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Member Spotlight: Katie Vinopal, Ph.D.
May 17, 2017 12:00 PM
APPAM honors those student and professional members who are dedicated to the public policy profession and stewards of APPAM's mission. Each month, both a new student and professional member will be featured in out Member Spotlight series. Interested in being in the spotlight? Email Meghan Grenda for more information.
What policy school did you attend and what was your degree program?
I attended the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington DC. I obtained a PhD in Public Administration.
What is your current organization, job title, and role?
I am an Assistant Professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. In this role, I conduct research and teach both undergraduate and graduate level courses in policy analysis and statistics.
What is your policy focus?
My work centers on the well-being of vulnerable children and families. I am interested in understanding the social and environmental determinants and effects of disadvantage and inequality, and in examining and improving public policies that address these concerns.
How did you first get involved with APPAM?
I have attended APPAM conferences since I worked as a Research Assistant at the Urban Institute starting in 2007. This exposure helped inform the course I set for my early career. Later, as a doctoral student, APPAM gave me an outlet to present my work and learn to be part of a research and academic community. During my time as a student I also served on APPAM’s Student Advisory Committee.
Why do you stay active in APPAM?
The annual conference allows me to showcase my research and get feedback from experts. It is also an opportunity to reconnect with past colleagues, be exposed to new ideas, and meet researchers with similar interests for collaboration and mentorship.
What APPAM tools/resources do you use most often?
I regularly read the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and attend the fall conference each year. This summer I will be attending the international conference for the first time.
Hobbies or fun fact:
I love traveling, yoga, biking around Columbus, listening to podcasts, and walking my dog.
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