Jensen wins 2005 Johnson Award for paper on public ethics

Laura Jensen, associate professor of Political Science and a faculty member at the Center for Public Policy and Administration, has received the 2005 Johnson Award for Best Paper in Ethics and Accountability in the Public Sector in the "established scholar" category.

Her paper, "Public Ethics, Legal Accountability, and the New Governance," co-authored with Sheila Suess Kennedy of Indiana University in Indianapolis, is slated for publication as a chapter in the new volume of “Ethics in Public Management,” edited by H. George Frederickson and Richard K. Ghere.

In addition to a monetary prize of $2,500, the paper will also appear on the Johnson Institute''s website. One of the reviewers of the paper described it as, “a well written, interesting paper on the nature of governmental accountability...Highly relevant to current challenges."

The Johnson Institute for Responsible Leadership is a program of the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

The goal of the Johnson Award is “to stimulate disciplined reflection and rigorous inquiry on issues of ethics and accountability of particular interest to the public and nonprofit sectors.”

Jensen’s research and teaching interests are in the areas of welfare state development, federalism and intergovernmental relations, state and local government, American social policy, the administrative state, and administrative law. She is the author of “Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy” and numerous journal articles.

She holds a master of public affairs and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Connecticut.