University of Massachusetts Amherst

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Jane Fountain

Distinguished Professor
Political Science and Public Policy
UMass Amherst


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Jane E. Fountain is Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy and Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is the founder and director of the National Center for Digital Government, established in 2002 with support from the National Science Foundation, and directs the Science, Technology and Society Initiative, an inter-disciplinary forum for research, teaching and engagement related to emerging technologies. Fountain works in the areas of institutional perspectives on information technology and governance, innovation in public organizations and cross-agency collaboration, science, technology and society, and women in computing. She is the author or editor of works including The Future of Government: Lessons Learned from around the World (co-authored with the Global Agenda Council on the Future of Government, World Economic Forum, 2011); Building the Virtual State: Information Technology and Institutional Change (Brookings Institution Press, 2001), which was awarded an Outstanding Academic Title by Choice and has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, and Spanish; Digital Government: Advancing a Social Science Research Agenda (NCDG, 2002); and Proposition 2: Its Impact on Massachusetts (co-edited with L. E. Susskind, OGH, 1983). Her articles have been published in scholarly journals including Governance, Technology in Society, Science and Public Policy, the National Civic Review, and the Communications of the Association for Computing Machinery.