University at Albany
David M. Van Slyke, PhD '99

Distinguished Alumnus in
Public Administration and Policy

David M. Van Slyke, PhD '99
Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business and Government Policy
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
Syracuse University

David M. Van Slyke holds the Louis A. Bantle Chair in Business-Government Policy and is a tenured full professor in the department of public administration and international affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship, Syracuse University. He also serves as a non-resident faculty member at the Maastricht Graduate School of Governance, Netherlands. Dr. Van Slyke is an elected Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, a two-time recipient of the Birkhead-Burkhead Professorship for Teaching Excellence Award, winner of the Best Article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART), and a recipient of several other research awards. Van Slyke is a co-editor of JPART and The Journal of Strategic Contracting and Negotiation and serves on several other editorial boards.

His research and teaching focuses on government contracting, public-private partnerships, policy implementation, and strategic management in public and nonprofit organizations.  He has published on these topics in a range of domestic and international journals and practitioner outlets. His most recent book, Complex Contracting: Government Purchasing in the Wake of the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Program, published by Cambridge University Press, received the 2014 Best Book Award from the American Society for Public Administration.

Dr. Van Slyke is actively engaged in executive education and has conducted trainings around the world including in China, India, Singapore, and Thailand. He has worked in Russia with the World Bank on issues of corruption and more recently on decentralizing service delivery to third parties. Prior to becoming an academic, David worked in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.