Member Spotlight: Matt Young
March 14, 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 Sol Price School of Public Policy at the University of Southern California. My degree program was PhD, Public Policy and Management.
What is your current organization, job title, and role?
As of August 21, I will be an Assistant Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
What is your policy focus?
I study public management at the local level, specifically around innovation, technology, and service delivery.
How did you first get involved with APPAM?
My advisor, Juliet Musso, pushed me early on to submit my working papers for presentation. I started by attending the 2014 and 2015 fall research conferences to present my research. Soon after the 2015 conference I was nominated for a position on the student advisory committee. I served as a member of that committee in 2016.
Why do you stay active in APPAM?
The fall research conference is a tremendous resource. Seeing colleagues from around the globe and sharing research and ideas regularly in person matters. It helps me feel more connected to both the broader policy and management community and the friends that I've made in the field, and being able to ask or answer a question face-to-face is invaluable.
I also appreciate how APPAM supports academically rigorous research that also has lessons for practice. With my own work, I've had several conversations with executives and senior managers in local governments who attended my panel presentations on open data and 311 technology implementation and wanted to discuss how they could apply the findings in practice. The way that APPAM connects research to practice and vice versa is a big pull for me.
What APPAM tools/resources do you use most often?
I've drawn heavily on the resources that APPAM invests in helping doctoral students advance their careers. These include taking advantage of the opportunities APPAM gave me as a doctoral student to present papers as a panelist and to network with top scholars in my field at the fall research conference, as well as the 2014 professional development workshop and numerous other informational sessions over the years. It's been invaluable for my development as a researcher and career. To that end, I am very proud of the work that the student advisory committee did this past year in developing a 'speed mentoring' program that pairs students with faculty and practitioners who share similar research and policy interests.
Hobbies or fun fact:
I am an avid snowboarder. This April my friends and I will be celebrating our 13th annual 'Kirkwood Halloween,' where 15-20 of us spend a long weekend skiing and snowboarding in various costumes, sometimes themed, but more often random. Over the years the resort has come to not only expect us, but cheer us on and make an event of it.