Norma Riccucci – 2018 John Gaus Award Recipient

The American Political Science Association (APSA) presented the John Gaus Award to Professor Norma Riccucci at the 2018 APSA Annual Meeting & Exhibition, the world’s largest gathering of political scientists and source for emerging scholarship in the discipline. The award carries a $2,000 prize and the recipient delivers a lecture at the APSA Annual Meeting.

Professor Norma Riccucci is the Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Public Administration at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark.

Professor Riccucci’s history of exemplary scholarship is reflected in the numerous awards that she has received and in 2005, Professor Riccucci was inducted into the National Academy of Public Administration.

Professor Riccucci has published extensively in the areas of public management, affirmative action, human resources and public sector labor relations. Her work in the joint tradition of political science and public administration has resulted in a long list of high quality publications including:  Public Administration: Traditions of Inquiry and Philosophies of Knowledge, which received the 2012 Best Book Award from the Research section of the American Society of Public Administration);  How Management Matters: Street Level Bureaucrats and Welfare Reform  which received the 2009 Best Book Award from the public administration section of the American Political Science Association; and Managing Diversity in Public Sector Workforces. Her book, Unsung Heroes: Federal Execucrats Making a Difference, which captures and analyzes evidence of heroic behavior of high level career federal government service employees was listed as one of 20 “most influential books” in Public Administration. She is also co-author of the leading public personnel textbook in the field of public administration.

As one of her nominators states, “It is difficult to think of any other public administration-political science scholar who has contributed more to our understanding of affirmative action and diversity management in government employment than Professor Riccucci.”