About the Author

 WILLIAM N. DUNN is Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Pittsburgh. He holds a B.A. (Political Science) from the University of California, Santa Barbara and an M.A. (Government) and Ph.D. (International Relations and Government) from the Claremont Graduate School.

In addition to policy papers prepared for national, state, and local governments in the United States and the Republic of Macedonia, Dr. Dunn has published more than 100 articles, papers, and reports in areas of strategic planning and policy, policy analysis and program evaluation methodology, knowledge utilization, and the epistemology and methodology of the social and policy sciences. His published books and edited volumes include Workers' Self-Management and Organizational Power in Yugoslavia (1976--with Josip Obradovic), Values, Ethics, and the Practice of Policy Analysis (1983), Policy Analysis: Perspectives, Concepts, and Methods (1986), Advances in Policy Studies Since 1950 (1993--with Rita Mae Kelly), Public Policy Analysis (1981). Recent publications include Public Policy Analysis, 3rd ed. (2004), The Experimenting Society: Essays in Honor of Donald T. Campbell (1998), “Probing the Boundaries of Ignorance in Policy Analysis,” American Behavioral Scientist 40, 3 (January 1997), “A Look Inside Think Tanks,” Economic Reform Today, No. 3 (1996), "Policies as Arguments," in John Forrester and Frank Fischer (eds.) The Argumentation Turn in Policy Analysis and Planning (1993), "Discovering the Boundaries of Ignorance in Policy Research: A Continuous Measure of Errors of the Third Type (EIII)," in Frans Leeuw (ed.), Utilizing Policy Research: Essays in Honor of Mark van de Vall (1993), and "Problem-Centered Intervention Research: Methods of the Second Type," in Jack Rothman and Edwin J. Thomas (eds.), Intervention Research: Design and Development for Human Service (1993). A list of other publications is available on request.

Dr. Dunn has received grants from the International Research and Exchanges Board (IREX), the Fulbright Commission, the U.S. Department of Education, the Exxon Education Foundation, the National Science Foundation (NSF), the United States Information Agency (USIA), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Soros Fund, World Learning, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Government of Macedonia, and the United States Department of State (Economic and Cultural Affairs), the Network of Schools and Institutes of Public Administration in Central and Easter Europe (NISPAcee), and the City of Pittsburgh. His consulting includes assignments with the World Bank, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the Pennsylvania General Assembly, and General Motors Corporation.

Dr. Dunn is recipient of a Resolution of Commendation for public service awarded by the Pennsylvania House of Representatives and winner of awards for the development of case-study methodology in the study of management innovations (Douglas McGregor Memorial Award), methodological innovation in the study of public policy (Donald T. Campbell Award), the best policy studies article published in 1988 (Jeffrey Pressman Award), the best policy studies book published in 1992 (Aaron Wildavsky Award-with Rita Mae Kelly), the 1994 Distinguished Alumnus Award of the Claremont Graduate School, induction into the Claremont Graduate School Hall of Fame (2002), an honor given to one graduate annually since 1928. He is recipient of the 2007 Elena Brunovska Award for Teaching Excellence in Public Administration, which is awarded annually by the Network of Institutes and School of Public Administration in Central and Eastern Europe (NISPACEE).

He is past president of the Policy Studies Organization, former editor of Knowledge: Creation, Diffusion, Utilization, founding editor of Knowledge and Policy: The International Journal of Knowledge Transfer and Utilization, and past editor of Policy Studies Review Annual.

He teaches in areas of policy analysis, program evaluation, research methods and statistics, knowledge utilization/social marketing, and the philosophy of the social and policy sciences. Throughout the 1980s he directed the University of Pittsburgh Program for the Study of Knowledge Use, a national and international leader in knowledge-transfer theory and research. In this period, he also directed the University of Pittsburgh-Commonwealth of Pennsylvania-Legislative Office of Research Liaison (LORL) Program, which, supported by the Exxon Education Foundation, was responsible for producing several hundred policy papers for members of the Pennsylvania General Assembly. Recently he has worked with the Center for International Private Enterprise, the International Chamber of Commerce, and the World Bank on the development of capacities for policy research and analysis in think tanks in Eastern Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. He is an elected member (2003-05) of the Board of Directors of the American Chamber of Commerce in Macedonia. A Balkan specialist, with extensive experience in Macedonia and other areas of the former Yugoslavia, his language competencies include Macedonian, Serbian, Russian, and French.