James D. Ward, PhD

Visiting Associate Professor
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PhD: University of Cincinnati, Political Science (1988)
MPA: University of Cincinnati (1983)                                                                                         
BA: University of Mississippi, Journalism (1980)



James D. Ward is a Visiting Associate Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.  His current research interests include local government reform, collaborative governance, state and local government fiscal and policy issues, public sector performance (sub-national, national, and transnational perspectives), and institutional commitments to diversity (including race and public policy).  He is author, editor, or coauthor of more than 70 manuscripts, books, and book chapters for public discourse, including Policing and Race in America: Economic, Political and Social Dynamics (Lexington Books, 2018), Leadership and Change in Public Sector Organizations: Beyond Reform (Routledge, 2017), and [with Mario A. Rivera] Institutional Racism, Organizations and Public Policy (Peter Lang Publishing, 2014). He was chief organizer and chair of the Mini-Conference on Policing and Race (January 29-30, 2016 in Cincinnati, Ohio), which he spearheaded in association with his role as Co-Guest Editor of Public Administration Review’s special issue on policing and race, a special issue which examines policing and race from both domestic and international perspectives.

Ward has published extensively on social justice issues in relation to law enforcement racial profiling, local government reforms and service delivery, and fiscal management. A former National Council member of the American Society for Public Administration, he is a founding member of ASPA’s Ethics and Standards Implementation Committee, and served on the editorial boards of State and Local Government Review, the Journal of Public Affairs Education, the Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, and the Innovation Journal/La Revue de l’innovation, as well as on the executive boards of the Southeastern Conference of Public Administration, the Conference of Minority Public Administrators, the Section on Ethics and Integrity in Governance, the Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management, and the Section on Democracy and Social Justice. His research has appeared in Public Administration Review and other major academic journals.

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