The Constitution Unit


Alasdair Roberts

Alasdair Roberts

Email: alasdair.roberts@gmail.com

Alasdair Roberts is the Jerome L. Rappaport Professor of Law and Public Policy at Suffolk University Law School.  Previously, he was a professor of public administration in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and an associate professor of public administration at Queen's University, Canada.

Professor Roberts writes extensively on problems of governance, law and public policy.  His latest book, The Logic of Discipline: Global Capitalism and the Architecture of Government, was published by Oxford University Press in March 2010.  In 2011 it received an honorable mention from the Best Book award committee of the American Society of Public Administration’s Section on Public Administration Research.

His previous book, The Collapse of Fortress Bush: The Crisis of Authority in American Government, was published by New York University Press in 2008.  Kirkus Reviews called it "a trenchant analysis of the last eight years of American political history."  An earlier book, Blacked Out: Government Secrecy in the Information Age, received the 2006 Brownlow Book Award from the US National Academy of Public Administration, and three other academic book awards.  Professor Roberts has also won several awards for his journal articles.

Professor Roberts was elected as a fellow of the US National Academy of Public Administration in 2007.  He was appointed as a public member of the Administrative Conference of the United States in 2010.  He is also an Honorary Senior Research Fellow of the School of Public Policy, University College London.

He is co-editor of the journal Governance and serves on the editorial boards of several other journals in the field of public administration.

Professor Roberts received a JD from the University of Toronto in 1984, a Master's degree in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1986, and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from Harvard University in 1994. His web address is www.aroberts.us.