About Jane E. Fountain

Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Previously, she served for 16 years on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. Professor Fountain is the founder and Director of the National Center for Digital Government and the Science, Technology and Society Initiative, both based at UMass Amherst.
Papers posted here are those available through UMass'ScholarWorks. Please visit Dr. Fountain's personal website for a complete list of publications and presentations: http://people.umass.edu/jfountai/


Present Adjunct Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Present Director, Science, Technology and Society Initiative, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Present Director, National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts - Amherst
Present Distinguished Professor, Depatment of Political Science, University of Massachusetts - Amherst

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Institutional and Organization Theories, Institutional Change and Government Reform, Digital Government, Public Policy and Management, and Science, Technology and Public Policy

Honors and Awards

  • 2014 Top Federal 100, Federal Computer Week
  • 2012 Distinguished Faculty Lecture University of Massachusetts
  • 2002 Choice Outstanding Academic Title Award
  • 2000-2001 Research Fellowship, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard
  • 1999 Research Fellowship, Radcliffe College, Harvard
  • 1986-87 Mellon Fellowship in the Social Sciences, Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Yale University
  • 1984-88 Yale Fellow, Yale University
  • 1982-84 Fellow, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Cambridge, MA

Contact Information

Department of Political Science and
Center for Public Policy and Administration
University of Massachusetts Amherst
406 Thompson Hall
200 Hicks Way
Amherst, MA 01003
Tel: 413-545-1007
Fax: 413-545-1108


Governance and Technology (60)

Public Organizations and Management (20)

Women and Technology (1)

Science, Technology and Society (15)