National Center for Digital Government
Science, Technology and Society Initiative
University of Massachusetts Amherst

Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science 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, based at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, which was established with support from the National Science Foundation to develop research and infrastructure for the emerging field of information technology and governance. Fountain is an elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration; a 2014 Federal Computer Week "top 100" expert in federal IT; a former chair, vice chair and current invited member of the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government; and an appointed member of the Massachusetts Governor's Council on Innovation. More ...

Professor Fountain's CV, high resolution photo, and full biography are available here.



Many of Jane Fountain's papers are available through Scholarworks.

Selected papers for download:

The Administrative Conference of the United States: Recommendations to Advance Cross-Agency Collaboration under the GPRA Modernization Act. Public Administration Review, 2014. (with Paul Verkuil)

GPRA Modernization Act of 2010: Examining Constraints to, and Providing Tools for, Cross-Agency Collaboration Washington, D.C.: Administrative Conference of the United States. 2013.

Connecting Technologies to Citizenship. In Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions edited by M. Pagano. University of Illinois Press (2014 forthcoming).

On the Effects of e-Government on Political Institutions Handbook of Science, Technology and Society, edited by D. Kleinman and K. Moore. Routledge. 2014.

Implementing Cross-Agency Collaboration: A Guide for Federal Managers. IBM Center for the Business of Government. 2013.

Bureaucratic Reform and E-Government in the United States: An Institutional Perspective. The Handbook of Internet Politics. A. Chadwick and P. N. Howard (Eds). Routledge. 2008. [PDF]

Notes on the Impact of Research on the Development of eGovernment. European Review of Political Technologies, Special Issue: Towards a Common eGovernment Research Agenda in Europe. vol 5. February 2008. [PDF]

Central Issues in the Political Development of the Virtual State in Manuel Castells and Gustavo Cardoso, eds. The Network Society: From Knowledge to Policy (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2006). [PDF]

Preface to the Chinese translation of Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Renmin University Press, 2004). [PDF]

Digital government and public health Preventing Chronic Disease, 2004 October. [HTML]

JEF, Y. Arens, J. Callan, S. Dawes, E. Hovy and G. Marchionini, Cyberinfrastructure and Digital Government, white paper written for the National Science Foundation CISE Directorate, June 2003. [PDF]

Prospects for Improving the Regulatory Process using E-Rulemaking Communications of the ACM, special issue on digital government, edited by Lawrence E. Brandt, Gary Marchionini, and Hanan Samet, Vol. 46, No. 1, January 2003. [PDF]

Information, Institutions and Governance: Advancing a Basic Social Science Research Program for Digital Government monograph based on a national workshop organized by the author, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, August 2002. Available as Kennedy School of Government Faculty Research Working Paper, RWP03-004, January 2003. [Available through Social Science Research Network]

The Virtual State: Transforming American Government? National Civic Review, vol. 90, no. 4, Fall 2001, pp. 241-252. [PDF]

Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change. (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2001). Selected by Choice as an Outstanding Academic Title 2002. [Chapter 1 PDF]

Constructing the Information Society: Women, Information Technology and Design, Technology in Society, 22, April 2000, pp. 45-62. [PDF]

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(c) Jane E. Fountain