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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

Photos from 2014 event


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.

Annual Levine Lecture Set for April 9th, 2014

Paul C. Light

Paul C. Light, Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Wagner School, New York University, will deliver this year's Charles H. Levine Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, April 9th at 6:00 p.m. in the Butler Boardroom.

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:

Professor Robert Durant

Previous Speakers


James L. Perry
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Laurence Lynn
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Hal Rainey
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Kenneth Meier

Previous PhD Student Manuscript Award Winners


Michael Hayes


John Marvel and Jaclyn Schede Piatak

Video from 2012 Lecture