Meier to receive Duncombe Award for educational excellence
Kenneth Meier ’74 MA (PSc)/’75 PhD (PSc) was named the
2019 recipient of the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award
from the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration
(NASPAA) on September 4.
The Duncombe Award was established in 2014 and
recognizes one faculty member per year who has gone above and beyond in
educating doctoral students. It gives preference to faculty who have served as
a mentor for more than 10 years and the selection is made in large part based
on letters of support from former and current PhD students. This award honors
William Duncombe ‘87 MPA/’89 PhD (PA), former professor of public
administration in the Maxwell School with specializations in school financing
and public budgeting. He was well known across public administration
scholarship for his pragmatic emphasis on the tools and methods used in public
budgeting, a departure from the theoretical lens many of his contemporaries
applied to the topic.
Meier is currently a distinguished scholar in
residence in the School of Public Affairs at American University. His research
co-mines empirical and normative questions in order to apply institutional
theories of organization and politics concerning how decisions are made about
who gets what, when, and how. He has previously studied topics ranging from
education policy and child support enforcement to political patronage and
government corruption, while his current research focuses on developing new
theories of representative bureaucracy, organizational stability, and
The Duncombe Award will be formally presented
in October at NASPAA’s annual conference in Los Angeles.
Read more about Meier and other NASPAA awardees in
this press release.