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University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Campus mail: CEPB 6394
161 West Wisconsin Avenue
Milwaukee WI 53203-2602
and Professional Positions
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1997-present): Professor of
Urban Planning (2015-present), Professor of Governmental
Affairs (2006-14), Associate
Professor of Governmental
Affairs (2002-06), Assistant Professor of Governmental
Executive Director of Milwaukee’s
Jewish Community Relations Council (1990-97), a faith-based
involved in public policy and human rights advocacy
Appointed to the Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage Commission
(1988-89), chair of the Finance and Personnel Committee
Elected to the Wisconsin Legislature’s
State Assembly (1976, 1978, 1980) and State
Legislative Assistant, Congressman Henry Reuss (WI-5),
Washington, DC (1975-76)
Guest Scholar, Brookings Institution, Washington, DC
Ph.D. in Public Administration, Syracuse University,
Master of Public Administration (MPA), Syracuse
Bachelor of Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison,
1970, Phi Beta Kappa
A Presidential Civil Service: FDR's
Liaison Office for Personnel Management (Tuscaloosa: University of
Alabama Press, 2016).
The Philosopher-Lobbyist: John Dewey and
the People's Lobby, 1928-1940 (Albany: State University of
New York Press, 2015).
the War Effort: Robert Horton and Federal Propaganda,
Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 2012).
Co-editor, with Grant Neeley and Kendra Stewart, The Practice of Government Public
Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2012).
vs. the Bureaucracy: Muzzling Agency Public Relations
(Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 2011). Winner
of the Press’s
annual Rothbaum Prize for “exceptional
writing on American politics and history.”
Nixon’s Super-Secretaries: The Last Grand Presidential Reorganization
Effort (College Station: Texas A&M University
Bureaus of Efficiency: Reforming Local
Government in the Progressive Era (Milwaukee, WI: Marquette
University Press, 2008).
Editor, Government Public Relations: A Reader
(Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2008).
Congress and the Presidency: The U.S. Bureau of Efficiency, 1916-1933
(College Station: Texas A&M University Press, 2006).
First Presidential Communications Agency: FDR’s
Office of Government
Reports (Albany: State University of New York
to Professionalize Expert Knowledge: The
Short Life of the Municipal Administration Service, 1926-1933,” Public
Voices 15:2 (forthcoming 2017).
Reporting in Public Administration, circa 1939:
The Annual Report as Fictional Radio Stories,” Public Voices 15:1
is Power: Women as Information Providers to the President’s
Budgeting Men; A
History of the Bureau of the Budget Library, 1940-1970,” Public Voices 14:2
to Create the American Society for Public Administration and the
Consequent Collateral Damage,” Public Voices 14:1
the Poor Volunteer Manager: Hollywood’s Nonprofit Volunteer and
Volunteer Manager,” co-authored with Jeffrey L. Brudney (lead
author), Public Voices 14:1
Progressive Era Idea for Reforming Government
that Didn’t Make It: Recall of Judicial Decisions,” Public Voices 13:1
Alternate Construction of American Public Administration: The Later
William Allen, Co-Founder of the New York Bureau of Municipal Research,” Administration & Society 45:5
(July 2013) 522-62.
Agency: Edward C. Banfield as Farm Security Agency Public Relations
1941–1946,” co-authored with Kevin R. Kosar (lead
author), Federal History 5 (2013) 121-138.
Culture as Civics
Lesson: Exploring the Dearth of State Legislatures in Hollywood’s
Public Sector,” Public Voices 12:2 (2012) 49-67.
and Don’ts of Public Relations for Government Health
Care Administration,” Journal of Health and Human Services
Administration 35:3 (Winter 2012) 258-73.
about Congressional Control over Agency PR: The Failure of Spending
Limits on Pentagon
PR, 1951-1959,” Public
Administration Quarterly 36:3 (Fall 2012) 341-79.
