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Mentor Matching 2019

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2019 APPAM Mentors

Back by popular demand, the Mentor Matching Program connects a diverse group of policy academics and researchers with student members at our Fall 2019 Research Conference. Participants in the 2019 program are invited to connect at a designated area during the conference. We would like to thank our 90+ members who have volunteered to serve as a mentor for 2019. You may review the mentor biographies, by program area, below.

If you are an APPAM student member who is interested in receiving mentoring, you will need to review the list of mentors below and complete the mentor matching program application. You will be asked to provide your top four choices for mentors as well as area of interest and type of mentoring interested in. Pairing is done on a first come, first served basis and will begin the first week of September. If a mentor is marked as *MATCHED*, do not include them in your top four choices. In the event that one of your top four choices is not available, matching will be based on research interest and type of mentoring sought.

Interested in getting involved as a mentor? Follow us on twitter and check APPAM.org next summer for details on the 2020 Mentor Matching Program.

For more information, check the Mentor Matching Program page or contact Ryan Martz at rmartz@appam.org with any questions or concerns. Please note: the deadline to fill out a mentee application was September 27th 2019, and announcements will be made October 7th.

Mentor Policy Areas

 

Crime, Justice & Drugs     Economics     Education     Employment & Training Programs     Family & Child Policy

Government & Politics     Health Policy     Housing & Community Development     Methodology/Analysis

Natural Resource, Environment, & Energy     Population & Migration     Poverty & Income Policy

Public & Nonprofit Management     Science & Technology     Social Equality & Race

 

 

Mentor Biographies by Policy Area

(Alphabetical by Last Name)

 

Crime, Justice & Drugs

BRUBAKERType of Mentoring: Job Document Review 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I am a sociologist teaching in a School of Public Affairs. I have directed our PhD program in Public Policy and Administration and led several search committees, supervised multiple dissertations and mentored many students. I have been a faculty member for 18 years. I teach and conduct research on gender violence, juvenile justice, adolescent health and sexuality, qualitative methods and theory. I do community-based research and am actively involved in several service activities focused on diversity, equity and inclusion.

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Economics

Dionissi_AliprantisType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I am a Senior Research Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.  My research is focused on human capital formation, racial inequality, and neighborhood effects.  I have written papers focused on identifying neighborhood effects, understanding how landlords and wealth influence neighborhood sorting, and studying the implications of dynamics for neighborhood change and the racial wealth gap.  I am interested in translating research into practice.  I have spent years implementing university programs that support local public schools, using math to build community and foster creativity among middle and high school students.  I also work with Cleveland's Promise Neighborhood Initiative and have spent time evaluating community-based initiatives in Haiti.

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Nikolay_AnguelovType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I'm an associate professor of Public Policy with experience in online instruction of research-intensive courses and a focus on interdisciplinary research. I oversee the capstone course sequence in a fully online, asynchronous MPP program with over 150 students, who are mostly practitioners. They are diverse in professional expertise and location and I embrace this fact in encouraging them to use their work experiences to generate applied research. I guide them through the process in a three-course sequence - Research Methods, Statistics, and the capstone course Applied Policy Research Seminar. I can share insights on teaching and mentoring online, as well as generating publishable research with practitioners in the online environment. Through such collaborations, my students and I have successfully published articles, books and book chapters across disciplines and topics, including in top journals such as Review of Policy Research, Journal of Social Service Research, and Palgrave Communications. What I can share as a mentor in terms of professional development is insights on teaching and developing advising skills for practitioners, non-traditional, and distance students. What I can offer as a mentor in terms of scholarship is insights on interdisciplinary research strategies.

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luisa-blancoType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Luisa Blanco is an Associate Professor of Economics at Pepperdine School of Public Policy. She specializes in development and international economics, with a focus on the Latin American region. Dr. Blanco research interests pertain to the wellbeing of Latin Americans at home and abroad. Blanco is currently a board member at UCLA Resource Center for Minority Aging Research-Center for Health Improvement of Minority Elderly (RCMAR-CHIME), an Adjunct Researcher at RAND Corporation, a Research Fellow at Harris Manchester College at Oxford, and was a Visiting Senior Scholar at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve Bank (2017-2018).  Blanco's funded research projects focus on financial behavior among minorities in the United States. She conducted a community based randomized controlled trial to evaluate the impact of an educational intervention on retirement saving among Hispanics in the Los Angeles area. Blanco also leads the mobile money diary project, which collects data about financial behavior and health among Hispanics in California.  Blanco's research specific to the Latin American region focuses on issues related to economic development and policymaking, such as institutions, crime, capital accumulation, and financial development.  Blanco's work has been published in journals such as the the Journal of Consumer Affairs, World Development, Journal of Development Studies, Oxford Development Studies, Southern Economic Journal, and Latin American Research Review.

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devin_buntenType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I want to ensure that students of color, queer students, and others with marginalized identities feel seen, heard, and validated in their ideas and passions as they undertake careers in fields long (and still) dominated by straight white men.  I did my PhD in economics although I'm happily ensconced in a planning program now. Before that, I did a masters at a heterodox econ department focused on regional and feminist economics; my undergrad is in film. I know that while good ideas about structural and social challenges can come from anywhere, the best ideas and clearest understanding come from the people and communities most acutely harmed by those structures. Of course, those same structures muffle their voices. For folks who have nevertheless made a way through, mentors can be helpful for guidance, and I hope to be so.  For me, an even more critical role of mentorship is to really listen to what mentees have to say about their concerns and challenges—and their joys. It's likely that mentees are familiar with problems that mentors have not noticed, ignored, or simply forgotten. Hearing these problems can give mentors guidance in what issues to spend their own time fighting.

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Rajashri_ChakrabartiType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Rajashri Chakrabarti is a senior economist in Research and Statistics at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Her areas of interest include labor economics, consumer finance and economics of education. Her research focuses on credit access and effects on educational investment decisions and future financial and economic outcomes, consumer debt and costs and returns to post-secondary education, unintended consequences of merit-based financial aid and effects of school accountability and alternative school finance systems. Raji is also a research affiliate at Harvard University’s Program on Education Policy and Governance, a fellow at New York University’s Institute for Education and Social Policy, and an affiliate at Columbia University’s Committee on the Economics of Education. She recently served on the board of directors and executive committee of the New York Census Research Data Center and the board of directors of Association for Education Finance and Policy. She is an editorial board member of Education Finance and Policy. Prior to joining the NY Fed, Raji was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University in the John F. Kennedy School of Government's Program on Education Policy and Governance. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University.

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Joseph Cordes, Professor, George Washington University *MATCHED*
Joseph_CordesType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Professor Cordes has served as Associate Director of the School of Public Policy and Public Administration and is a Professor of Economics, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs and co-director of The George Washington University Regulatory Studies Center.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1977, and joined The George Washington University faculty in 1975. His academic specialization in economics is in the area of public economics and tax policy.  Dr. Cordes was a Brookings Economic Policy fellow in the Office of Tax Policy in the U.S. Department of the Treasury in 1980-81, and served as a senior economist on the Treasury's Tax Reform project in 1984.  From 1989 to 1991 he was Deputy Assistant Director for Tax Analysis at the Congressional Budget Office.  He was a Visiting Fellow at the Urban Institute in 1998-1999, and is currently an Associate Scholar in the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute.  Prof. Cordes is the co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Taxation and Tax Policy (Urban Institute Press, 2005); and co-editor of Nonprofits and Business. He has also authored or co-authored over 40 articles in scholarly journals and contributed over 20 chapters to books and edited volumes.

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Kalena Cortes, Associate Professor, Texas A&M University *MATCHED*

kcortesType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Kalena E. Cortes is an Associate Professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Research Fellow at the Institute for the Study of Labor. She completed her Ph.D. in Economics at the University of California at Berkeley and was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at Princeton University. Dr. Cortes’ research interest is in the area of the economics of education. Her research focuses on issues of equity and access, in particular, identifying educational policies that help disadvantaged students at the PK-12 and postsecondary levels. She has worked on three key areas: improving academic performance of urban students, increasing access to postsecondary education, and raising educational attainment of immigrant students. Most recently, she has been working on innovative parenting programs delivered by text messages to guide parents toward more purposeful parenting. She has developed a new texting curriculum for parents of middle schoolers, Texts4Teens. Her middle school texting curriculum is a parent engagement program that focuses on the social-emotional skill development of children, child progression through school, and close parent-child relationships.

