News and Announcements

New Feature: Vantage Point

The editorial team at Public Integrity is excited to announce the adoption of a new feature section: Vantage Point. The purpose of this section is to encourage the identification and discussion of emerging issues in the field of public sector ethics outside of the context of a traditional research manuscript.

Vantage Point welcomes diverse submissions by individuals engaged in public service as professionals, scholars or students.  This section is a venue for:

  • commentaries
  • reflections on current events and/or happenings within public administration
  • notes from the field (e.g., about what is happening on the ground; promising practices in public administration; reflections on best and not-so-best practices)
  • invited essays
  • opinion pieces
  • responses to published pieces
  • classroom strategies
  • reflections and challenges from inside the classroom from the perspective of MPA, DPA and PhD students

Submissions should follow the general submission guidelines and scope and aims of the Journal. We encourage shorter pieces rather than full-length articles (about 3000-4000 words) but longer pieces will be considered. When submitting, please make sure to indicate that the piece is being submitted to Vantage Point to facilitate timely processing of your manuscript.  Manuscripts will undergo a single-blind review process.

Public Integrity Call For Papers

Is Hindsight 20/20?
Ethical Decision Making and Leadership During Compounding Disasters

Co-Guest Editors:
Claire Connolly Knox, Ph.D., University of Central Florida
Amanda Olejarski, Ph.D., West Chester University

Unethical decisionmaking and leadership plagues disasters. It was brought to the forefront during the response efforts for Hurricane Katrina and scholars spent more than a decade analyzing these failures from multiple disciplines (Jurkiewicz, 2007; 2009; Jurkiewicz & O’Keefe, 2014; Nguyen & Salvesen, 2014; Seidenberg, 2005; Urby & McEntire, 2014). Since then, the United States has experienced an increase in “natural” disasters with 2020 breaking the record with $22 billion disasters (NOAA, 2021). In addition to these disasters, 2020 brought with it a global pandemic, police shootings, social unrest and a contested national presidential election.

Regardless of the size of the disaster or crisis, they remain dynamic and complex, and thereby challenge leaders at every level of government and in every sector—even the most ethical ones (Kapucu, Van Wart, Sylves, & Yuldashev, 2011; Van Wart, 2013; Van Wart & Kapucu, 2011; Waugh & Streib, 2006). In the emergency and crisis management profession, the path forward needs to be created with lessons learned. Yet, ethical leadership scholarship tends to focus one emergency, disaster, or crisis—not multiple ones at the same time. 2020 has produced multiple compound disasters which tested individuals, communities, logistics systems and political institutions.

This special symposium invites empirical and theoretical explorations of various aspects of ethical decision making and leadership during a recent human-induced or “natural” disaster or crisis. We welcome broad contributions from a myriad of angles and disciplines. Please submit your manuscript to Public Integrity’s online portal,, by May 28, 2021.

Our reviewers have a wide variety of expertise!

Public Integrity would like to thank all of our reviewers who have been so generous with sharing their expertise and time with the journal.  We are always interested in adding new reviewers to our team.

Serving as a reviewer can help improve your own scholarly rewriting, expose you to emerging scholarship and enhance your career.  To learn more about the expectations for our reviewers and to find out how you can serve in this important role see the page on reviewer guidelines.

ASPA Announces Next Public Integrity Editor Team

Click here to read the announcement.

2018 Award Winners Announced

This year was a first both in the record number of votes submitted, and in that all categories have ties for first place! All winners can be found here.  Each winner appears in a special symposium issue, has their award featured in the Public Integrity Hall of Fame, and receives recognition in the 2019 ASPA Annual Conference awards brochure. In addition, all winners will receive an individual Award Certificate to be conferred at the 2019 ASPA Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

Introducing a New Editorial Series in Public Integrity: “The State of the Republic”

Public Integrity is featuring a new Editorial Series by Donald E. Klingner, Ph.D., called “The State of the Republic." For more information about this series, click here.

Public Integrity’s New Managing Editor Effective 1 June: Jonathan Rose

Jonathan Rose, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer in Politics and Research Methodology at De Montfort University in the UK. He has a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Nottingham, which investigated UK citizens’ attitudes to public ethics. This Ph.D. was co-funded by the UK’s Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and the UK’s Committee on Standards in Public Life. The thesis formed the basis of his monograph, "The Public Understanding of Political Integrity: The Case for Probity Perception" (2014, Palgrave). Since completing his Ph.D. he has published several articles and book chapters on the subjects of corruption, ethics, good governance and political trust. Jonathan has extensive experience working with policymakers and has made several evidence submissions to independent and governing regulators. This has included formally giving oral evidence before the House of Commons Committee on Standards.

