Dr. Carolyn Ban

Professor Emerita

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

Wesley W. Posvar Hall, room 3428

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh PA 15260

Phone: 412-648-7662

Fax: 412-648-2605



I retired from the faculty in 2017 but have continued to do some teaching and research, so I am maintaining a website for those who wish to locate my CV or bio or to access my past research. 

My life, however, has gone in a different direction. I am currently serving as chair of the steering committee of Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, which lobbies at the state and national level for legislation such as comprehensive gun registration, red flag laws (to temporarily remove guns from people deemed a threat to themselves or others), and outlawing sale of assault rifles and large-capacity magazines. I recommend those who wish to follow my current activities to go to


Carolyn Ban

Carolyn Ban, Professor Emerita

Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

University of Pittsburgh


Carolyn Ban is Professor Emerita in the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh, where she served as dean of the school for 10 years.

 Dr. Ban graduated cum laude from Smith College in Political Science (where she did her junior year abroad at the University of Geneva), earned a master's degree in Russian Area Studies from Harvard University, and received her Ph.D. degree in Political Science from Stanford University.

Dr. Ban was a recognized expert on public management in the US and internationally, with a focus on the management of the European Commission. She retired in 2016.

In 2018, in response to the October 27 massacre at the Tree of Life building in Pittsburgh, she headed the group that founded Squirrel Hill Stands Against Gun Violence, an organization with the mission of passing legislation to reduce the risk of gun violence at the state and national levels. She currently serves as the chair of the steering committee. 

For a copy of my full CV contact me at


The Carolyn Ban Fellowship Fund was established to support full- and part-time students with outstanding records of academic achievement and financial need.


Academic achievement for new students will be based on the cumulative GPA earned as undergraduates. Achievement for current students will be determined by cumulative grade point averages earned while enrolled in GSPIA. Financial need for new and continuing students will be based on the strength of the statement of need in the letter of application.

Application Process

Interested students should submit a letter of application (maximum of two pages) to the Ban Fund Committee. The letter should explain why the applicant is the best candidate for the award, demonstrating how they meet the criteria of academic achievement and financial need. 

Check with the Student Services office to get information on the process and deadline for applying.


The award, ranging from $1000 to $3000, can be used to cover educational and living expenses. The recipient(s) will be called Carolyn Ban Fellows and will be honored each year the award is granted at the University Honors Convocation and at GSPIA’s Graduation Celebration. 

The Carolyn Ban Fellowship Fund was established as an endowed gift in honor of Professor Carolyn Ban, who served as dean of GSPIA from 1997 - 2006. 

To contribute

Contributions may be made online at If you do so, on the second screen, select Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, and specify, at the bottom, that the gift should go to the Carolyn Ban Fellowship Fund.

If you prefer to mail your gift, make your check out to the University of Pittsburgh, specify on the check that it is for the Carolyn Ban Fellowship Fund, and send it to Pitt Annual Fund, 500 Craig Hall, 200 South Craig Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15260.



“The Challenges of Linking Pay and Promotion: Repeated Reforms of the European Commission Staff Appraisal Process,” Pittsburgh Papers on the European Union, 2017

Management and Culture in an Enlarged European Commission: Unity in Diversity?  Palgrave Macmillan, Mar 2013. Awarded the Larry Neal Prize for Excellence in EU Research

“Reforming the Staffing Process in the European Union Institutions: Moving the Sacred Cow out of the Road,” International Review of Administrative Sciences, 76,1, March, 2010.

“ ‘Sorry, I Don’t Speak French:  the Impact of Enlargement on Language Use in the European Commission,” in Michel Gueldry, ed. Walk the Talk. Integrating Languages and Culture(s) in/for the Professions, 2010.

« Intégrer la "maison" communautaire. L'arrivée au sein de la Commission des directeurs issus des nouveaux Etats membres, » (English title : Coming into the House : the Arrival in the European Commission of Directors from the New Member States), Revue française d’administration publique, June, 2010.

“ La fabrication des nouveaux « eurocrates Auto-sélection, sélection et socialisation des fonctionnaires de la Commission européenne des nouveaux pays membres »”(English title:The Making of the New ‘Eurocrats’ : Self-Selection, Selection, and Socialization of European Commission Staff from the New Member States). in Hélène Michel et Cécile Robert, eds. La fabrique des « Européens » : Processus de socialisation et construction européenne, Strasbourg, Presses universitaires de Strasbourg, 2010, chapter 3, pp.103-128.

The Making of the New Eurocrats (English translation of above article).- rev 3-09

“Central and East Europeans in the European Commission: a Force for Change?” June 2008, Cahier No. 11, GRASPE (Groupe de Réflection sur l’avenir du Service Public Europeéen).

Recruiting and Selecting Staff in the European Institutions: Moving the Sacred Cow Out of the Road.  Paper prepared for Annual Meeting of UACES, Edinburgh, September, 2008.

Performance Appraisal and Promotion in the European Commission: the Challenge of Linking Organizational and Individual Accountability.  Paper presented at conference on accountability and governance in international organizations, University of Konstanz, June, 2008.

If you have difficulty finding any of these publications, feel free to contact me at