President’s Listening Post: Nixon’s Failed
Experiment in Government Public Relations,” Public
Relations Review 38:1 (March
the First Assistant Secretary for Congressional
Relations (1941-1949) and Subsequent Developments: A Case Study of
the Federal Bureaucracy,”
Voices 12:1 (2011) 27-45.
Milestones in the Emergence of
Nonprofit Public Relations in the US, 1900-1956,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly
40:2 (April 2011) 318-35.
Public Administration in the Progressive Era: Efficient Government by
and for Whom?” Journal of Management History 17:1
Beyle and James McCamy: Founders of the Study of
Public Relations in Public Administration, 1928-1939,” Public Voices 11:2 (2010) 26-46.
Role of the YMCA in the Origins of U.S.
Nonprofit Management Education,” Nonprofit Management & Leadership 20:3
Public Relations During Herbert Hoover’s
(Research in Brief), Public
Relations Review 36:1 (March 2010) 56-58.
a Bill Becomes a Law, Hollywood Style,”
Public Voices 11:1 (2009)
66-88; Introduction to Symposium on Public Service in the Mind’s
Eye, Public Voices 11:1 (2009) 1-7.
Much Bureaucracy or
Congressional Treatment of Defense Department Legislative Liaison,
1950s-1990s,” Public Administration &
Management 14:2 (2009) 323-61.
of the Epithet ‘Government
Revisiting Bruce Catton’s
War Lords of Washington,
1948,” Public Relations Review 35:4
(November 2009) 388-94.
Return of Public Relations to the Public Administration Curriculum?”
Journal of Public Affairs
Education 15:4 (Fall 2009) 515-33.
Case Study of Congressional Hostility to Agency Public
Relations: The Federal Reserve and Senator Heflin, 1922”
(Research in Brief), Public
Relations Review 35:3 (September 2009) 291-93.
of Government Flacks: The Sequel”
(Research in Brief), Public
Relations Review 35:2 (June
2009) 159-61. A more detailed version than the published one
(including references) is also available.
Short Life of the Government Public Relations Association in the US,
(Research in Brief), Public
Relations Review 34:3 (September 2008) 279-81. A more detailed
version than the published one is also available.
Controversy Over the Federal Prohibition Bureau’s
Public Relations, 1922”
(Research in Brief), Public
Relations Review 34:3 (September 2008) 276-78.
Affairs Enters the US President’s Subcabinet:
Creating the First Assistant
Secretary for Public Affairs (1944-1953) and Subsequent Developments,” Journal of Public Affairs 8:3 (August
Vu All Over Again:
Contemporary Traces of the ‘Budget
co-authored with Daniel
W. Williams (lead author), American Review of Public Administration
38:2 (June 2008) 203-24.
M. Edmunds and the Library of the United States
Information Service, 1934-1948,”
Libraries & the
Cultural Record 42:3 (2007) 213-30.
the Dartmouth Court Decision: Why the US
Private Nonprofit Agencies Instead of Public Non-Governmental
Public Organization Review
7:2 (June 2007) 113-42. A more detailed version than the published one
Astronaut and Foggy Bottom PR: Assistant
Secretary of State for Public Affairs Michael Collins, 1969-1971,”
Relations Review 33:2 (June 2007) 184-90. A more detailed version
than the published one
is also available.
Politics Overwhelms Administration: Historical
Proofs for Fesler’s Maxim Against State-based Federal
Voices 9:2 (2007)
Relations in State
Government: A Legislative Perspective,”
of Public Administration 29:12 (2006) 1021-47.
Rise and Fall of the Institute for Government
Public Information Research, 1978-1981,”
Review 32:2 (June 2006) 118-24.
History of Municipal Public Reporting,”
Journal of Public Administration 29:4-6 (2006) 453-76.
Experiments in Public Reporting: Reconstructing the Results of Survey
Research in 1941-42,”
Public Administration Review
66:2 (March/April 2006) 252-62.
