I grew up in Sharon, Pennsylvania, graduated from Sharon High School, and was honored to be inducted into its Hall of Fame in September 2017. I then attended college at the University of Pittsburgh. After graduating with dual degrees in Economics and Business, I earned the M.A. in Economics at Penn State, a law degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and the Ph.D from the University of Chicago. My teaching career in public policy and management and political science has brought me to the University of Kentucky, Texas A&M University, and the University of Georgia. Between 2009-2014, I held the C.C. Crawford Chair in Management and Performance in the Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California.
Currently, I am Professor of the Politics of Public Policy at New York University. From 2014-2016, I served as Vice Dean for Academic Affairs and Research in the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. In Spring 2015, I was honored to hold the Jacob K. Javits Visiting Professorship at New York University. In December 2015, I became an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Over the past decade, I have held secondary appointments as Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester and Professor of Public Policy Analysis in the School of Government and Society at the University of Birmingham. I am also currently Honorary Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Political Science at University College London and have held similar affiliations at the University of Birmingham and Nottingham Trent University. Such associations have inspired me to do much more comparative work.
My research interests converge on the role of political institutions in shaping public policy outcomes and organizational structures. I have been particularly interested in the relationship between public administration and democracy, and my current book project Working for Democracy (under contract with Cambridge University Press) brings me back to these themes. With Larry Lynn, I wrote Madison’s Managers: Public Administration and the Constitution (Johns Hopkins University Press) and The Political Economy of Public Sector Governance (Cambridge University Press). My work has appeared in a variety of scholarly journals including the American Journal of Political Science, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Journal of Theoretical Politics, Political Studies, Public Administration Review, and Public Choice. My Erdos number is 4.
I serve or have served on the editorial boards of the Journal of Politics, British Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and International Public Management Journal. In November 2011, I became co-editor of the Journal of Public Policy with my friend and colleague Peter John of University College London. I am delighted to say that our editorship has enhanced the success of this longstanding journal. We expanded the editorial team in 2014, when I assumed the role of Senior Executive Editor, and again in 2016.