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APPAM Honors Three Award Recipients for Their Transformative Work in Affordable Education, Housing Discrimination and Environmental Policy

September 22, 2017 02:11 PM

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) has selected Susan Dynarski, University of Michigan, John M. Yinger, Syracuse University, and Mallory Flowers, Georgia Institute of Technology, as the recipients of three prestigious public policy awards.

The Spencer Foundation Award
Susan Dynarski will receive the 2017 Spencer Foundation Award, recognizing noteworthy contributions through research and analysis in the field of education policy and management. Her research focuses on the effectiveness of charter schools, the optimal design of financial aid, the price elasticity of private school attendance, the relationship between postsecondary schooling and labor market outcomes, and the effect of high school reforms on academic achievement and educational attainment. The award is given every other year.

As a professor of public policy, education and economics at the University of Michigan, Dynarski serves in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, the School of Education and the Department of Economics. She holds an appointment in the Institute for Social Research, serves as co-director of the Education Policy Initiative, is currently the board president at the Association for Education Finance and Policy, and is a nonresident senior fellow in the Economic Studies program at the Brookings Institution. The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators previously awarded her the Robert P. Huff Golden Quill Award for excellence in research on student aid. Dynarski earned an A.B. in Social Studies from Harvard, a MA of Public Policy from Harvard and a Ph.D. in Economics from MIT.

Dynarski has a clear goal in her work: policy amendments designed to make higher education more accessible for low-income and first-generation college students. She has advocated making higher education more accessible by lowering or removing barriers at multiple stages of the process from application to enrollment. Dynarski has consulted broadly on student aid reform across federal government agencies, and has testified about education and tax policy before the US Senate Finance Committee, the US House Ways and Means Committee and the President's Commission on Tax Reform. She is also a regular contributor to The Upshot from The New York Times.

Dynarski will accept the Spencer Foundation Award at the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago. She will speak at a session on Friday, November 3, at 3:15 pm entitled, Education and Economic Mobility: What Have We Learned? She will accept the Spencer Foundation Award after the session at the APPAM Presidential Address and Awards Ceremony and a Spencer Foundation Reception will follow the ceremony.

Past winners of the award include Sean Reardon, Stanford University, Adam Gamoran, William T. Grant Foundation and Charles Clotfelter, Duke University. A full list of previous winners can be found here.

The Steven D. Gold Award
John Yinger will receive the 2017 Steven D. Gold Award, which recognizes someone who has made a significant contribution to public financial management in the field of intergovernmental relations and state and local finance. Yinger’s research focuses on racial and ethnic discrimination in housing and mortgage markets, as well as state and local public finance, particularly education.

His new book, Housing and Commuting: The Theory of Urban Residential Structure, is forthcoming. His 1995 book, Closed Doors, Opportunities Lost: The Continuing Costs of Housing Discrimination, won the 1995 Meyers Center Award for the Study of Human Rights in North America. Yinger also edited 2004’s Helping Children Left Behind: State Aid and the Pursuit of Educational Equity and co-authored 2002’s The Color of Credit: Mortgage Discrimination, Research Methodology, and Fair Lending Enforcement.

Yinger’s widely-published research includes “Geography of Housing Discrimination” in the Journal of Housing Research, “The Impact of State Aid Reform on Property Values” in Education and Finance Policy, “What Have We Learned from Paired Testing in Housing Markets?” in Cityscape: A Journal of Policy Development and Research and “How Much More Does a Disadvantaged Student Cost?” in Economics of Education Review.

Yinger has served as in The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University since 1985, currently as Trustee Professor of Public Administration and Economics. He is also the director of the Education Finance and Accountability Program and the associate director of the Center for Policy Research. His prior teaching experience includes Harvard University, the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin and Princeton University. Yinger holds Ph.D. from Princeton University and a BA with honors from Swarthmore College.

This award is given annually in conjunction with the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Tax Association. Established in 1997, the award is in memory of Steve Gold, an active member of all three organizations that sponsor it. Gold’s career and life was tragically shortened by illness in 1996. The sponsoring organizations rotate in chairing the selection committee. APPAM convened the selection committee for the 2017 award.

Yinger will accept the Steven D. Gold Award during the Presidential Address and Award ceremony on Friday, November 3, during the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago.

A list of previous Gold Award winners can be found here.

The PhD Dissertation Award
Mallory Flowers will receive the 2017 PhD Dissertation Award for her work examining green certifications behavior and technology via compliance pathways under Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), a voluntary certification program for sustainability. Flowers has completed her dissertation in the Georgia Tech School of Public Policy and has accepted a postdoctoral position at the Rotterdam School of Management at Erasmus University in the Netherlands.

Flowers’ researched is published in various journals, including: “Green Buildings: Economics and Policies,” Review of Environmental Economics and Policy; “Climate Impacts on the Cost of Solar Energy,” Energy Policy; and “Competition and Green Signaling: The Case of LEED,” Academy of Management Proceedings. Her scholarship has been recognized as a 2017 Emerging Scholar by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA) and through various awards at Georgia Tech.

Flowers was a fellow at the National Science Foundation’s Integrative Graduate Education and Research Traineeship and holds a BS in Applied Mathematics and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Alabama.

Honorable mention for the Ph.D. Dissertation Award goes to Alan Zarychta. Zarychta earned his Ph.D. from the University of Colorado Boulder and currently serves as assistant professor at the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration. Zarychta’s research focuses on social policy in Central and South America, both in public health and the environment.

Flowers will accept the PhD Dissertation Award during the Membership Luncheon on Friday, November 3, during the 2017 APPAM Fall Research Conference in Chicago.

A list of previous PhD Dissertation Award winners can be found here.


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