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Wave of new scholars joins ASU School of Public Affairs

September 10, 2013

A wave of renowned scholars recently joined an already world-class faculty at the ASU School of Public Affairs and are poised to build on its national reputation in teaching and research, and its legacy of contribution to Arizona communities.

Newly appointed faculty include:

Barry Bozeman, one of the nation’s preeminent scholars in public management and technology policy. He comes to ASU where he will be Arizona Centennial Professor of Technology Policy and Public Management and create a new research center focused on organizational design.

Bozeman has received many top awards in the field of public administration, including being honored this past summer by the Public Management Research Association with the H. George Frederickson Award for career contributions. He also received the Charles Levine Career Achievement award from the American Society for Public Administration. Bozeman comes to ASU from the University of Georgia, where he was the Ander Crenshaw Professor and Regents' Professor of Public Policy. He was previously Regents' Professor of Public Policy, Georgia Tech, and Professor of Public Administration and Adjunct Professor of Engineering, the Maxwell School, Syracuse University, where he also founded the Center for Technology and Information Policy. Bozeman has authored and edited 15 books and more than 120 research papers and monographs.

“It is hard to overstate what adding a scholar of Barry’s reputation and stature means to the school,” Koppell said. “But more importantly, Bozeman brings incredible enthusiasm, energy and creativity that is contagious. He has a passion for teaching and research that is palpable.” The new center will help solidify the school’s position as a place to study public management and Bozeman’s work in science and technology policy takes an already strong group to nation-leading status.

Another internationally renowned scholar, Ethan B. Kapstein, comes to ASU with a joint appointment in the School of Public Affairs and the McCain Institute for International Leadership, ASU’s Washington-based center devoted to promotion of enhanced leadership and decision-making in global affairs. His academic career has been devoted to policy-relevant scholarship in the area of international political economy and practitioner in the realm of international development, tackling many of the human rights issues the McCain Institute has set out to address.

Kapstein has authored 11 books and comes to ASU after being the Dennis O’Connor Regent’s Professor of Business and Tom Slick Professor of International Affairs in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.

“Ethan Kapstein’s addition to the School is incredibly important to the School’s development,” Koppell said. “With his unparalleled depth of understanding of global public affairs and political economy, he adds new dimensions to the school. Moreover, he will help integrate the School of Public Affairs with the McCain Institute, providing ASU students and faculty more opportunities to take advantage of this exciting new enterprise.

Kapstein, who is now the Arizona Centennial Professor of International Affairs, says that “ASU is among the most innovative universities in the country. And now, with the creation of the McCain Institute, it’s poised to make major contributions to public policy in the United States and around the world.”

Rounding out the group of new senior faculty, David Swindell joins the School of Public Affairs as associate professor and director of the Center for Urban Innovation, which is the heart of the school’s highly-regarded program in urban management. Ranked second in the country in this crucial field, the school has a distinguished history training local government officials.

Swindell has specialized in municipal finance and development, including public investment in athletic facilities. He will connect colleagues within the School of Public Affairs with practitioners to promote innovation in governance, policy and management as a way to improve life in neighborhoods, cities and urban regions.

In addition to these senior hires, the school will be joined by two new assistant professors, Linda Williams (University of Kansas) and Derrick Anderson (University of Georgia). Additionally, Benedicte Callan, an expert in health policy whose career has transcended academia and government, has been appointed clinical professor in the College of Health Solutions. She will also lead the health policy informatics program under the Center for Policy Informatics.

Last week, the School of Public Affairs announced Karen Mossberger as its new director.

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