William N.


William N. Dunn

3421 Posvar Hall
Curriculum vitae


  • PhD, Government and International Relations, Claremont Graduate School and University Center, 1969
  • MA, Government, Claremont, 1966
  • BA, Political Science, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1964
  • French and African Studies, Peace Corps, University of Massachusetts, 1962
  • Russian, Defense Language Institute, Monterey CA, 1956


Dr. Dunn is a scholar, educator, and academic administrator. His most well-known publications is the new and expanded 5th edition of Public Policy Analysis (2012), which is the most widely cited book on the subject…. He is a master athlete who has competed in the Pennsylvania, Maryland, and National Senior Olympics.

Teaching and Research Areas

Public policy analysis, philosophy and sociology of applied science, research design and methods, quantitative and qualitative (mixed) methods, utilization of scientific and technical information by policymakers

Select Publications and Funded Research

  • Public Policy Analysis, 4th ed., Prentice Hall, 2007.
  • Implementation: The Missing Link in Public Administration Reform in Central and Eastern Europe (co-author), Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe, 2006.
  • “A Pragmatic Strategy for Discovering and Testing Threats to the Validity of Sociotechnical Experiments,” Simulation Modeling: Practice and Theory (Winter 2003): 1-26.
  • Knowledge, Power, and Participation in Environmental Policy Analysis. Transaction, 2001.
  • “Project to Establish a Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management in the Republic of Macedonia,” funded by the Bureau of Cultural and Educational Affairs, US Department of State, 2001-Present
  • “Pattern Matching: Methodology,” The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Science, Elsevier (2001).
  • The Experimenting Society: Essays in Honor of Donald T. Campbell (editor and contributor). 1998.
  • “Contextualization and Self-Sufficiency in International Education—The Macedonia Graduate Center for Public Policy and Management” (co-author), in The Road to Bologna: Schools of Public Administration and Policy in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPAcee, 2009)
  • “A Critique of the New Public Management and the Neo-Weberian State: Advancing a Critical Theory of Administrative Reform” (with D.Y. Miller), Public Organization Review 7 (2007): 345-58
  • “A Critical Theory of New Public Management” (with D. Y. Miller), in Post-Communist Public Administration: Restoring Professionalism and Accountability (Bratislava: NISPAcee, 2007)
  • “Donald T. Campbell—A Methodological Biography,” The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Kluwer, 2007)
  • “Pattern Matching Methodology,” The International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences (Elsevier, 2004)
  • “Using the Method of Context Validation to Mitigate Type III Errors in Policy Analysis,” in Knowledge, Power, and Participation in Environmental Policy Analysis (Transaction, 2002)
  • “Pragmatic Eliminative Induction: Proximal Range and Context Validation in Applied Social Experimentation,” Philosophica 60, 2 (1997).
  • Recipient of funded research awards from the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Education, the Exxon Education Foundation, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other agencies and foundations.

Consultancies, Public Service, and Awards/Honors

  • Inductee, Claremont Graduate School Hall of Fame, 2000-present
  • Alisa Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration, NISPAcee 2007.
  • Academic Honors Award, Chancellor’s Honors Convocation, 2007, 2000, 1998, 1994, 1987, 1985, 1977
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, Claremont Graduate School, 1994
  • Aaron Wildavsky Award, Policy Studies Organization, 1993
  • Jeffrey Pressman Award, Policy Studies Organization, 1989
  • Donald T. Campbell Ward for Methodological Innovation in Policy Studies
  • Resolution of Commendation for Distinguished Service to the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Pennsylvania House of Representatives, September, 1983
  • Douglas McGregor Memorial Award for the Best Annual Contribution to The Study of Values and Planned Social Change, National Training Laboratories Institute and The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science, 1977

Other Faculty and Academic Administration Positions

  • Founder and Director, Center for Public Policy and Management, University of Pittsburgh in Macedonia
  • Visiting Professor, Center for International Development, University of Bologna
  • President, Policy Studies Organization
  • Visiting Research Professor, University of Leiden, The Netherlands
  • Distinguished Visiting Professor, School of Public Administration, University of Southern California
  • President, American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia
  • Peace Corp Volunteer, Senegal


Graduate School of Public and International Affairs
3601 Wesley W. Posvar Hall, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15260