Department of Political Science

John C. Morris

John C. Morris Professor
8030B Haley Center
334-844-5357
jcm0143@auburn.edu
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Profile

John C. Morris is a professor in the Department of Political Science at Auburn University. He has been a member of the faculty at Auburn since 2019. Prior to that time, Dr. Morris served as a faculty member at Old Dominion University from 2002-2019, and at Mississippi State University from 1994-2002. He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Auburn University in 1994. He has also served as Research Coordinator at the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University, and as a Research Associate with Policy Studies Associates, Inc., in Washington, DC.

 

Dr. Morris teaches courses in collaboration, public policy, organization theory, privatization, and policy evaluation in both the Master of Public Administration program and PhD in Public Administration and Public Policy programs. He has won several teaching awards over the course of his career. He also serves on the editorial boards of two journals, has served on the program committee for three national conferences, and is a member of several professional organizations and honoraries.

 

His research interests include collaboration, public-private partnerships, water policy, federalism, and organization theory. He has published in journals such as Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, the Journal of Politics, Publius, Voluntas, Politics and Policy, State and Local Government Review, and Environmental Politics, among others. To date he has published eight books, over 90 scholarly articles and book chapters, and delivered more than ninety conference papers. Dr. Morris currently has two book manuscripts in various stages of development, as well as several journal manuscripts.

Education

  • Ph.D., Auburn University, 1994
    Public Policy and Administration
     
  • M.A., Auburn University, 1985
    Political Science/Research Methods
     
  • B.A., Auburn University, 1982
    Political Science/International Relations

Representative Publications

BOOKS

Organizational Motivation for Collaboration: Theory and Evidence.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press (forthcoming September 2019).  With Luisa Diaz-Kope. ISBN 978-1-49857852-3.

State Politics and the Affordable Care Act: Choices and Decisions.  New York: Routledge (2019).  With Martin Mayer, Robert Kenter, and Luisa Lucero.  ISBN 978-1-138-62409-2.

Advancing Collaboration Theory: Models, Typologies, and Evidence.  New York: Routledge (2016).  Co-edited with Katrina Miller-Stevens.  ISBN 978-1-138-81149-2.

The Case for Grassroots Collaboration: Social Capital and Ecosystem Restoration at the Local Level.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2013).  With William A. Gibson, William M. Leavitt, and Shana C. Jones. ISBN 978-0-7391-4132-8.

Prison Privatization: The State of Theory and Practice.  Volume I: The Environment of Private Prisons.  Volume II: Private Prisons and Private Profit.  Volume III: The Political Climate of Prison Privatization.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  Co-edited with Byron E. Price.  ISBN 978-0-313-39571-0.

True Green: Executive Effectiveness in the US Environmental Protection Agency. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2012).  Co-edited with Gerald A. Emison.  ISBN 978-0-7391-7130-1.

Speaking Green with a Southern Accent: Environmental Management and Innovation in the South.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (2010).  Co-edited with Gerald A. Emison.  ISBN: 978-0-7391-4651-3.

 

REFEREED JOURNAL PUBLICATIONS

“How the UIDAI “Leviathan” is Structured: A Policy Process and Actor Network Theory Perspective.” Accepted for publication in Politics & Policy, July 2019 (forthcoming Fall 2019).  With Pragati Rawat.

“Exploring the Determinants of Collaboration Failure.”  International Journal of Public Administration. Available at https//:doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2019.1627552.  With Madeleine W. McNamara and Katrina Miller-Stevens.

“Climate Change and Infrastructure: The Coming Challenge.” Public Works Management & Policy, 24,1: 3-5 (Winter 2019).  With Richard G. Little.

“Building Resilience Through Collaboration Between Grassroots Citizen Groups and Governments: A Case Study.” Public Works Management & Policy, 24,1: 50-62 (Winter 2019).  With Madeleine W. McNamara and Amy Belcher.

“Deepwater or Troubled Water?  Principal-Agent Theory and the Coast Guard’s Deepwater Modernization Program.” International Journal of Public Administration. Available at https://doi.org/10.1080/01900692.2018.1439061 (2018).  With Mark D. Gordon and Joshua Steinfeld.

“State Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: Four Case Studies.” Politics & Policy, 46,2: 295-319 (2018).  With Martin Mayer, Robert C. Kenter, and Luisa Lucero.

“Assessing Value Differences Between Leaders of Two Social Venture Types: Benefit Corporations and Nonprofit Organizations.” Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit, 29,5: 938-950 (2018). With Katrina Miller-Stevens, Steven Lanivich, and Jennifer A. Taylor.

