsibility, mentoring and advising, civic engagement, and community development