National Academy of Public Administration Names Two Pitt Faculty as Fellows

Two University of Pittsburgh faculty members will be inducted this week as Fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration, making Pitt’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs (GSPIA) one of only two schools in the country to have two fellows elected this year.

William Dunn, professor of public and international affairs, and John T.S. Keeler, dean of GSPIA, will be inducted in a Nov. 13 ceremony in Washington, D.C. Two other GSPIA faculty members, Professors Carolyn Ban and Louise Comfort, were previously elected as fellows. The National Academy of Public Administration assists government leaders in building more effective, efficient, and transparent organizations. Chartered by Congress to provide expert advice, the academy’s fellows are prominent scholars as well as former federal cabinet members, Congresspersons, governors, state legislators, mayors, business executives, and public administrators.

William Dunn is a widely known scholar in the field of public policy analysis and the use of science and other forms of evidence by policymakers. His best-known publication is Public Policy Analysis (now in a 5th edition), which is the most frequently cited book on the subject.

Dunn began his career at GSPIA in 1969 as an assistant professor, and he has taught and studied public policy across the United States and abroad in many roles, including as founder and former director of Pitt’s Center for Public Policy and Management in Macedonia; visiting professor at the Center for International Development at the University of Bologna in Italy; visiting research professor at the University of Leiden in Holland; and distinguished visiting professor at the University of Southern California.

He is past president of the Policy Studies Organization and former editor of Science Communication, the journal of record for research on the uses of scientific evidence by policymakers. His many publications include "Implementation: The Missing Link in Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe" for the Network of Institutes and Schools of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (2006); “A Pragmatic Strategy for Discovering and Testing Threats to the Validity of Sociotechnical Experiments” (2003);  "Knowledge, Power, and Participation in Environmental Policy Analysis" (2001); and "The Experimenting Society: Essays in Honor of Donald T. Campbell" (1998).

Dunn earned a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara and master's and PhD degrees in government and international relations from the Claremont Graduate School. He studied French and African Studies prior to joining the first group of Peace Corps volunteers in Senegal in 1962. A master athlete, he has competed in the Senior Olympics at state and national levels.

John T. S. Keeler is a specialist on comparative public policy, transatlantic relations, and European politics.  From 1980-2007 he was Professor of Political Science at the University of Washington in Seattle, where he served as Director of both the Center for West European Studies and the European Union Center of Excellence.  He moved to Pitt in 2007 to become dean of GSPIA.

Keeler’s publications include The Politics of Neocorporatism in France: Farmers, the State and Agricultural Policy-making in the Fifth Republic (1987), Réformer: Les Conditions du Changement Politique (1994), Chirac's Challenge: Liberalization, Europeanization and Malaise in France (1996), Agricultural Policy (2000), Defending Europe: NATO and the Quest for European Autonomy (2004) as well as numerous journal articles.  

He has served as president of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs from 2011-13 and as chair of the European Union Studies Association from 2005-2007. In recognition of his research on France, he was honored as a Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French Ministry of Higher Education in 2004; a Chevalier de l’Ordre du Mérite Agricole by the French Ministry of Agriculture in 2001; and a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 1998. Keeler received the American Political Science Association's Gabriel A. Almond Award in 1979 and the University of Washington's Distinguished Teaching Award in 1992.

Keeler has served as a research fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States and as a research associate or visiting professor at Nuffield College (Oxford University), the Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Paris, the Centre de Sociologie des Organisations, the London School of Economics and the University of Tübingen. He also has served as a USAID Consultant to the Supreme Rada of Ukraine. Keeler received a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science from Harvard University.

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