Aimee Williamson, PhD

Associate Professor, Public Service and Healthcare Administration

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Dr. Aimee Williamson’s research and teaching interests focus on public management, including public-private management distinctions, collaboration, and administrative reform. Her work has appeared in prestigious public affairs journals, including Public Administration Review, Public Performance and Management Review, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, and Public Administration Quarterly. Recent publications have branched out to include case writing and pedagogical research.

Williamson’s practical experience includes work in child advocacy and criminal justice. She previously served as a founding administrator of the Gateway Through the Rockies Program, a work-release program for non-violent offenders run through the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office in Colorado, and as the Research Analyst and Data Coordinator for the Colorado Children’s Campaign, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating for children’s issues, particularly those around health and education. Since returning to the Boston area in 2007, she has re-established roots locally and pursues an active service agenda both within the university and with local healthcare and disability related organizations.

Professional Activities

  • Editorial Board Member, American Review of Public Administration (ARPA)


Recent Intellectual Contributions

Journal Articles

Douglas, M., Holtzen, S., Ruane, S., Sherman, K., & Williamson, A. (Forthcoming). Abrupt policy reversal amid Black Lives Matter: Starbucks’ grande employee dress code problem. The CASE Journal.

Wang, G. & Williamson, A. (2020). Course evaluation scores: Valid measures for teaching effectiveness or rewards for lenient grading? Teaching in Higher Education.

Williamson, A. (2019). From ideology to evidence: Publicness, organizational functioning, and school teaching climates. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 29 (2): 364-367.

Dumas, C., Foley, S., Hunt, P., Weisman, M. & Williamson, A. (2015). Accelerating collaboration to find a cure: A nonprofit’s evolving business model. The CASE Journal, 11(1): 58-95.

Snow, D. & Williamson, A. (2015). Accountability and micromanagement: Decentralized budgeting in Massachusetts school districts. Public Administration Quarterly, 39(2):220-258.

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Courses Taught

PAD201: Social Change
PAD711: Foundations of Public Administration and Service
PAD717: Organizational Change
PAD839: Leadership and Decision Making
EMBA770: The Washington Policy Seminar

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Degrees/Professional Certifications

  • PhD, University of Colorado at Denver
  • MPA, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • BA, University of Notre Dame