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Donald Moynihan

Visiting Professor, Blavatnik School of Government
McCourt Chair, McCourt School of Public Policy, Georgetown University

Donald Moynihan is a Visiting Professor at the Blavatnik School from 2018-2021 and an academic visitor at Nuffield College. He is also the inaugural McCourt Chair at the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University. His research examines public sector performance, employee behavior, and the administrative burdens citizens encounter in their interactions with government. Moynihan has presented his research on public sector performance to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

He is the author of Administrative Burdens: Policymaking by Other Means with the Russell Sage Foundation. 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, which honors the book with the most significant influence in public administration scholarship in the last three to five years. Moynihan also is the co-author of “Toward Next-Generation Performance Budgeting,” published by the World Bank.

Moynihan's work has appeared in Nature, the American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and numerous other scholarly journals. In 2014, Moynihan was awarded the Kershaw Award, which is provided every two years by Mathematica and the Association of Public Policy and Management to one scholar under the age of 40 for outstanding contributions to the study of public policy and management. Journal articles Moynihan has authored have won awards from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management (2002, 2017), the American Review of Public Administration (2003), Public Administration Review (2007), and Public Administration (2013). Public Administration Review also selected two of his articles on leadership and motivation among the 75 most influential papers in its 75-year history. Moynihan received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from ASPA and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

He is past-President of the Public Management Research Association. In 2011, he was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration. A native of Ireland, Moynihan completed his bachelor of arts degree in public administration at the University of Limerick, and his master's and Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. 

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