Frederick W. Mayer

Sanford School of Public Policy

Duke University

Frederick Mayer is Professor of Public Policy, Political Science and Environment, and Associate Dean for Strategy and Innovation at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy. Mayer also serves as Director of Duke’s Program on Global Policy and Governance, a summer program based in Geneva, Switzerland.

Professor Mayer’s research addresses the social dimensions of economic globalization, especially the implications of global value chains for public policy and governance; the role of narrative in politics, most notably in enabling collective action; and the politics of climate change, particularly the role of political communication in mobilizing and demobilizing political action. His publications include Narrative Politics: Stories and Collective Action (Oxford University Press, 2014), “Leveraging Private Governance for Public Purpose: Evolving Roles for Business, Civil Society, and the State in Labour Regulation” (in Phillips and Payne, eds. Handbook on the International Political Economy of Governance, 2014), “Decent Work in Global Production Networks: Framing the Policy Debate” (with Stephanie Barrientos, John Pickles and Ann Posthuma, International Labour Review, 2011), “Regulation and Economic Globalization: Prospects and Limits of Private Governance” (with Gary Gereffi, Business and Politics, 2010), “Globalization and the Demand for Governance” (with Gary Gereffi, in Gereffi, The New Offshoring of Jobs and Global Development, ILO, 2006) and Interpreting NAFTA: The Science and Art of Political Analysis (Columbia University Press, 1998);

Mayer teaches courses on the political economy of public policy, policy analysis, political analysis, narrative politics, negotiation, and globalization and governance. He was awarded Duke’s Howard D. Johnson Distinguished Teaching Award in 1999. From 2000-2009, as Director of Graduate Studies in Public Policy, Mayer directed Duke’s Master of Public Policy (MPP) program, established and directed the PhD Program in Public Policy, and founded the Duke Program on Global Policy and Governance. Mayer serves on the Sanford School’s Executive Committee and recently chaired its Strategic Vision Committee. He also serves on numerous university committees, including the Academic Council (Duke’s faculty senate), the Athletics Council, the Trustees Committee on Institutional Advancement, the Duke Alumni Association Board, the President’s Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility, and the University Conflict of Interest Committee.

In addition to his academic experience, Mayer was senior international trade and foreign policy advisor to U.S. Senator Bill Bradley from 1992 to 1993. In other stints in Washington, Mayer served as an aide to Congressman Sander Levin, as a policy analyst at the U.S. Environment Protection Agency, and as editor at the CloseUp Foundation, an educational non-profit organization. Mayer received an A.B. in history and literature from Harvard College, and both an M.P.P. and a Ph.D. in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.