J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

J. Ramon Gil-Garcia

Research Director


  • Institutional and environmental theories for researching e-government
  • Inter-organizational collaboration and information integration
  • Theoretical linkages between organization theory, public management, and information science
  • Government information management and policy
  • Quantitative and multi-method research approaches

Brief Bio

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J. Ramon Gil-Garcia is the Research Director of CTG UAlbany and an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy.

Gil-Garcia primary responsibility is to develop and manage our research portfolio. He also is responsible for helping maintain and expand our network with research sponsors, partners, and colleagues around the world.

He leads the development of research and project proposals resulting in grant funding and contracts. He also serves as a Principal Investigator and a member of multi-disciplinary, multi-investigator research teams.

Gil-Garcia is a member of the Mexican National System of Researchers and of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.

In 2009, he was considered the most prolific author in the field of digital government research worldwide and in 2013 he was selected for the Research Award, which is "the highest distinction given annually by the Mexican Academy of Sciences to outstanding young researchers."

More recently, Dr. Gil-Garcia was named, "One of the World’s 100 Most Influential People in Digital Government in 2018" by Apolitical, which is a nonprofit organization based in London in the United Kingdom.

Currently, he is:

  • Faculty Affiliate at the National Center for Digital Government, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Affiliated Faculty Member of the Informatics Doctorate Program at the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Albany
  • Affiliated Professor of the Business School at Universidad de las Americas Puebla in Mexico

Dr. Gil-Garcia is the author or co-author of articles in prestigious international journals in Public Administration, Information Systems, and Digital Government such as:

  • The International Public Management Journal
  • Government Information Quarterly
  • Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology
  • European Journal of Information Systems
  • Journal of Government Information
  • International Journal of Electronic Government Research
  • Public Finance and Management
  • International Journal of Cases on Electronic Commerce
  • International Journal of Electronic Governance
  • International Journal on Computers
  • Systems and Signals
  • Politics Administration and Change
  • Reforma y Democracia
  • Gestión y Política Pública
  • Espiral: Estudios sobre Estado y Sociedad
  • Convergencia
  • Ciencias de Gobierno
  • Ciencia Ergo Sum
  • Administración Pública y Sociedad
  • Espacios Públicos

Some of his publications are among the most cited in the field of digital government research worldwide.

His research interests include:

  • collaborative electronic government
  • inter-organizational information integration
  • smart cities and smart governments
  • adoption and implementation of emergent technologies
  • information technologies and organizations
  • digital divide policies
  • new public management
  • public policy evaluation
  • multi-method research approaches

Gil-Garcia has extensive teaching experience and has collaborated with 11 universities, including departments of:

  • Public Administration
  • Political Science
  • Social Science
  • Information Studies
  • Management Information Systems

He has lectured on topics such as:

  • Public Management
  • Policy Analysis
  • Organization Theory
  • Database Applications
  • Statistics
  • Web Development
  • Quantitative Analysis and Modeling
  • Research Methods
  • Public Administration Theory
  • Local Government Management
  • Information Technologies in the Public Sector

Prior to his academic career, Dr. Gil-Garcia held several government positions, including systems analyst, responsible for the data processing system, and the director's Executive Assistant at the General Direction of Rural Development, Secretary of Agricultural Development of the State of Mexico.

He has been a volunteer in several non-profit organizations and is an active member of professional associations in fields such as Public Administration, Information Systems, Public Policy, and Political Science.

He is also a former Fulbright Scholar.

Link to Curriculum Vita

Selected Publications

Google Scholar Profile

  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Natalie Helbig and Adegboyega Ojo. (2014). Being smart: Emerging Technologies and Innovation in the Public Sector. Government Information Quarterly, 31 (Supplement 1): I1-I8.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon. (2012). Enacting Electronic Government Success: An Integrative Study of Government-wide Websites, Organizational Capabilities, and Institutions. New York, NY: Springer.
  • Luna-Reyes, Luis F. and J. Ramon Gil-Garcia. (2011). Using Institutional Theory and Dynamic Simulation to Understand Complex e-Government Phenomena. Government Information Quarterly, 28 (3): 329-345.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Soon Ae Chun and Marijn Janssen. (2009). Government Information Sharing and Integration: Combining the Social and the Technical. Information Polity, 14 (1 and 2): 1-10.
  • Gil-Garcia, J. Ramon, Indushobha Chengalur-Smith and Peter Duchessi. (2007). Collaborative E-Government: Impediments and Benefits of Information Sharing Projects in the Public Sector. European Journal of Information Systems, 16(2): 121-133.
  • Gil-García, J. Ramón and Theresa A. Pardo. (2005). E-Government Success Factors: Mapping Practical Tools to Theoretical Foundations. Government Information Quarterly, 22 (2): 187–216.

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  • Ph.D., Public Administration and Policy, 2005, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany, SUNY.
  • M.S., Public Administration and Policy, 1999, Center for Research and Teaching in Economics.
  • Graduate Certificate, Government Information Management, 2001, National Institute of Public Administration.
  • B.S., Political Science and Public Administration, 1997, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico.