BiographyJohn C. Morris is a professor and Chair of the School of Public Service at Old Dominion University. He also holds a joint appointment as a professor of political science in the Department of Political Science and Geography at ODU. He has been a member of the faculty at ODU since 2002. Prior to that time, Dr. Morris served as a faculty member at Mississippi State University. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Auburn University in 1994. He has also served as Research Coordinator at the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University, and as a Research Associate with Policy Studies Associates, Inc., in Washington, DC.
Dr. Morris teaches courses in collaboration, public policy, organization theory, privatization, and policy evaluation in both the master of public administration program and PhD in public administration and urban policy programs. He has won several teaching awards over the course of his career. He also serves on the editorial boards of two journals, has served on the program committee for three national conferences, and is a member of several professional organizations and honoraries.
His research interests include collaboration, privatization, water policy, federalism, and organization theory. He has published in journals such as Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, the Journal of Politics, Publius, Politics and Policy, State and Local Government Review, and Environmental Politics, among others. To date he has published six books, over 50 scholarly articles, delivered more than eighty conference papers, and has three more articles forthcoming. Dr. Morris currently has a book in development with Lexington Press, and two more book manuscripts are in various stages of completion.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Collaboration and Governance
Civil Society and Public Service