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James K. Conant

James K. Conant



631 Van Metre Hall, MSN: 3B1
Fairfax, Virginia 22033

Affiliation: Center on the Public Service


James K. Conant is Professor of Government and Politics at George Mason University. His research and publications are focused on public budgeting and financial management, executive branch organization and management, homeland security, and environmental policy and management. His work has been published in Public Administration ReviewPublic Budgeting and FinanceMunicipal Finance JournalReview of Public Personnel AdministrationThe International Journal of Public AdministrationState and Local Government ReviewJournal of Environmental Practice, and other journals and edited books. He is co-editor of Dollars and Sense: Policy Choices and the Wisconsin Budget (1991), the author of Wisconsin Politics and Government: America’s Laboratory of Democracy (2006) and the lead author of the Life Cycles of the Council on Environmental Quality and the Environmental Protection Agency: 1970 – 2035 (2016). Professor Conant has contributed original research to two national commissions on the public service (Volker Commission; Winter Commission), and he has served as a consultant to a variety of organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors, including environmental protection, transportation, education, human services, and homeland security organizations.

Professor Conant has been a member of the faculty at George Mason University since 1996. At George Mason, he has served as Associate Dean for the College of Arts and Sciences and as MPA Director. Before joining the faculty at George Mason University, he served on the faculties at Rutgers University, New York University, and the University of Oklahoma, and as a Visiting Professor at the LaFollette Institute of Public Affairs, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Conant’s Ph.D. in Political Science is from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Areas of Research:

  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Protection
  • Executive Branch Organization and Management
  • Federalism/State and Local Government
  • Leadership
  • Organizations
  • Public Administration
  • Public Budgeting
  • Public Law
  • Homeland Security