Dr. Berry is serving as Past President of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA) in 2015-2017, and as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in 2011.
Frank Sherwood Professor of Public Administration
Specializations: Public and Strategic Management, Public Policy, Policy Innovation and Diffusion, State and Local Politics, Intergovernmental Relations, Program Evaluation
Phone: (850) 644-7604
Dr. Frances Berry is the Reubin O’D. Askew Eminent Scholar and the Frank Sherwood Professor of Public Administration in the Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University. She was elected a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration in 2006. She was a Fulbright Scholar to the Republic of China in 2009. In 2014, she was given the Distinguished Research Award (2013), a joint award from American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), and the National Association of Schools of Public Administration and Policy (NASPAA), awarded annually to one scholar whose work has made a significant impact on the field of public administration. Dr. Berry served as Director of the Askew School from 2003-2009 and as MPA Director from 1998-2003. She joined the faculty at Florida State University in 1990.
Dr. Berry has had accomplished careers in both applied and academic settings. Before assuming a faculty position in 1990, Berry worked nearly fifteen years as a practitioner, starting as a legislative analyst in Minnesota and rising to the Director of Research and Executive Development for the Council of State Governments (CSG), where she managed a staff of seventy and administered committees on management and policy for governors, legislators and other senior state officials.
Prof. Berry’s expertise is in policy innovation and diffusion and change; program evaluation; strategic and performance management; and public policy. In the last five years, Dr. Berry has given invited talks at the MacArthur Foundation, many conferences and numerous universities in the U. S., Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan; and has served as an invited external reviewer for seven public administration programs at leading universities in the U. S. and Europe. She has conducted over forty management and policy consulting studies with state and local governments since 1990. She has written over fifty articles and chapters, and her research has been published in leading public administration and political science journals, including Public Administration Review, American Political Science Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Public Performance and Management Review, and American Journal of Political Science. She serves on six leading public administration and political science editorial boards. She has also won a University teaching Award at FSU.
She has served the profession through a variety of prominent leadership positions in public administration professional organizations, including currently serving as Past President of the Public Management Research Association (PMRA) in 2015-2017, and as President of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in 2011. She has also been President of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)’s section on Public Administration Research (SPAR), ASPA’s Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management (SIAM), the North Florida Chapter of ASPA, and the Southeast Evaluation Association (SEA), and has served as Chair or on the executive boards of numerous public administration and public policy professional sections.
On campus at Florida State University, Dr. Berry has served as Chair of the FSU Commission on the Status of Women, chaired program reviews for the Graduate Policy Committee, and served as a member of the FSU Athletic Committee, including serving as Chair of the Academic Standards Subcommittee. She currently serves on the Askew School’s Policy and Ph.D. and MPA Committees, FSU’s Faculty Senate, FSU’s Fulbright Student Selection Committee, as Vice President to the Phi Beta Kappa chapter at FSU, and the College of Social Sciences’ Tenure and Promotion Committee. Berry received a B.A. (cum laude) in political science from Washington University (St. Louis) and a Masters in Public Administration and a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Minnesota
Ph.D., University of Minnesota, Political Science
Recent Publications and Papers
“Limits on Innovativeness in Local Government: Examining Capacity, Complexity and Dynamism in Organizational Task Environments,” with Richard Walker and Claudia Avellaneda, Public Administration, September 2015: 663-683.
“Stakeholders in the Same Bed with Different Dreams: Semantic Network Analysis of Issue Interpretation in Risk Policy Related to Mad Cow Disease," with Seunghoo Lim and Keon Lee, Journal of Public Administration and Theory, published online, January 2015, forthcoming in hard copy.
“Successful Diffusion of a Failed Policy: The Case of ‘Pay for Performance’ in the U.S. Federal Government,” with Seejeen Park, Public Management Review, 2014. (Selected as Honorable Mention for Best Article of the Year in 2014 for Public Management Review.)
Practice-Based Performance Management: An International Handbook, edited by Patria de Lancer Julnes, Frances Berry, Maria Aristigueta, and Kaifeng Yang. Sage Publications, Oak Park, CA, 2007.
Fulbright Scholar, Taiwan, 2009.
“An Evaluation of Florida’s AmeriCorps Programs’ Capability for Strengthening