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Rosemary O'Leary


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Rosemary O'Leary is the Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor at the University of Kansas and Honorary Professor in the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Hong Kong. She is the author or editor of twelve books and more than 140 scholarly articles and book chapters on public management and public policy. She has won 11 national research awards and 2 international research awards, including 7 senior scholar awards and 3 best book awards. She also has won 10 teaching awards. O’Leary was a senior Fulbright scholar in Malaysia and the Philippines, an Ian Axford Public Policy Scholar in New Zealand, and a Peace Corps Response Volunteer in the Philippines where she taught research methods to Filipino professors on remote campuses. She was a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident where she advised NASA on organization culture and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Award. She was President of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA) 2017-2019. In 2019, the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) established the “Rosemary O’Leary Prize” for excellence in scholarship on women and public administration.

History of Employment

Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor and 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/Natural Resources, Environment, Ethics and Lobbying Reform, Gender Policy, Government Operations/Innovation, Nonprofit/Philanthropy, Urban Affairs

Primary Sector of Expertise


Primary Functions

Academic Faculty, Academic Administration, Board Governance, Intergovernmental, Organizational Structure/Design/Development, Other