“The Consent Order as Mandated Collaboration: The Case of the Hampton Roads Sanitation District.” Public Works Management & Policy, 23,2: 168-185 (2018). With Robert J. Martz and William McCarthy.

”Grass”Roots in Texas: A Multiple Streams Approach to Understanding the Marijuana Movement’s Policy Impact.” World Affairs Journal, 180,1: 93-126 (March 2017).  With Katharine Neill-Harris.

“Planning for Water Infrastructure: Challenges and Opportunities.” Public Works Management & Policy, 22,1: 24-30 (Winter 2017).

“Kingdon’s “Streams” Model at Thirty: Still Relevant in the 21st Century?” Politics & Policy, 44,4: 608- 638 (2016).  With Pragati Rawat.

“Explaining State Differences in the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act: A South/Non-South Comparison.” Social Science Quarterly, 97,3: 573-587 (2016).  With Rick Travis, Martin Mayer, Robert C. Kenter, and David A. Breaux.

“A New Model to Explore Non-Profit Social Media Use for Advocacy and Civic Engagement.”  First Monday, 20,10 (October 2015). 2016. doi : 10.5210/fm.v20i10.5912.  With David Chapman, Katrina Miller-Stevens, and Brendan O’Hallarn.

“Assessing Partnerships Between the Military and Civilian Agencies To Meet Transitioning Service Members’ Needs.” Armed Forces and Society, 42,3: 585-604 (Summer 2016).  With Katrina Miller-Stevens, Tancy Vandecar-Burdin, Wendi Wilson-John, and Katharine Neill-Harris.

“Partisan Politics or Public Health Need?  An Empirical Analysis of State Choice During Initial Implementation of the Affordable Care Act.” Politics & Life Sciences, 34,2: 44-51 (Fall 2015).  With Martin Mayer and Robert C. Kenter.

“The Role of Accountability in Federal Acquisitions.” Journal of Public Procurement, 15,4: 514-536 (Winter 2015).  With Berry (Dan) Fox.

“Are We Really on the Same Page? Public Service Values of Nonprofit Sector and Public Sector Managers.” Voluntas: The International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit, 26,6: 2424-2446 (December 2015).  With Katrina M. Stevens and Jennifer A. Taylor.

“Explaining Dimensions of State-Level Punitiveness in the United States: The Roles of Social, Economic, and Cultural Factors.” Criminal Justice Policy Review, 26, 8: 751-772 (2014).  With Katharine A. Neill and Juita-Elena Yusuf.

“Collaboration Processes and Institutional Structures: Reexamining the Black Box.” International Journal of Public Administration, 38,9: 607-615 (July 2014).  With Luisa Diaz-Kope and Katrina Miller-Stevens.

“The Myth of the Rugged Individual: Implications for Public Administration, Civic Engagement, and Civil Society.” Virginia Social Science Journal, 49: 21-47 (Summer 2014).  With Vivian W. Greentree and Jennifer A. Taylor.

“Collaborative Federalism and the Emerging Role of Local Nonprofits in Water Quality Implementation.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism, 44,3: 499-518 (Summer 2014).  With William A. Gibson, William M. Leavitt, and Shana C. Jones.

“Expanding the Universe of Multi-Organizational Arrangements: Contingent Coordination and the Deepwater Horizon Transportation Challenges.” Politics & Policy, 42,3: 345-367 (Summer 2014).  With Madeleine W. McNamara and Martin M. Mayer.

“Deliberative Democratic Evaluation: Using Stakeholder Input to Address Transportation Casualties.”  Public Works Management & Policy, 19,1: 51-66 (January 2014).  With Madeleine W. McNamara.

“More than a One-Trick Pony: Exploring the Contours of a Multi-Sector Convener.”  Journal for Nonprofit Management, 15,1: 84-103 (Fall 2012).  With Madeleine W. McNamara.

“A Tangled Web of Principals and Agents: Examining the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill through a Principal-Agent Lens.”  Politics and Policy, 40,4: 628-655 (August 2012). With Katharine A. Neill.

“Using Privatization Theory to Analyze Economic Development Projects: Promise and Performance.”  Public Performance and Management Review, 35,4: 643-659 (June 2012).  With John R. Lombard.

“A Comparative Analysis of the Determinants of State Reproductive Health Care Policies.”  American Review of Politics, 32 (Winter 2011-2012), 281-299.  With Vivian W. Greentree and John R. Lombard.

