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Howard McCurdy Prof Emeritus Department of Public Administration and Policy

PhD, Cornell University
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MA, University of Washington
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BA, University of Washington

Dr. Howard McCurdy is professor of public affairs in the Department of Public Administration and Policy at American University in Washington, D.C. Public management, organization theory, science policy, and financial management are the focus of Professor McCurdy’s teaching and research. An expert on space policy, he recently completed a second edition of his award-winning Space and the American Imagination. A co-authored book on Robots in Space explores the human-machine debate, while Faster, Better, Cheaper provides a critical analysis of cost-cutting initiatives in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. An earlier study of NASA’s organizational culture, Inside NASA, won the 1994 Henry Adams prize for that year’s best history on the federal government. Among his other publications are books on public administration, the space station decision, and the myth of presidential leadership. He is often consulted by the media on public policy issues and has appeared on national news outlets such as the Jim Lehrer News Hour, National Public Radio, and NBC Nightly News.
See Also
SPA Department of Public Administration and Policy
For the Media
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Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

  • McCurdy, Howard E. with David Rosenbloom, coeditor. 2006. Revisiting Waldo's Administrative State: Constancy and Change in Public Administration. Washington, DC: Georgetown University Press.
  • McCurdy, Howard E. 2001. Faster, Better, Cheaper: Low-Cost Innovation in the U.S. Space Program. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • McCurdy, Howard E. 1997. Space and the American Imagination. Washington,DC: Smithsonian Institution Press.