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Rosemary O'Leary


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Rosemary O’Leary links her work in academia with efforts to improve government on the ground. She is the author of 135+ scholarly articles and 12 books, including "Retrofitting Collaboration Into the New Public Management: Evidence from New Zealand" (with E. Eppel, Cambridge University Press 2021). In 2021, the Academy of Management chose the 3rd edition of her book, "The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government" as the winner of the "Best Book in Public Management" Award. She has won 13 national research awards and 2 international research awards, including 4 best book awards. She is the only person in the world to win four NASPAA awards for Best Dissertation, Excellence in Teaching, Distinguished Research, and Excellence in Doctoral Education. O’Leary also has won 11 teaching awards (2 of them national). She has worked in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, India, and the US. Rosemary was a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Award for her efforts. She was President of the Public Management Research Association and remains active with its board of directors. In 2019, the Europe-based International Research Society for Public Management established the annual "Rosemary O'Leary Prize for Outstanding Scholarship on Women in Public Administration."

History of Employment

Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor Emerita and Former Director
School of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Kansas
Public Management Research Association
Phanstiel Endowed Chair, Distinguished Professor, and Co-Director
Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Program for the Analysis of Conflict and Collaboration
Syracuse University
Professor and Co-Director
School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana Conflict Resolution Institute
Indiana University
Division of Policy and Planning
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Assistant General Counsel
Environmental Division
Kansas Corporation Commission
Governor's Fellow
Office of the Governor of Kansas
Fulbright Scholar and Ian Axford Public Policy Scholar
Malaysia, Philippines, and New Zealand
NASA Return-to-Flight Task Group
In Response to Columbia Space Shuttle Accident
Peace Corps Response Volunteer
Ifugao State University
The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government
Primary Policy Areas

Education, Energy, Environment/Natural Resources, Ethics, Gender Policy, Government Operations/Innovation, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Urban Affairs

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Administration, Intergovernmental, Organizational Structure/Design/Development