In November 2018, I was elected as a fellow to the National Academy of Public Administration.
My University published a press release on the induction into NAPA:
The Public Administration researcher Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel from Konstanz was elected to the class of Academy Fellows 2018 by the U.S. National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA). This is in recognition of her many years of research in the field of public administration. The 40 new Fellows will be introduced during the Academy’s annual fall meeting, which will take place in Washington, D.C., from November 1 to 2, 2018.
Terry Gerton, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Academy, welcomes Ines Mergel to the 2018 Fellows class: “Our Fellows are in great demand for their contributions in the field of public administration. Class 2018 is outstanding, it brings together the best professionals and will greatly enrich our Academy in its efforts to identify and address the major challenges in public administration.”
Ines Mergel, who is only the second German member of the NAPA Fellowship, has been Professor of Public Administration at the Department of Politics and Public Administration at the University of Konstanz since 2016. In 2002 she went to the Harvard Kennedy School of Government in the USA, in 2008 she was appointed Assistant Professor with Tenure Track at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs in Syracuse. With the presidency of Barack Obama, who used social networks in his election campaign, she began researching the use of new technologies in U.S. federal agencies.
Ines Mergel’s academic influence on public sector innovation, social media and digital service practices, her sense of collaboration and her commitment to improving governance in the U.S. and around the world make her an ideal candidate for election as a NAPA Fellow, the nominating letter said. The administrative scientist was invited as an expert to the Bundestag committee “Digital Agenda” in 2017. She advises the Estonian government as well as the city of Constance on the digitisation of its official services.
The National Academy of Public Administration is a non-profit, non-partisan organization that focuses on the analysis of new trends in government and administrative action. The selection of NAPA Fellows is based on a rigorous review of each candidate’s contributions in the field of public administration and politics. In total, there are approximately 900 Academy Fellows, including former cabinet members, congressmen, governors, mayors, state legislators, renowned academics, business people, nonprofit leaders, and public administration members.
Overview of facts:
The administrative scientist Prof. Dr. Ines Mergel from Constance is accepted into the class of Academy Fellows 2018 of the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA).
Only second German member of the NAPA Fellowship
Non-profit and non-partisan NAPA analyses new trends in government and administrative action in the USA.