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The Wonk Podcast
Let's Grab A Coffee Podcast


Interested in hosting a webinar?

APPAM encourages all member interested
in hosting a webinar to submit an RFP.  Webinars can be viewed live by everyone, but recordings of them are now available exclusively to APPAM members.

Previous topics include:

  • Employability skills
  • The 2020 Census
  • Minimum wage policy
  • Food insecurity


RFP guidelines and submission information.

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The Wonk

This podcast is looking for: 

  • Relevant and timely policy issues discussed by researchers, practitioners or academics
  • Research on emerging trends in public policy

Let's Grab a Coffee

This podcast is looking for:

  • Casual conversations with policy experts and students including how to unwind, most interesting person they've worked with, etc.
  • Tips and tricks for students



APPAM Webinars

Utility Decision-Making and Public Policy Around Energy Poverty and Insecurity

Monday, September 19, 1-2 p.m. ET

Energy insecurity is defined as the inability to adequately meet the basic energy needs of a household, such as heating and cooling. The Energy Information Administration estimated that in 2020, out of 125.9 million US households, 34 million households had to make serious trade-offs between meeting their basic needs, including food and medicine, and paying their energy bills. Low-income and ethnic minority households are at greater risk of sinking into energy poverty because of spending higher proportions of their income on their energy bills. This webinar presents research that aims to strengthen utility decision-making and public policy around energy poverty and insecurity, particularly among low-income, African-American, and minority communities.



Yueming (Lucy) Qiu
University of Maryland, College Park



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Gabriel Chan
University of Minnesota

David Konisky
 Indiana University

Destenie Nock
Carnegie Mellon University





Previous APPAM Webinars

APPAM Webinars are open to anyone, however, the Webinar archive is only for APPAM Members, as one of the perks. Log in as a member to view the full archive. 


Promoting Equity in State and Local Governments

Wednesday, July 27, 1-2 p.m. ET

This webinar will focus on strategies for academics and practitioners to promote equity within state and
local governments, with a focus on policy implementation and program creation. Topics will include
promising practices for creating policy evaluation frameworks, creating targeted initiatives for different
populations, and ways to engage communities in the work being done. Examples of existing work will also be provided, including efforts by the Research Institute for Social Equity to promote vaccine access in the commonwealth of Virginia, economic development initiatives from the Center for Urban and Regional Analysis, and workforce development initiatives.




Brittany Keegan
Wilder School Office of Research and Outreach



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RaJade Berry-James
North Carolina State University

Mike MacKenzie
Virginia Commonwealth University

Jennifer Reid
Virginia Commonwealth University


David Yokum
Brown University





Growing the Field of Early Childhood Policy

Wednesday, June 22, 1-2 p.m. ET

The ECPIHE initiative is a national project working to instantiate a new field of study, Early Childhood Policy (ECP), as an answer to a long withstanding call for serious innovations in ECP realm. The effort will train future ECP leaders to take on the challenging, yet essential, role of advancing coherent policies for young children and their families, nationally and globally. ECPIHE guides its work with an intentional eye towards equity and diversity; by engaging diverse professionals and students, and equipping future ECP leaders with knowledge about and respect for the diverse families that ECP serves.

The ECP Network, hosts all initiative materials, including sample teaching modules and course syllabi. Join founders of the ECPIHE initiative, Sharon (Lynn) Kagan, and Kathy Thornburg, to hear their vision for ECPIHE, the coordinating arms (i.e., the Network, the Centers, and the Alliance), their goals for the project, and how you can be involved!



Beza Semu
Cultivate Learning, University of Washington



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Nubia Lopez
Pathwaves Washington

Sharon Lynn Kagan,
 Columbia University,
Yale University

Kathy Thornburg,
University of Missouri 


Albert Wat,
Alliance for Early Success



Archived Webinars
Log in as a member to view the webinars.

  • Beyond GDP: Measuring Genuine Progress (March 2022)
  • Conference Submissions: How to Get Accepted (January 2022)
  • Minimum Wage Policy: Impact and Future Direction (October 2021)
  • Immigration Policy - Reshaping U.S. Border and Asylum Policy (August 2021)
  • How to Start Strong with Research-Government Partnerships (June 2021)
  • Food Insecurity, the Child Allowance, and Child Poverty (May 2021)
  • Defining Policy Analysis: A Journey That Never Ends (February 2021)
  • Cellular Mobility Data: What Is It and How Can it Be Used For Research? (December 2020)
  • Eviction and Urban Inequality (September 2020)
  • Emotion's Role in Public Policy & Management (June 2020)
  • The 2020 Census (May 2020)
  • Employment Skills: What I Learned, Valued, and Wish I Was Taught (March 2020)
  • The Future of Drug Pricing and Its Impact on Healthcare Policy (March 2019)
  • and many more!


APPAM Student Activities Commitee Chair Interview


Podcast Interview with Sarah Charnes, SAC Chair

Membership and Administration Manager, Ryan Martz, interviews incoming Student Activities Committee Chair, Sarah Charnes about what the SAC does and the 2020 year ahead for the SAC.







