Alan R. Shark

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Titles and Organizations

Associate Professor

Contact Information
Mason Square, Van Metre Hall, Room 667
3351 Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22201
MSN: 3B1


Alan R. Shark is an associate professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University. Prior to joining the Schar School, he served as associate professor of practice at Rutgers University School of Public Affairs and Administration from 2009 through 2017.

His focus has been technology leadership, governance, civic engagement, and emerging technologies in government. In addition to his teaching and research responsibilities, Shark serves as the executive director of Public Technology Institute (PTI) a nonprofit headquartered in Washington, D.C. (See

Among his more recent work, he is the author of the textbook Technology & Public Management, 7 Trends That Will Transform Local Governments through Technology, Smarter Cities for a Bright and Sustainable Future and CIO Leadership for CIO Leadership for Cities and Counties: Emerging Trends and Practices.

His work has been supported by the Sloan Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the United Nations, OECD, and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).

Shark was elected as fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration, where he serves as chair for the NAPA Standing Panel on Technology Leadership.

He earned his PhD in public administration from the University of Southern California.

Areas of Research

  • Technology Leadership in Government
  • Civic Media and Digital Service Delivery
  • IT Governance
  • Cyber Security Policy and Governance