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Noah_DormadyType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 
Noah Dormady is an energy and environmental economist and public policy scholar.  He does research and consulting in two main areas: the interactions between energy markets and environmental markets and the economic analysis of disasters and disaster resilience.  Noah's energy and environmental work, more specifically, evaluates the interactions between deregulated power markets and market-based emissions policies.  His work in this area has focused mainly on the economic efficiency of market design and issues of competition under market power and oligopolistic behavior.  His work on the economic analysis of resilience has focused on the impacts of terrorism events and natural hazards on regional economies.  This work provides insights and strategies for businesses and governments to minimize the severity of the event or to hasten recovery thereafter. He received his PhD from the University of Southern California (in Los Angeles) from the Price School of Public Policy.  Prior to this, he worked for the United States Senate and was an adjunct professor of Political Science at two colleges in Southern California. He has worked for a variety of clients and has received research grants and support from an array of sources. His work has been published in a broad array of government publications and academic peer-reviewed journals, including Risk Analysis, Energy Economics, The Energy Journal, and Energy Policy.  
 
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Donna_GintherType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Donna K. Ginther is the Dean’s Professor of Economics and the Interim Director of the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Her major fields of study are scientific labor markets, gender differences in employment outcomes, wage inequality, scientific entrepreneurship, and children’s educational attainments.  Dr. Ginther has published in several journals, including Science, Journal of the American Statistical Association, Journal of Economic Perspectives, Demography, Psychological Science in the Public Interest, and the Papers and Proceedings of the American Economic Association.  She has also received research funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Institutes of Health, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.  Her research has been featured in several media outlets including the Economist, New York Times, Washington Post, USA Today, NPR, and the Boston Globe.  Dr. Ginther testified before the Subcommittee on Research and Science Education of the U.S. House of Representatives on the Fulfilling the Potential of Women in Academic Science and Engineering Act of 2008.   Dr. Ginther has advised the National Academies of Science, the National Institutes of Health, and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation on the diversity and future of the scientific workforce.

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Bradley_HardyType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Bradley Hardy is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at American University and nonresident senior fellow in Economic Studies at the Brookings Institution. He also serves as a visiting scholar with the Center for Household Financial Stability at the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, and a research affiliate of the University of Kentucky Center for Poverty Research.  His research interests lie within labor economics, with an emphasis on economic instability, intergenerational mobility, poverty policy, and socio-economic outcomes. Within the department, he teaches courses on microeconomics and social policy. His research examines trends and sources of income volatility and intergenerational mobility within the United States, with a focus on socio-economically disadvantaged families. He also conducts research on the role of anti-poverty transfer programs such as SNAP food stamps and the earned income tax credit for improving economic well-being among low income individuals and families. 

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lily_hsuehType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students, prefers to mentor women
 

Lily Hsueh is an assistant professor of Public Policy and Economics at the  School of Public Affairs  in the College of Public Service and Community Solutions at the Arizona State University. Hsueh is also affiliated with the ASU School of Sustainability. Hsueh’s research centers on how economics and politics interact, and how markets, institutions, governments, businesses, and other stakeholders play mediating roles in determining policy effectiveness, shaping the policy process, and affecting policy outcomes.  Her most recent projects have examined the emergence and efficacy of alternative governance systems (i.e., voluntary governance or market-based governance) across different policy issue areas and types of pollution and natural resources, namely global climate change, toxic chemicals, and ocean and marine resources.

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Kelly_JonesType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

I am an applied microeconomist and my work focuses on evaluating the impacts of various policies and interventions on gender equality and welfare. My recent work includes experimental analyses of women’s risk coping strategies in the face of financial shocks, and the implications for women’s sexual and reproductive health in Sub-Saharan Africa. I have also analyzed the impact of US foreign policy on women’s fertility outcomes internationally. In mid-2018, I launched a new line of research exploring the economic implications of access to reproductive health services in the United States. Other ongoing work includes field experiments in Uganda and Ghana on the role of gender dynamics in intra-household allocation of resources and productive activities.  In particular, I am exploring women’s contributions to and empowerment within small-scale commercial agriculture.

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Agustina_LauritoType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Agustina Laurito is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She is an applied policy researcher who uses administrative and survey data and quasi experimental methods to answer questions at the intersection of social, education, and health policy. Agustina is broadly interested in how adverse experiences affect children and families and the role of public policy in ameliorating these effects. Among her current projects, she studies food assistance programs, and SNAP in particular, air quality and child health, and more recently the effect of the opioid crisis on children and families. Agustina is also interested in immigrant families and children and her projects in this area investigate the role of non-school factors, including the home country in shaping immigrant children academic success and well-being.

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Daniel Litwok, Associate/Scientist, Abt Associates *MATCHED*
Daniel_LitwokType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Daniel Litwok, Ph.D., is an economist with expertise in program evaluation and social policy. His work has specific focus on employment and education for low-income populations and individuals involved with the criminal justice system. Dr. Litwok has authored reports funded by the U.S. Department of Labor, Administration for Children & Families, Department of Education, and Bureau of Justice Statistics. His academic work has appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and the American Journal of Evaluation. He earned his Ph.D. from Michigan State University in 2015.

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Catherine_MacleanType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Professor Maclean’s research uses health and labor economic theory to empirically explore the causes and consequences of substance use, mental health, insurance coverage, and labor market outcomes.  She is particularly interested in the role of public policies in influencing these outcomes.  Professor Maclean is a Research Associate in the Health Economics Program at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Research Affiliate at the Institute of Labor Economics.  She is a Co-Editor at the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.  Her recent work examines the effect of insurance regulations, tobacco control regulations, and access to healthcare services.

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Ammar_MalikType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Ammar A. Malik is the Director of EPoD Research. He leads research-policy engagements that derive actionable policy insights from rigorous research. He oversees EPoD’s labor market and education research portfolios in the Middle East, identifying and supporting opportunities for data and economic analysis to inform local policies that empower underrepresented groups and support social and economic development.  Before joining EPoD, he was Senior Research Associate at the Urban Institute in Washington DC, where he conceived, fundraised and led research programs on women’s economic empowerment and growth, the policy implications of forced displacement, and urban resilience building. He also previously worked at the World Bank, International Food Policy Research Institute, Pakistan’s National Disaster Management Authority and Standard Chartered Bank.  Ammar’s research focuses on spatial urban forms and their economic implications, the political economy of public service delivery, and the distributional effects of urban public transport. For his work on the economic impact of sexual harassment in urban public spaces, he was awarded the World Bank Group and Sexual Violence Research Initiative’s 2017 Development Marketplace Innovation Award. Ammar has used agent-based modeling to explore the emergence of innovation clusters within cities, including how land-use regulations, sprawl, spatial segregation and limited physical mobility stifles productivity.

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Jordan_MatsudairaType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 
I grew up low income in a rural area.  In both academic (I've worked as a professor of public policy at Cornell, Princeton, and Columbia Teachers College) and policy (I did a 2 year stint on President Obama's Council of Economic Advisers) circles I've been upset at the lack of representation of low income and racial/ethnic minorities and its consequences for policy conversations and outcomes. I've benefited immensely from mentors and from mentees and hope to help anyone striving to do good to do well.
 
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Elaine_McBethType of Mentoring: Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

McBeth taught at Virginia (1985-88) before coming to William & Mary in the Fall of 1988. Elaine currently teaches Intro Macro, Money and Banking, and Mathematics of Public Policy Analysis. McBeth currently serves on the The College Board’s AP Macroeconomics Curriculum Development and Assessment Committee and is Chair of the City of Williamsburg Planning Commission.  A specialist in Macro and Monetary Policy...and due to 15+ years of experience in Planning, a specialist in Land Use Policy.

