Associate Professor
University of Illinois Chicago
412 South Peoria Street
Chicago, IL 60607-7064
United States
(312) 355-0304

James R. Thompson is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois–Chicago, where he teaches courses in public personnel management, information technology, and public management. His primary research interests are in the areas of personnel management, civil service reform, administrative reform, and organizational change in the public sector. He is the co-editor of Transforming Government: Lessons From the Reinvention Laboratories (1998) and the author or co-author of several articles addressing issues of administrative reform and strategic change in public organizations, including “Reinvention as Reform: Assessing the National Performance Review,” winner of the Mosher Award as best article by an academician in Public Administration Review in 2000.

Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. in public administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University in 1996, he worked in local government in New York State at the city and county levels.


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