Janet V. Denhardt

Chester A. Newland Professor of Public Administration
Director, USC Price School in Sacramento

Doctor of Public Administration
University of Southern California

Curriculum Vitae


Organizational behavior, leadership, citizen engagement, governance


Janet V. Denhardt is Chester A. Newland Professor of Public Administration and Director of the Price School Sacramento Center. She was previously Professor and Director of the Doctoral Program in School of Public Affairs at Arizona State University. Dr. Denhardt is a member of the prestigious National Academy of Public Administration, the field’s equivalent of the National Academy of Science. She is the 2013 recipient of Charles Levine Award, given by American Society of Public Administration and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) to recognize a public administration faculty member who has demonstrated excellence in three major areas of the field of teaching, research and service to the wider community.

Dr. Denhardt has published five books, including The Dance of Leadership, The New Public Service, Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations, Public Administration: An Action Orientation, and Street Level Leadership. Several of these are in multiple editions and translations. She has also published numerous articles in professional journals, primarily in the areas of citizen engagement, leadership, and governance. She is a native of Seattle, Washington and she earned her doctorate in public administration from the University of Southern California.


Denhardt, J., & Denhardt, R. B. (2015). The New Public Service Revisited. Public Administration Review. First published online February 12, 2015, print forthcoming.

Denhardt, R. B., Denhardt, J., & Blanc, T. (2014). Public Administration: An Action Orientation (7th Ed.). Boston, MA: Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.

Nahavandi, A., Denhardt, R. B., Denhardt, J., & Aristigueta, M. P. (2014). Organizational Behavior. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications Inc.

Denhardt, R. B., Denhardt, J., & Aristigueta, M. P. (2013). Managing Human Behavior in Public and Nonprofit Organizations (3rd Ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications Inc.

Denhardt, J., & Denhardt, R. B. (2011). The New Public Service (3rd Ed.). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Denhardt, J., Terry, L., Delacruz, E. R., & Andonoska, L. (2009). Barriers to Citizen Engagement in Developing Countries. International Journal of Public Administration, 32(14), 1268-1288.

Denhardt, J., & Denhardt, R. B. (2006). The Dance of Leadership: The Art of Leading in Business, Government, and Society (eBook Ed.). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe. (2015 edition).