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Rachel_MeltzerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development, Job Document Review, Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Rachel Meltzer is Associate Professor of Urban Policy and Chair of the Public and Urban Policy M.S. degree at the Milano School of Policy, Management and Environment at The New School. Her research is broadly concerned with urban economies and how market and policy forces can shape disparate outcomes across neighborhoods.  She focuses on issues related to housing, land use, economic development and local public finance. Current projects look at how market-based, natural disaster and policy “shocks” impact retail and commercial activity in urban neighborhoods. Dr. Meltzer is also interested in the private provision of public goods, and she has explored a number of questions related to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), Homeowners Associations (HOAs) and Inclusionary Zoning. She teaches in the core policy analysis curriculum at Milano and is the author of the textbook, Policy Analysis as Problem Solving (Routledge 2018), with Milano colleague, Alex Schwartz.  Dr. Meltzer also teaches classes on quantitative methods, urban economic development and public finance. She earned her doctorate in Public Policy and M.P.A. from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University and a B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics from Dartmouth College.

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Katherine_MichelmoreType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Katherine is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Katherine received her Ph.D. in policy analysis and management from Cornell University in 2014. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Professor Michelmore was an Institute of Education Sciences (IES) postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include family and social policy, economics of education, and labor economics. Prior to completing her Ph.D., she worked as a research assistant at The Urban Institute in Washington D.C.

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Rob_MooreType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 
Rob Moore is the principal for Scioto Analysis. Rob has worked as an analyst in the public and nonprofit sectors and has analyzed diverse issue areas such as economic development, environment, education, and public health. He is currently a board member for Gross National Happiness USA, a national grassroots organization promoting multidimensional measurement of well-being in society, and maintains memberships with the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management and the Society for Benefit-Cost Analysis.  Before becoming an analyst, Rob was a community organizer in Omaha, Nebraska. He holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of California Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Denison University. He is also a registered parliamentarian with the National Association of Parliamentarians. In his free time, Rob enjoys travel, film, and synth pop and is active in Columbus’s improvisational comedy scene.
 
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Lauren_NicholasType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Lauren Hersch Nicholas is a health economist whose research focuses on the role of public policy in improving health and healthcare quality for the elderly. Her current research combines survey, administrative, and clinical data to study the interaction between healthcare utilization and economic outcomes.  Dr. Nicholas's work uses clinical and econometric approaches to answer questions in medical and health economics, particularly for surgery and end-of-life care. She has received several awards for her research including the National Academy of Social Insurance John Heinz Dissertation Award, the AcademyHealth Article-of-the-Year Award, and the HCUP Most Outstanding Article Award.

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Joaquin Rubalcaba, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill *MATCHED*
Joaquin_RubalcabaType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Policy at the University of North Carolina (UNC), at Chapel Hill. The majority of my research is focused on uncovering the racial and ethnic inequalities in wealth and employment, health, and wellbeing as well as the determinants that undergird them.  Overall, my lived experiences have shaped the lens in which I formulate new research questions, structure my pedagogy, and view economics as a discipline. I believe that the promotion of diversity in higher education begins with strong mentorship by faculty and peers who genuinely understand the challenges faced by students from undeserved and underrepresented communities. As a faulty member at UNC at Chapel Hill, I am committed to fostering diversity in the field of public policy, economics, and the profession at large. I look forward to training and mentoring students at all levels and backgrounds in the pursuits of academic and non-academic careers.

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Jonathan_SchwabishType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Jon Schwabish is an economist, writer, teacher, and creator of policy-relevant data visualizations. He is considered a leading voice for clarity and accessibility in how researchers communicate their findings. His book Better Presentations: A Guide for Scholars, Researchers, and Wonks helps people improve the way they prepare, design, and deliver data-rich content.

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Eizabeth_SetrenType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Professor Setren received her Ph.D. in Economics from MIT. Before joining Tufts, she completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research in the economics of education and labor economics includes studying the impact of Boston charter schools on special education students and English Language Learners, the scaling of the Boston charter sector, and the effects of education technology. Her research has been covered by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Boston Herald, The 74, NPR, and other news outlets.

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Ruchi_SinghType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

I am an Assistant Professor of Real Estate at the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. I received my Ph.D. in Economics and M.S. in Statistics from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2017. Before coming to US for Ph.D., I worked as an economist at ICICI Bank, India. I received a B.A. degree from Lady Shri Ram College, Delhi University and a M.A. degree from Delhi School of Economics.
My research interests lie broadly in the areas of urban economics, real estate and applied econometrics. My current research focuses on crime, natural disaster, housing affordability and property tax.

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David_SluskyType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

David Slusky researches three areas: 1) access to healthcare (women's health clinic closures lower preventive care and raise the unmarried birth rate, Uber availability lowers ambulances usage rates, and Catholic hospitals have lower tubal ligation rates); 2) infrastructure and environment (the Flint water crisis lowers the birth rate, and sunlight lowers asthma); and 3) insurance (the Medicaid expansion reduces medical divorce and improves health, and eligibility for disability insurance raises disability rates).  He received a B.S. in physics and international studies from Yale University and an M.A. and a Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

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Jonathan_SmithType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Jonathan Smith is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Georgia State University and faculty affiliate with the Georgia Policy Labs.  His research focuses on the behavioral and institutional factors that determine how students transition from high school to college and the consequences of those decisions. Prior to GSU, he worked as a Policy Research Scientist at the College Board. Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in economics from Boston University and a B.A. in economics from Tufts University.  I've been so lucky with mentors and co-authors that I'd like to pay forward some of my good fortune.

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Leanna_StiefelType of Mentoring: Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Leanna Stiefel is an applied economist who studies K-12 education policy and issues. She is currently studying reforms of special education policy in New York City, reforms centered on creating small high schools, and the effects of housing instability and student mobility on academic performance.  She has taught applied econometrics, public finance, economics of education among others to NYU MPA students. She received her Ph.D. in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, her AB degree with high honors from the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, and holds an Advanced Professional Certificate in Finance from New York University's Stern School of Business.

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Lesley_TurnerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development, Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 
I greatly benefited from a number of mentors throughout my time as a PhD student and assistant professor and would love to be able to help other junior scholars in the same way.  I am an Associate Professor of Economics at Vanderbilt University, faculty research fellow of the National Bureau of Economic Research, and CESifo research affiliate. My research broadly considers the roles that government should play in providing and financing education. Recent projects examine how incentives built into the structure of higher education financing affect students and colleges, and the implications these responses have for students’ educational outcomes, loan debt, and labor market outcomes. My work on K–12 education policy has examined the impact of school accountability measures on student achievement, of incentive pay for teachers on student achievement and teacher effort, and of school and classroom gender composition on student achievement. I graduated from a joint BA/MPP program at the University of Michigan in 2005, received my PhD in Economics from Columbia University in 2012, and was an Assistant Professor of Economics at the University of Maryland from 2012 to 2019 (receiving tenure in 2019).
 
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Education

Allison_AtteberryType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Allison Atteberry is an assistant professor in the Research and Evaluation Methodology (REM) program, within the CU-Boulder School of Education. She received her Ph.D. in 2011 from the Stanford School of Education in educational policy analysis, with a minor in statistics. In terms of methods, Dr. Atteberry teaches and uses both econometric and statistical approaches to education policy analysis. She has a particular interest in the estimation of education production functions in the context of value-added modeling, as well as randomized control trials, instrumental variables, regression discontinuity, propensity score matching, fixed effects, and difference-in-differences causal models. Dr. Atteberry also uses hierarchical linear models given their unique suitability for asking sociological questions in nested settings (e.g., repeated observations nested within students, nested within schools, etc.).  Dr. Atteberry’s academic interests center on policies and interventions that are intended to help provide effective teachers to the students who need them most. This has led her to focus on the identification, selection, development, and retention of teachers who have measurable impacts on student achievement. Specific topics include teacher preparation, high quality professional development, mentoring and peer collaboration, efforts to use measures of effectiveness formatively to improve practice, policies that target district responses to teachers and schools based on measures of effectiveness, and incentives for the strongest teachers to work in hard-to-serve schools.

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Dylan Conger, Professor, George Washington University *MATCHED*
Dylan_CongerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I have received a lot of mentoring over the years and am happy to give back. I also like to learn from younger scholars through mentoring. I am probably best suited for mentoring a PhD student or prospective PhD student with interests in education policy and who relies on quantitative methods.

