Suzanne J. Piotrowski, PhD

Associate Professor
Rutgers SPAA
Center for Urban and Public Service | Room 331


PhD: American University, Political Science (2003)
MPA: University of Delaware (1998)
BS: James Madison University (Virginia), Political Science (1996)


Suzanne J. Piotrowski is an Associate Professor of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark.  Previously she served as the Deputy Dean for the School of Public Affairs and Administration and during the 2009/2010 academic year she held the position of Faculty Fellow in the Office of the Chancellor at Rutgers University-Newark. While on research leave in 2017, she was an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Politics at University College London. She earned a Ph.D. in political science from School of Public Affairs at American University, Washington, D.C. and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Delaware.  

Professor Piotrowski is a past chair of the American Society for Public Administration’s Section on Ethics and Integrity of Governance.  She founded and moderates the International Transparency and Secrecy Research Network listserv.  She served as the conference chair and founder of the 1st Global Conference on Transparency Research (Rutgers University-Newark, May 2011).  She has consulted with the World Bank Institute on an evaluation of Thailand’s Official Information Act and with the Carter Center on a project assessing how access to information differentially affects women.  She served as the independent assessor of the United States national action plan for the Open Government Partnership.  Her primary research project during her 2017/18 research leave is a book project assessing the efficacy of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) in meeting its goals to supplant the historical tensions between performance and democratic accountability.

Dr. Piotrowski's research focuses on nonmission-based values in public administration, including administrative transparency and ethics.  She authored the book Governmental Transparency in the Path of Administrative Reform, the Sate of University of New York Press (2007).  In 2010, Lexington Books published Piotrowski’s latest volume Governmental Transparency and Secrecy: Linking Literature and Contemporary Debate.

Professor Piotrowski has written widely on public management, accountability, and transparency issues including book chapters, journal articles, case studies, and encyclopedia articles. Dr. Piotrowski's work is published in Public Administration Review, the American Review of Public Administration, Administration and Society, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Government Information Quarterly, Pubic Administration Quarterly, Transforming Government: People, Process, and Policy, Public Administration and Management, the International Review of Public Administration, the Chinese Public Administration Review, the Syracuse Journal of International Law and Commerce, Open Government: a journal on Freedom of Information, Transparencia y Privacidad. Revista Mexicana de Acceso a la Información y Protección de Datos , the Journal of Cooperative Education, and the Journal of Public Works Management and Policy.

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