Kettl, Donald F. | LBJ School of Public Affairs | The University of Texas at Austin
Education
  • Ph.D., Yale University, Political Science
  • M.Phil., Political Science, Yale University
  • M.A., Political Science, Yale University
  • B.A., Scholar of the House, Yale University
Research Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership
  • Policy Process and Institutions
Teaching Areas
  • Finance, Management and Leadership (including non-profits)
  • Policy Process and Institutions

Donald F. Kettl was professor and former dean in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland. He is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Volcker Alliance, the Brookings Institution and the Partnership for Public Service.

Kettl has authored or edited numerous books, including Can Governments Earn Our Trust? (2017); Little Bites of Big Data for Public Policy (2017); The Politics of the Administrative Process (7th edition, 2017), Escaping Jurassic Government: Restoring America’s Lost Commitment to Competence (2016), System under Stress: The Challenge to 21st Century American Democracy Homeland Security and American Politics (2014), The Next Government of the United States: Why Our Institutions Fail Us and How to Fix Them (2008), and The Global Public Management Revolution (2005).

He has received three lifetime achievement awards: the American Political Science Association’s John Gaus Award, the Warner W. Stockberger Achievement Award of the International Public Management Association for Human Resources, and the Donald C. Stone Award of the American Society for Public Administration.

Kettl has twice won the Louis Brownlow Book Award of the National Academy of Public Administration for The Transformation of Governance (2002); and System under Stress: Homeland Security and American Politics (2005). His book, Escaping Jurassic Government: How to Recover America’s Lost Commitment to Competence, won the 2016 award for book of the year from the American Society for Public Administration.

Kettl has consulted for government organizations at all levels, including most recently the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has appeared frequently in national and international media. He is chaired two gubernatorial blue-ribbon commissions for the Wisconsin state government, one on campaign finance reform and the other on government structure and finance. 

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Media MentionDecember 14, 2018
Free advice for Tony Evers: How he could make Wisconsin state government work better

Republicans control the Legislature, so passing new legislation is likely to prove contentious. Tony Evers should focus on making existing programs and policies work better, says LBJ Professor Don Kettl. 

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NewsDecember 7, 2018
LBJ School hosted Volcker Alliance government-to-university initiative

The LBJ School hosted a regional collaborative design session Dec. 5-6 as part of the first phase of the Volcker Alliance's Government-to-University (G2U) Initiative. The G2U Initiative focuses on building connections between government and universities to strengthen alignment on recruitment, skills development and research.

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Media MentionDecember 4, 2018
Federal Judge Signs Off On Subpoenas To Businesses Associated With Trump

Some of President Trump's associates and businesses are expected to get subpoenas on Tuesday, as a lawsuit advances alleging that Trump violated the Constitution's foreign emoluments clause. Don Kettl discusses. 

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