Department of Public Administration
3053 Business Education Complex
PhD Public Administration & Policy (minor fields of study: Sociology, Public Finance), University of Arizona, 2012
MA French, Vanderbilt University, 2003
BA International Studies (minor: Business Administration), Louisiana State University, 2001
BA French (minor: Spanish), Louisiana State University, 2001
Robin H. Lemaire is an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration at Louisiana State University. She teaches courses on organization theory and human resource management.
Her research focuses on managing and governing organizational networks, mostly in the area of health and human services, collaborating closely with practitioners on those research projects.
She has published research in journals such as Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, American Review of Public Administration, Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, Public Administration Review, and International Public Management Journal.
Yang, H., & Lemaire, R. H. 2022. Are collaborative challenges barriers to working together?–a multi-level multi-case network analysis. International Public Management Journal, 1-20.
Sedgwick, D., Lemaire, R. H., Wirgau, J., and McKeague, L. K. 2022. Community foundations as network conveners: Structuring collective agency for child education and development system impact. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 32(2): 269-286.
Patiño, S. R. G., Da Silva Gomes, F., Constantinou, S., Lemaire, R., Hedrick, V. E., Serrano, E. L., & Kraak,
V. I. 2021. An Assessment of Government Capacity Building to Restrict the Marketing of Unhealthy Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverage Products to Children in the Region of the Americas. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16): 8324.
Rincón-Gallardo Patino, S., Zhou, M., Da Silva Gomes, F., Lemaire, R., Hedrick, V., Serrano, E., and Kraak,
V. I. 2020. Effects of Menu Labeling Policies on Transnational Restaurant Chains to Promote a Healthy Diet: A Scoping Review to Inform Policy and Research. Nutrients, 12(6): 1544.
Lemaire, R. H. 2020. What is Our Purpose Here?: Network Relationships and Goal Congruence in a Canadian Child and Youth Health Network. American Review of Public Administration, 50 (2): 176-192.
McKeague, L., and Lemaire, R. H. 2020. Impartial Network Orchestration: Multiple Service Domains and the Need for Intentional Neutrality. In Academy of Management Proceedings (Vol. 2020, No. 1, p. 21613). Briarcliff Manor, NY 10510: Academy of Management.
Lemaire, R. H., Mannak, R., Ospina, S., and Groenleer, M. 2019. Striving for State of the Art with Paradigm Interplay and Meta-Synthesis: Purpose-oriented Network Research Challenges and Good Research Practices as a Way Forward. Perspectives on Public Management and Governance, 2(3): 175– 186.
Teaching Interests: Organizational theory; human resource management
Research Interests: managing and governing organizational networks; governance of health and human services
Lemaire, R. H. and Raab, J. 2020. Chapter 9: Social network analysis and dynamic network analysis, in Joris Voets, Robyn Keast, Christopher Koliba (eds.) Researching Networks and Collaboration in the Public Sector: Essential Research Approaches, Methodologies, and Analytic tools, Routledge.
Raab, J., Lemaire, R. H., and Provan, K. G. 2013. Chapter 10 The Configurational Approach in Organizational Network Research, in Peer C. Fiss, Bart Cambré, Axel Marx (eds.) Configurational Theory and Methods in Organizational Research (Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Volume 38), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp.225-253.
Lemaire, R. H. 2015. Reconsidering Classic Foundations. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, 25: 990-993.
Lemaire, R.H. 2014. Levitt, T. 2012. Partners for Good: Business, Government and the Third Sector.
Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 43: 614-617.
McKeague, L. K., Lemaire, R. H., and Wenzel, S. From Social to Collective Capital Four Factors that Led to the Success of a COVID-19 Task Force. American Public Health Association Annual Meeting (November 2022)
Lemaire, R.H., Sedgwick, D, and Wenzel, S. FOCUSing on unity among diversity: Purpose-oriented networks and lead agency trust. Public Management Research Conference (June 2022).
Yang, H. and Lemaire, R.H. Organizational Collaborative Motivations and Purpose-oriented Networks– Linking Organizational Theories with Network Characteristics. Public Management Research Conference (June 2022).
Lemaire, R.H., Sedgwick, D, and McKeague, L.K. FOCUSed or First Steps?: Case versus system approach to building purpose-oriented networks. International Research Society for Public Management (April 2022).
Lemaire, R.H., Sedgwick, D, and McKeague, L.K. Characteristics of a strong network core: Purpose-oriented network redundancy, diversity and cohesion. American Society for Public Administration (March 2022).
Lemaire, R.H., McKeague, L.K., Sedgwick, D. and Wirgau, J. Ebb and Flow of Network Participation: Flexibility, stability and forms of flux in purpose-oriented networks. Public Management Research Conference (June 2021).
Lemaire, R.H., McKeague, L., Sedgwick, D., and Wirgau, J. Core Characteristics to Weather the Ebb and Flow of Network Participation: Stabilizing purpose-oriented networks. Seminar Series, Department of Organization Studies, Tilburg University. (Mach 2021).
Executive Committee member, Section on Complexity and Network Studies (SCNS), American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), (2021-2024)
Taskforce Member, Health Roots, New River Valley Community, (current)
Editorial Board, Policy Studies Journal, (2021-2022)
MPA Program Director & CPAP Executive Committee Member, Virginia Tech, (2020-2021)
MPA Committee, Virginia Tech
Chair, (2018-2019) & (2020-2021)
MPA Internship Supervisor, Virginia Tech, (2014-2021)
Task Force Member, New River Valley Community Health Improvement Plan, (Spring 2019)
Associate Editor, Public and Nonprofit Division of the Academy of Management Annual Meeting, (2019-2020)
President, Faculty Association, Virginia Tech, (2018-2019)
Chair of Tenure/Tenure-Track Committee of Women’s Alliance, Virginia Tech, (2018-2019)
Member, Faculty Search Committee, Virginia Tech, (2018)
Advisory Board, Smart Beginnings, (Spring 2018)
Blacksburg MPA Advisor, Virginia Tech, (2017-2021)
Committee Member, Keith G. Provan Award, Academy of Management Public and Nonprofit Division, (2017-2018)
Member, Undergraduate Degree Taskforce, Virginia Tech, (2016-2017)
Co-Chair, Public and Nonprofit Doctoral Consortium, Academy of Management, (2015)
Faculty Advisor, Public Management Research Conference Doctoral Workshop, (2015)
Member, Honorifics Committee, Virginia Tech, (2012-2018)
Co-Chair, PhD Committee, Virginia Tech, (2012-2016)
College of Architecture and Urban Studies (CAUS) Certificate for Excellence in Teaching, Virginia Tech, April 2017
Best Paper Presented, International Research Society for Public Administration conference, April 2014
Best Reviewer, Public and Nonprofit Division of Academy of Management Annual Meeting, 2013
Lemaire, Robin (Principal Investigator). FOCUS on Prevention: Improving quality of life by focusing on rural neighborhoods
Sponsor: Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention at Virginia Tech and Giles County
Lemaire, Robin (Co-principal Investigator). Supporting Healthy Rural Communities through Increased Awareness of Well-being and System Factors,
Sponsor: Destination Areas and Strategic Growth Areas at Virginia Tech
Lemaire, Robin (Principal Investigator). First Steps to Crime Prevention: Building and Sustaining an Early Child Education and Development Network
Sponsor: Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, Virginia Tech
Lemaire, Robin (Principal Investigator). An AGIL Network Approach to Community Resilience
Sponsor: Ridenour Faculty Fellowship Conference (RFFC)/Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment (ISCE) Grant, Virginia Tech