Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Maxwell School's Campbell Public Affairs Institute Names New Director

For more information, please contact:

Jill Leonhardt
jlleonha@maxwell.syr.edu
315-443-5492

Dean Mitchel Wallerstein announced today that Professor Grant Reeher has been named the new director of the Maxwell School’s Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute.  The Institute, created in 1996, advances scholarship in three important areas central to the School’s mission: non-profit organization and management; law and politics based on the tradition set forth by Michael Sawyer; and the philosophical and political theories and practices of citizenship throughout the world.  Running through these three areas is a commitment also central to Maxwell:  to produce scholarship that actively engages important policy debates.

Reeher has been a member of the School’s political science department since 1992, the same year that he earned his Ph.D. from Yale University.  His research focuses on democratic processes and the dynamics of representation, social justice, health-care politics and policy, and legislative behavior.  Reeher is the author or coauthor of three books:   First Person Political: Legislative Life and the Meaning of Public Service; Narratives of Justice: Legislators’ Beliefs About Distributive Fairness; and Click on Democracy: The Internet's Power to Change Political Apathy into Civic Action.  He was an editor of and contributor to three other works:  The Trusted Leader:  Building the Relationships that Make Government Work; Education for Citizenship; and The Insider's Guide to Political Internships.  Reeher is currently at work on two more books on political representation and equality; he writes regularly for local and national media and is a regular radio and television commentator on a range of political issues.   From 1995 to 1997, he was a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan.  

In making the announcement, Dean Wallerstein says “Professor Reeher’s commitment to the Maxwell School and to the Campbell Institute’s mission of studying democracy and governance makes him an ideal choice to lead the Institute through its second decade.  Grant’s research, including his current initiative, ‘CNY Speaks’ (which he co-leads with Professor Tina Nabatchi), embodies ‘scholarship in action.’  I think that the late professor and former dean, Alan “Scotty” Campbell, for whom public service and scholarship were so important, would be delighted with Grant’s appointment to lead the institute that bears his name.”

The Campbell Institute is home to a set of distinctive individual, complementary programs in governance and leadership, law and politics, non-profit management and citizenship.  Currently, there are 20 affiliated faculty members, 7 Ph.D. students, and 7 M.P.A. students.  The Institute facilitates scholarly discussion as well as research and teaching by sponsoring lectures and research seminars and by seeding innovative research.  It is home to the popular State of Democracy Lecture Series, which provides a forum for dialogue about public issues by bringing renowned scholars to campus to speak about current events and issues.

Reeher will take on his new role immediately and says, “I’m delighted to have this opportunity to help lead Campbell.  The Institute is filled with great colleagues doing interesting and important work on real-world leadership challenges in politics, government, law, and the non-profit sector, and on central questions of public well-being, participation, and citizenship.  I look forward to working with them to strengthen and expand the Institute’s mission.”

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The Maxwell School of Syracuse University is the premier academic institution in the United States committed to scholarship, civic leadership, and education in public and international affairs. Maxwell is home to Syracuse University’s social science departments and to numerous nationally recognized multidisciplinary graduate programs in public policy, international studies, social policy, and conflict resolution. Maxwell's graduate program in public administration -- the first of its kind in the nation -- is ranked consistently the leading graduate public affairs program in the country.