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Dean Jonathan GS Koppell

Jonathan Koppell is dean of Arizona State University’s Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions and is the Lattie and Elva Coor Presidential Chair in the School of Public Affairs.

He actively engages in Arizona civic affairs while leading the emergence of Watts College as the nation’s largest public service college centering on direct action to address society’s most challenging issues. Emphasizing the transcendent focus on “public goods” that unifies the specializations of the college’s four distinct schools (criminal justice, community development, public administration and policy, and social work), Koppell is passionate about connecting the college to the community and preparing students for lives of community engagement and service.

Koppell joined ASU in 2010 as Director of the School of Public Affairs after spending 10 years on the faculty of the Yale School of Management at Yale University, where he served as an associate professor of Politics, Policy and Organization and directed the university’s Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and Performance. In 2003, he served as Fulbright Lecturer and Professor of Public Administration and Public Policy at Fudan University in Shanghai, China.

Prior to joining Yale, Koppell was a Markle Fellow of the New America Foundation in Washington, DC, writing on issues regarding technology and public policy.

His career in public service began as a research assistant with the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight, an independent agency created to oversee mortgage finance giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. He was with OFHEO from 1993-1995 before returning to graduate school.

Koppell’s research and writing broadly examine the design and administration of complex organizations in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He is recognized as a leading authority on public-private hybrid organizations, accountability in governance and international rulemaking and regulation. In 2012, Koppell was elected as Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, the field’s highest honor.

His book “World Rule: Accountability, Legitimacy and the Design of Global Governance” reveals the hidden world of “global governance organizations” such as the World Trade Organization, the International Organization for Standardization and the International Accounting Standards Board that have more effect on our daily lives than we might imagine. Both his academic articles and previous book, “The Politics of Quasi-Government,” address many of the key policy issues of the moment, including government involvement in for-profit enterprise, regulation of financial institutions and corporate governance.

Since arriving in Arizona, Koppell has been active in a variety of organizations including Local First Arizona Foundation (board member, chair), Arizona Multibank (board member), Center for the Future of Arizona (council member) and the Human Services Campus (board member).

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