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Sarah Cordes, Assistant Professor, Temple University *MATCHED*
Sarah_CordesType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Sarah A. Cordes is currently an Assistant Professor at Temple University’s College of Education in the department of Policy, Organizational, and Leadership Studies. Her research focuses on the ways in which the urban context, including school choice, transportation, housing, and neighborhoods affect student outcomes. Her current projects explore the effects of pupil transportation on student outcomes and school choice; the effects of diverse by design charter schools on students’ educational performance and attainment; the effects of charter schools on neighborhood and school segregation; and the effects of housing vouchers on both K-12 and postsecondary outcomes. Her research has been funded by the Institute for Education Sciences, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Arnold Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation.  Prior to joining Temple, she was a fellow in the Institute of Education Sciences’ Interdisciplinary Doctoral Training Program in Quantitative Education Policy Analysis. Professor Cordes received her PhD in Public Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at New York University.

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Beth Gamse, Independent Consultant, Gamse Partnership *MATCHED*
Beth_GamseType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development, Job Document Review, Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Beth Gamse is an experienced evaluation professional with a wide range of substantive and policy interests.  Prior to becoming an independent consultant, she worked at a large contract research firm, designing and leading studies for foundations, federal agencies, and non-profit organizations. She is active in professional organizations (e.g., APPAM, SREE), and enjoys brainstorming and problem-solving.

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Kevin_GeeType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Kevin Gee is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of California, Davis. His research expertise focuses on how school policies and programs promote the well-being and educational outcomes of vulnerable youth who face a broad array of adverse conditions and experiences including school bullying, food insecurity, and abuse and neglect. He asks policy-relevant questions critical to understanding: (1) how their experiences of adversity influence their schooling-related outcomes; and (2) how school policies and programs can enhance their well-being and educational outcomes. To conduct his research, he leverages large-scale data and rigorous quantitative methods, including experimental and quasi-experimental designs. Currently, he is Principal Investigator on two studies that have policy-relevance to California’s school districts and that are aligned with two state accountability indicators. He is examining the impact of a college and career readiness program on the post-secondary aspirations of undeserved adolescents in alternative schools in California and investigating patterns and underlying determinants of chronic absenteeism among California’s foster youth.

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Pat_GibsonType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

As director of data and policy, Patrick leads the Connecticut School Finance Project’s data team and is responsible for overseeing the organization’s analysis of state, local, and federal data, as well as the development of accessible and informative tools and visualizations to present data insights and findings to a wide range of audiences. Additionally, Patrick leads the organization’s work in providing custom data analysis for state and local policymakers and other external stakeholders, and works closely with the Connecticut School Finance Project’s executive director and deputy executive director to align data and research efforts with all organizational teams, functions, and priorities.

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Paola_Andrea_Guerrero_RosadaType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

I am a third-year Ph.D. student in the Combined Program in Education and Psychology at the University of Michigan.  Before starting my Ph.D. program, I worked closely with decision-makers in Colombia to promote the quality of early childhood education centers in rural and low-income urban areas.  Now, as a doctoral student, I would like to contribute by supporting emerging scholars to find adequate support for strengthening their research methods, to connect their research with policy applications, and to build peer and mentorship networks for research.  My research is focused in early childhood education quality, and disparities in access to high-quality care centers.

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Kristina_PattersonType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Job Document Review
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I received a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, with a certificate in Nonprofit Leadership. My primary research interests are focused on opportunities for the development of civic identity, skills, and knowledge, particularly for underserved populations and members of historically marginalized groups. I also research education policy with a focus on teacher preparation as well as equity in K-12 education and have experience with program evaluation. I currently teach undergraduate and graduate courses in public policy, public and nonprofit management, community development, and public administration in the Department of Public and Nonprofit Studies at Georgia Southern University. I have volunteered to be a mentor because I know graduate school and life after graduate school can be lonely and difficult to navigate and I would like to provide support to others in that position.

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Michah_RothbartType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Michah W. Rothbart is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. His research and teaching interests are in public finance and financial management, particularly in the field of education policy. His current research includes studying the impact of school choice on school budgets, the effect of school finance reforms on district funding, the consequences of food safety compliance grades in New York City, and the impact of universal free meals on student outcomes. He looks forward to meeting aspiring scholars to discuss how to go about a career in research.

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Menbere Shiferaw, Researcher, Mathematica *MATCHED*
Menbere_ShiferawType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Menbere is a researcher at Mathematica. She earned her PhD in public policy from New York University in 2018 and, having personally seen the benefits of mentoring, is always excited to mentor and support aspiring policy scholars. Menbere’s research spans diverse areas of education policy, education economics, and social policy, including topics such as teacher retention, youth career development, STEM, special education policy, and the education of English language learners. She also loves to teach applied policy and applied methods courses. Previously, Menbere was a research specialist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s Center for Human Capital Studies.

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Michael_ShiresType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I have worked in the university, thinktank, consulting and private sector settings and am happy to share my experiences with professionals who are early in their careers. My PhD is in Public Policy Analysis so I am very familiar with the field and the range of opportunities surrounding it. In my current role, I am also close to the trends re-shaping the field and higher education overall.

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Sabrina_SolankiType of Mentoring: Not Specified 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Sabrina is an IES Postdoctoral Fellow with the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on higher education policy, teacher effectiveness, STEM education, and the evaluation of education interventions. Sabrina received her undergraduate degree in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. While serving as an academic counselor through the UCLA Early Academic Outreach Program, Sabrina developed an interest in working with young adults. This experience motivated her to continue to impact young adults by becoming a public high school teacher after graduating with her MAT at the University of California, Irvine. Sabrina developed the economics program at Beckman High School, where she taught both AP Microeconomics and CP Economics for seven years. Sabrina’s experience as an educator allowed her to work with a diverse group of students. In doing so, she saw the challenges that the education system faces in educating all students equally. This motivated her to seek to better understand the problems in our education system and how to evaluate effective, evidence-based solutions. Prior to beginning her Ph.D., Sabrina received her Master’s in Public Policy from UCI. Her capstone project revolved around the impact of University Bridge Programs on college success for low-income, first-generation students.

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Patrick_WolfType of Mentoring: Research Guidance, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Patrick J. Wolf is a Distinguished Professor of Education Policy and 21st Century Endowed Chair in School Choice at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.  He received his doctorate in Political Science from Harvard University in 1995 and previously taught at Columbia and Georgetown.  Wolf mainly leads rigorous longitudinal evaluations of private school voucher programs.  Recently he has focused on the effects of school choice on important non-cognitive student outcomes such as civic values, criminal behavior, and educational attainment.  He has co-authored or co-edited five books and over 180 journal articles, book chapters, and policy reports on education, research methodology, and public management topics.  His most recent book is School Choice: Separating Fact from Fiction (Routledge, 2019).  Wolf has received the Best Article Award of the Academy of Management’s Public and Nonprofit Management Division and the Significant Research Award from the College of Education and Health Professions at the University of Arkansas.  He has testified before committees of the U.S. Congress five times and before committees of state legislatures 19 times. 

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Employment & Training Programs

John_MartinezType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Martinez, who joined MDRC in 1997, is an expert in project incubation and start-up and serves as a senior advisor to many of MDRC’s youth focused projects. As Director of Program Development, Martinez plays a key role in new program development across MDRC’s five policy areas and oversees MDRC’s grants-management and funder-relations functions. Prior to his current role, he served as deputy director of MDRC’s Youth Development, Criminal Justice and Employment Policy Area, where he focused predominantly on projects targeting young people, including young people with disabilities and those in the foster care and juvenile justice systems. Martinez is a Vice-President of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s Policy Council and currently serves as the chair of its diversity committee. He is also the former chair of the board of directors of the National Youth Employment Coalition. Before joining MDRC, Martinez conducted research in a substance-abuse treatment center and in a community health center with patients with schizophrenia. He began his career as a food stamp eligibility worker. Martinez holds a Master of Public Health degree from Columbia University and a Bachelor of Arts (Psychology) from the University of Virginia.

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Family & Child Policy

IRMA_ARTEAGAType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Arteaga is an Associate Professor at the Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. She earned a Master in Public Policy and a Ph.D. in Applied Economics from the University of Minnesota. She received the Jernberg Fellowship, the Mary and Robert Litterman Fellowship and the Graduate School Fellowship to support her studies.  Her research seeks to understand the consequences of early childhood investments over the life course. Specifically, Dr. Arteaga examines the role of contextual factors and program dosage, intensity, and components on children’s well-being. Her research agenda has three dominant themes: analysis of the short-term effects of early childhood interventions and program delivery on children’s well-being, analysis of the long-term effects of child policy on children’s well-being, and analysis of early childhood investments in the developing world. USDA and the World Bank have funded her work. Dr. Arteaga has given advice to the governments of Guatemala and Panama on the design of health programs that aimed to reduce maternal and infant mortality for rural and indigenous population. Her work has been published in various journals including Science, Social Science & Medicine, Economics of Education Review, Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, Population Research and Policy Review, and Children and Youth Services Review, among others.