US Bureau of Efficiency: Not RIP in 1933?” Public
(2005) 44-60; Introduction to Symposium on Rewriting the
Administration: What If..., Public
Government Used Publicity Against Itself:
Commission of Publicity and Efficiency, 1916-1975,”
Relations Review 31:1 (March 2005) 55-61. A more detailed version
than the published one
is also available.
Reporting: A Neglected Aspect of Nonprofit
Nonprofit Management & Leadership
15:2 (Winter 2004) 169-85.
There Life Before the CPM [Certified Public
Pre-CPM and Related Noncredit Certificates in Public Administration,”
Administration Quarterly 28:3 (Fall 2004) 308-34.
Does Hollywood Think Nonprofit CEOs Do All
Day? Screen Depictions of NGO Management,”
Organization Review 4:2 (June 2004) 157-76.
Public Relations Program Even Congress Could
Love: Federal Information Centers,”
Public Relations Review
30:1 (March 2004) 61-73.
First Federal Public Information Service,
1920-1933: At the US Bureau of Efficiency!”
Review 29:4 (November 2003) 415-25.
There Anything New Under the Sun? Herbert
Contributions in the 1930s to Performance Measurement and Public
Reporting of Performance Results,”
Voices 6:2-3 (2003) 73-82.
History as Told by Popular Culture: The Screen Image of the
40:9 (2002) 881-94.
Certificates in Nonprofit Management: An Exploratory Study,”
Administration & Management 7:3
Differences in Public Affairs: The
Duty of Public Reporting in Public Administration,”
of Public Affairs 2:2 (May 2002) 33-43.
Federal Public Relations Administration:
Public Relations Review 28:1
(February 2002) 87-98.
in the Hebrew Bible: A Neglected Source
of Public Administration History,”
Voices 5:1-2 (2002) 79-88.
But True Tales From Hollywood: The Bureaucrat as Movie Hero,”
co-authored with Susan C Paddock, Public Administration &
Management 6:4 (2001) 166-94.
Image of the Government Flack: Movie Depictions
of Public Relations in Public Administration,”
Relations Review 27:3 (Fall 2001) 297-315.
at the Politics-Administration Dichotomy
from the Other Direction: Participant Observation by a State Senator,”
Journal of Public Administration 24:4 (April 2001) 363-84.
Agency Spokesperson: Connecting Public
Administration and the Media,”
Public Administration Quarterly
25:1 (Spring 2001) 101-30.
Information in Government Organizations: A Review and Curriculum
Outline of External Relations in Public Administration,” Public
Administration & Management 5:4
Bashing in the Galactic Senate: George
Lucas and Public Administration,”
Voices 4:2 (2000) 23-30.
the Holy Land: Public Administration in
Ottoman Palestine, 1516-1918,”
Digest of Middle East Studies
9:1 (Summer 2000) 1-25.
Congress Tried to Cut Pentagon Public
Relations: A Lesson from History,”
Public Relations Review
26:2 (Summer 2000) 131-54.
Jewish ‘March of Dimes’? Organization Theory and
the Future of Jewish Community Relations Councils,”
Political Studies Review 12:1-2 (Spring 2000) 3-19.
and Bureaucrats: Public Relations
by Public Administrators in an Era of Media Disinterest in Government,”
Public Relations Review 25:4 (Winter 1999)
Relations Is Public
The Public Manager 27:4 (Winter
Relations in Public Administration: A
Disappearing Act in Public Administration Education,”
Relations Review 24:4 (Winter 1998) 509-20.
Nixon Sees a ‘Cover
in Federal Agencies,”
Public Relations Review 23:4
(Winter 1997) 301-25.
be Damned! The Army Corps of Engineers is
co-authored with Daniel Mazmanian (lead author), Public
Administration Review 35:2 (March-April 1975) 166-72.