“Examining Admissions Factors in MPA Programs.”  Journal of Public Affairs Education, 17,3: 447-460 (2011).  With William M. Leavitt and John R. Lombard.

“Competing and Cooperating Across State Borders in Economic Development: A Call for ‘Coopertition.’”  State and Local Government Review 42,1: 73-81 (Spring 2010).  With John R. Lombard.

“Multiple Sector Partnerships and the Engagement of Citizens in Social Marketing Campaigns.”  Virginia Social Science Journal, 45:1-20 (Spring 2010).  With Madeleine W. McNamara and William M. Leavitt.

“Keeping the Vision Alive: The Role of Networks in National Memorial Building.”  Public Voices, 11, 1: 89-109 (Spring 2010).  With Amy Probsdorfer Kelley.

 

BOOK CHAPTERS

“The State of Knowledge in Collaboration.”  In Morris and Miller-Stevens, eds, Advancing Collaboration Theory: Models, Typologies, and Evidence.  New York: Routledge, pp. 3-13 (2016).  With Katrina Miller-Stevens.

“A Life-Cycle Model of Collaboration.”  In Morris and Miller-Stevens, eds.  Advancing Collaboration Theory: Models, Typologies, and Evidence.  New York: Routledge, pp. 175-196 (2016).  With Christopher Williams and Connie Merriman.

“Future Trends in Collaboration Research.”  In Morris and Miller-Stevens, eds, Advancing Collaboration Theory: Models, Typologies, and Evidence.  New York: Routledge, pp. 276-287 (2016).  With Katrina Miller-Stevens.

“The Case of the ‘TWICing’ Time Bomb:  Privatization in the Transportation Worker Identification Card Program.”  In Yoram Shiftan and Gila Albert, eds., Handbook on Securing Transportation Systems (2015). John Wiley and Sons. With Benjamin R. Inman.

“Social Media as a Tool for Nonprofit Advocacy and Civic Engagement: A Case Study of Blue Star Families.” In Hugo Asencio and Rui Sun eds., Cases on Strategic Social Media Utilization in the Nonprofit Sector. Hershey, PA: IGI Global, pp.66-93 (2015).  With Katrina Miller-Stevens, David Chapman, and Brendan O’Hallarn.

“Competing and Cooperating Across State Borders in Economic Development: a Call for ‘Coopertition.’” In Smith and Balzar, eds.  State and Local Government: 2011-2012 Edition.  Washington, DC: CQ Press.  With John R. Lombard.

“Introduction: Volume I.” In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. I.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Byron E. Price.

“Government and Market Pathologies of Privatization: The Case of Prison Privatization.”   In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. I.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).

“Conclusion: Volume I.”  In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. I.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Byron E. Price and Katharine A. Neill.

“Introduction: Volume II.”  In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. II.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Byron E. Price.

“Conclusion: Volume II.”  In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. II.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Byron E. Price and Katharine A. Neill.

“Introduction: Volume III.”  In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. III.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Byron E. Price.

“Private Prisons and Contracts.”  In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. III.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Amy McDowell.

“Conclusion: Volume III.”  In Price and Morris, Prison Privatization: The Many Facets of a Controversial Industry, Vol. III.  Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO (2012).  With Byron E. Price and Katharine A. Neill.

“Introduction.”  In Emison and Morris, True Green: Executive Effectiveness in the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2012.  With Gerald A. Emison.

“Lessons for Leadership in Environmental Management.”  In Emison and Morris, True Green: Executive Effectiveness in the US Environmental Protection Agency.  Lanham, MD: Lexington Press, 2012.  With Gerald A. Emison.

“Tradition and Adaptation in the Federal Context: Environmental Management Systems in the South.”  In Emison and Morris, co-editors, “Speaking Green with a Southern Accent.”  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.   With Gerald A. Emison.

“Dirty Water, Clean Water: Infrastructure Funding and State Discretion in Southern States.” In Emison and Morris, co-editors, “Speaking Green with a Southern Accent.”  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.

“State Commitment to Environmental Quality in the South: A Regional Analysis.” In Emison and Morris, co-editors, “Speaking Green with a Southern Accent.”  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.  With David A. Breaux, Gerald A. Emison, and Rick Travis.

“Distinctively South: Lessons for the Future of Environmental Management and Policy.” In Emison and Morris, co-editors, “Speaking Green with a Southern Accent.”  Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2010.  With Gerald A. Emison.

Last Updated: September 25, 2019