Meet Jane Waldfogel, APPAM's President-elect for 2014
At last year's Fall Research Conference, Jane Waldfogel was introduced as the Association's new President-elect for 2014. Waldfogel is a professor of social work and public affairs at Columbia University School of Social Work and a visiting professor at the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion at the London School of Economics. She is currently overseeing the planning and development of the 2014 Fall Research Conference, taking place November 6-8 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Waldfogel received her Ph.D. in public policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She has written extensively on the impact of public policies on child and family well-being. Her current research includes studies of work-family policies, improving the measurement of poverty, and understanding social mobility across countries.
The new President-elect took a few moments to share her thoughts on the Association and the coming year.
What goals do you have in mind for the Association in the coming year?
I'd like to see APPAM build on its strengths and reach an even wider audience - reaching more people internationally and more people across disciplines.
When did you start participating in APPAM?
I've been involved in APPAM ever since I was in the doctoral program in public policy at the Kennedy School in the early 1990s.
How has APPAM enhanced your work and career?
For me, APPAM has been the single most important venue to present my work, and to network with my peers. It's also a great place to catch up with former students as well as more senior people in the field.
What do you see as APPAM's greatest strength?
APPAM has a unique role in the public policy world-it is THE public policy association and the sponsor of the premier Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM) and conference.
What priorities do you have for the Association in the coming year?
Mostly I'm involved in working on the Fall Research Conference, which I hope will be a great success. In terms of other priorities, we need to figure out a way to make the operations of the Policy Council more efficient. Reducing the size of the Council is one step in that direction, but we can do more, such as using technology to reduce the time spent in in-person meetings.
What are you looking forward to the most at the upcoming Fall Research Conference?
Well, as always, I'm looking forward to the sessions and to having a chance to catch up with people at the conference. We will have some great symposiums and featured speakers. I'm also looking forward to the venue - I rarely get a chance to go to New Mexico and I'm really looking forward to that.
How do you think members can best leverage their APPAM membership?
Come to the fall conference, attend sessions in areas you know well but also attend some in areas you know less well, and make sure to save plenty of time to network and to catch up with old friends.