Chapters and Other Writings
Practice of Public Affairs in Public
Administration,” in Phil Harris and Craig S. Fleisher (eds.), SAGE Handbook of International Corporate and Public
Affairs (Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage, forthcoming January 2017),
in Canada and the United States,”
co-authored with Fraser
Likely and Jean
Valin. In Tom Watson
(ed.), North American
Perspectives on the Development of Public Relations (Basingstoke,
Hampshire, UK: Palgrave
Macmillan, forthcoming September 2016), chap. 5. Series
on the Development of Public Relations: Other Voices.
Relations in Public
Organizations: Public Relations,” and “Media
and Bureaucracy in the U.S.” In Encyclopedia
Administration and Public Policy, 3rd
ed. (New York: Taylor & Francis, 2016).
for Goodwill: Journalist Lowell Mellett,” Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History
(quarterly of the Indiana Historical Society) 27:4 (Fall 2015)
46-55. A more detailed version than the published one
is also available online.
Might Have Been: Benjamin Marsh and the Early History of American Urban
Planning,” Innovative Cities lecture series,
Architecture and Urban Planning, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee,
March 15, 2015: http://www4.uwm.edu/sarup/news/sarupvideo/innovativecitieslecture-marsh2015.cfm
Relations: It’s the Message, Not the Medium,” in Aroon
Manoharan (ed.), E-Government and Websites: A Public
Solutions Handbook (New York: Routledge, 2015), chapter 1.
is Different: A History of Public Relations
in American Public Administration,”
in Burton St. John III, Margot Opdycke Lamme and Jacquie L'Etang
(eds.), Pathways to Public
Relations: Histories of Practice and Profession (London:
Routledge, 2014), chapter 7.
for War,” in Nancy Snow (ed.), Propaganda
and American Democracy (Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University
Press, 2014), chapter 4.
Reporting Builds Agency Accountability,” PA Times (publication
American Society for Public Administration) 36:1
2013) 2-3. Winner of the George Frederickson Award from the American
Society for Public Administration for best article in PA Times in 2013.
Administrative History: Golem Government,” in B. Guy Peters and
(eds.), SAGE Handbook of Public
Administration, 2nd ed. (London: Sage, 2012),
for an Academic Career,”
Times 33:5 (October 2010) 33.
“The Nine Commandments
of Social Media in Public Administration: A Dual-Generation
Perspective,” co-authored with Ethan Lee Elser, PA
(Summer 2010) 3.
review: Johann N. Neem, Creating a
Nation of Joiners: Democracy and Civil Society in Early National
Massachusetts (Cambridge, MA: Harvard
Press, 2008). In Nonprofit and Voluntary
Sector Quarterly 38:4 (August 2009) 721-24.
review essay: “Looking
for Meaning in the Alabama
Lectures’ Book Series: An Epitaph for an Old Friend of Public
After 57 Years,” Public Administration Review 69:3
(May/June 2009) 531-42.
the Intersection of Bureaucracy, Democracy and the Media: The Effective
Spokesperson,” in Ali
Farazmand (ed.), Bureaucracy and
Administration (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2009), chapter
Relations and External Communications during
in Jack Pinkowski (ed.), Disaster Management
Handbook (Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press, 2008), chapter 19.
State Legislature,” in Thomas Holbrook (ed.), Wisconsin
Government and Politics, 9th ed. (Boston: McGraw-Hill
Learning Solutions, 2008), chapter 8.
Using Managing-for-Results Data to
in John M. Kamensky and Albert Morales (eds.), Managing
for Results 2005 (Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield,
2005), chapter 4. Also published as a monograph E-Reporting:
Strengthening Democratic Accountability
(Washington, DC: IBM Center for the Business of Government, 2004).
