Terry L. Cooper

Professor Emeritus
The Maria B. Crutcher Professor in Citizenship and Democratic Values

Ph.D. in Social Ethics
University of Southern California

Sol Price School of Public Policy
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall, 302

Curriculum Vitae


Administrative ethics, administrative theory, citizen participation, neighborhood organizations, role of citizens


Dr. Cooper focuses his research on citizen participation and ethics in government. Currently, Professor Cooper is on the co-principal investigators in the USC Neighborhood Participation Project. There, he conducts research on the role of neighborhood organizations in the City of Los Angeles through the newly established system of neighborhood councils. He also provides leadership as director of the Civic Engagement Initiative at USC.

He is author of The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role (4th ed., Jossey-Boss, 1998) and An Ethic of Citizenship for Public Administration (Prentice Hall, 1991). Dr. Cooper’s articles have appeared in numerous journals, including:  Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, and International Journal of Organization Theory and Behavior. He serves on the editorial board of The American Review of Public Administration. Professor Cooper is the editor of the Exemplars Profiles series in the journal Public Integrity.

Dr. Cooper was inducted as a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration in 2010. Cooper has won several awards for his including the Presidential Citation of Merit form the American Society for Public Administration and the Fulbright Lecturing and Research Grant. He earned his Ph. D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California, a M.Th. from the School of Theology at Claremont, and a B.A. in History from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Cooper, T. (2018). Tom Nichols, The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why It Matters (New York: Oxford University Press, 2017). 252 pp. $24.95 (hardcover), ISBN: 9780190469412. Public Administration Review. Hoboken, USA: Wiley Subscription Services, Inc. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.12927

Wang, W., Li, H., & Cooper, T. (2017). Civic Engagement and Citizenship Development: The Case of Homeowners’ Participation in Neighborhood Affairs in Beijing. Administration & Society49(6), 827–851. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095399715581041

Cooper, T. (2017). Are Unlimited Gun Rights Constitutionally Protected? Public Integrity19(2), 101–103. https://doi.org/10.1080/10999922.2016.1254489

Cooper, T. L., & Menzel, D. C. (Eds.). (2013). Achieving Ethical Competence for Public Service Leadership. Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Bryer, T. A., & Cooper, T. L. (2012). H. George Frederickson and the Dialogue on Citizenship in Public Administration. Public Administration Review, 72(S1), S108-S116.

Cooper, T. L. (2012). The Responsible Administrator: An Approach to Ethics for the Administrative Role (6th Ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Musso, J.Weare, C., Cooper, T. L., & Bryer, T. A. (2012). Toward ‘Strong Democracy’ in Global Cities? Social Capital Building, Action Research, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience. In R. Durant, & J. Durant (Eds.),Debating Public Administration: Management Challenges, Choices, and Opportunities (pp. 89). Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press.

Cooper, T. L. (2011). Citizen Driven Administration: Civic Engagement in the United States. In D. C. Menzel, & H. White (Eds.), The State of Public Administration: Issues, Challenges, and Opportunities (pp. 238). Armonk, NY: M.E. Sharpe.

Musso, J., Weare, C., Bryer, T. A., & Cooper, T. L. (2011). Toward “Strong Democracy” in Global Cities? Social Capital Building, Theory-Driven Reform, and the Los Angeles Neighborhood Council Experience. Public Administration Review, 71(1), 102-111.

Cooper, T. L. (2010). Administrative Responsibility: The Key to Administrative Ethics. In J. L. Perry (Ed.), The Jossey-Bass Reader on Nonprofit and Public Leadership (pp. 305). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

Cooper, T. L. (2008). Collaborative Public Governance: Implications for Civic Engagement. 

Cooper, T. L., Bryer, T. A., & Meek, J. W. (2008). Outcomes Achieved Through Citizen-Centered Collaborative Public Management. In R. O’Leary, & L. Bingham (Eds.), Big Ideas in Collaborative Public Management (pp. 211). Armonk, NY: M. E. Sharpe.