The Wonk Podcast


Wonk_logo1APPAM's Policy Podcast, The Wonk, examines policy issues of today discussed by expert practitioners, researchers, and academics. Episode topics include JPAM featured articles, emerging trends in public policy research, and student preparation for careers in public policy.
Do you have a podcast idea or research you would like to discuss on The Wonk? Email

The Wonk, Episode 18: Labor Unions in Public Policy

In this episode of The Wonk, our guest Mandi Spishak-Thomas, PhD Candidate (Columbia University) and union organizer, discusses the role of labor unions in public policy. Specifically, we review the recent resurgence of unions, their depictions in the media, and the influence labor organizing can have on health policy and health inequities. We also take a closer look at the recent organizing efforts led by the Student Workers of Columbia and the results of their historic 10-week labor strike. 



The Wonk - Live from Austin!

Host David Morar spoke, at the rescheduled #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference, to Student Activities Committee Chair Becky Rafter and SAC members Lauren Toppenberg and Nishank Varshney in Austin, Texas. They covered how they heard about APPAM, got involved in SAC, and what they are getting out of their conference experience.



It is essential for researchers and policymakers to collaborate to produce evidence-based policy, but many barriers exist that prevent these collaborations. In this podcast, Faith VanMeter (University of Minnesota) speaks with Dr. Taylor Scott and Jessica Pugel, both from Pennsylvania State University, about how the Research-to-Policy Collaboration (RPC) model bridges the gap between researchers and policymakers by building trusting relationships. They discuss the RPC model, impact, and describe their replicable SciComm Optimizer for Policy Engagement (SCOPE) model that works to increase knowledge about strategies for communicating with legislators.




The Wonk, Episode 16: Collaboration During a Crisis

While collaboration has been recognized as a means to addressing complex public problems, this conclusion seems to have focused predominantly on "normal times" meaning when people and organizations face little or no disruption. Yet, a crisis can impose new demands and needs that require people and organizations to explore new ways and forms of collaboration that respond effectively to the prevailing conditions. In this podcast, Dr. Kirk Emerson from the University of Arizona joins us as we explore how people and organizations collaborate when confronted with a crisis.


Looking for more episodes of The Wonk? Check them out here!



Let's Grab A Coffee Podcast


The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management presents Let's Grab A Coffee a podcast recorded by our student members, highlighting an informal conversation with a scholar from the field. Meant to provide a connection between generations of researchers, the podcast also shows the human side of the professionals in public policy analysis and management. Spearheaded by the Student Activities Committee, Let's Grab A Coffee is sure to delight those junior scholars, students and anyone interested in learning about the people behind the research, and maybe even learning a few tips and tricks of the trade. ‚Äč




Episode 5: A Coffee with Tina Fletcher and Dr. Adam Edgerton

In this episode, Tina Fletcher, PhD student at the University of Pennsylvania's Graduate School of Education interviews Dr. Adam Edgerton, DC-based Senior Researcher for the Learning Policy Institute about the intersection between policy, research, and practice, COVID hobbies, and the challenges around the reopening of schools. Tune in to catch Adam's advice for teachers and school leaders preparing for the new school year!




Episode 4: A Coffee with Jenna Hampton and Dr. Ingrid Gould Ellen

In this episode, Jenna Hampton, a graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, speaks with Dr. Ingrid Gould Ellen about the relevance of her housing research to policy practice and racial justice. Dr. Ingrid Gould Ellen is the Faculty Director of the NYU Furman Center. 



Episode 3: A Coffee with Brianna O'Steen and Dr. Dean Yang

In this episode, Brianna O'Steen, PhD Candidate from Oregon State's School of Public Policy Policy interviews Dr. Dean Yang, Professor in the University of Michigan’s Department of Economics and Ford School of Public Policy about COVID hobbies, favorite caffeinated beverages, and the winding paths of academic research. Tune in to catch Dean's advice for graduate students hitting the job market!



Episode 2: A Coffee with Jenna Hampton and Dr. Susan Popkin

In this episode, Jenna Hampton, a graduate student from Washington University in St. Louis, speaks with Dr. Susan Popkin from the Urban Institute about her grounded approach to public housing research and what motivates her to keep going during difficult times.





Episode 1: A Coffee with Sarah Charnes and Dr. Jacob Vigdor

In this episode, Sarah Charnes chats with Professor Jacob Vigdor of the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Washington.




APPAM Student Brown Bag Recordings


Stopping Cyber Threats: Security & Deterrence in Cyberspace

The importance of cybersecurity has reached new levels as the world becomes more connected. Cyber threats, security, and deterrence are now at the forefront and the landscape of policy must adapt to new realities.

Learn more about the event here.






Previous APPAM Webinars

APPAM Webinars are open to anyone, however, the Webinar archive is only for APPAM Members, as one of the perks. Log in as a member to view the full archive. 



Conference Submissions: How to Get Accepted

Wednesday, January 26,  1-2 p.m. ET

Ever wonder about the conference submission process? In this webinar, you'll get the tips needed for your APPAM Fall Research Conference submission to stand out! We’ll walk you through the process of submission, the review process and what we look for in a conference session. Panelists will have a background serving on past APPAM Program Committees. These speakers have made decisions on proposals in the past and are ready to answer your questions to help you present at the next APPAM conference. Join us for resources on how to highlight your conference proposals for APPAM and beyond!



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David Johnson,
University of Michigan


Anna Amirkhanyan
American University

Hannah Betesh,
ABT Associates

Christopher Carpenter,
Vanderbilt University


Conference Submissions: How to Get Accepted

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Conference Submissions: How to Get Accepted



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