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Derrick Anderson

Derrick Anderson

Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service and Community Solutions


Office of the President
Arizona State University
PO Box 877705
Tempe, AZ 85287-7705


  • Senior Global Futures Scientist, Julie Ann Wrigley Global Futures Laboratory
  • Assistant Professor, School of Public Affairs, College of Public Service and Community Solutions
  • Related Faculty, School for the Future of Innovation in Society
  • Affiliated Faculty, Center for Biodiversity Outcomes, Global Institute of Sustainability and Innovation


Derrick Anderson is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs and Advisor to the President for Innovation at Arizona State University. His research focuses institutional design, especially as it relates to the economic, political and managerial control of knowledge intensive enterprises. He teaches courses in organization theory, public policy and science and technology policy.

His research has been published in a several leading academic journals including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Management Review, Administration in Society, Review of Policy Research, Research in Higher Education and Scientometrics. His opinions have been published in the Deseret News and the Boston Globe. Derrick occasionally speaks with media about issues pertaining to higher education and has been a guest on KJZZ and PBS Eight.

As Advisor to the President for Innovation, Derrick oversees complex institutional projects with assorted partners in business, government, and higher education. He provides opportunity analysis and assessment in areas relating to the ongoing transformation of ASU from an “agency” organizational model to a “public enterprise” model.

He holds BS and MPP degrees from ASU and a PhD from the University of Georgia.


  • PhD, University of Georgia
  • MPP, Arizona State University
  • BS, Arizona State University

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Journal Articles


Gerber, L. R., C. J. Barton, S. H. Cheng and D. M. Anderson. 2020. Producing actionable science in conservation: Best practices for organizations and individuals. Conservation Science and Practice 2(12):e295. DOI: 10.1111/csp2.295. (link )


Crow, M. M. and D. M. Anderson. 2018. Higher logic. AGB (Association of Governing Boards of Colleges and Universities) 26(3):28-31. (link )


Gilbert, C. G., M. M. Crow and D. M. Anderson. 2017. Design thinking for higher education. Stanford Social Innovation Review 16(1):36-41. (link )


Anderson, D. M. and J. M. Stritch. 2016. Goal clarity, task significance, and performance: Evidence from a laboratory experiment. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory 26(2):211-225. DOI: 10.1093/jopart/muv019. (link )

Bozeman, B. and D. M. Anderson. 2016. Public policy and the origins of bureaucratic red tape: Implications of the Stanford yacht scandal. Administration & Society 48(6):736-759. DOI: 10.1177/0095399714541265. (link )


Fisher, E., C. P. Slade, D. M. Anderson and B. Bozeman. 2010. The public value of nanotechnology?. Scientometrics 85:29-39. DOI: 10.1007/s11192-010-0237-1. (link )

Book Chapters


Crow, M. M., W. B. Dabars and D. M. Anderson. 2020. Building a university where all people matter. In: Orr, D. W., A. Gumbel, B. Kitwana and W. S. Becker eds., Democracy Unchained: How to Rebuild Goverment for the People. The New Press. ISBN: 978-1620975138.