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Professor Donald Moynihan
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APPAM Selects University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Professor Donald Moynihan as 2014 Recipient of Kershaw Award

September 17, 2014 09:00 AM

Donald Moynihan, professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs, has been recognized with a prestigious award for his research. Moynihan will receive the David N. Kershaw Award from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) at its annual Fall Research Conference, November 6–8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Moynihan will be the seventeenth recipient of the award.

The $10,000 Kershaw award honors a scholar younger than 40 who has made a distinguished contribution to public policy analysis and management. The award is made once every two years and is determined by the President of Mathematica Policy Research, the President of APPAM, and the Dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University.

“The La Follette School is extremely fortunate to have world-class faculty who care about providing excellent classroom teaching, as well as path-breaking research,” says school Director Susan Yackee. “Don Moynihan exemplifies this tradition.”

“We are proud to present this year’s Kershaw Award to Don in recognition of his contributions to public policy,” says Paul Decker, Mathematica CEO and APPAM’s Immediate Past President. “Don is an outstanding young scholar whose research is influencing the rapidly evolving field of public management.”

The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize is named in honor of the first president of Mathematica Policy Research, a policy research organization headquartered in Princeton, New Jersey. Kershaw died of cancer in 1979 at the age of 37. Past winners of the award include University of Pennsylvania’s John MacDonald, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Esther Duflo, and University of Michigan’s Brian Jacob.

Moynihan’s research examines the application of organization theory to public management issues such as performance, budgeting, homeland security, election administration, and employee behavior. Currently, Moynihan is exploring administrative burden, the barriers between people and the government services they seek to access. He and La Follette School sociologist Pamela Herd are studying the administrative burdens of social programs.

Moynihan, 38, has won many national awards for his research, including the American Society for Public Administration Wholey Award on three occasions for outstanding scholarship on performance in public and nonprofit organizations. He won the 2011 National Academy of Public Administration/Wilder School award for scholarship in social equity. Moynihan received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from ASPA and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. His book, The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform, was named best book by the Academy of Management's Public and Nonprofit Division and received the Herbert Simon award from the American Political Science Association. He was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration in 2011.

The Kershaw award is generally presented every other year at the APPAM Fall Research Conference. Moynihan will formally receive the award on Friday, November 7, at the 2014 Fall Research Conference and will deliver a special lecture at that time.


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