Frances S. Berry Receives the 2022 John Gaus Award

The John Gaus Award is presented annually by the American Political Science Association (APSA) to honor a lifetime of exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration.  Berry will deliver the Gaus Lecture on Friday, September 16th at 6:30pm ET as part of the APSA Annual Meeting.

Dr. Frances S. Berry is the Askew Eminent Scholar and Frank Sherwood Professor in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University.  A Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration, awarded the Distinguished Research Award (2013), from ASPA and NASPPA, and the Frederickson Award (2021) from the Public Management Research Association, she served as President of PMRA (2013-2015), and President of NASPPAA (2011).  Before becoming a faculty member, Prof. Berry worked as a legislative analyst in the Minnesota legislature and a policy analyst in the MN Dept. of Public Welfare before working for ten years at the Council of State Governments where she served as director of research and associated organizations.  Prof. Berry’s expertise is in policy and management innovation and diffusion; public policy and governance theory, and strategic and performance management.

Citation from the Award Committee: 

It is the privilege of the 2022 John Gaus Award Committee to recognize Professor Frances Stokes Berry, the Reubin O’D. Askew Eminent Scholar and Frank Sherwood Professor of Public Administration in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University, as the recipient of this well-deserved honor.

Professor Berry’s extensive work on policy innovation and diffusion, program evaluation, and strategic and performance management has profoundly influenced scholarship in political science and public administration.  Her seminal American Political Science Review article, “State Lottery Adoptions as Policy Innovations: An Event History Analysis,” set the research agenda for the next generation of scholars interested in policy innovation and change.  As one metric of impact, this piece alone has been cited nearly 2,400 times according to Google scholar.  A common theme that emerges throughout her research is the value gained by incorporating work from a variety of research communities.  As noted by her nominators, Professor Berry’s “widely cited work on policy implementation, state policy-making and policy diffusion sits firmly at the nexus of public administration and political science.”

In recognition of her innovative and insightful work, Professor Berry has received a number of awards, including the George Frederickson Award (2021) for “career contributions to the field of public management” from the Public Management Research Association and the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Researcher Award (2014) that recognizes “an individual whose published work has had a substantial impact on the thought and understanding of public administration.”  She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, inducted in 2006, and served as president of the Public Management Research Association and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration.

As a result of her dedication to training and mentoring doctoral students, Professor Berry’s outstanding contributions to scholarship have been amplified by her impressive network of doctoral students.  She has served as doctoral committee chair or co-chair for more than 30 students and as a committee member for more than 75 students.

As the letter from her nominators states, “Perhaps more than any other Public Administration scholar alive today, Dr. Berry’s long and distinguished career embodies the spirit of the Gaus Award.”

APSA thanks the committee members for their service: Dr. Susan Marie Miller (chair) of Arizona State University, Dr. Anna A. Amirkhanyan of American University, and Asmus Leth Olsen of the University of Copenhagen.

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