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Douglas Morgan
Douglas Morgan

Professor Emeritus, Public Administration


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Dr. Douglas (Doug) Morgan is Professor Emeritus of Public Administration in the Hatfield School of Government.


Dr. Morgan's scholarly work includes more than two dozen monographs and book chapters on leadership, ethics and the role of public administrators in governance. His most recent co-authored books include, Leadership Tools for Local Government Officials: Guardians of Good Governance (forthcoming 2020 Routledge), New Public Leadership: Making a Difference from Where We Sit (Routledge2019); Foundations of Public Service, 3rd edition (forthcoming with Routledge 2020); New Public Governance: A Regime-Centered Perspective (M.E. Sharpe 2014); Budgeting for Local Governments and Communities (M.E. Sharpe 015). His article on "The Limits of Reinventing Government: What Middle Managers do in Local Government" received the Brownlow Award in 1994 for the best practitioner-focused article in The Public Administration Review .

Dr. Morgan has been active within a variety of professional organizations.  He has served as a founding member of the Public Administration Theory, been president of the Northwest Political Science Association and the Oregon Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration.  He has served on the editorial board of Administration and Society and Administrative Theory and Praxis.  In addition, he has served in an elected governing role for the Portland Public School Board and been a member of more than a half dozen special purpose task forces and blue ribbon committees for agencies within the Portland Metropolitan area.  These have included chairing the Public Review Utility Board for the City of Portland and serving as a member of the Regional Water Advisory Committee for the Water Bureau.

Active in a variety of community service roles, Dr. Morgan has served as an elected member of the Portland Public School Board. Over the years Dr. Morgan has served in a variety of academic administrative roles, including founding the Hatfield School’s Center for Public Service, chairing three academic departments, serving two tours as a Dean, and chairing a large number of oversight committees and faculty governing bodies.

Dr. Morgan has a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Chicago in Political Science and a B.A. in Political Science from Claremont McKenna. He spent one year at the London School of Economics and Political science and has participated in three post-doctoral fellowship programs.

For fun Dr. Morgan fly fishes and spends time with his spouse gardening,  commiserating on the human condition, and socializing a grandson to the joys of nature.