The Sydney Stein, Jr. Professor of Public Management Emeritus

About Laurence E. Lynn, Jr.

Laurence E. Lynn, Jr. has been the Sydney Stein, Jr. Professor of Public Management Emeritus at the University of Chicago since retiring in 2002 after serving on the faculties of the Harris School and the School of Social Service Administration (SSA), where he was dean from 1983 to 1988. He stepped down as Sid Richardson Research Professor at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin, in May 2014, although he continues an affiliation with the School.

His previous faculty affiliations have included the John F. Kennedy School of government at Harvard University, the George Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University, and the Manchester (UK) Business School. During his academic career, he also served as a board member, consultant, and committee chair for numerous public and nonprofit agencies, including the National Research Council, the World Bank, and Chicago’s Metropolitan Planning Council.

Lynn spent nearly a decade in senior policy making positions in the U.S. federal government, including the Department of Defense, where he was a deputy assistant secretary for resource analysis, the National Security Council, where he was director of program analysis, the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, where he was assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, and the Department of Interior, where he was assistant secretary for program development and budget. He was a first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Infantry from 1964 to 1966.

Lynn’s most recent books are Public Management: Old and New, Madison’sManagers: Public Administration and the Constitution (with Anthony M. Bertelli, an SSA Ph.D.), and a textbook, Public Management: A Three Dimensional Approach(with Harris School Ph.D. Carolyn J. Hill); a second edition is in preparation. His publications also include serving as editor or co-editor of numerous books, including The Oxford Handbook of Public Management, and an extensive list of journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, essays, working papers, and teaching cases.

For his public service, Lynn received the Secretary of Defense Meritorious Civilian Service Medal and a Presidential Certificate of Distinguished Achievement. For lifetime contributions to public administration research and practice, he was selected as a John Gaus lecturer by the American Political Science Association, a recipient of the Dwight Waldo and Paul Van Riper awards by the American Society for Public Administration, the recipient of the inaugural H. George Frederickson award by the Public Management Research Association, and, most recently, the Charles H. Levine Memorial Lecturer at American University.

A native Californian, Lynn earned an AB degree in economics from the University of California at Berkeley and a Ph.D. in economics from Yale University. He has five children and eight grandchildren and now lives with his artist wife, Pat, in Austin, Texas and in San Pablo de Buceite, Andalusia, Spain.