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Laura Jensen

Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)
Laura Jensen
104 Draper Rd, SW
Blacksburg, VA 24061
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Connecticut, 1996
  • M.P.A., Public Affairs, University of Connecticut, 1991
  • M.F.A., Music Composition, Princeton University, 1979
  • B.A., Music, Wellesley College, 1977
  • Public policy
  • Social welfare policy
  • Government contracting and accountablility
  • State development
  • American political developmennt
  • PAPA 5014: Concepts and Approaches in Public Administration
  • PAPA 6014: Theory and Context of Public Administration
  • PAPA 6254: Advanced Topics in Public Policy: Poverty, Inequality, and Social Policy
  • PAPA 6264: Advanced Topics in Policy Systems: Federalism and Intergovernmental Management
  • PAPA 6294: Doctoral Research Seminar
  • PAPA 6394: Doctoral Writing Seminar


  • Patriots, Settlers, and the Origins of American Social Policy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, 2003. 


  • “The Twentieth-Century Administrative State and Networked Governance,” Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 27 (3) (2017): 468-484.
  • “Is Public Management Neglecting the State?” (with Brint Milward, Alasdair Roberts, Mauricio I. Dussauge-Laguna, Veronica Junjan, René Torenvlied, Arjen Boin, H.K. Colebatch, Donald Kettl, and Robert Durant). Governance 29 (3) (2016): 331-34. 
  • “Fiduciary Responsibilities to Whom? Federal Grant Recipients’ Perceptions of the Public Interest” (with Emily Brock and Meredith Hundley),” Journal of Public Budgeting, Accounting, and Financial Management 28 (1) (2016): 72-102.
  • New Deal – Cold War outsourcing
  • Path dependency theory
  • Narrative in procurement contracts
  • Development of the American welfare state and welfare policy
  • Social construction of citizens and groups of citizens in public policy
  • Political development
  • Government contracting
  • Conditions attached to grants and entitlement programs