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Dr. Domonic A. Bearfield is a Professor at the Trachtenberg School. A well-known scholar of race, gender, and public sector personnel, his work has appeared in many of the field's leading journals. He is currently an editor at Public Administration Review and previously served as the forum editor at Administrative Theory and Praxis. He received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from Rutgers University-Newark. He also holds an M.P.A. from the University of Delaware and a B.A. in English from Norfolk State University.
PhD, Rutgers University-Newark, Newark New Jersey, 2004
M.P.A. University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware, 1997
B.A. Norfolk State University, Norfolk, Virginia, 1995
Bearfield, D.A., N. Humphrey and S. Portillo. Under contract. The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality: An Examination of Merit and Representation, (New York: Routledge).
Dubnick, M.J. and D.A. Bearfield, co-editor and chief. 2015. Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Public Policy, (New York: Taylor and Francis).
Bowman, A O’M., D.A. Bearfield, S. Chambers, B.A. Cigler, A. Flieschmann, J.M. Kelly and T. B, Krebs. 2021. “A New and Reinvigorated Research Agenda for U.S. Local Governments.” State and Local Government Review.
Bearfield. D.A., R. Maranto and P.J. Wolf. 2020. “Making Violence Transparent: Ranking Police Departments in Major U.S. Cities to Make Black Lives Matter.” Public Integrity 23(2):164-180.
Portillo, S., D.A. Bearfield and N. Riccucci. 2020. “The Disenfranchisement of Voters of Color:
Redux.” Public Integrity 23(2):111-128.
*Winner: 2021 Hobby Prize for Best Article on Ethics, Leadership, and Public Policy Portillo, S., D. A. Bearfield and N. Humphrey. 2019. “The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality: Institutionalized Inequity in Local Government Hiring.” Review of Public Personnel Administration.
*Winner Best Article: Review of Public Personnel Administration. Newman, G., J.B. Hollander, J. Lee, D. Gu, B. Kim, R.J. Lee, J. Horney, D. Bearfield and Y. Lee. 2018. “Smarter Shrinkage: A Neighborhood-Scaled Rightsizing Strategy Based on Land Use Dynamics.” Journal of Geovisualization and Spatial Analysis 2(2), 11.
Bearfield, D.A. and A. O’M. Bowman. 2017. “Can You Find It on the Web? An Assessment of Municipal E-Government Transparency.” American Review of Public Administration 47(2), 172-188.
Bearfield, D.A. 2014. “It’s Been A Long Time Comin’: An Examination of Public Personnel Research in PAR and ROPPA in Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” Review of Public Personnel Administration 34(1), 59-74.
Gawande, K., G.Y. Reinhardt, C. Silva and D.A. Bearfield. 2013. “Validating Surveys for the Hard- to-Reach: Comparing Discrete Distributions.” Political Analysis 21(1), 70-85.
Bearfield, D. A. 2012. “Debating Flinders” Contemporary Politics 18 (1), 19-22. Bearfield, D.A. 2009. "Equity at the Intersection: Public Administration and the Study of Gender."Public Administration Review 69 (3), 383-386.
Bearfield, D.A. 2009. “What is Patronage? A Critical Reexamination.” Public Administration Review 69 (1), 64-76.
Bearfield, D.A. and M. Dubnick. 2009. “All Mega-Projects are Local? Citizen Participation Lessons from the Big Dig.” The Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting & Financial Management 21(3), 393-426.
Bearfield, D.A. 2008. “Moral Panics, Folk Devils and Patronage: The Boston Globe’s Coverage of the Terrorist Attacks of 9-11.” International Journal of Public Administration 31 (5), 515-534.
Bearfield, D.A. and M. Dubnick. 2007. "Sowing and Reaping at the Big Dig: The Legacies of Neomanagerialism.” Administrative Theory and Practice. 29 (1), 132-139.
Book Chapters & Online Publications:
Bearfield, D.A., R. Maranto and I. Kingsbury. 2018. “What to Do When the Yelling Stops: How Black Lives Matter Can Have Lasting Impact. “Policing and Race in America: Economic, Political and Social Dynamics, edited by J. Ward.
