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Recent Faculty Books

Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices, & Opportunities

Edited by Robert Durant & Jennifer Durant

Informed by a "5 R" framework (reconceptualizing purpose, redefining rationality, recapitalizing human assets, reengaging resources, and revitalizing democratic constitutionalism), this book is a 'one stop shop' for cross-disciplinary, cross-sectoral, and cross-professional exchanges on the challenges, choices, and opportunities facing public administrators today. About Durant

Public Program Evaluation: A Statistical Guide

Laura Langbein

Far more than a cookbook of statistical techniques, the book begins with the overall context for successful program evaluations and carefully explains the statistical methods that correspond to each evaluation design. Langbein then presents a variety of approaches to program analysis and advises readers on how to select the mix of methods most appropriate for the evaluation at hand. About Langbein

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The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy

Edited by Robert Durant 

One of the major dilemmas facing the administrative state in the United States today is discerning how best to harness for public purposes the dynamism of markets, the passion and commitment of nonprofit and volunteer organizations, and the public-interest-oriented expertise of the career civil service. This book affords readers an uncommon overview and integration of this eclectic body of knowledge as adduced by many of its most respected researchers. About Durant

Space and the American Imagination

Howard McCurdy

This book examines the role that imagination and popular culture played in the formulation of national space policy that eventually sent Apollo astronauts to the moon in 1969. About McCurdy

Handbook on Multi-level Governance

Henrik Enderlein, Sonja Wälti, & Michael Zurin

This accessible handbook presents a thorough review of the wide-ranging literature, encompassing various theoretical and conceptual approaches to multi-level governance and their application to policy-making in domestic, regional and global contexts. About Wälti

Recent Journal Articles


Anna Amirkhanyan

  • Closer than "arm's length": Understanding the factors influencing the development of collaborative contracting relationships, American Review of Public Administration (with H. Kim & Kristina Lambright)

Robert Durant

  • The Paradox of Administrative Reform: American Progressivism, Corporate Capitalism, and the 'Compensatory State,' Public Organization Review (with Susannah Bruns Ali)
  • Repositioning Public Administration to Engage Citizens? The New Governance, Civic Society, and the Disarticulated State, Public Administration Review (with Susannah Bruns Ali)
  • 'Wicked' Policy Problems, New Governance Models, and the Triumph of the 'New Associationalism' in the Post-Obama Era, The Public Interest
  • Stem Cell Research, Regulatory Regimes, and Citizens’ ‘Calculus of Consent’ in the European Union, Public Organization Review (with Jerome S. Legge)

Lewis Faulk

  • 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)
  • Matching solutions to problems: An oversight system for nanotechnology, Jurimetrics

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
  • The causal effect of commute time on labor supply: Evidence from a natural experiment involving substitute teachers. Transportation Research: Policy & Practice.

Bradley Hardy

  • Decomposing Rising Income Volatility: The 'Wild Ride' at the Top and Bottom. Economic Inquiry (with James Ziliak)
  • Black Female Earnings and Income Volatility, The Review of Black Political Economy

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)
  • 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

  • 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
  • Health reform and child health: Progress, cautions, and future directions, Child Development Perspectives

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)

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

  • Federal law against age and disability discrimination meets the dignity of the states: The Supreme Court, states' sovereign immunity, and judicial review, Review of Public Personnel Administration
  • Coproducing 'Clean' Collaborative Governance: Examples from the United States and China, Public Performance and Management Review (with Ting Gong)
  • Reflections on public administrative theory and separation of powers, American Review of Public Administration
  • How Can a "Real American" Love OSHA? John A. Rohr's Audacious Project to Legitimate the U.S. Administrative State. Administrative Theory & Praxis (with Helena Rene)

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)
  • Holding Health Providers in Developing Countries Accountable to Consumers: A Synthesis of Relevant Scholarship, Health Policy and Planning (with David Berlan)
  • 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)
  • Crowding Out Public Service Motivation? Comparing Theoretical Expectations with Empirical Findings on the Influence of Performance-Related Pay, Review of Public Personnel Administration

Recent Faculty Honors

Anna Amirkhanyan

Awarded funding as part of the 2012 School of Public Affairs Scholars Program for "An exploratory study of contractor advocacy in human service contracts"

Robert Durant

Received the 2013 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

Lewis Faulk

Awarded the 2012 Gabriel Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation from the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action for the dissertation “Nonprofit and Foundation Behavior in Competitive Markets for Grants”

Daniel Fiorino

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

Seth Gershenson

Received funding from the Spencer Foundation for research on teacher quality, student attendance, and student achievement using administrative data from North Carolina schools

Received funding from the American Educational Research Association for his project (with Alison Jacknowitz), "Linking teacher quality, student attendance, and student achievement: Evidence from the ECLS-K"

Bradley Hardy

Delivered an invited talk at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, Moving the African-American Community from Poverty to Prosperity.

Appointed to the Executive Board of the National Economic Association

Alison Jacknowitz

Received funding from the University of Kentucky Center on Poverty Research Program on Child Hunger, for "Food Insecurity across the First Five Years: Triggers of Onset and Exit" (with Taryn Morrissey)

Jocelyn Johnston

Elected Program Chair of the Public Administration section of the American Political Science Association

Article selected for inclusion in the collection of exemplary articles celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory

Patrick Malone

Delivered invited lecture for the 7th Annual Oklahoma Governor’s Executive Development Program, Oklahoma State University, July 31, 2012.

Delivered invited lecture, “Constitutional Foundations and the Public Administration Infrastructure,” for the Republic of Vietnam Ministry of Finance, August 1, 2012.

Taryn Morrissey

On research leave during 2013 to serve as Senior Advisor to the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy in the Office of Human Services Policy, Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

David Pitts

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

David Rosenbloom

Testified before the Task Force on Government Performance, U.S. Senate Committee on Budget, May 2013

Jeremy Shiffman

Received funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for research investigating policy impacts of global health policy networks on alcohol, tobacco, pneumonia, tuberculosis, maternal survival and newborn survival

Awarded funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation for a project with Rachel Sullivan Robinson, "Managing the politics of adolescent sexuality education in Nigeria and Mississippi"

Ed Stazyk

Awarded funding as part of the School of Public Affairs Scholars program for "A new goal ambiguity taxonomy: Examining the psychological effects of political support and goal ambiguity"

Board Member, International Research Society for Public Management, Appointed April 2012

Sonja Walti

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

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

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

Edmund Stazyk

Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory