H. Brinton Milward


Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Leadership Chair

Brint Milward holds the Melody S. Robidoux Foundation Fund Leadership Chair at the University of Arizona. He was the first director of the School of Government & Public Policy, which is the largest school at the university. He was Director of the National Institute for Civil Discourse, whose honorary co-chairs were President George Herbert Walker Bush and President Bill Clinton. He was the first president of the Public Management Research Association and is a former president of NASPAA. He is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration and in 2019 won the H. George Frederickson Lifetime Achievement Award from the Public Management Research Association. In 2010, he won the NASPAA/ASPA Distinguished Research Award. Milward's research interests revolve around networks and collaboration. His research has focused on understanding how to manage networks of nonprofit and for profit organizations that jointly produce public services. He has conducted studies of what happens when governments privatize public services, or what he calls, governing the “hollow state." Several of these articles are classics in public administration with one named as one of the most influential articles published by Public Administration Review in its 75 year history. In 2018, PS, the journal of the American Political Science Association, recognized him as the 14th most cited scholar in the combined subfields of public administration, public policy, political psychology, and public law. 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 The Ohio State University.