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Alasdair S. Roberts

Director, School of Public Policy, UMass Amherst

Alasdair Roberts is Director of the School of Public Policy at University of Massachusetts Amherst, and a professor of public policy.

Professor Roberts writes on problems of public administration, law and public policy. His latest books are Strategies for Governing (Cornell University Press, 2019), Can Government Do Anything Right? (Polity, 2018), and Four Crises of American Democracy (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has written five other books, including Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age (Cambridge University Press, 2006). He has received several awards for his writing, including the Brownlow Book Award from the National Academy of Public Administration.

In 2014, Professor Roberts received Canada's Grace-Pépin Award for his research on open government. He was elected as a fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007. He served as co-editor of the journal Governance from 2009 to 2017.

A Canadian citizen, Professor Roberts received a JD from the University of Toronto, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University. His web address is


  • 2017–present
    Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • 2015–2017
    Professor of Public Affairs, University of Missouri
  • 2008–2015
    Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy, Suffolk University
  • 2001–2008
    Professor of Public Administration, Syracuse University