- Bicentennial Medal (2020)
- Fulbright Award (2006)
- South Korea
- Titled Professor (1998)
- Chancellor's Professor Emeritus
James L. Perry is Chancellors' Professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA) and Adjunct Professor of Philanthropic Studies and Political Science at Indiana University. He has also held faculty appointments at the University of California, Irvine, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1992, he served as special assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Personnel Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In 1999-2000, he was senior evaluator at the Corporation for National and Community Service. In 2006-2007, he served as Fulbright Distinguished Lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, South Korea and a Senior Postdoctoral Fellow at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium. He received an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago and M.P.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
His recent research focuses on public service motivation, community and national service, collaboration, and government reform. His research appears in such journals as Academy of Management Journal, Administrative Science Quarterly, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Nonprofit Management and Leadership, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, and Public Administration Review. He is author and editor of several books, including the Handbook of Public Administration, Second Edition (Jossey-Bass, 1996), Civic Service: What Difference Does It Make? (with Ann Marie Thomson; M. E. Sharpe, 2004), Quick Hits for Educating Citizens (with Steve Jones; Indiana University Press, 2006), and Motivation in Public Management: The Call of Public Service (with Annie Hondeghem; Oxford University Press, 2008).
Perry is recipient of several prestigious national awards. He received the Yoder-Heneman Award for innovative personnel research from the Society for Human Resource Management. He is recipient of two awards, the Charles H. Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Public Administration and the Distinguished Research Award, given jointly by the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration. He is recipient of the Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division Academy of Management. ASPA has recognized him with two awards, the Paul P. Van Riper Award for Excellence and Service and the Dwight Waldo Award for career contributions to the literature of public administration. He is a fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
Perry is former commissioner and chair of the Indiana Commission on Community Service and Volunteerism. He serves on editorial boards for numerous journals, including the American Review of Public Administration, Asia Pacific Journal of Public Administration, Journal of Public Affairs Education, and Review of Public Personnel Administration. He was awarded Distinguished Professor in 2009.