Howard McCurdy
Ph.D., Cornell University

Professor McCurdy is an affiliate professor at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance and a full professor with tenure at the American University School of Public Affairs in Washington, D.C. He has published eight books on space and science policy and three books on public administration, plus a variety of articles. Subjects include the effect of imagination on public policy, organizational culture, managerial innovation, presidential leadership, administrative theory, and the intellectual development of public administration, among other subjects. He received his bachelors and master’s degrees from the University of Washington and his doctorate from Cornell University. A native of the Pacific Northwest, he has worked as a legislative aide at the Washington State Legislature and a management analyst for the U.S. Office of Management and Budget.

Professional Title: 
Affiliate Professor
Professor of Public Affairs in the Public Administration and Policy Department at American University
Current Position: 
Affiliate Professor
Courses taught: 
  • PBAF 506: Ethics and Public Policy
  • PBAF 508: Managing Service Delivery
  • PBAF 583: Science, Technology, and Public Policy