Andrew Whitford


Andrew Whitford

Sunday, March 28th, 2010 - 12:50

Andrew Whitford is Alexander M. Crenshaw Professor of Public Policy and MPA Director in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Georgia. Previously he taught at the University of Kansas and Rice University.

In 1999, he also served as a Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research at the University of Michigan School of Public Health (Cohort VI). In 2009, he served as Hallsworth Visiting Professor in Political Economy at the University of Manchester. Earlier, he was a Rotary International Ambassadorial Scholar at the National University of Singapore, and a Fulbright German Studies Seminar Scholar. Currently, he is Visiting Honorary Senior Research Associate in the School of Public Policy at University College London.

Having published over 70 papers in peer-reviewed journals, law reviews, and edited books, Professor Whitford writes broadly on topics in public management and policy design.  His previous book, Presidential Rhetoric and the Public Agenda: Constructing the War on Drugs, written with Jeff Yates of Binghamton University, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2009. His next book, written with Gary J. Miller of Washington University in St. Louis, will be Above Politics: Bureaucratic Discretion and Credible Commitment. His papers on the Social Science Research Network have been downloaded almost 7,000 times. His Erdős number is 3. In 2013, he received the School of Public and International Affairs Award for Excellence in Research at the University of Georgia. He has been named “Professor of the Year” by the MPA students at the University of Georgia twice.

His public management research concentrates on organization theory, models of decision making and adaptation, and accountability in the bureaucracy. His interests in public policy include regulation and environmental and public health policy. He has extensive experience in the use of statistical, simulation, and experimental methods for understanding organizational behavior and individual choice.

Previous service in government includes work with the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and consultation with the U.S. Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance.

He currently serves as a Co-Editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. He also serves on the board of editors for the Political Research Quarterly, the Policy Studies Journal, the International Public Management Journal, and Korea Journal. He has received grants from the National Science Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Russell Sage Foundation, and the IBM Endowment for the Business of Government, among others.

Professor Whitford received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Washington University in St. Louis in 1997. His site is

Whitford is also Principal at Informative Analytics, LLC.