We warmly welcome him to the editorial team and look forward to his leadership. Jonathan will work closely with the Associate Managing Editors and the Book/Film Review Editor. Any questions regarding the submission of manuscripts to Public Integrity can be directed to Jonathan starting 1 June at: [email protected]
Richard K. Ghere will continue as part of the leadership team at Public Integrity in the role of Associate Managing Editor. His plans are to use the extra time afforded by the less demanding position to complete a book manuscript that assesses five influential books in public administration from a variety of rhetorical perspectives and to supplement an existing article-length manuscript on public reactions to President Ford's pardon of Nixon to include considerations of the current climate of public morality. He will also continue in his role of facilitating a summer research program at the University of Dayton wherein undergraduate students pursue independent research in Malawi over a nine-week period. Richard has done an extraordinary job as Managing Editor and we have all benefited from his service and leadership. He has worked closely with Jonathan to ensure a smooth transition and we're fortunate to have them both on our team.

Public Integrity Welcomes New Associate Managing Editor

Lorenda A. Naylor, PhD, MPH, MPA, Associate Professor in the School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Baltimore, is Public Integrity’s new Associate Managing Editor. She has served on the Journal’s executive board, as the former Book Review Editor and has published both articles and a Guest Editorial in the Journal.  She has also served as Chair as the LGBT Section of ASPA.

Dr. Naylor is a social equity scholar whose work focuses on the democratic values of fairness, equality and representation. Primarily, her research highlights vulnerable citizens and their access to government rights and benefits. Dr. Naylor received her Ph.D. in Public Administration from American University, Washington DC. In addition, she holds two master’s degrees: a Master of Public Health from the University of Kansas Medical School, Kansas City, KS; and a Master of Public Administration from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS. She resides in the District of Columbia/Baltimore area.

We warmly welcome Dr. Naylor to the editorial team and look forward to her leadership in this key role.

Announcing the Scholarly Awards for Public Integrity 2017, Volume 19

Brexit, Trump, and Post-Truth Politics
Jonathan Rose
V19N6  |   Pages 555-558
You can access this Editorial at:
Without Blinders: Public Values Scholarship in Political Science, Economics, and Law—Content and Contribution to Public Administration
Gjalt de Graaf & Zeger van der Wal
V19N3  |  Pages 196-218
You can access this Article at:

The Ethics Primer for Public Administrators in Government and Nonprofit Organizations (2nd ed.)
[Authored by James Svara, Burlington, MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2015]
Richard M. Jacobs
V19N3  |  Pages 294-298
You can access this Book Review at:

2018 International Colloquium on Ethical Leadership In Denver on March 9th!

Heather Getha-Taylor

Brandi Blessett

Public Integrity welcomes Dr. Brandi Blessett (Rutgers University) as its new Book and Film Review Editor, who is taking over the Editorship from Dr. Heather Getha-Taylor (University of Kansas).  

Dr. Getha-Taylor has a stellar record of leadership and professionalism in her role as Editor, growing and developing the range of topics, scholarly focus, and number of book reviews published in Public Integrity.  Under her tenure the Journal expanded this section to include film reviews, researched and developed the author guidelines for this initiative and wrote the first Call for film reviews.  Her expertise and excellent judgement will be dearly missed and we are all grateful.  She recommended and strongly endorsed Dr. Brandi Blessett for this role, and we immediately celebrated her choice.  

Dr. Blessett brings to Public Integrity an esteemed record of scholarship and leadership, and we’re delighted to welcome her to the Editorial Team.  Dr. Blessett has begun her position well very prepared by Dr. Getha-Taylor and the transition has been seamless.  We are excited about her ideas for the continuing growth of this key section, and know she will play an invaluable role in achieving our  collective goals for the Journal, it’s support of the SEIGOV section, ASPA membership, and to the broader academic community.  Please reach out to them with both thanks and welcome.

To submit a book or film review, please see author guidelines at:

For questions contact Dr. Brandi Blessett at: [email protected].  Dr. Getha-Taylor can be reached at: [email protected].

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