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Lindsey_BullingerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I am an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. My research examines how public policies affect children and families’ health and well-being, especially low-income families. My work has been published in Journal of Health Economics, Contemporary Economic Policy, Children and Youth Services Review, Health Services Research, American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Pediatrics, and Maternal and Child Health Journal. I earned my PhD from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University in April 2018. I also spent the winter and spring of 2017 as a visiting graduate student scholar at the Center for Poverty Research at the University of California, Davis, and earned my MPA from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. I am fortunate to have had phenomenal mentors throughout my research training, and I believe all students should have access to such mentorship.

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Dallas_ElginType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Dallas J. Elgin is a Senior Research Associate with 2M Research. He holds a PhD in Public Affairs with an emphasis in Public Policy from the University of Colorado’s School of Public Affairs. Dr. Elgin has more than 11 years of professional public policy research experience in the public and private sectors. At 2M, Dr. Elgin’s responsibilities include developing research designs, data collection, utilizing econometric and mixed-methods research methodologies to conduct rigorous evaluations, and summarizing and communicating research findings. Dr. Elgin’s previous experience includes serving as a Senior Researcher at the Colorado Department of Human Services, where he served as the state’s senior expert in internal and contracted program evaluation efforts. In that position, he was responsible for conducting policy and program analyses and evaluations that examined the policy context, implementation, outcomes, and costs of human services programs. Dr. Elgin’s policy-focused research has been published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including Public Administration, Governance, Public Management Review, and Children and Youth Services Review, among others.

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Elizabeth_PetersType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

H. Elizabeth Peters, an Institute Fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, is a labor economist and demographer with more than 30 years of experience in social and family policy research. Her work focuses on social investments in families, children and youth, the role of the family as a social safety net, and the impacts of public policies on father involvement, intergenerational transfers, and work-family balance. Her work has examined the effects of public policies such as divorce laws, child support policy, child care policy, welfare reform and paid family leave.  Before joining Urban, Peters was a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management at Cornell University and is currently a Professor Emerita. She was also the founding director of the Cornell Population Center. From 1993 to 2004, she was a partner in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development–funded Family and Child Well-Being Network, where she directed the network’s fatherhood efforts. She was also a member of the steering committee that guided the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics’ Nurturing Fatherhood initiative. Peters earned her MPP and PhD in economics from the University of Chicago.

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Sharon Rowser, Vice President, MDRC *MATCHED*
Sharon_RowserType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Sharon Rowser directs MDRC’s California office and serves as deputy director of the Policy Research and Evaluation Department (PRED). She has more than 30 years’ experience in the design, development, and implementation of national demonstrations serving families and children, adolescent dropouts, and other disadvantaged populations. Rowser currently directs MDRC’s work in partnership with Public Strategies on the Office of Family Assistance Training and Technical Assistance for the Healthy Marriage Responsible Fatherhood program and Integrating Innovative Employment and Economic Stability Strategies (IIEESS).  She directed site engagement, development and technical assistance demonstration projects including Parents Fair Share, Supporting Healthy Marriage, Head Start CARES, and the UK Employment Retention and Advancement evaluation. She recently directed site engagement for more than 100 programs participating in MDRC’s two home visiting evaluations, the Mother and Infant Home Visiting Program Evaluation (MIHOPE) and MIHOPE-Strong Start, and for the 70 site YouthBuild evaluation. Before joining MDRC, Rowser was a program officer in the Ford Foundation’s Urban Poverty program.  Rowser received a BS in management and marketing from Babson College, and an MA in Urban Affairs and Policy Analysis from the New School for Social Research.

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Matthew_StagnerType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Matthew Stagner directs Mathematica’s Chicago office. He is a nationally known expert on youth development and risk behaviors, child welfare, teen pregnancy prevention, evaluation design, and the role of research in policymaking.  He is the current president of APPAM and passionate about the career development of the next generation of policy scholars.  His work focuses on policies and programs for vulnerable youth, such as those transitioning out of foster care.  Prior to joining Mathematica, Stagner served as executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and as a senior lecturer at the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies. Stagner also served as director of the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute and director of the Division of Children and Youth Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).  Among his many professional activities and honors, Stagner is a member of the Welfare and Family Self-Sufficiency Research Technical Working Group in the Office of Policy Research and Evaluation, Administration for Children and Families, DHHS. He has also served as a reviewer for the Children and Youth Services Review, the Journal of Adolescent Health, and the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences.  While at HHS, Stagner received the National Partnership for Reinventing Government “Hammer Award” for his help in creating the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, as well as the Commendable Service Award. He holds a Ph.D. from the Irving B. Harris School of Public Policy Studies, University of Chicago, and a master’s in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

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Government & Politics

Liza Briggs, Social Scientist, Headquarters Marine Corps *MATCHED*
Liza_BriggsType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Liza Briggs is a civilian Social Scientist at the U.S. Marine Corps Headquarters (USMC HQ) Intelligence department (I Dept.) Insider Threat program (InTP) in Quantico, Virginia.  She has over a decade of experience providing research to support policy makers.  Her prior experience includes work at U.S. Africa Command (AFRICOM), Department of State (DOS), Broadcast Board of Governors (BBG), National Defense University (NDU), non-government and private sector entities.  Dr. Briggs holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from James Madison University, a Master’s degree in Higher Education from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and a PhD in International Policy Studies from The University of Maryland- College Park. Dr. Briggs has conducted research in over 20 countries.  She is a native English speaker and highly proficient in French.

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Jenni_OwenType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Jenni Owen is the Director of Strategic Partnerships for North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper.  In this role, Owen identifies and launches strategic partnerships between state government, universities/colleges, philanthropy and other entities. Primary goals of the partnerships include capitalizing on external research expertise for positive impact on policy and increasing internal-to-government research capacity.  Owen was previously Policy Director for Governor Cooper, working closely with cabinet agencies and other state, local, and non-governmental partners to inform and act on the Governor’s policy priorities. Prior to joining the Cooper administration in January 2017, she was the Director of Policy Engagement and on the faculty of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University. She co-directed the Duke University School Research Partnership, was the principal investigator for multiple foundation-funded projects, and served as director of the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium. In 2007, Owen was awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship to South Africa and in 2010 launched DukeEngage Durban (South Africa). Before Duke, Owen was a senior policy advisor to Governor James B. Hunt Jr. and then the planning director for the Hunt Institute for Educational Leadership and Policy. Among other civic roles, she was a commissioner on the North Carolina Indigent Defense Services Commission, is a board member of El Futuro and the Durham Children’s Initiative, and a member of the policy council of the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management.

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Health Policy

Laura_DagueType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I received my PhD in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My research is in health economics, with a focus on the economics of health insurance and Medicaid.  I am currently an associate professor in the Bush School of Government and Public Service at Texas A&M University, where I am also appointed in the Department of Economics, a Health Policy Research Program Scholar in Department of Health Policy and Management, and a Faculty Fellow of the Center for Health Systems & Design. I am a faculty affiliate at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Institute for Research on Poverty. I am also a Faculty Research Fellow in the NBER's Health Economics program and an associate editor at the Journal of Health Economics.

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Michael Doonan, Associate Professor, Brandeis University *MATCHED*
Michael_DoonanType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Michael Doonan is an associate professor and Director for the Masters of Public Policy Program, Schneider Institute for Health Policy at The Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis University. He is the Executive Director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum. His Ph.D. from Brandeis is both in Political Science and Health Services Research. His research and publications focus on issues related to access to health care reform, federalism, Medicaid, federal/state relations, public health and the politics and economics of health system change. He speaks widely on state and national health care reform. He is author of American Federalism in Practice: The Formulation and Implementation of Contemporary Health Policy, published by the Brookings Institute Press in 2013.  Michael worked as program specialist for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), in the area of Medicaid managed care and state health care reform. He served as a member of President Clinton's Health Care Taskforce working primarily on the Low-Income and Working Families work group, and as a member of the Taskforce Speakers Bureau. Michael also worked as a fellow for the U.S. Senate Finance Committee as they considered national reform in 1994. He began his career as a legislative aide for Senator John Kerry where he worked on health and environmental issues.

