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Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund & Lecture

Charles H. Levine

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.
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2021 Event

This year's Levine Lecture will be part of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Awards Night, held on Friday, April 30th, 2021. The lecture will be delivered by Donald Moynihan.

Donald Moynihan is the inaugural McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy. His research examines how to improve how government works. He examines the behavioral effects of efforts to improve public sector outcomes through government reform, as well as the administrative burdens people encounter in their interactions with government.

Moynihan has presented his research on public sector performance to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the World Bank, OECD, as well as governments all around the world. His writing and research has been cited in President Obama’s budget proposal and media such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, the New Yorker and other publications.

Prior to joining Georgetown University, Professor Moynihan previously served as the Director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is also a Visiting Professor at the University of Oxford and Aarhus University. He is past president of the Public Management Research Association, and a member of the National Academy of Public Administration.

In 2014, Moynihan was awarded the Kershaw Award, which is provided every two years by Mathematica and the Association of Public Policy and Management to one scholar under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to the study of public policy and management. Journal articles Moynihan has authored have won awards from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management (2002, 2017), the American Review of Public Administration (2003), Public Administration Review (2007), and Public Administration (2013). Public Administration Review also selected two of his articles on leadership and motivation among the 75 most influential papers in its 75-year history. On three occasions, Moynihan has won the American Society for Public Administration Wholey Award for outstanding scholarship on performance in public and nonprofit organizations (2009, 2011, and 2013). His book on performance management won awards from the American Political Science Association and the Academy of Management, and his 2018 book on administrative burdens received awards from from the National Academy of Public Administration, the American Society of Public Administration, and the Academy of Management. In 2011 he won the National Academy of Public Administration award for scholarship in social equity. Moynihan received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from ASPA and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

A native of Ireland, Moynihan completed his bachelor of arts degree in public administration at the University of Limerick, and his master's and Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

Previous Speakers

2018: Carolyn J. Hill

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

2012: Laurence Lynn

2011: Hal Rainey

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 & Jaclyn Schede Piatak

Doctoral Research Fellowship Winners

2017: Fei Wang

2016: Zachary Bauer