Barbara Romzek currently serves as the Dean of the School of Public Affairs at American University.
Prior to joining American University, she held various academic leadership positions at the University of Kansas, including department chairperson, Associate Dean for Social and Behavioral Sciences, Interim Dean of Arts and Sciences, and Interim Senior Vice Provost.
Dr. Romzek is recognized for her expertise in the area of public management and accountability with emphases on government reform, contracting, and network service delivery. Her research has encompassed complex work settings, including NASA, Congress, and the Air Force, as well as state agencies, local governments, and nonprofit agencies. Her recent work focuses on informal accountability in collaborative network settings.
Dr. Romzek is a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and has received research awards from the American Society for Public Administration and the American Political Science Association.