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Michal_HornyType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Michal Horný is a health services researcher and health economist interested in the affordability of health care and its consequences. His work examines how health policy, provider incentives (payment models), and patient incentives (cost-sharing and other aspects of health insurance benefit design) impact the use of care and ultimately health outcomes. He is also interested in drivers of health care spending and the assessment of the value of care. Michal is currently an Affiliate Research Fellow at the Harvey L. Neiman Health Policy Institute. He received his master's degree in Stochastics and Financial Mathematics in 2012 from VU University Amsterdam and his Ph.D. in Health Services Research in 2017 from Boston University School of Public Health.

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Joanne Klevens, Episemiologist, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention *MATCHED*
Joanne_KlevensType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Dr. Klevens has worked in public health for almost 40 years, in violence prevention for 30 years, and with the CDC for 18 years. At the CDC, she has conducted or collaborated in research on the effectiveness of interventions to prevent child maltreatment, partner violence, and youth violence. Before joining the CDC, Dr. Klevens worked as a researcher and consultant in violence prevention with the cities of Bogotá and Medellín in Colombia, South America. Her research in Colombia focused on the etiology and prevention of child maltreatment and youth violence. She received her PhD in Epidemiology from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, her MPH from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and her MD from the National University in Bogotá.

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Daniel_Lopez-CevallosType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I serve as Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, and Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies at Oregon State University. My research focuses on the intersections of race/ethnicity, gender, class, and other socioeconomic and sociocultural constructs, and their relationship to health and health care issues. Furthermore, I am interested in the development and implementation of community, institutional, and policy-level strategies to better serve Latinx and other marginalized communities.

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Erika_MartinType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

As an applied health policy researcher, Erika Martin uses mixed methods to evaluate issues related to the allocation of scarce public health resources, the adoption and impact of public health policies, and ways to improve the sustainability and impact of open health data initiatives. Her work in HIV policy includes examining the fairness and flexibility of funding formulas, interstate variation in state HIV programs, the budget impact of expanded HIV screening on public programs, how the Affordable Care Act will affect HIV care, the impact of New York's HIV testing law and Ending the Epidemic policy strategies, and the evolution of New York's opioid overdose policy response, and evidence for  to opioid overdosesystems-level opioid policies. In addition to her HIV policy research, she studies how public health agencies can release open data in a way that is more usable and fit for public health research, the effectiveness of Medicaid waiver programs, and other public health topics. She has considerable experience working with government clients to translate evidence-based research into practice. She enjoys mentoring post-doctoral, PhD, masters, and undergraduate students in various advising roles, writes a “PhD Hacks” blog for the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, and looks forward to connecting with junior scholars from other universities.

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Lilliard_RichardsonType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Lilliard Richardson is the Director of the Penn State School of Public Policy and Professor of Public Policy. He received his Ph.D. in government from the University of Texas and his B.A. in international studies from Missouri State University. He has been on the faculty at Duke University, the University of Tennessee and the University of Missouri, and he served as an executive associate dean in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  Richardson's research focuses on the policy analysis of health and safety policies, and he has taught courses on policy process, program evaluation, policy analysis, health policy, and research methodology. He has published over forty articles in refereed academic journals, such as the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Health Affairs, American Journal of Public Health, Policy Studies Journal, Evaluation Review and Legislative Studies Quarterly. He is a past president of the State Politics and Policy Association and has served on several editorial boards. Richardson held a Fulbright Fellowship in Belgium, and he has taught in China, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates.  I am happy to serve as a mentor. In recent leadership roles, I have been very involved in the hiring and promotion processes, and I can help answer a lot of questions from that perspective.  We do not yet have a doctoral program in our school so I miss working with doctoral students and look forward to learning about the research interests and career goals of the student.

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David_SulekType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Dave Sulek is a Vice President at Booz Allen Hamilton with 25 years of public policy, strategy development, and general management consulting experience.  Specifically, he analyzes emerging policy, regulatory, market, and technology trends for US Government clients, particularly those navigating the maze of disruptive statutory or mission change.  Dave spearheads efforts to design and pilot new policy analytics tools, methods, and techniques that blend traditional public policy and management approaches with advanced analytics.  For the past six years, Dave has focused primarily on issues involving the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act with an emphasis on working with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to design, pilot, and evaluate innovative, value-based payment and service delivery models.  Prior to that, Dave supported multiple agencies and the President’s National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee on cybersecurity, Internet Governance, homeland security, and intelligence topics.  He has published numerous articles on a wide range of topics to include cybersecurity, emergency preparedness, and Internet-based voting.  He received a master’s degree in national security studies from Georgetown University and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Syracuse University.

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Lisa_ZingmanType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Lisa Zingman is currently a Social Science Research Analyst at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation. She previously was the Policy Coordinator in the HHS Office of Adolescent Health and an Associate Analyst at Abt Associates. She is passionate about addressing the social determinants of health of children and families, especially by implementing and evaluating evidence-based programs and policies and partnership engagement. Ms. Zingman holds a BA from Tufts University, and a MSPH in Health Policy from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. She is loves mentoring students especially those interested in non-academic public policy careers.

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Housing & Community Development

Sudhanshu_HandaType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 
I have 25 years of experience in international development both in academia and out. I worked for UNICEF in their global research office in Innocenti (Italy) for three years, and as their Regional Social Policy Advisor for Eastern & Southern Africa in Nairobi. I also worked at the IADB for three years, and for IFPRI. I can provide guidance on career paths in academia, policy and programming. I currently lead a large multi-country research and policy initiative entitled The Transfer Project. 
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Stephanie_MoultonType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Stephanie Moulton is an associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, a faculty affiliate of the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, and a visiting scholar at the Philadelphia Federal Reserve Bank. Her research focuses on the design, implementation and evaluation of housing and consumer finance policies and programs, with an emphasis on vulnerable populations.  Her current research focuses on homeownership and mortgages for older adults, including reverse mortgages, and homeownership programs and foreclosure interventions administered by state housing finance agencies. She has served as principal investigator for numerous studies estimating the impact of financial interventions on household outcomes, including evaluations with the National League of Cities, the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, the Ohio Housing Finance Agency, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Moulton received her PhD from Indiana University in 2008.

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Methodology/Analysis

Molly_IrwinType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I oversee Pew’s research and science portfolio, which spans the Trusts’ programmatic work (including conservation, health, and social science research) and focuses on advancing research quality and expertise across Pew.  I have 25+ years of experience planning, leading, and conducting large-scale research and evaluation projects and working with policy makers, researchers, and practitioners to build and use evidence to improve public programs. Before joining Pew, I was the Chief Evaluation Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor where I oversaw the research agenda, coordinating with agencies across the department to design and implement rigorous, relevant research.  I have 10 years of federal government experience, in two federal agencies, planning and managing research and evaluation portfolios in areas including employment, training and the labor market, self-sufficiency, and child/family well-being. I've led research projects and initiatives in local and state government, the private sector, and academia. As the director of the child policy initiative at the Schubert Center for Child Studies at CWRU, I connected academic research with local policy initiatives and taught research and policy classes. I've held leadership roles in public health and social policy in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, and the state of South Carolina.  I have a Ph.D. in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University's Mandel School of Applied Social Science, a master’s degree in public health from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and a BA in economics from Ohio Wesleyan University.

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Laura_PeckType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Laura R. Peck, Ph.D., is a Principal Scientist at Abt Associates and has 24 years of experience evaluating social welfare and employment policies and programs, both in research and academic settings.  Prior to work at Abt, she was a tenured Associate Professor and Associate Dean at Arizona State University. A policy analyst by training, Dr. Peck specializes in innovative ways to estimate program impacts in experimental and quasi-experimental evaluations, and she applies this to many social safety net programs. Dr. Peck is the PI, Co-PI and Director of Analysis for several major national evaluations for the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and Housing and Urban Development.  Peck is a co-author of a public policy text-book and is well-published on program evaluation topics.  She earned her Ph.D. from the Wagner Graduate School at New York University. Peck has served as a mentor to APPAM participants in the past as well as serving on panels for the APPAM student track and hopes that reflecting on her own career experiences (in both academic and private research) can provide insights for others.

