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Department of Public Administration & Policy

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Recent Faculty Achievements

Refereed Publications


Anna Amirkhanyan

  • The Performance Puzzle: Understanding the Factors Influencing Alternative Dimensions of Performance, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory

Karen Baehler

  • Chinese Social Policy in a Time of Transition, Oxford University Press (co-edited with Doug Besharov)
  • Mission-Extrinsic Public Values as an Extension of Regime Values: Examples from the U.S. and PRC. Administration & Society (with Aviva Liu and David Rosenbloom)

Robert Durant

  • Why Public Service Matters: Public Managers, Public Policy, and Democracy, Palgrave Macmillan
  • Repositioning Public Administration to Engage Citizens? The New Governance, Civic Society, and the Disarticulated State, Public Administration Review (with Susannah Bruns Ali)
  • Taking Time Seriously: Progressivism, the Business-Social Science Nexus, and the Paradox of American Administrative Reform, PS: Political Science & Politics

Lewis Faulk

  • Administrative Growth and Grant Payouts in Nonprofit Foundations: Fulfilling the Public Good amidst Professionalization? Public Administration Review (with Amanda J. Stewart)
  • An Analysis of Gender Pay Disparity in the Nonprofit Sector: An Outcome of Labor Motivation or Gendered Jobs? Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly (with Jasmine McGinnis, Lauren Edwards, and Gregory Lewis)

Daniel Fiorino

  • Implications of policy stability for renewable energy in the United States, Policy Studies Journal (with Jiaqi Liang)

Seth Gershenson

  • Do summer time use gaps vary by socioeconomic status? American Educational Research Journal
  • How do substitute teachers substitute? An empirical study of substitute-teacher labor supply, Economics of Education Review

Bradley Hardy

  • Childhood Income Volatility and Adult Outcomes, Demography
  • Decomposing Rising Income Volatility: The 'Wild Ride' at the Top and Bottom. Economic Inquiry (with James Ziliak)

Alison Jacknowitz

  • The Influences of Local Food Prices on Children's Obesity and Eating Habits, Pediatrics (with Alison Jacknowitz and Katie Vinopal)

Jocelyn Johnston

  • Government Contracts and "Managing the Market": The Implications of Strategic Management Responses to Weak Vendor Competition, Administration & Society (with Amanda Girth)
  • Informal accountability in multisector service delivery collaborations, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (with Barbara Romzek, Robin Kempf, and Jaclyn Schede Piatak)

Laura Langbein

  • Measuring 'Women-Friendly' Public Policy. Journal of Women, Politics, and Policy (with Kimberly Cowell-Meyers)
  • The Shape of Corruption: Colombia as a Case Study, Journal of Development Studies (with Pablo Sanabria)
  • Vive la difference! The effects of workplace diversity on job performance and employee satisfaction, International Public Management Journal (with Ed Stazyk)

Patrick Malone

  • Leading in Ballast Water, Maritime Executive
  • Can Leaders Keep Their Cool While Feeling the Heat? The Public Manager

Robert Marshak

  • The controversy over diagnosis in contemporary organization development, OD Practitioner
  • An introduction to advances in dialogic organization development, OD Practitioner
  • Tao of Change Redux, OD Practitioner

Howard McCurdy

  • Learning from history: Low-cost project innovation in the U.S. National Aeronautics & Space Administration, International Journal of Project Management

Taryn Morrissey

  • The Influences of Local Food Prices on Children's Obesity and Eating Habits, Pediatrics (with Alison Jacknowitz and Katie Vinopal)
  • Multiple child care arrangements and common communicable illnesses in children aged 3 to 54 months, Maternal and Child Health Journal
  • Trajectories of growth in body mass index across childhood: Associations with maternal and paternal employment, Social Science & Medicine

Daniel Mullins

  • Local Property Tax Yields and Burdens: Into the Great Recession and Beyond, State Tax Notes (with John Mikesell)

David Pitts

  • No Solutions, Only Tradeoffs? Evidence about Goal Conflict in Street Level Bureaucracies, Public Administration Review (with William Resh)
  • Differing Effects of Representative Bureaucracy in Charter Schools and Traditional Public Schools, American Review of Public Administration (with Christine Roch)
  • What We Talk about When We Talk about Management Effects: Differences in the Between- and Within-Effects of Public Managerial Quality on Performance, International Journal of Public Administration (with John Marvel)

Barbara Romzek

  • A preliminary theory of informal accountability among network organizational actors, Public Administration Review (with Kelly LeRoux and Jeannette Blackmar)
  • Informal accountability in multisector service delivery collaborations, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (with Kelly LeRoux, Jocelyn Johnston, Robin Kempf, and Jaclyn Schede Piatak)

