Jane Fountain

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

Jane Fountain

Distinguished University Professor
Political Science/SPP


316 Thompson Hall


(413) 545-1007

Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy. She is also the founder and director of the National Center for Digital Government (NCDG); director of the UMass Science, Technology and Society (STS) Initiative; senior researcher at the Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing (for nanoscience research); and the PI or co-PI on NSF and other grants totaling almost $17 million. She is the author of Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change, which has been translated into four languages. Her research has also appeared in Governance, Technology in Society, Science and Public Policy, the National Civic Review, among other journals. She is a member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government and a 2010 UMass Outstanding Accomplishments in Research and Creative Activity recipient.

Research interests: 

institutions, global information, and communication technologies; governance


Ph.D. in Political Science and Organizational Behavior: Yale, 1990

Courses taught: 

PUBP&A 602: Public Management, PUBP&A 697J Organization Theory & Design


Global governance; technology and open government; institutional structure and governance