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Natural Resource, Environment, & Energy

Omar_AsensioType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Dr. Omar Isaac Asensio is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at Georgia Tech. His research examines the role of big data in public policy issues. He conducts large-scale field experiments and uses statistical and computational tools to identify the causal effects of policies and interventions at regional and global scales. His current projects focus on behavioral strategies for resource conservation in cities, building efficiency and resilience, vehicle electrification and machine learning in transportation and smart mobility. He is a faculty affiliate at the Institute for Data Engineering & Science (IDEaS), the Machine Learning Center, and the Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory.

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Heather_CampbellType of Mentoring: Job Document Review, Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

When I was at UCSD I only once had a class from a woman professor. At CMU I never had a class from a woman professor--though I was fortunate to have a woman professor on my dissertation committee. When I began as an untenured assistant professor there were some years during which I was the only woman on my faculty. I was nonetheless lucky to have people who helped and mentored me in all of those places, and those experiences both showed me the importance of mentoring and some of the difficulties in being a member of an out-group. It can be helpful to have a mentor who will not be grading you, determining if your dissertation is done, etc. So, if you'd like some mentoring from someone who is knowledgeable in the academic Public Policy field and who does not have the job of assessing you, I am here to help. My PhD is in Public Policy Analysis and I've taught and administered in Public Administration and Political Science programs and have chaired an Econ program. I am currently on the faculty at a small private university, and I have been on the faculty at a giant public university. My research focus is urban environmental policy, especially environmental justice, and I have also done work in the scholarship of teaching.

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Sanya_CarleyType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Sanya Carley is a Professor and Director of the Master of Public Affairs programs at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. Her research focuses on electricity and transportation policy, energy justice and a just transition, energy-based economic development, and public perceptions of energy infrastructure and technologies. She is a coeditor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Carley has extensive consulting experience with the World Bank, RTI International, the Environmental Protection Agency, among others. She received her Ph.D. in public policy from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and bachelor’s degrees in economics and sustainable development from Swarthmore College.

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Christopher_GalikType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Christopher Galik joined NC State in August 2016 as a Chancellor’s Faculty Excellence Program cluster hire in Sustainable Energy Systems and Policy. Galik, an associate professor in the Department of Public Administration, is primarily interested in institutions and the portability of governance systems. He brings an interdisciplinary perspective to his work, leveraging expertise in institutional theory, economics, and the natural sciences to address energy and environmental management and policy challenges. Galik obtained a bachelor’s degree in biology from Vassar College, a master’s degree in resource economics and policy from Duke University, and Ph.D. in forestry and environmental resources from NC State. Galik returns to NC State via Duke University’s Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions, where he worked for the last decade on a variety of environmental and energy policy research and outreach initiatives. He has published multiple white papers, briefs and online discussion papers, as well as multiple peer-reviewed articles in journals such as Applied Energy, Energy Policy, Climate Policy, and others. Galik has also worked with private sector, NGO, academic, state government and federal agency stakeholders to plan and convene multiple panels, workshops and symposia on a wide variety of energy and environmental policy issues

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Gilbert_MichaudType of Mentoring: Research Guidance
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Gilbert Michaud is an Assistant Professor of Practice at the George V. Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs at Ohio University. In this role, he conducts economic impact analyses and energy policy research affiliated with Ohio University’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) University Center and the Consortium for Energy, Economics & the Environment. Overall, his research focuses on economic and workforce development, as well as state and local renewable energy policies, with a particular focus on solar energy valuation methodologies, net metering, and community solar programs. Secondary research interests include industry clusters, cooperative organizations, state politics, and epistemological pluralism related to public policy theory.

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Population & Migration

Stephanie Potochnick, Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina - Charlotte *MATCHED*
Stephanie_PotochnickType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I am an assistant professor in Sociology at UNC Charlotte, and was an assistant professor the University of Missouri in Public Policy and Public Health. I have benefited greatly from mentoring as I've strived to find what I call the "dream academic job"--a great job, close to family. I'd be happy to share any insights I've learned along the way.  My research examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant children and families.

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Emily_WornellType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

As a research assistant professor in a non-traditional academic position, Dr. Wornell is happy to discuss policy focused academic jobs outside the traditional research/teaching university format. A sociologist and demographer, her areas of specialization are inequality and population change particularly in rural communities. Her research explores household livelihood strategies; community vulnerability to economic change; community and economic development; and immigration in new and rural communities. Dr. Wornell also has a strong interest in the intersection of research and policy, and rural voice in policy decisions, implementation, and evaluation. She regularly works with communities and policy makers to better understand and utilize research to develop more sustainable and efficacious policy.

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Poverty & Income Policy

Scott_AllardType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Scott W. Allard is the Daniel J. Evans Endowed Professor of Social Policy at the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington with expertise in poverty and inequality, social welfare policy, and urban policy. At the University of Washington, he serves on the Executive Board of the West Coast Poverty Center and Urban@UW research initiatives. Allard is author of Out of Reach: Place, Poverty, and the New American Welfare State (2009, Yale University Press), which examines the spatial and organizational challenges confronting local safety net providers. His latest book Places in Need: The Changing Geography of Poverty in America (2017, Russell Sage Foundation Press), focuses on the changing geography of poverty within metropolitan America and which aspects of the contemporary safety net respond well to these changes. He has served as the co-director of the Family Self-Sufficiency Data Center at the University of Chicago since 2013. In addition to his appointment at the University of Washington, he is a nonresidential senior fellow at the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, and an affiliate of the Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Colleen_HeflinType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Colleen Heflin is a Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Dr. Heflin conducts policy-relevant research that sits at the boundaries of sociology, economics, public health, public administration, and women’s studies. The broad aim of her research is to understand the processes that create systems and patterns of social stratification and, more specifically, to examine welfare policy and the well-being of vulnerable populations, with a particular emphasis on the causes and consequences of material hardship. In a recent project, Dr. Heflin analyzed how specific shocks to family stability, such as unemployment or becoming disabled, lead to particular kinds of material hardship, such as medical or housing hardship. Other recent projects have examined how the population using food stamps and unemployment insurance has changed with the Great Recession; how the experience of material hardship affects couples’ decisions to marry; how children’s participation in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) affects their households’ overall food insecurity; and how veterans’ well-being and social program participation compares to that of other groups. Colleen received her Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Michigan in 2002.

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Leslie_HodgesType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Leslie Hodges is a postdoctoral fellow and research associate for the Institute for Research on Poverty at UW – Madison. Her main research interest is how low-income families make ends meet. She specializes in experimental and quasi-experimental analysis of administrative and survey data to examine the relationships between public program participation and employment, health, and well-being and to inform evidenced-based policymaking on public programs including child support, unemployment insurance, and SNAP.

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jounghee_kimType of Mentoring: Research Guidance 
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Jeounghee Kim is an associate professor at the Rutgers School of Social Work with research interests in policy analyses and low-wage labor market issues. She is currently writing on the implications of nonstandard employment on workers’ economic security and the roles that non-degree occupational credentials play for low-wage workers’ labor market outcomes. She is also working on developing a new employment survey to investigate the overlap between standard and nonstandard employment arrangements within low-wage labor market. Her most recent work dealt examined the prevalence and factors of the federal minimum wage violation among low-wage workers, earnings penalties of informal employment among direct care workers, and effects of parents’ nonstandard work schedules on childcare arrangements.  She relies on quantitative analysis using publicly available data files. She is interested in mentoring opportunities to meet with younger scholars in her field and help them navigate the academia.

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Breanca_MerrittType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

In my current role, I teach social policy issues, work with my team to address our center’s mission of evaluating local programs that address systemic social issues, and produce research that addresses inequitable outcomes across social groups. Our research focuses on how public policy and inequity intersect to affect poverty reduction for families and individuals, housing and homelessness, and workforce development, among other social challenges. I strongly value providing students with applied, experiential work in public policy and social equity, which are experiences I pursued heavily and independently during my own graduate work. As a woman of color, the complexities of public policy in communities like mine influenced me to conduct research. Yet, I often lacked opportunities to discuss those issues with faculty members or discuss the ways my experiences affect my work. I also had little mentorship during graduate school related to non-tenure track policy careers, and spent a substantial amount of time feeling unsure about how I could use my degree to make a difference through policy research. As a result of my experiences, I frequently work with students of different disciplines and degrees to support their career goals relative to their interests and skills within public policy.

