Alan R. Shark

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Associate Professor

Contact Information
Arlington Campus, Van Metre Hall, Room 667
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Dr. Alan R. Shark comes to the Schar School from Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration where is served as Associate Professor of Practice from 2009 thru 2017. His focus has been technology leadership, governance, civic engagement, and emerging technologies in government. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, he serves as the Executive Director of Public Technology Institute (PTI) a nonprofit headquartered in Washington DC. (See

Among his more recent work, he is the author of the textbook Technology & Public Management, 7 Trends That Will Transform Local Governments through Technology, Smarter Cities for a Bright and Sustainable Future, and CIO Leadership for CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices.

His work has been supported by the Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Nations, OECD, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Dr. Shark was elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, where he serves as chair for the NAPA Standing Panel on Technology Leadership. He earned his doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Areas of Research

  • Technology Leadership in Government
  • Civic Media and Digital Service Delivery
  • IT Governance
  • Cyber Security Policy and Governance