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Biographical note

Alasdair Roberts is a Professor of Public Affairs at the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri.  He also holds a courtesy appointment in the School of Law and an adjunct appointment in the Department of Political Science at the University of Missouri.

In September 2017, he will move to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he will serve as inaugural Director of the School of Public Policy.

Professor Roberts was a member of the public administration faculty of Queen’s University in Canada from 1990 to 2001, and the Maxwell School at Syracuse University from 2001 to 2008. He was the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University from 2008 to 2014.

Professor Roberts writes extensively on problems of governance, law and public policy.  His latest book, Four Crises of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2017.  His last book, The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent, was published by Cornell University Press in 2013.  Cornell University Press also published his book America’s First Great Depression in 2012.  His previous book, The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government, was published by Oxford University Press in 2010.  In 2011 it received an honorable mention from the Best Book award committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research.

An earlier book, The Collapse of Fortress Bush: The Crisis of Authority in American Government, was published by New York University Press in 2008.  Kirkus Reviews called it “a trenchant analysis of the last eight years of American political history.”  Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, published by Cambridge University Press, received the 2006 Brownlow Book Award from the US National Academy of Public Administration, and three other academic book awards.  Professor Roberts has also won several awards for his journal articles.

Professor Roberts was elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007.  He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the School of Public Policy, University College London.  He is co-editor of the journal Governance and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field of public administration.

Professor Roberts received a JD from the University of Toronto in 1984, a Master’s degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1994. His web address is

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