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Public & Nonprofit Management

BretschneiderType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Stuart Bretschneider is a Foundation Professor of Organization Design and Public Management at Arizona State University’s School of Public Affairs. He is also Director at the school’s Center for Organization Research and Design (CORD). Previously Dr. Bretschneider was a Maxwell Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and Director of the Center for Technology and Information Policy at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University. He was also Associate Dean and Chair of the Public Administration Department between 2005 and 2011 at the Maxwell School.  His research has focused on sustainable public procurement in US local government; on how public organizations make use of information technology and the effects of those technologies on public organizations; how public organizations employ forecasting technology and organize to carry out forecasting activities; and how sector differences affect administrative processes.  His work also includes numerous funded projects associated with the evaluation of public policy in the energy, environment and technology areas. His current research is focused on why non-US recipients of US Ph.D. degrees return to their countries of origin. A past president of the International Institute of Forecasters (IIF), Dr. Bretschneider was also a Director of the IIF. He was the Managing Editor for the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory from 1992-2000. Dr. Bretschneider received his Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Ohio State University in 1980.

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Jason_CoupetType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Jason Coupet is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at NC State. Jason’s PhD is in Strategic Management from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and his BA in Economics from the University of Michigan. His research interests include strategic management, applied econometrics, organizational economics, research methods, and the nexus of public policy and management science. He is also a National Science Foundation Mentoring Fellow in Economics at Duke University. His research has appeared in Applied Economics, Business Strategy & the Environment, Administration & Society, and Nonprofit Management & Leadership, among others.  I'm interested in mentoring students to help prepare for applying for and entering PhD programs; the job market in public policy and public administration; and for students working as practitioners, he;ping them use rigorous research in their work.

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Rachel_FyallType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Rachel Fyall joined the Evans School of Public Policy and Governance as an assistant professor beginning Autumn 2014. Her research investigates the influence of nonprofit organizations on the formation of public policy and in the delivery of public services. She examines how discretion shapes the public services provided by nonprofit contractors as well as advocacy and lobbying by nonprofit organizations. Her primary research context is publicly subsidized low-income housing, including the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program and various homelessness interventions. Rachel's research has been published in Public Administration Review, Policy Studies Journal, and Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. She is a faculty affiliate of the West Coast Poverty Center and the Center for Studies in Demography and Ecology, both at UW. Rachel is also the Faculty Co-Chair of the Urban@UW Homelessness Research Initiative. Rachel holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs from Indiana University, an M.P.A. from George Washington University (nonprofit management concentration), and a B.A. in Sociology and Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University. Before pursuing her doctorate, Fyall worked in housing policy at the Housing Development Consortium in Seattle and has professional and volunteer experience in a variety of other nonprofit organizations.

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Sebastian_JilkeType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

I am an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers University-Newark where I am also co-directing the Center for Experimental and Behavioral Public Administration. During the Academic Year 2019-2020, I serve as OES Fellow in the Office of Evaluation Sciences at the General Services Administration in Washington, D.C.  My academic work applies insights from the behavioral sciences to public administration and policy. Substantively, I am interested in how institutional arrangements for public service delivery affect public employees and the people they serve – especially with regard to social equity in access to public services and programs.  I have volunteered to be a mentor because the first steps into academia can be overwhelming. I have benefitted from entering myself and Helen would like to give back and support emerging scholars in the field of public affairs in general, and in public administration/ management more specifically, in going ahead in planning their career. I am also available for advise on research, the job market, etc.

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Agustin_Leon-MoretaType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Agustin Leon-Moreta is Assistant Professor at the University of New Mexico School of Public Administration. He received a PhD in Public Administration and Policy from the Askew School at Florida State University. His research has appeared in Public Administration Review, the American Review of Public Administration, Urban Studies, State and Local Government Review, Public Administration Quarterly, and the Encyclopedia of Public Administration and Policy.

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Jiaqi_LiangType of Mentoring: Not Specified
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

Jiaqi Liang is an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration. She received a Ph.D. in Public Administration (with a second major in Comparative Politics) from the School of Public Affairs at American University.  Dr. Liang's research interests encompass public management, bureaucratic politics, public policy process, policy analysis, social equity, environmental and energy policy, and comparative public administration and policy. Her current research agenda primarily covers three areas.  One section of her research explores the effects of policy design and public management practices on government agencies’ environmental policy implementation activities in the U.S., as well as the implications of the adoption of equity-oriented policies for government’s program management under environmental federalism.  Another line of her research examines questions related to bureaucratic motivation, performance incentives, and policy implementation in government agencies and quasi-public organizations (e.g., state-owned enterprises) in China, in the context of results-based management in environmental and energy policies.  Her third research area probes the relations between organizational diversity, representativeness of the public sector, diversity management, governmental performance, and social equity.  Dr. Liang's research has appeared in a variety of public administration and public policy journals, including the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, International Public Management Journal, and Policy Studies Journal.

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jodi_sandfortType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Jodi Sandfort is professor at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota, and chair of the school's Leadership & Management Area. Her work focuses on improving the implementation of social policy, particularly those policies designed to support low-income children and their families. Sandfort is the founder and academic director of the Future Services Institute, an applied research and training center focused on public service redesign in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services, county government, nonprofit service providers, and private foundations. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Public Administration, a preeminent honor recognizing her innovative leadership in the field.  In 2020, she will be in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow.

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Matt Young, Assistant Professor, Syracuse University *MATCHED*
Matt_YoungType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: PhD Students
 

I’m an assistant professor in the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. I teach classes on public organizations and management, data analysis and decision making, and technological innovation in the public sector.  My primary research interests include public management; public sector innovation and technology; public service delivery; governance; civic engagement; and social justice. I am a first-generation college student, and was extremely fortunate to have incredible mentors throughout my undergraduate and graduate studies. Now it’s time for me to start paying back as I can.  Prior to joining Maxwell, I was a graduate student at the University of Southern California. While there, I also worked as a data scientist for the USC project team on an NIH-funded grant project to create a contextualized data resource for the Health and Retirement Study (https://hrs.isr.umich.edu/about). I also have over ten years of private sector experience in both hardware and software technology startups, and consulting.

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Science & Technology

Thomas_WoodsonType of Mentoring: Overall Professional Development
Prefer to Mentor: Master's Students
 

Thomas S. Woodson is an assistant professor in the Department of Technology and Society at Stony Brook University. He investigates the effects of technology on inequality throughout the world and the causes/consequences of inclusive innovation. For the past 3 years he has focused on the relationship between innovation and inequality in 4 areas: nanotechnology, 3D printing, science funding and engineering education. Dr. Woodson received his B.S.E in electrical engineering from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in Public Policy for the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). Prior to joining Stony Brook University, Dr. Woodson was a part of a multi-year National Science Foundation sponsored research center applying technology assessment techniques to analyze the societal impacts of nanotechnology. While on the project, Dr. Woodson and his colleagues examined the consequences of nanotechnology on inequality using a variety of methods including interviews, case studies, site visits, input/output analyses and bibliometrics analyses. Before that project, Dr. Woodson lived in South Africa and Burkina Faso doing various humanitarian and development projects. Dr. Woodson and his family currently reside in Centereach, NY although he was born and raised in Texas. In his spare time, Thomas does triathlons. His current goal is to complete a full Ironman.

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Social Equality & Race

Shilpa Viswanath, Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin - La Crosse *MATCHED*
Shilpa_ViswanathType of Mentoring: Job Document Review
Prefer to Mentor: Either Master's or PhD Students
 

Dr. Shilpa Viswanath is an Assistant Professor of Public Administration at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse. She was an APPAM Diversity and Inclusion Fellow in 2018. Her areas of research include gender responsive budgeting, gender equity in the workplace and application of advanced qualitative methods. She serves on the executive board of American Society for Public Administration's (ASPA) Section for Women in Public Administration. Dr. Viswanath received her PhD from Rutgers University - Newark's School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA) and an MSc from London School of Economics and Political Science. She was born and raised in Bangalore, India.

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