Area of Expertise
Presidency: federal executive branch politics and issues; public management issues in federal government; environmental and natural resources policy
Robert F. Durant has published extensively (more than 100 refereed articles, book chapters, and monographs), including articles in leading political science, public administration, and public policy journals. In 2013, he received the John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary research in the joint tradition of public administration and political science. He is the author or coauthor of several books: When Government Regulates Itself: EPA, TVA, and Pollution Control in the 1970s; The Administrative Presidency Revisited: Public Lands, the BLM, and the Reagan Revolution; Managing for the Environment: Understanding the Legal, Organizational, and Policy Challenges; Environmental Governance Reconsidered: Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities; The Greening of the U.S. Military: Environmental Policy, National Security, and Organizational Change; The Oxford Handbook of American Bureaucracy, and Intragovernmental Regulation and the Public Interest: Air Pollution Control in the Tennessee Valley. Durant received the Gladys M. Kammerer Award from the American Political Science Association for the best book published in 1992 on U.S. national policy and the 2000 Best Book Award from the Section on Public and Nonprofit Management of the Academy of Management. He received the Jeffrey Pressman Award from the Policy Studies Organization for the best article published in 1995 in the Policy Studies Review and the 1999 best article award from the American Review of Public Administration. He was recognized by the American Society for Public Administration for lifetime contributions to the research literature on environmental and natural resource policy. He is past president of the Section on Public Administration of the American Political Science Association, and established the Paul A. Volcker Endowment for Public Service Research and Education. In 2002, he was awarded the Charles H. Levine Award from the American Society for Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. The award recognizes public administration faculty for excellence in research, teaching, and service. In 2008, he was awarded the Leslie Whitington Excellence in Teaching Award. In 2011, he was named AU Scholar-Teacher of the Year. He is a member of the National Academy of Public Administration.