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Member Spotlight: Michael Siciliano

April 14, 2015 12:43 PM


Michael Siciliano
Ph.D., Public Policy and Administration

Policy School and Degree: I have a master’s in public policy from the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon University and a PhD in Public Administration and Public Policy from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

Current Organization: I am currently with the Department of Public Administration at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Current job title: Assistant Professor of Public Administration.

Role at your organization: I teach graduate courses in policy analysis, performance measurement, and advanced data analysis. My current research connects network theory and complexity theory to ongoing problems in public policy and public administration.  I am particularly interested in the formation of social and professional networks within public organizations (primarily urban public schools) and the implications of these networks on individual and organizational behavior and performance.  My work also examines the interorganizational networks that emerge in response to disaster events.

Policy focus: I study a range of topics, but one area of interest is education policy.
In the ten years prior to becoming an Assistant professor I was blessed with the opportunity to teach nearly every category of student including inner city youth in Chicago, associate degree students in a trade school, prison inmates in Alaska, learning support children in foster homes, adult learners in a GED program, and graduate students. These experiences consistently demonstrated to me the power of education and the need for effective and efficient policies.

What you like best about your current role: I really enjoy both teaching and conducting research.

How you first got involved with APPAM: My PhD advisor, Louise Comfort, encouraged me to join and to present some of my early work as a PhD student at the annual conference.

Why you stay active in APPAM: I stay active to remain connected to the policy community.  I like to see how research being conducted in universities translates into actual policy and practice.  

APPAM tool and resources you use most often: I regularly read the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management and check the calendar of events.

Hobbies or fun fact: I love to hike, ski, and fish.


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