Member Spotlight: Roger J. Chin
September 22, 2016 12:43 PM
Roger J. Chin
Ph.D. Student, Public Policy & Information Systems
Policy School and Degree: I am currently a Ph.D. student of public policy and information systems at Claremont Graduate University. I received a Master of Arts in public policy from Claremont Graduate University; a Master of Public Administration from California State University, San Bernardino; and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of California, San Diego.
Expected Graduation Date: May 2018
Post-Graduation Plans: I aspire to become a professor at an institution of higher education, or to conduct transformative public policy studies at a research institute. I would like to be a professor because so many of my own professors have been inspirational mentors to me. They have shown me the truly powerful effects of partaking in research that advances knowledge beneficial to society. They have also instilled in me a sense of responsibility in developing instructional pedagogies that foster student success. Whether in the classroom or with my research, one of my overarching goals is to unite my academic and professional experiences in a way that helps bridge the gap between public policy theory and praxis.
Policy focus: My policy focus encompasses a range of topics related to criminal justice and social policies. I am given the unique option at Claremont Graduate University of analyzing my research and examining societal predicaments from two different fields where policy plays an integral role. At Claremont, my research incorporates resources, tools, and methodologies from both the field of public policy, as well as the rapidly developing field of information systems. The studies I conduct are aimed at ameliorating certain deficiencies within law enforcement and other criminal justice agencies, which I do by exploring how technology, spatial analyses, and advanced quantitative methodologies can contribute to the development of innovative policies.
My passion for such work originated during my years working as a criminal justice practitioner, when I was often presented with situations that highlighted a conflict between the theories I had been exposed to and my own personal experiences. My fervent desire to link theory with practice and technology emboldened me to take this curiosity to the higher levels of academic inquiry.
I do have to be honest and admit that when I started my doctorate program I was not entirely certain that I wanted to focus on social and criminal justice policies. I was very fortunate in that I received valuable guidance and rigorous analytical training from my faculty advisors and mentors. I would be remiss to not acknowledge the tremendous support I received from those mentors, each of whom has cultivated my strengths and sound development as a scholar: Dr. David Baker, Dr. Robert Bunker, Dr. Heather Campbell, Dr. Shamini Dias, Dr. Brian Hilton, Dr. Melissa Rogers, Dr. Terry Ryan, and Dr. Jean Schroedel. The transdisciplinary collaboration, curriculum, and foundation I received from my professors taught me to approach seemingly unsolvable contemporary policy issues from a holistic perspective.
How you first got involved with APPAM: I first got involved with APPAM through the suggestion of my faculty advisors. They recommended APPAM as a fundamental and pertinent professional policy organization to join.
Why you stay active in APPAM: I stay active in APPAM because the organization provides a consistently collegial, inclusive, and welcoming environment. APPAM has demonstrated that the organization is proactive in implementing initiatives that promote diversity within the organization. APPAM also continuously expresses their unwavering commitment to students by providing fellowships, reserving positions for student representatives on the policy council, maintaining an active student advisory committee, and arranging programming that is overall student friendly.
I was provided with the opportunity to serve on the APPAM student advisory committee where I collaborated with APPAM staff members and students from other universities. We worked vigorously to promote, solicit, and improve student participation for the organization. Through this committee, I also acquired lifelong friendships and colleagues. APPAM staff members, particularly Tara Sheehan, Meghan Grenda, Tristanne Staudt, Samantha Oliver, and Kathryn Grandstaff-Bradford, were always responsive, amenable to requests, and accommodating of the suggestions that students provided. Many organizations will assert that they are committed to receiving members’ suggestions, yet never actually pursue the submitted ideas. I was thoroughly impressed with how receptive and approachable the APPAM staff members were of suggestions and how promptly new concepts were enacted.
APPAM tool and resources you use most often: I am a voracious reader of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management because I enjoy examining current policy issues that affect society, and exploring the research being conducted by esteemed scholars in our field. I also check the APPAM website for different opportunities to further develop my proficiencies as a scholar.
Hobbies or fun fact: Prior to starting graduate school, I was an ardent collector of police and sheriff patches. I currently have over 300 patches from different agencies in the United States.