WASHINGTON, DC (September 28, 2016) — The Association of Public Policy and Management (APPAM) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award Winner
is Dr. Vincent Reina, of the University of Southern California, Sol Price School of Public Policy. Honorable mentions have been bestowed to Eric Roberts, of John Hopkins University, and Daniel Sebastian Tello-Trillo, of Vanderbilt University. The 2016 Ph.D. Dissertation Award will be presented to Dr. Reina during the Fall Research Conference
Membership and Award Luncheon on Friday, November 4.
Vincent Reina’s dissertation entitled, “The Impact of Mobility and Government Rental Subsidies on the Welfare of Households and Affordability of Markets” examines the behavior of landlords who provide affordable housing and the formation of policies to ensure the availability of affordable housing for low income households. Dr. Reina’s research interests are primarily in housing and urban development, springing from professional experience interning for AmeriCorps at the “I Have a Dream” Foundation; working at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; and serving as a research fellow at NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy.
In his nomination of Vincent Reina, Professor Gary Painter stated, “His dissertation is a terrific example of his scholarship. His work has already been published and he has been a sought-after contributor to those that study or work in the field of low income housing.”
Originally from Brooklyn, New York, Dr. Reina received his B.S. in urban studies from Cornell University, MSc in comparative social policy from the University of Oxford, and MBA with a concentration in economics and real estate from New York University. Dr. Reina is currently an assistant professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Design.
“This year the committee read a large number of excellent nominated dissertations. Dr. Reina's dissertation is exceptionally creative and original, extremely well-executed, and highly policy-relevant,” stated Dr. Lucie Schmidt, Professor at Williams College and Chair of the APPAM Dissertation Award Committee. “His findings have the potential to inform the critical policy debates about affordable housing for low income families and the effects of residential mobility.”
The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) recognizes emergent scholars in the field by presenting an award for the best Ph.D. dissertation in public policy and management. Winners receive a cash award in the amount of $1,500 in addition to a plaque, recognition at the annual APPAM Fall Research Conference, and publication of an abstract in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management
(JPAM). A separate grant covering travel costs to the Fall Conference will also be provided. Dr. Reina, Dr. Roberts, and Dr. Tello-Trillo will be given an opportunity to display posters of their dissertations during the 2016 Fall Research Conference.
Since its formation in 1979, the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has been dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis, and education. APPAM membership is comprised of academic institutions, practitioners, and students devoted to public policy education, development, and collaboration.