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Michael Wiseman, longtime APPAM member, passes away

APPAM mourns the loss of distinguished member Prof. Michael Wiseman, a Research Professor of Public Policy, Public Administration, and Economics at the GW Institute of Public Policy.

Sarah Cordes, New York University

APPAM Welcomes First Student Appointee to Policy Council

January 22, 2014 12:52 PM

This year, APPAM welcomes the first of two student representatives to the Association’s Policy Council. Sarah Cordes, a fourth-year doctoral student at the New York University Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, was selected in December 2013 by Paul T. Decker, then-President of APPAM, and Michael Shires, Chair of the Committee of Institutional Representatives.

Cordes will serve as one of two student representatives on the council; the addition of student seats was a bylaws change decided by a vote of the APPAM membership last year.

“Sarah’s commitment to APPAM and academic service, as well as her training, make her an ideal candidate for the policy council,” said former Policy Council member Leanna Stiefel, Professor of Economics at NYU Wagner, who recommended her. “She has a bright career, probably as an academic, ahead of her, and is a star in the NYU doctoral program.”

“We are thrilled to have Sarah join the Policy Council as our first student member,” said Decker. “Sarah is a developing policy scholar who has already been active in APPAM activities, and we expect that she will make a strong contribution on the Policy Council.”

Cordes’ research and teaching interests are in education and urban policy, housing, public finance, and applied statistics and econometrics. She is in her fourth year as a fellow in the IES-Predoctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training (IES-PIRT) program at NYU Wagner, where she interacts with students and academics across several disciplines and fields within public policy.

Cordes presented posters at the 2011 and 2012 Fall Research Conferences. Last year, she worked actively as a student volunteer, organizing the Accessing Grants and Fellowships panel at the Professional Development Workshop and speaking at the Student/Senior Scholar Roundtable. She has also written a few articles for, including a popular one on selecting Ph.D. programs.

Sarah received her M.P.P. with a concentration in Social Policy from Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy. While at Duke, Sarah also spent a summer working at the Urban Institute. Prior to attending Duke, Sarah spent two years teaching middle school math in Washington, DC as part of AmeriCorps.


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