Richard Nathan

Federalism expert studies history and implementation of U.S. public programs

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Richard Nathan

Distinguished Professor Emeritus
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Public Administration and Policy

Disaster recovery; federalism; government reform; social service spending; welfare reform

Campus phone: (518) 443-5522
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Nathan formerly served as director of the Rockefeller Institute of Government and Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at UAlbany.

He has written and edited books on the implementation of domestic public programs in the United States and on American federalism. Prior to coming to Albany, Nathan was a professor at Princeton University. He served in the federal government as assistant director of the U.S. Office of Management and Budget, deputy undersecretary for welfare reform of the U.S. Department of Health Education and Welfare, and director of domestic policy for the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders (The Kerner Commission).