Dr. Barbara Romzek is an expert in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, the U.S. Air Force, and the National Nuclear Security Administration, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Building upon her research on formal accountability, her recent work focuses on informal accountability in collaborative network settings. She is invited frequently to give presentations to international visitors on accountability and transparency in American government.
Dr. Romzek, a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association. She has served on the governing boards for the Academy of Management, American Political Science Association, Midwest Political Science Association, Network of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration, and the Public Management Research Association. Dr. Romzek recently stepped down from her leadership role as Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University, a responsibility she held from 2012-2017. Prior to joining American University she held various academic leadership positions at the University of Kansas.
Frederick Mosher Award from the American Society for Public Administration for the Best Article in Public Administration Review; John Gaus Award for Lifetime Achievement from the American Political Science Association.