Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts is director of the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy
Professor and Director
School of Public Policy & Department of Political Science


226 Thompson Hall


(617) 599-9029

Alasdair Roberts is the Director of the School of Public Policy and a Professor of Political Science. He writes extensively on problems of governance, law and public policy. His next book, Can Government Do Anything Right?, will be published by Polity Books in January 2018. His last book, Four Crises of American Democracy, was published by Oxford University Press in 2017. His other books are: The End of Protest: How Free-Market Capitalism Learned to Control Dissent, (Cornell University Press, 2013); America’s First Great Depression (Cornell University Press, 2012); The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government (Oxford University Press, 2010), which received an honorable mention from the Best Book award committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research; and The Collapse of Fortress Bush: The Crisis of Authority in American Government (New York University Press, 2008).

Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, received the Brownlow Book Award from the US National Academy of Public Administration, and three other academic book awards. Professor Roberts has also won several awards for his journal articles.

Professor Roberts was elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007. From 2009 to 2017, he was co-editor of the journal Governance. He serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field of public administration.

Research interests: 

Governance, law, and public policy


Ph.D. in Public Policy: Harvard University, 1994; MPP: Harvard University, 1986; J.D.: University of Toronto, 1984