John D. Graham is dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs
NSF Intl. appointed John D. Graham, Ph.D., dean of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, to its board of directors.
Graham has a distinguished record in the related fields of risk analysis, management and communication. He served for 17 years as a faculty member at the Harvard School of Public Health, where he founded and led the Harvard Center for Risk Analysis. The center is recognized globally for its work on environmental protection, injury prevention and medical technology. Earlier in his career, he served as staff associate to chairman Howard Raiffa’s Committee on Risk and Decision Making of the National Research Council, an arm of the National Academy of Sciences.
In 1995 Graham was elected president of the Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), where he organized the first World Congress on Risk Analysis with representatives from Europe, Japan, China, Australia, Canada and the U.S. As a scholar, he is best known for comparing the costs and effectiveness of 500 lifesaving programs in medicine, public health and environmental health.
Graham left Harvard in 2001 when President George W. Bush nominated him to serve as administrator for the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, U.S. Office of Management and Budget. As a Senate-confirmed official (2001 to 2006), he led the statistical and regulatory review activities of the federal government and fostered new regulations that saved lives, prevented disease and advanced environmental protection. He also played a pioneering role in new collaborative efforts at regulatory coordination between the European Union and the U.S.
In 2008, Graham assumed the deanship of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs (Bloomington and Indianapolis), one of the largest public affairs schools in the U.S. The school has about 2,000 undergraduate students, more than 500 master’s students and about 100 doctoral students. The 100 full-time faculty include laboratory scientists, social scientists, lawyers and policy specialists.
Throughout his career, Graham has presented and published hundreds of papers on risk analysis for business leaders, government officials and the media, including contributing to John Stossel’s ABC special, “Are We Scaring Ourselves to Death?” He also has presented invited testimony to the European Commission, U.K. Parliament and U.S. House and Senate committees.
Graham has earned numerous awards for his risk management work, including SRA’s highest honor of excellence, the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. Sen. Patrick Moynihan honored Graham for bringing risk analysis insights to federal clean air legislation. Additional awards include an Outstanding Service Award from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for developing and supporting the National Agenda for Injury Control; an Annapolis Center Annual Public Service Award for Achievements in Risk Communication to the American People; and a Carnegie Mellon University Alumni Merit Award. Graham recently was elected for membership in the National Academy of Public Administration.
Graham earned his Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. His dissertation on automobile safety was cited in pro-airbag decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court and Secretary of Transportation Elizabeth Dole. Additionally, he holds a bachelor’s degree in politics and economics from Wake Forest University and a master’s degree in public policy from Duke University.