Owen F. Witesman

Public Affairs Ph.D. Candidate

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IU Bloomington
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1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN


  • Ph.D. Public Affairs, Indiana University, 2017
  • M.A. Central Eurasian Studies, Indiana University, 2005
  • B.A. Linguistics, Brigham Young University, 2001


  • Freelance Literary Translator (Finnish and Estonian), 2010-present
  • Lecturer, Romney Institute of Public Management, Brigham Young University, Utah, 2009-10
  • Associate Instructor, SPEA, Indiana University, 2006-08
  • Research Assistant, Parliamentary Development Project for Ukraine (USAID), Indiana, 2006-2007
  • Translator-Intern, The Finnish Literature Society, Helsinki, 2004-05
  • Project Manager, The Waterford Institute, Utah, 2001-02

Courses Taught

  • International and Comparative Public Management (MPA)
  • Statistics for Public Managers (MPA)
  • MPA Capstone on e-government (co-taught)
  • National and International Policy (undergraduate)

Selected Publications

Research Interests

Public values, democratization and administrative capacity building, comparative public administration, public/private distinction, skilled volunteerism, drug and alcohol regulation, public lands policy.


Universality in Public Service Values: A Methodology for the Comparison of Value Structures and Content

Committee: Sergio Fernandez (Chair), James Perry, Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Jill Nicholson-Crotty, Lawrence Walters

Honors & Awards

  • Finnish Foundation for Alcohol Studies (Alkoholitutkimussäätiö) Pro Gradu Award, 2005
  • Alo Raun Prize for Estonian and Finnish Studies MA Thesis, 2005
  • National Merit Scholar, 1995

Grants & Funding

  • Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowship, 2003-2005, summer 2005, 2005-06
  • IU School of Public and Environmental Affairs Merit Scholarship, 2005
  • Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies Presidential Travel Grant, 2004, 2005
  • IU Graduate and Professional Student Organization Travel Grant, 2004


  • Owen F. Witesman. “Alcohol Control Policy in Post-War Finland: Values and the Politics of Intoxication.” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies. 2005.
  • Owen F. Witesman.“Life After Waltari: the Current State and Influence of Finnish-language Literature in English Translation.” Society for the Advancement of Scandinavian Studies. 2004.