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Jane E. Fountain

Professional Title: 

Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy
Director, National Center for Digital Government

Service Role: 

  • Field Clerk - Public Policy


Thompson 316


Office Hours: 

by appointment only


Ph.D., Yale University


Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and an adjunct distinguished professor by appointment in the College of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Professor Fountain is the founder and Director of the National Center for Digital Government. Among other publications, she is the author of Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), which was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice and has been translated into Chinese, Portuguese, Japanese and Spanish; Building an Enterprise Government: Creating an ecosystem for cross-agency collaboration (Partnership for Public Service and IBM Center for Business of Government, 2016); Cross-agency Collaboration: A Guide for Managers (IBM Center for Business and Government, 2013) and a coauthor of The Future of Government (World Economic Forum, 2011). Fountain has been a former Chair, Vice Chair and invited member of the World Economic Forum Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government.  She is an elected Fellow and member of the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration. She was a member of American Bar Association blue ribbon commission on the Future of e-Rulemaking and an appointed member of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Governor's Council on Innovation. Before joining the faculty at the University of Massachusetts Amherst she served for 16 years on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. A former Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Yale University and Mellon Foundation Fellow, she holds master's degrees from Harvard and Yale Universities and a PhD from Yale University. 


Area of Study: 

  • American politics
  • Comparative politics
  • Public policy and organizations

Curriculum Vitae: 

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  • Bureaucratic reform and modernization; digital government; organization theory


  • Political Science