Kathryn Newcomer is a professor in the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where she teaches graduate level courses on public and nonprofit program evaluation, and research design. She served as the Trachtenberg School director for over 12 years, until July 2019. She is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, and currently serves on the Comptroller General’s Educators’ Advisory Panel. She served as an elected member of the board of directors of the American Evaluation Association (AEA) (2013-2015 and 2016-2018), and as AEA president for 2017. She served as president of the Network of the Association of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for 2006-2007.
Dr. Newcomer has published seven books, including U.S. Inspectors General: Truth Tellers in Turbulent Times (2020 by Brookings), The Handbook of Practical Program Evaluation (4th edition 2015), and over 70 articles in journals including the Public Administration Review and the American Journal of Evaluation.
Dr. Newcomer earned a B.S. in secondary education and an M.A. in political science from the University of Kansas, and her PhD in political science from the University of Iowa.