Area of Expertise
public management and accountability, government reform, contracting, network service delivery, state agencies, local government, nonprofit agencies
Dean of the School of Public Affairs, Barbara Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, and the Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Building upon her research on formal accountability, her recent work focuses on informal accountability in collaborative network settings. Romzek is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. She has served on the governing boards for the Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration; she currently serves on the Board of the Public Management Research Association. Prior to joining American University she held various academic leadership positions at the University of Kansas, including department chairperson, associate dean for social and behavioral sciences, interim dean of arts and sciences, and interim senior vice provost.