Professor of Public Affairs
Office: 212 Observatory Hill Office Building
Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
University of Wisconsin - Madison
1225 Observatory Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1211
Donald Moynihan is Professor of Public Affairs and served as the Associate Director of the La Follette School from 2009-2012. His research examines the application of organization theory to public management issues such as performance, budgeting, homeland security, election administration, and employee behavior. In particular, he studies the selection and implementation of public management reforms.
Professor Moynihan has presented his research on public sector performance to policymakers at the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, the World Bank and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. His book, The Dynamics of Performance Management: Constructing Information and Reform, was named best book by the Academy of Management's Public and Nonprofit Division and received the Herbert Simon award from the American Political Science Association, which honors the book with the most significant influence in public administration scholarship in the last three to five years. Read reviews here. He created the Performance Information Project, which tracks research on performance management.
Moynihan’s work has appeared in Nature, the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and numerous other scholarly journals. Journal articles Moynihan has authored have won awards from the Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management (2002), the American Review of Public Administration (2003), Public Administration Review (2007), and Public Administration (2013). On three occasions Moynihan has won the American Society for Public Administration Wholey Award for outstanding scholarship on performance in public and nonprofit organizations (2009, 2011, and 2013). He won the 2011 National Academy of Public Administration/Wilder School award for scholarship in social equity. Moynihan received the 2012 Distinguished Research Award from ASPA and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.
Moynihan is co-editor of Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory and co-editor of Public Administration Review for the Theory to Practice section. He is president-elect of the Public Management Research Association and serves on the APPAM Policy Council. In 2011 he was elected to the National Academy of Public Administration.
A native of Ireland, Moynihan completed his bachelor's of arts in public administration at the University of Limerick, and his master's and Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.