SlackJames D. Slack, Ph.D.


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James D. Slack, Ph.D., is a professor in the Robertson School of Government at Regent University. He holds doctorate and master's degrees in political science from Miami University and a B.A. in Government from The Ohio University. Dr. Slack's thinking, research and teaching are focused on (1) the application of theocentric phenomenology to the American political community and the American public service (he is currently working on the issue of "Life Policy and Death Policy") and (2) discriminatory practices and anti–discrimination policies as they affect the public workplace (he is currently exploring the relationship between the Free Exercise Clause and the public workplace).

Dr. Slack is author or coauthor of six books and approximately 55 articles and book chapters, including seven articles in Public Administration Review (PAR), the journal–of–record in public administration. He won the national Laverne Burchfield Award for his PAR article, "The Public Administration of AIDS." His latest book, Abortion, Execution and the Consequences of Taking Life (Transaction Publishers) is in its second printing. His work in workplace discrimination includes two editions of HIV/AIDS and the Public Workplace (University of Alabama Press), and Local Government Information and Training Needs in the 21st Century (co–authored, Quorum Books). He has also published numerous scholarly articles on diversity and disabilities policy. His Public Administration Review article, "The Americans with Disabilities Act and the Workplace," was reprinted into in a volume of ASPA Classics on "public personnel administration and labor relations." Three of Professor Slack's works have been ranked in the top 15 most important publications written in the area of "Workplace Ramifications of HIV/AIDS."

Professor Slack is (or has been) a member of the editorial boards of several journals, including Public Administration Review and The International Journal of Public Administration. He is also a member of the Executive Advisory Board of the Ralph Bunche Journal of Public Affairs. In the areas of management, diversity and capacity–building, Dr. Slack has been a consultant to a variety of public and traditional nonprofit agencies, as well as faith–based service organizations.

Fields of Expertise:

  • Workplace Diversity and Discrimination
  • Life Policy and Death Policy