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Charles H. Levine

Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund & Lecture

The Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund and Lecture in Public Administration and Policy honors the life, scholarly contributions, and public service of one of the most respected public management scholars in these fields, and the first Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University. Read the Appreciation

2017 Event

Rosemary O'Leary

This year's Levine Lecture will be part of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Awards Night which was held on Friday, April 21st, 2017. The lecture was delivered by Rosemary O'Leary.

Rosemary O'Leary was appointed the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the University of Kansas in 2013, following a 24 year career at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University (Phanstiel Distinguished Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership) and the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington (Professor). O'Leary is the author or editor of twelve books and more than 125 articles and book chapters on public management. She was the creator and coordinator of the Minnowbrook III conferences (2008) which assessed the future of public administration around the world. She has won thirteen national research awards and ten teaching awards.

O’Leary is the 2017 recipient of the Routledge Award for “outstanding contribution to public management research”) given by the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM). She was the 2016 recipient of the John Gaus Award (for a “lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration”) given by the American Political Science Association and the 2014 recipient of the Dwight Waldo Award (for “distinguished contributions to the professional literature of public administration and in recognition of a distinguished career as author, educator, and public administrator”), given by the American Society for Public Administration. She is the only person to win three Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration awards for Best Dissertation (1989), Excellence in Teaching (1996) and Distinguished Research (2004).

An elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, O’Leary was a senior Fulbright scholar in Malaysia (1998-99) and in the Philippines (2005-06). In 2014 she was an Ian Axford Public Policy Scholar in New Zealand. From 2003 to 2005 O’Leary was a member of the NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident where she was awarded the NASA Public Service Medal for her efforts.

O’Leary is President-Elect of the Public Management Research Association, taking office in June 2017.

Support the Fund

The Charles H. Levine Fund supports research, travel, and other professional development opportunities for PhD candidates studying public administration and policy in SPA. To make a donation or to learn more about the Levine Endowment Fund, contact:

Daniel Mackeben
202-885-3968
mackeben@american.edu

Previous Speakers

2016
Barry Rabe
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2015
Donald F. Kettl
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2014
Paul C. Light
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2013
James L. Perry
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2012
Laurence Lynn
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2011
Hal Rainey
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2010
Kenneth Meier

PhD Student Manuscript Award Winners

2017
Catherine Bampoky
Beth A. Hawks

2016
Stephen Holt

2015
Matthew Vanderschuere

2014
Christopher Birdsall

2013
Katie Vinopal

2012
Michael Hayes

2011
John Marvel and Jaclyn Schede Piatak

Doctoral Research Fellowship Winners

2017
Fei Wang

2016
Zachary Bauer

About Charles Levine

Charles Levine earned his BA from the University of Connecticut, and master's degrees in both public administration and business administration from Indiana University, where he also earned a doctoral degree in political science. He was a leading champion of the civil service. He was the author or coauthor of nine books, including such classics as Managing Fiscal Stress and The Politics of Retrenchment. He was also widely published in leading journals of public administration and policy, and was known for his seminal works on cutback management in fiscally challenging times.

Before joining the SPA, Dr. Levine taught at Michigan State University, Syracuse University, Cornell University, the University of Kansas (as the first Edward O. Stene Distinguished Professor), and the University of Maryland. Between 1983 and 1987, he also was a member of the senior staff of the Brookings Institution and a Senior Specialist in American National Government and Public Administration with the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress. At the time of his passing, he was also deputy director of the National Commission on the Public Service (also known as the first Volcker Commission). In recognition of Dr. Levine’s stature, the American Society for Public Administration, the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, the Academy of Management, and the International Political Science Association have subsequently established awards in his name.