Bearfield, D.A. 2014. “Resolved, Bring Back the Spoils System.” Debating Reform: Conflicting Perspectives on How to Fix the American Political System, edited by R.J. Ellis and M. Nelson.
Dubnick, M., J. Justice and D.A. Bearfield. 2012. “Imagining and Managing Administrative Evil” Foundations of Organizational Evil, edited by C. L. Jurkiewicz.
Bearfield, D.A.2011. “The Raised Fist and the Magic Negro: Public Administration and the Black Public Administrator.” The Future of Public Administration Around the World: The Minnowbrook Perspective, edited by R. O'Leary, D. Van Slyke, and S. Kim.
Bearfield D.A. and W. Eller. 2007. “Writing a Literature Review.” Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, edited by G. Miller and K. Wang.
Bearfield D.A. 2006. “Commentary on a Solution in Search of a Problem? Discrimination, Affirmative Action and the New Public Service.” Theory to Practice section of Public Administration Review.
Bowman, A. O’M., Bearfield, D., Jones, C. and A. Matthews. “City Government Use of Social Media: Promote, Reach Out, And Maybe Engage...But Certainly Post Images.”
S.M. Zavattaro and D.A.Bearfield. (Revise and Resubmit). “Performing Wokeness: The Theater of Management and Implications for Public Administration.” Public Administration Review.
Conference Papers & Presentations
“Never Do What They Do: Philadelphia, DuBois and the Black Thought Tradition in American Public Administration” 2021. Public Administration Theory Network Conference. Virtual.
* Keynote Speaker
“The Myth of Representation: Identity and Workplace Expectations in Public Administration.” 2020. With N. Humphrey and S. Portillo. Public Administration Review Symposium. Virtual.
“Performing Wokeness: The Theater of Management and Implications for Public Administration.”2020. With S. M. Zavattaro. Public Administration Review Symposium. Virtual.
“The Myth of Bureaucratic Neutrality: Institutionalized Inequality in Public Administration.” 2017. With S. Portillo and N. Humphrey. Social Equity Leadership Conference. Omaha, Nebraska.
“Can Police Professionalism Make Black Lives Matter More?” 2016. With R. Maranto, P. Wolf, and A. Matthews The Mini-Conference on Policing and Race. University of Cincinnati. Cincinnati, Ohio.
“City Government Use of Social Media: Post, Tweet, and Engage.” 2016. With A. Bowman, C.L. Jones, and A.M. Matthews, Urban Affairs Association Annual Meeting. San Diego, California.
“It’s Been a Long Time Comin’: An Examination of Public Personnel Research in PAR and ROPPA in Celebration of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.” 2013. American Political Science Association. Chicago, Illinois.
“Salary Compression in Public Education: Evidence and Implications.” 2012. With L. Taylor, Southern Economics Association. New Orleans, Louisiana.
"It’s Not That, but Yet It’s That Too: Race, Racism and Public Administration” 2011. American Society for Public Administration. Baltimore, Maryland.
“The Raised Fist and The Magic Negro: Public Administration and the Black Public Administrator.” 2008. Minnowbrook III Conference - Phase One. Blue Mountain Lake, New York.
“Some of My Best Friends are Political Appointees.” 2007. With R. Maranto, Northeastern Political Science Association. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
“Sowing and Reaping at the Big Dig: The Legacies of Neomanagerialism.” 2007. With M. Dubnick, American Society for Public Administration and European Group of Public Administration Transatlantic Dialogue. Newark, Delaware.
“Masters of the Big Dig.” 2007. Co-authored with M. Dubnick, New England Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
“Moral Panics, Folk Devils and Patronage: The Boston Globe’s Coverage of the Terrorist Attacks of 9-11.” 2006. Southern Political Science Association. Atlanta, Georgia.
“The Ethics of Patronage.” 2005. American Society for Public Administration. Washington, D.C.
“Moral Panics, Folk Devils and Patronage: The Boston Globe’s Coverage of the Terrorist Attacks of 9-11.” 2004. Northeastern Political Science Association. Boston, Massachusetts.
“Patronage and Civil Service Reform in the Philadelphia Negro.” 2004. American Political Science Association. Chicago, Illinois.