Congress vs. the Bureaucracy
was selected by the University of Oklahoma Press from its 2011 list for
its annual Rothbaum Prize for “exceptional
scholarship and writing on American politics and history,”
Faculty Distinguished Public Service Award, UW-Milwaukee,
IBM Center for the Business of Government, research
grant, 2003, $15,000
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association, grant for
conduct research at the Hoover Presidential Library (West Branch, IA),
Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt
Institute, grant for
travel expenses to conduct research at the Roosevelt Presidential
Library (Hyde Park, NY), 2002
33rd annual Fromkin
Lectureship, Golda Meir Library, UW-Milwaukee,
October 17, 2002: Receiving from Peter
of Libraries, a
framed poster after presenting the 33rd annual
Fromkin Lecture, on FDR's
Office of Government Reports
Occasional news and elections analyst on WITI (Channel 6) in
news with co-anchors Ted Perry and Mary Stoker Smith
Tribute to James L. McCamy
James L. McCamy (1906-1995) was a professor of
Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and my undergraduate
adviser when I was a senior (1969-1970).
Jim introduced me both to the field of public administration
topic of government public relations, the latter the subject of his
and first book. The more I heard, the more interested I became.
Thanks to his excellent advice, I applied to do graduate work at
Maxwell School. I earned a Ph.D. in Public
Administration and wrote my
dissertation on government PR (and Congressional efforts to control
it). Jim was the best mentor a person could wish for. He
two scholarly paths that I otherwise would never had known about. For
me, both subjects became lifelong interests. I am eternally indebted to
For those interested in government public
relations, I have compiled a bibliography of his
writings on that subject (in chronological order):
Reporting in Texas State
thesis in political science,
University of Texas-Austin, 1932, unpublished.
- Government Publicity: Its Practice in
Federal Administration (Chicago: University of Chicago Press,
Relations in Public Administration,”
Carleton B. Joeckel (ed.), Current
Issues in Library Administration: Papers Presented Before the Library
Institute of the University of Chicago, August 1-12, 1938
(Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1939) 301-21, 383.
in the Growth of Federal Publicity,”
Opinion Quarterly 3:2 (April 1939) 285-92.
Opinion Quarterly 3:3 (July 1939) 473-75.
Polls and Public Administration,”
with Henry A. Wallace, Public Opinion Quarterly 4:2
(June 1940) 221-23.
- "A Word to Personnel Administrators," Personnel Administration 4:5
(January 1942) 4-5.
- Government Publications for the Citizen,
with the assistance of Julia B. McCamy (New York: Columbia University
to the Discussants,”
in Lester Asheim (ed.), A
Forum on the Public Library Inquiry: The Conference at the University
of Chicago Graduate Library School, August 8-13, 1949 (New
York: Columbia University Press, 1950) 191-98.
Role of the Public and Congress”
(Chapter 14), The
Administration of American Foreign Affairs (New York: Alfred
A. Knopf, 1950).
- Section on public opinion and administrative
publicity in “We
Need More Personalized Administration,”
A. Nigro (ed.), Public Administration Readings and Documents
(New York: Rinehart, 1951) 474-77.
- Book review of J.A.R. Pimlott, Public
Relations and American Democracy (Princeton, NJ: Princeton
University Press, 1951). In American Political Science Review
45:4 (December 1951) 1193-94.
- “Public Opinion”
(Chapter 20), American
Government (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1957). (Also Instructor’s Manual section for Chapter
on propaganda (Section 7 of Chapter 11), Conduct
of the New Diplomacy (New York: Harper & Row, 1964).
and Public Opinion,”
in Scott M.
Cutlip (ed.), Public Opinion and Public Administration: A
Symposium Based on Papers Presented at the 1964 National Conference on
Public Administration (University [Tuscaloosa]: University of
Alabama Bureau of Public
Administration for the American Society
for Public Administration, 1965) 3-9.
- Book review of Donald
C. Rowat (ed.), The
Defender (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1965).
In Midwest Journal of Political Science 11:2 (May 1967)
(Chapter 8), The
Quality of the Environment (New York: Free Press, 1972).
guest lecture at
School, Syracuse University, October
11, 1972, unpublished.
Perhaps my own writings on government public relations
might be viewed as a continuation of his oeuvre, albeit in a minor key.