- Edwin O. Stene Distinguished Professor
- School of Public Affairs & Administration
She is the author of a dozen books, including Retrofitting Collaboration Into the New Public Management (with E. Eppel, Cambridge University Press 2021), Leadingin Place: Leadership Through DifferentEyes (with R. Hilton, Routledge 2018), and Environmental GovernanceReconsidered (with R. Durant, D. Fiorino, and P. Weiland, MITPress 2017). In addition, she has published more than 135 scholarly articles and book chapters.
In 2021, the Academy of Management chose the 3rd edition of her book, The Ethics of Dissent: Managing Guerrilla Government (CQ Press 2021)- used in ethics and management courses around the world - as the winner of the "Best Book in Public Management Award”.
Professor O’Leary has won 11 teaching awards. She has worked in Hong Kong, China, Malaysia, Philippines, New Zealand, India, and the US. She co-directed the program on collaboration and conflict resolution at Syracuse University for 5 years, co-creating E-PARCC: Free online teaching materials on civic engagement, collaboration and conflict resolution used by hundreds of thousands around the world.
Professor O’Leary was a member of NASA’s Return to Flight Task Group assembled in response to the Columbia space shuttle accident and was awarded the NASA Distinguished Service Award for her efforts.
She was President of the Public Management Research Association 2017-2019.
In 2019, the International Research Society for Public Management (IRSPM) established the established the annual "Rosemary O'Leary Prize for Outstanding Scholarship on Women in Public Administration."
- Public Administration
- Public Management
- Collaborative Public Management
- Collaborative Governance
- Law and Public Policy
- Administrative and Environmental Law
- Environmental Policy
- Environmental Management
- Conflict Resolution
- Dispute Resolution
- Collaborative Problem Solving
- Retrofitting collaboration into New Public Management governance schemes
- Collaboration as a leadership and management strategy
- Comparative conflict resolution at the local government level
- public administration
- public management
- organization theory
- environmental policy