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Sanjay K. Pandey, PhD

Rutgers SPAA
Center for Urban and Public Service | Room 328


PhD: Syracuse University, Social Science (1995)
MA: Syracuse University, Social Science (1994) 
BT: Indian Institute of Technology, India, Metallurgical Engineering (1987)


Sanjay K. Pandey, a noted public management scholar, is a Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. Pandey's research focuses on public organizations and management. Specifically, he has pursued a seemingly simple yet intriguing question – what makes public organizations and public managers effective?

To address this question, Pandey has explored, examined, and emphasized the unique and distinctive features of public organizations. His research has focused on three distinct but interrelated themes – rules and constraints that stymie public organizations and public managers, the ambiguous nature of public organization goals, and the crucial role of public service motivation in directing and energizing individual effort.

Pandey is widely published in leading public administration journals and is one of the most highly cited public administration scholars. He directed two landmark surveys of public organizations to advance research on these themes – Phase II and Phase IV of the National Administrative Studies Project.  Pandey's scholarship on these themes has not only advanced knowledge but also offered valuable lessons for practice. His scholarship has been recognized through awards such as the Charles Levine Best Conference Paper Award, Marshall Dimock Award, the Joseph Wholey Award, and the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award.

Pandey serves on the Board of Directors of Public Management Research Association, the leading public management scholarly association. Pandey serves on the editorial boards of leading public administration journals, Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Administration Research & Theory, International Public Management Journal, and the Public Performance and Management Review.