Executive in Residence
Department of Public Administration and Policy
Additional Positions at AUDirector, Center for Environmental Policy: School of Public Affairs, American University, 2010 to present.
Daniel J. Fiorino is the Director of the Center for Environmental Policy and Executive in Residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University. As a faculty member in the Department of Public Administration and Policy, he teaches courses on environmental policy, energy and climate change, environmental sustainability, and public management.
Dan is the author or co-author of four books and some three dozen articles and book chapters in his field. According to Google Scholar, his work has been cited some 2300 times in the professional literature. His book, The New Environmental Regulation, won the Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for “excellence in public administration literature” in 2007. Altogether his publications have received nine national and international awards from the American Society for Public Administration, Policy Studies Organization, Academy of Management, and NAPA. His most recent refereed journal articles were on the role of sustainability in Public Administration Review (2010); explanations for differences in national environmental performance in Policy Sciences (2011); and technology innovation in renewable energy in Policy Studies Journal (2013). In 2009 he was a Public Policy Scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He also serves as an advisor on environmental and sustainability issues for MDB, Inc., a Washington, DC consulting firm.
Dan joined American University in 2009 after a career at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Among his positions at EPA were the Associate Director of the Office of Policy Analysis, Director of the Waste and Chemicals Policy Division, Senior Advisor to the Assistant Administrator for Policy, and the Director of the National Environmental Performance Track. The Performance Track program was selected as one of the top 50 innovations in American government 2006 and recognized by Administrator Christine Todd Whitman with an EPA Silver Medal in 2002. In 1993, he received EPA’s Lee M. Thomas Award for Management Excellence.
He has appeared on or been quoted in several media outlets: the Daily Beast, Newsweek, Christian Science Monitor, Australian Broadcasting Corporation, Agence France-Presse, and CCTV, on such topics as air quality, climate change, the BP Horizon Oil Spill, carbon trading, EPA, and U.S. environmental and energy politics.
He currently is co-director of a project on “Conceptual Innovations in Environmental Policy” with James Meadowcroft of Carleton University, funded by the Canada Research Council on Social Sciences and the Humanities. He is a member of the Partnership on Technology and the Environment with the Heinz Center, Environmental Defense Fund, Nicholas Institute, EPA, and the Wharton School. He is conducting research on the role of sustainability in policy analysis and the effects of regulatory policy design and implementation on technology innovation. In 2013, he created the William K. Reilly Fund for Environmental Governance and Leadership within the Center for Environmental Policy, working with associates of Mr. Reilly and several corporate and other sponsors. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Dan is co-editor, with Robert Durant, of the Routledge series on “Environmental Sustainability and Public Administration.” He is often is invited to speak to business and academic audiences, most recently as the keynote speaker at a Tel Aviv University conference on environmental regulation in May 2013. In the summer of 2013 he will present lectures and take part in several events as the Sir Frank Holmes Visiting Fellow at Victoria University in New Zealand.
DegreesPhD & MA in Political Science, Johns Hopkins University.
BA in Political Science & Minor in Economics, Youngstown State University
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Honors, Awards, and Fellowships
Dr. Fiorino has received nine national awards for his writing. Most recently, his book The New Environmental Regulation received the Louis Brownlow Award of the National Academy of Public Administration for “excellence in public administration literature.” He also has received best article or best book awards from the Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, Academy of Management, and the Environment and Natural Resources Section of the American Society for Public Administration. Among the awards he received at EPA are the Excellence in Management Award and a Silver Medal for creating and launching the Performance Track program. In 2006, Performance Track was selected by the Kennedy School of Government as one of the top 50 innovations in American government.
The New Environmental Regulation. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2006. Winner of the Louis Brownlow Book Award, National Academy of Public Administration, 2007. Named Best Book in Environmental Management and Policy, American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) for 2006.
Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities (co-editor with Robert F. Durant and Rosemary O’Leary). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2004. Selected as the Best Book in Environmental Management and Policy, ASPA.
Managing for the Environment: Understanding the Legal, Organizational, and Policy Challenges (co-author with Rosemary O’Leary, Robert Durant, and Paul Weiland). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass, 1999. Winner of Best Book Award in the Public and Non-profit Division of the Academy of Management.
Making Environmental Policy. Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1995.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters:
“Explaining National Environmental Performance: Approaches, Evidence, and Implications.” Accepted; in process for publication in Policy Sciences.
“Sustainability as a Conceptual Focus for Public Administration,” Public Administration Review, 70 (2010), pp. S78-88.
“Regulating for the Future: A New Approach for Regulatory Governance,” in Toward Sustainable Communities: Transition and Transformations in Environmental Policy, 2nd ed., Daniel A. Mazmanian and Michael E. Kraft., eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, pp. 63-86.
“Green Clubs: A New Tool for Government?” in Voluntary Programs: A Club Theory Perspective, in Aseem Prakash and Matthew Potoski, eds. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2009, pp. 209-229.
“Environmental Policy as Learning: A New View of an Old Landscape,” Public Administration Review, 61 (2001), pp. 322-334. Winner in 2001 of the Louis Brownlow Award of the American Society for Public Administration.
“Strategies for Regulatory Reform: A Comparison of Forward and Backward Mapping,” Policy Studies Journal, 25 (1997), pp. 249-265. Winner of the Theodore Lowi Award of the Policy Studies Organization for best article in Policy Studies Journal in 1997.
“Can Problems Shape Priorities? The Case of Risk-Based Environmental Planning,” Public Administration Review, 50 (1990), pp. 82-90. Winner in 1990 of the Louis Brownlow Award of the American Society for Public Administration.
“Citizen Participation and Environmental Risk: A Survey of Institutional Mechanisms,” Science, Technology, and Human Values, 15 (1990), pp. 226-243 (Over 500 citations in Google Scholar).
“Technical and Democratic Values in Risk Analysis,” Risk Analysis, 9 (1989), pp. 293-299.
“Rethinking Environmental Regulation: Perspectives on Law and Governance,” Harvard Environmental Law Review, 23 (1999), pp. 441-469.
“Environmental Risk and Democratic Process: A Critical Review,” Columbia Journal of Environmental Law, 14 (1989), pp. 501-547.
Major Policy Reports:
Implementing Sustainability in Federal Agencies: An Early Assessment of President Barack Obama’s Executive Order 13514. IBM Center for the Business of Government. August 2011.
Voluntary Initiatives, Regulation, and Nanotechnology Oversight: Charting a Path. Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Project on Emerging Nanotechnologies, Washington, D.C. November 2010 (www.wilsoncenter.org/nano).
Area of Expertise: Environmental policy and politics, the executive branch, the role of analysis and innovation in policy making
Additional Information: Daniel Fiorino’s teaching, research, and writing focus on environmental policy and politics, the executive branch, and the role of analysis and innovation in policy making. At the Environmental Protection Agency, he held a range of management and analytical positions, including director of the national environmental performance track, associate director of the Office of Policy Analysis, and senior advisor to the assistant administrator for policy and evaluation. Fiorino was also a public policy scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. His articles have appeared in a wide range of policy, law, and social science journals. He has taught at Middlebury College, George Mason University, the University of California’s Washington Public Affairs Center, the University of Pittsburgh, and Johns Hopkins University. Fiorino was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2001. He is director of AU's Center for Environmental Policy. The center's mission is to improve the nation's ability to address environmental challenges through effective governance.
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