John D. Graham

John D. Graham

School of Public and Environmental Affairs
Office: SPEA Room 300, IU Bloomington
Phone: 812-855-1432
Curriculum Vitae
Biographical Sketch

Since 2008, Dr. John D. Graham has directed the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, the largest comprehensive public policy school in the United States. He supervises on two campuses (Bloomington and Indianapolis) 75 full-time faculty, over 100 adjunct and part-time faculty and dozens of professional staff in the delivery of educational programs to over 1500 undergraduate majors, 300 master's degree students and over 80 doctoral students.

Dr. Graham initiated strategic planning process leading to "SPEA 2015" and creation of a new Deans Council.


  • Ph.D., Carnegie-Mellon University, 1983
  • M.A, Duke University, 1980
  • B.A., Wake Forest University, 1978

Professional experience

  • Dean, The Pardee RAND Graduate School, RAND Corporation, 2006-2008
  • Administrator, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, US Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, 2001-2006
  • Founding Director, Center for Risk Analysis, Harvard School of Public Health, 1989-2001
  • Deputy Chairman, Department of Health Policy and Management, Harvard School of Public Health, 1987-1992
  • Staff Associate, Committee on Risk and Decision Making, National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., 1979-1981

Awards, honors & certifications

  • Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Risk Analysis, 2008
  • Member of the Scientific and Technology Council, International Risk and Governance Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 2008 to present
  • Member of the Board, International Risk and Governance Council, Geneva, Switzerland, 2006 - 2008
  • Member, Committee on the Status and Future of Federal e-Rulemaking, 2008
  • Member of the Scientific Advisory Panel, Green Chemistry Initiative, State of California, 2007 - 2008
  • Alumni Merit Award, Carnegie Mellon University, 2002
  • Member, National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurement, 1997-2001
  • Member, Public Health Policy Advisory Board, 1997-2001
  • Member, Board of Scholars, American Council for Capital Formation Center for Policy Research, 1995-2001
  • Member, Editorial Board, Journal of Risk Research, 1990-2001
  • Member, Editorial Board, Risk: Health, Safety and Environment, 1990-2001
  • Member, Editorial Board, Risk Analysis: An International Journal, 1989-2001 and 2008 to present
  • Member, Editorial Board, Injury Control and Safety Promotion, 1999
  • Member, Editorial Board, Accident Analysis and Prevention: An International Journal, 1990-1999
  • Annapolis Center Annual Public Service Award for Achievements in Risk Communication to the American People, 1998
  • President, the Society for Risk Analysis, 1995-1996
  • Member, Ad Hoc Committee on Risk Analysis, Advisory Body to the President of the National Academy of Sciences, 1994
  • Member, Board of Visitors, Wake Forest University, 1991-1994
  • Member, Committee to Review the Structure and Performance of the Health Effects Institute, Board on Environmental Studies and Toxicology, National Research Council, 1992-1993
  • Member, NHTSA Motor Vehicle Safety Research Advisory Committee, U.S. Department of Transportation, Washington, D.C., 1990-1993
  • Outstanding Oral Presentation, "The Case for Motor Vehicle Injury Control," Society for Automotive Engineers, Industry-Government Meetings, May 16, 1991
  • Award for Outstanding Service in Helping to Develop and Support the National Agenda for Injury Control, CDC (April 25, 1991 - awarded by Surgeon General Antonia Novello, M.D.)
  • Member, Highway Safety Study, Strategic Transportation Research Committee, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 1989-1991
  • Member, Committee to Identify Measures that May Improve the Safety of School Bus Transportation, Transportation Research Board, National Research Council, 1987-1988
  • Co-Recipient (with Steven Garber) of the annual Herbert Salzman Award for the "Outstanding Paper" in Volume 3, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 1984

Professional interest

Government reform, energy and the environment and the future of the automobile in both developed and developing countries

Selected publications

  • Abdul-Akeem Sadiq and John Graham. "Exploring the Predictors of Organizational Preparedness for Natural Disasters." (Revise and Resubmit at Risk Analysis).
  • Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Kevin Tharp, and John Graham. "Is FEMA Influential? Assessing FEMA as a Source of Disaster Information." (Under Review at Public Administration Review).
  • Dumortier, Jerome, Saba Siddiki, Sanya Carley, Joshua Cisney, Rachel M. Krause, Bradley W. Lane, John A Rupp, and John D Graham. Forthcoming. “Effects of Providing Total Cost of Ownership Information on Consumers' Intent to Purchase a Hybrid or Plug-in Electric Vehicle.” Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice.
  • Graham, John D., "Bush on the Home Front: Domestic Policy Triumphs and Failures," Indiana University Press, Bloomington, IN, 2010. In press
  • Graham, John D., Olmstead, Sarah, "Is There a Universal Precautionary Principle?" Controversies in Globalization, edited by Peter M. Haas, John A. Hird and Beth McBratney, CQ Press, Washington, D.C. 2009, pp. 115-12
  • Keefe, Ryan, Griffin, Jay, Graham, John D., "The Benefits and Costs of New Fuels and Engines for Light-Duty Vehicles in the United States," Risk Analysis, Volume 28, No. 5, 2008, pp. 1141-1154
  • Graham, John D., "Saving Lives through Administrative Law and Economics," University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Volume 157 (2), December 2008, pp. 395-540
  • Graham, John D., Wiener, Jonathan B., "The Precautionary Principle and Risk-Risk Tradeoffs: A Comment," Journal of Risk Research, Volume 11(4), December 2008, pp. 465-474
  • Graham, John D., Wiener, Jonathan B., "Empirical Evidence for Risk-Risk Tradeoffs: A Rejoinder to Hansen and Tickner," Journal of Risk Research, Volume 11(4), December 2008, pp. 485-490
  • Graham, John D., Noe, Paul, "Due Process and Management for Guidance Documents: Good Governance Long Overdue," Yale Journal on Regulation, Volume 25(1), Winter 2008, pp. 103-112
  • Graham, John D., Montoya, Silvia, "Modernizing the Federal Government: Paying for Performance," RAND Publications, OP-213-PV/EMR, 2007
  • Epstein, Diana, Graham, John D., "Polarized Politics and Policy Consequences," RAND Publications, OP-197-PV/EMR, 2007
  • Keefe, Ryan, Graham, John D., Griffin, Jay, "The Benefits and Costs of New Fuels and Engines for Cars and Light Trucks," RAND Publications, WR-537-PRGS, 2007
  • Graham, John D., Hu, Jianhui, "The Risk-Benefit Balance in the United States: Who Decides?" Health Affairs, Volume 26(3), May-June. 2007, p. 625-635
  • Brown, Elizabeth, Graham, John D., "Leading the Executive Branch: Strategies and Options for Achieving Success," RAND Publications, OP-181-PV-MR, 2007
  • Graham, John D., "The Evolving Regulatory Role Of The U.S. Office Of Management And Budget," Review of Environmental Economics and Policy, Vol.1(2), 2007, pp. 171-191
  • Graham, John D., "Valuing the Future: OMB's Refined Position," The University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 74, Winter 2007 pp. 51-57
  • Graham, John D., Paul R. Noe, Elizabeth L. Branch, Managing the Regulatory State: The Experience of the Bush Administration, Fordham Urban Law Journal, Volume 33(4), 2006, pp. 953-1002