David Rosenbloom

  • Administrative Law for Public Managers (2nd ed.), Westview Press
  • Federal Service and the Constitution: The Development of the Public Employment Relationship (2nd ed.), Georgetown University Press
  • Public Administration: Understanding Management, Politics, and Law in the Public Sector (8th ed.), McGraw-Hill (with Robert Kravchuk & Richard Clerkin)

Jeremy Shiffman

  • The emergence of global attention to health systems strengthening, Health Policy & Planning (with Tamara Hafner)
  • Family Planning: A Political Issue, The Lancet (with Kathryn Quissell)
  • Generating Political Priority for Neonatal Mortality Reduction in Bangladesh, American Journal of Public Health (with Sharmina Sultana)

Edmund Stazyk

  • Vive la Differénce? The Impact of Diversity on the Turnover Intention of Public Employees and Performance of Public Agencies, International Public Management Journal (with Laura Langbein)
  • Making Ends Meet: How Reinvention Reforms Can Complement Public Service Motivation, Public Administration (with Randall Davis)
  • Developing and Testing a New Goal Taxonomy: Accounting for the Complexity of Ambiguity and Political Support, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (with Randall Davis)

Erdal Tekin

  • Is there a Link between Foreclosure and Health? American Economic Review: Economic Policy (with Janet Currie)
  • The Psychological Costs of War, Journal of Health Economics (with Resul Cesar and Joseph Sabia)
  • Youth Depression and Future Criminal Behavior, Economic Inquiry (with Mark Anderson and Resul Cesar)

Vicky Wilkins

  • Going beyond Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic: The Effects of Teacher Representation on Teen Pregnancy Rates, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (with Danielle Atkins)
  • Where Did You Serve? Veteran Identity, Representative Bureaucracy, and Vocational Rehabilitation, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory (with Daniel Gade)
  • Connectedness and Expectations: How Minority Teachers can Improve Educational Outcomes of Minority Students, Public Management Review (with Danielle Atkins and Angela Fertig)

Honors & Awards


Robert Durant

John Gaus Award for "a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration" from the American Political Science Association, 2013

Lewis Faulk

Gabriel Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, 2012

Daniel Fiorino

Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Fellow in Policy Studies at the Institute for Governance and Policy Studies at Victoria University, Wellington, New Zealand, 2013

Seth Gershenson

Award for Outstanding Teaching, School of Public Affairs, 2014

W.E. Upjohn Institute Early Career Research Grant, 2014

Emerging Education Policy Scholar by the American Enterprise Institute & Thomas B. Fordham Institute, 2014

Bradley Hardy

W.E. Upjohn Institute Early Career Research Grant, 2014

Jocelyn Johnston

Program Chair of the Public Administration section of the American Political Science Association, 2014

Howard McCurdy

John F. Kennedy Astronautics Award for "outstanding contributions to the promotion of the nation's space programs," 2013

David Pitts

Morton Bender Prize for professional achievement since tenure, American University, 2013

External funding, Danish Council for Independent Research, $210,922 (with Anders Villadsen), 2014-16

Barbara Romzek

John Gaus Award for "a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration" from the American Political Science Association, 2014

Ed Stazyk

Douglas Wilder Award for Scholarship in Social Equity & Public Policy Analysis, Social Equity Leadership Conference, 2014

Sonja Walti

Chair of the Research Committee on Comparative Federalism of the International Political Science Association, 2013

Editorial Board Appointments

Anna Amirkhanyan

Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Public Administration Review

Karen Baehler

Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis

Robert Durant

Administration & Society, American Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Management Studies & Research, International Review of Public Administration, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Presidential Studies Quarterly, Public Organization Review

Daniel Fiorino

Public Administration Review

Bradley Hardy

Journal of Policy Analysis & Management

Robert Marshak

Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, Journal of Change Management

Taryn Morrissey

Applied Development Science, Early Childhood Research Quarterly

David Pitts

American Review of Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Personnel Management, Review of Public Personnel Administration

David Rosenbloom

Administration & Society, American Review of Public Administration, International Journal of Org. Theory & Behavior, International Journal of Public Administration, International Review of Public Administration, Journal of Policy Analysis & Management, Public Administration Quarterly, Public Org. Review, Public Performance & Management Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration

Jeremy Shiffman

Global Health Governance Journal, Health Policy & Planning (Section Editor), International Journal of Health Policy & Management

Edmund Stazyk

Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory

Erdal Tekin

IZA Journal of Labor Policy (Associate Editor), IZA World of Labor (Associate Editor), Journal of Population Economics (Co-Editor)

Vicky Wilkins

Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, Public Administration Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration