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Nicholas C Peroff, Ph.D.
Professor of Public Administration
Henry W. Bloch School of Business
and Public Administration
Office: 211 Bloch School
Phone: 816-235-2341
Fax: 816-235-6508

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Born and raised in dairy country in Wisconsin, my college experience, all at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (with a brief interruption to serve in the Vietnam War) culminated in a PH.D. in Political Science in the mid-70’s. My book, Menominee Drums, Tribal Termination and Restoration, 1954-1974 (re-released by the University of Oklahoma Press as a paperback in 2006), is a study of the termination and subsequent restoration of federal recognition of the Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin. My work with the Menominee Nation has continued, off and on, for over 30 years and has led me to research on Indian gaming and other areas of interest within American Indian Studies.

My current research focuses primarily on the development and application of complexity theory in American Indian Studies generally and specifically on work toward publication of a second book about the Menominee Indian Tribe. Other scholarly activities include continuing faculty exchange work with the University of the Western Cape in South Africa and service as the President of the Western Social Science Association in 2003.

At UMKC, I typically teach the public policy course, “Politics of Administration” and the capstone course “Public Management” in the core curriculum of our MPA program. I recently offered a new cross-listed MBA/MPA course “Managing Complexity” in the winter semester, 2007. I also serve as faculty coordinator for the Bloch School’s Interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program in Public Affairs and Administration.   


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Fields of Interest:

American Indian Studies.
Complexity Theory.
Public Policy Analysis.
Public Management.
Comparative Public Administration.

Courses Taught Recently:

PA 5526 "Politics of Administration."
PA 5530 "Public Management."


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"Lovelock's Gaia and Tribal Peoples: Alternative Futures", Social Evolution & History, v1n7, 2008, pp. 26-39.

"Indian Policy as an Emergent Property of the American Policy Making Process”, The Social Science Journal, v44n2, 2007, pp.319-332.

"Gaia, complexity, and American Indian Tribes: Common ground for compatible theories", in P. Cilliers and K. Richardson, eds., Explorations in Complexity Thinking, Boston: ISCE Publishing: 2007.

Menominee Drums: Tribal Termination and Restoration, 1954-1974, 2nd ed.,Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press: 2006.

“Indian Gaming and the American Indian Criminal Justice System”, in J. Ross and L. Gould, eds., Native Americans and the Criminal Justice System: Theoretical and Policy Directions. Boulder, CO: Paradigm Publishers: 2006.

“A Window on the Past: Complexity Theory in American Indian Studies”, in D. Wildcat and S. Pavlik, eds., Destroying Dogma: Vine Deloria’s Influence on Intellectual America. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Publishing: 2006.

“Is Management an Art or a Science: A Clue in Consilience”,(reprint, originally appeared in Emergence, v1n1, April, 1999, pp. 92-109, Archives of Emergence, 1999-2003, on Compact Disk) in Emergence:Complexity and Organization, v6n1&2, (special double issue), 2004.



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 “American Indian Tribes: Metaphor Matters”, Vine Deloria Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium, Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA, July 10, 2009.

“A Strange Attraction: Vine Deloria Jr.?s God is Read and Complexity Theory”, Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, NM, April 15-18, 2009.

Delegate/Panel Participant, Kansas City Trade Delegation/13th Edgar Snow Symposium, Beijing, China, October 11-26, 2008.

“Rethinking Tribal Governance: Indian Tribes as Complex Systems”, Third Annual Vine Deloria Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium, Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA, July 25, 2008.

“Native Nations as Complex Systems: A theoretical Model”, Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, Denver, CO, April 24, 2008.

“Menominee Termination and Restoration”, (Invited Lecture w/ D. Beck), College of Menominee Nation, Keshena, WI, April 18, 2008.

“Gaia, Complexity, and American Indian Tribes: Common Ground for Compatible Theories”, Third International Workshop on Complexity and Philosophy, Stellenbosch Institute for Advanced Study, Stellenbosch, South Africa, February 22-23, 2007. Poster presentation.

“Coming to Know the Unknowable: Perspectives on the Emergence and Evolution of Native Nations”, Vine Deloria Jr. Indigenous Studies Symposium, Northwest Indian College, Bellingham, WA, July 27-30, 2006.

International Conference on Complex Systems, New England Complex Systems Institute, Boston, MA, June 25-30, 2006.

“The Menominee Indian Tribe: From Emergence to First Contact”, Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque,NM, April 19-22, 2006.

Participant, “Ascending Toward ‘The End’: Overcoming Barriers to Attaining A Ph.D.” (Panel), Convention of the National Indian Education Association, Denver, CO, October 6-9, 2005.

The Indian Gaming Act, Indian Country and American Indian Policy”, Robert K. Thomas Symposium, Bellingham, WA, July 21-23, 2005.

“It’s About Land, Resources and (Sometimes) about Indians: American Indian Assimilation Policies, 1778 to the Present”, Annual Conference of the Western Social Science Association, Albuquerque, NM, April 13-16, 2005.


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Member, Board of Directors, The Edgar Snow Memorial Fund, Inc., 2009-present.

Member, Executive Committee, ASPA Section on Complexity and Network Studies, 2009-present.

Board Secretary, Board of Directors, International Relations Council (IRC), Kansas

Member, Sister Cites Association of Kansas City, Kansas City, MO, 2007-present.

Subject Editor, Emergence: Complexity and Organization, 2006-present.

Member, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2005-present.

President, Western Social Science Association, 2002-03.

Co-coordinator, TELP (USAID Tertiary Educational Linkages Project, Bloch School-University of the Western Cape, South Africa, 1999-2003.

Member, Heart of America Indian Center, Kansas City, MO, 1997-present.

Member (elected), Board of Directors, Heart of America Indian Center, Kansas City, MO, 1997-2004.

Member, Editorial Council, Administratio Publica, Journal of the Association of Teachers in Public Administration, Republic of South Africa, 1992-present.

Member, Western Social Science Association, 1983-present.

Member, American Society for Public Administration, 1974-present.


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Public Administrator of the Year Award (Academic Level), Greater Kansas City Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA), 2009.

Phi Kappa Phi, May, 2008.

Nominated, Marquis Who?s Who in America, February, 2008.

Reappointment to the University of Missouri Doctoral Faculty, 2005-present.

Elmer P. Pierson Teaching Award, Bloch School, 1986-87.


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The Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin
Institute for the Study of Coherence and Emergence
New England Complex Systems Institute
Western Social Science Association
USS Forrestal Association
USS Forrestal CVA-59

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