Lisa Blomgren Amsler

Keller-Runden Professor of Public Service

(812) 855-4556
Room Number:
SPEA 333

Curriculum Vitae


  • J.D., (with High Honors), University of Connecticut, 1979
  • B.A., (Magna Cum Laude), Smith College, Northampton, MA, 1976


  • Law and Public Affairs
  • Negotiation and Dispute Resolution
  • Capstone Course for Graduate Students


Professor Lisa Blomgren Amsler (formerly Bingham) has served on SPEA’s faculty since 1992. She is an expert in collaborative governance, public engagement, dispute resolution, and labor law with more than 100 published works. Recently, Amsler’s 2005 article on new governance practice (co-authored with Tina Nabatchi and Rosemary O’Leary) was named one of the “75 Most Influential Articles” of the past 75 years by Public Administration Review. Her lead article on workplace mediation (co-authored with Cynthia J. Hallberin, Denise A. Walker and Won-Tae Chung) and published in Harvard Negotiation Law Review, is on the Social Science Research Network all-time Top 10 list of most downloaded articles in conflict resolution.

Amsler has received national awards from four different professional associations. In 2014, the American Bar Association honored Amsler for Outstanding Scholarship foundational to the field of dispute resolution. She received the Rubin Theory-to-Practice award from the International Association for Conflict Management for research that affected practice and the Abner award from the Association for Conflict Resolution for excellence in research on labor and employment relations in the public sector. Professor Amsler’s book titled The Promise and Performance of Environmental Conflict Resolution, co-edited with Rosemary O’Leary, was designated the Best Book Award by The American Society for Public Administration.


  • Named 2015 LERA Fellow by the Labor and Employment Relations Association
  • 100+ published works, including one of Public Administration Review's 75 Most Influential Articles
  • SPEA faculty member for 20+ years
  • Elected fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration
  • Practicing lawyer for 10 years in public sector labor and employment law

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Selected Works