The John Gaus Distinguished Lecturer Award honors the recipient's lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration and, more generally, recognizes and encourages scholarship in public administration.
Award Committee: Jørgen Grønnegaard Christensen, University of Aarhus; Kathryn Newcomer, George Washington University, Chair; Meredith A. Newman, University of Illinois, Springfield
Recipient: Kenneth J. Meier, Texas A&M University
Citation: The American Political Science Association confers the 2006 John Gaus award on Kenneth J. Meier in recognition of a "lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration." Dr. Meier is the Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University. He has spent a long career working at the intersection of political science and public administration and is one of this generation's most prolific scholars. He has displayed a willingness to push the frontier of public administration research and be critical of views that are too easily accepted at that moment. He also has a joint appointment at the Cardiff University of Business in Wales as a professor of public management.
Dr. Meier has employed a multi-disciplinary approach combining normative and empirical questions in his research. Over his career he has examined political patronage, government corruption, antitrust policy, insurance regulation, agricultural policy, education policy, public health policy, access to abortion and family planning, child support enforcement, sexual assault, gender and bureaucracy, gay rights, drug and alcohol policy, tobacco policy, gun control policy, and a large number of other issues.
Dr. Meier is currently the director of both the Texas Educational Excellence Project and the Cantu Hispanic Education and Opportunity Endowment. He is also Chair of the American Political Science Association’ Public Administration Section’s Mentoring Committee. Currently he is an associate editor for Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory as well as the Johns Hopkins University Series in Public Management. From 1994 to 1997 he was the editor of the American Journal of Political Science and from 1991 to 1993 he served as associate editor of the Journal of Politics. He also is president of the Midwest Political Science Association and the Public Management Research Association.
Among his awards are the American Society of Public Administration’s Charles H. Levine (2005) and William E. and Frederick C. Mosher Awards (2005), the ASPA/NASPAA Distinguished Research Award (2003), and the Herbert Kaufman Best Paper Award (2001 and 1992). He is also a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.