H. Brinton Milward


Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Chair

Brint Milward holds the Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Chair in Collaborative Governance. He was Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, which is co-chaired by President George Herbert Walker Bush and President Bill Clinton. He has been elected president of two national associations in his field.  He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2010 won the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award.  Milward's research interests revolve around networks and collaboration. For over thirty five years he has focused his work on understanding how to efficiently and effectively manage networks of nonprofit and for profit organizations that jointly produce public services like health and human services. He has conducted studies of what happens when governments privatize public services, which he terms "governing the hollow state." Several of these articles are classics in public administration and have been cited over a 1000 times with one named as one of the most influential articles published by Public Administration Review in its 75 year history.  In addition, since 9/11 he has studied illegal and covert networks that pursue grievances or greed. His articles on "Dark Networks," have been widely cited for their application of network analysis and management theory to terrorist networks, human trafficking, and drug smuggling. This work on “dark networks” has led to his participation in federal research grants worth over $10,000,000 since 2009.  Milward received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.