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Patria de Lancer Julnes

Director, School of Public Affairs, and Professor of Public Administration, Harrisburg campus, Penn State

Patria de Lancer Julnes earned her Ph.D. in public administration at Rutgers University. Her academic and professional expertise is in performance measurement, accountability, innovation in government, corruption in government, and citizen-driven governance.

She has consulted with government and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad to develop effective performance management systems that help to improve the outcome of their programs. An award winning scholar, her articles have appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Performance and Management Review, Evaluation, and Reforma y Democracia, among other peer-reviewed journals. She is the lead author of the article, Promoting the Utilization of Performance Measures in Public Organizations: An Empirical study of Factors Affecting Adoption and Implementation, which was designated as one of Public Administration Review’s 75 most influential articles appearing in the journal since its inception in 1940.

She is the author of the book Performance-Based Management Systems. Effective Implementation and Maintenance (CRC Press), and lead co-editor of Innovation In The Public And Nonprofit Sectors: A Public Solutions Handbook, Routledge, International Handbook of Practice-Based Performance Management (Sage Publications), and Performance Measurement: Building Theory, Supporting Practice (M.E. Sharpe).

She has served as managing editor of the International Review of Public Administration and has held numerous leadership roles in the American Society for Public Administration including serving on the national Council and as co-chair of the Center for Accountability and Performance. She was named one of Maryland’s 2013 Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record. She also received in 2013 the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic from the government of Spain for her work in promoting the relationships between the United States and Spain and for her work to improve the status of Hispanics in the United States.


  • –present
    Professor of Public Administration, Pennsylvania State University