William G. Resh
Ralph and Goldy Lewis Hall 201D
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0626
Phone: (213) 821-7844
PhD in Public Administration and American Politics
Public Management, US presidency and executive politics, policy implementation, organization theory, personnel policy, organizational behavior
Bill Resh earned his doctoral degree at the American University’s School of Public Affairs in 2011. He was a tenure-track assistant professor in public management at Indiana University’s School of Public and Environmental Affairs from 2011 to 2014. Bill joined the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy in 2014. His research focuses on executive politics and organizational behavior. A common theme in his work is how administrative structure and political environments affect the behaviors and perceptions of individuals in public organizations.
He is the recipient of the 2012 Best Dissertation Award from the Academy of Management’s Public and Nonprofit Division, the American Political Science Association’s 2012 George C. Edwards III Award for Best Dissertation on the Presidency and Executive Politics, and the 2011 Paul A. Volcker Research Grant Award. His work has been published in respected peer reviewed journals and academic presses. Bill also has a book forthcoming under Johns Hopkins University Press. His book, Rethinking the Administrative Presidency, explores appointee-careerist relations in the federal executive branch by systematically testing the premise that the trust established at the executive levels of federal agencies is critical to achieving performance and advancing presidential interests administratively. In this book, he develops hypotheses using combined strains of political and organizational theory to argue that these relations are critical to understanding which efforts at political control might harm agency performance.
Resh, W. G., Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration and Beyond; Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press; 2015.