About Dr. James L. Perry

James L. Perry is Distinguished Professor and Chancellor’s Professor of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, Bloomington, and World Class University Distinguished Professor at Yonsei University, Seoul, South Korea.  His is also Adjunct Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Political Science at Indiana University.  In addition to Indiana and Yonsei Universities, he has held faculty appointments at the University of California, Irvine, Chinese University of Hong Kong, University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Hong Kong University. In 1992, he served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Personnel Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1999-2000, he was senior evaluator at the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2006-2007, he was Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Yonsei University and Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.

His recent research focuses on performance pay in government, public service motivation, community and national service, and government reform. His research appears in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Administration & Society, Administrative Science Quarterly, American Political Science Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Public Administration Review. He is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Public Administration, Second Edition (Jossey-Bass, 1996), Civic Service: What Difference Does It Make? (with Ann Marie Thomson; M. E. Sharpe, 2004), Quick Hits for Educating Citizens (with Steve Jones; Indiana University Press, 2006), Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service (with Annie Hondeghem; Oxford University Press, 2008), and the Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership (2010).

Perry is recipient of several prestigious awards.  He received the Yoder-Heneman Award for innovative personnel research from the Society for Human Resource Management.  He is recipient of two awards, the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the Distinguished Research Award, given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.  He is recipient of the Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division, Academy of Management.  ASPA has recognized him with two 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.  He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and Editor-in-chief Designate for Public Administration Review