- Research areas:
- Civil Society Civic Engagement and Volunteering
- Public Management
- Areas of Interest:
- Public service motivation
- Government and civil service reform
- National and community service
- Performance-related pay
James L. Perry is an internationally recognized leader in public administration and the study of public management. He joined O'Neill's faculty in 1985 and serves as Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Chancellor's Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs Emeritus. He is also an affiliate professor of philanthropic studies. Perry's 45 years of scholarship includes expertise in public management, public organizational behavior, government and civil service reform, national and community service, public service motivation, and performance-related pay. Perry has held faculty appointments at Yonsei University, University of California, Irvine, The University of Hong Kong, Chinese University of Hong Kong, and University of Wisconsin, Madison.
Perry is presently co-editor of Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration. He is former editor-in-chief of Public Administration Review and Journal of Public Affairs Education. He has authored or edited 10 books and more than 175 articles and book chapters, including the Handbook of Public Administration, Third Edition (Jossey-Bass, 2015, co-edited with Robert Christensen). His most recent books are Public Service and Good Governance for the Twenty-first Century (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2020) and Managing Organizations to Sustain Passion for Public Service (Cambridge University Press, 2021), which was selected as Best Public Sector Human Resources Book by the Section on Personnel Administration and Labor Relations of the American Society for Public Administration.
Perry is recipient of many prestigious professional awards including the Yoder-Heneman Award for innovative personnel research from the Society for Human Resource Management. He received the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the Distinguished Research Award, both awards given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA). ASPA has recognized Perry with two additional awards: the Paul P. Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service and the Dwight Waldo Award for career contributions to the literature of public administration. In 2015, Perry received the H. George Frederickson Award for career contributions to the field of public management from the Public Management Research Association. The American Political Science Association recognized Perry with the 2017 John Gaus Award for a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. In 2018 the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) awarded Perry the Routledge Prize for lifetime achievement. Perry received the 2021 Keith Provan Award from the Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division. He has been selected for three Fulbright Fellowships. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.