Jane Fountain

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Distinguished University Professor
School of Public Policy & Department of Political Science


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.

Fountain 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, and 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.

She received her PhD in political science and organizational behavior from Yale University.

Research interests: 

institutions, global information, and communication technologies; governance

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