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Emotion’s Role in Public Policy and Management


Tuesday June 16, 2020, 12:00pm, Eastern

From problems as immediate as COVID-19 or as enduring as poverty, there is an emotive component to identifying and defining the problem, delivering services, and evaluating outcomes. This webinar explains why it is important to acknowledge the role of emotion in public policy and in public management, and draws attention to how it affects decision making, policy debates, management behavior, and the citizen – state encounter.

Organizer: Alex Osei-Kojo, PhD Candidate, University of Colorado, Denver

Webinar Speakers:


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Matt Stagner


 Mary Guy,

University of Colorado Denver


We have the slides from the event, as well as a brief follow-up conversation with Dr. Mary Guy

What do I hope listeners took away from my comments?

Dr. Mary Guy: My most important point is that there is an emotive component to policy preferences, analysis, implementation, and evaluation. It is invisible and it is powerful – more powerful, in fact, than most of the sophisticated data that we like to think is determinative. And, when citizen meets state, whether in public education, policing, child protective services, or any other policy domain, emotional labor is performed by public service professionals. Their emotive skills make the difference in whether government is perceived as empathic and competent or cold and uncaring.

What stands out among the questions from the Q&A session?

Dr. Mary Guy: There were many good questions and one that begged for further elaboration dealt with the influence of gender. It is not true that women perform emotional labor and men do not. In fact, both women and men perform it. The difference lies in the type of emotive expression that women and men are expected to display. While men are expected to display confidence and assertiveness, women are expected to display warmth and friendliness. Like being in an emotive straitjacket, display rules carry their own job demands for public service professionals.

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The 2020 U.S. Census


Tuesday May 26, 2020, 12:00pm, Eastern

The Decennial Census is probably the single most important data collection event of the Federal government. The Census provides data for apportionment of the House of Representatives, data for constructing political districts, information for the distribution of more that $1.5 trillion to states and localities each year, and benchmarks for many other data collections. The 2020 Census, which is currently underway, is facing unprecedented challenges, in part, because of the nation’s response the COVID-19 virus. In this webinar a Census Bureau representative will outline the changes the U.S Census Bureau had to make in response to the virus and provide an update on how data collection is going. In addition, you will hear from two census experts from outside the U.S Census Bureau who will provide their perspective on the 2020 Census. Webinar participants will also have an opportunity to ask questions of the presenters.

Organized with the assistance of WIlliam O'Hare, President O'Hare Data and Demographic Services LLC, 

Moderator: Rosemary Rodriguez, Together We Count, Executive Director

Albert Fontenot, U.S. Census Bureau, Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs
Beth Lynk, Director of Census Counts Campaign at The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights
Joe Salvo, Demographer for the City of New York

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Employment Skills: What I Learned, Valued, and Wish I Was Taught

Tue, Mar 3, 2020, 12:00pm Eastern
Is there a disconnect between what is being taught in graduate programs and the skills that employers are seeking? unfollowable_ordersThis episode of the APPAM Webinar Series will address the range of skills taught in Public Policy and Public Affairs graduate programs and how they translate to career skills. Moderator Patty Troppe, Westat will provide background on the skills that non-academic employers such as Westat and other research firms consider when assessing new Masters and Doctorate candidates for research positions. Dr. Troppe will then moderate a Q&A with Masters and PhD program alumni to provide perspectives from those recently hired in academia, government, and research firms. Panelists will present their academic and career experiences to discuss skills they use daily, skills they wish they had learned, and the value of their degree. The webinar will conclude with a moderated Q&A from the audience.
Webinar Speakers:


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Moderator: Patty Troppe, Westat

 Karina Edouard,


Kirk Heffelmire,

United States Internal Revenue Service

Sarah Tahamont, University of Maryland


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Eviction and Urban Inequality

Eviction data collected by the Eviction Lab at Princeton University provides a picture of housing instability across the United States, with especially high eviction rates in some urban regions in the south.
In this webinar, participants were introduced to ongoing policy-relevant research based in Richmond VA, Lexington KY, and Kansas City, MO. Experts discussed how evictions, and more broadly, forced moves, are simultaneously a result, cause, and indicator of urban inequality. Evictions have long term negative impacts on education, health, and employment, intersecting with homeless services, school quality, and neighborhood stability. While we know the broad impacts of mobility on families and the neighborhoods, we know little about the location and differences for families of evictions. Formal eviction data highlight concentrations of formal eviction, but these data are insufficient to understand the contours of formal eviction, much less the less informal forced moves undertaken by low-income households. 
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The Future of Drug Pricing and Its Impact on Healthcare Policy


The price of prescription drugs in America has risen significantly over the last decade, outpacing all other aspects of healthcare spending. Healthcare continues to be one of the most important issue for voters. According to Gallup's Midterm Election Benchmark poll, healthcare tops the list of voter issues with 80% of polled voters indicating that healthcare is extremely or very important to their vote.Prescription_Drug_Pricing
Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts as they discuss the rising cost of drug pricing, how it will impact healthcare policy, what is currently being done to address this issue, and what future steps policy makers and researchers can take to alleviate the impact of rising prescription drug costs.
Webinar Speakers:
  • Moderator: Stacie Dusetzina, Associate Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
  • Rena Conti, Associate Professor, Boston University
  • Anthony LoSasso, Professor, University of Chicago; Executive Director, ASHEcon
  • Andrew Mulcahy, Associate Director, RAND Corporation
  • Aditi P. Sen, Assistant Professor, John Hopkins University

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The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the Workforce

debt_highWith student loan debt tripling between 2001 and 2016, hitting the $1.5 trillion milestone in the first quarter of 2018, the Federal Reserve reports that student loan debt now exceeds both auto and credit card debt. The Congressional Budget Office estimates that $1.27 trillion in new federal student loans will be added between 2018 and 2028; this debt crisis is only going to get worse. Many professional jobs require an undergraduate degree and as a result, the average job seeker who took student loans is entering the workforce with debt of $29,700. How is this debt load affecting their employment choices? What are employers doing to react to this crisis? How is the resultant employment landscape changing, as a result? And what policies are/could be developed to help alleviate this crisis?

This webinar provides an overview of national student debt, explores how debt impacts job seekers, hiring trends such as job seekers being overqualified or underemployed, current research and policy, and more.

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DACA: Policy, Community, and Global Implications

What are the effects of the current DACA instability on families? Communities? What does the legal fight mean for immigration globally? What are the politics of the issue? What does the research say?

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is an immigration policy for some undocumented immigrants who entered the United States without legal permission as minors.

DACAWhile DACA does not provide a pathway to citizenship, it does provide these individuals temporary protection from deportation and the ability to work legally. In 2017, President Trump ended DACA and encouraged Congress to address the issue legislatively. The nearly 800,000 DACA recipients have been waiting in legal limbo as the issue is decided in the courts.
In the meantime, these families affected by DACA are in danger of work permits expiring, followed by potential deportation, especially as U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) steps up operation under this Administration. Join APPAM experts as they try to answer these questions, as well as address the issue of how to inform policymakers, grappling with the effects of the policy within their own communities.

Webinar Speakers:

  • Sayil Camacho, Scholars Strategy Network Postdoctoral Fellow, Vanderbilt University
  • Julia Gelatt, Senior Policy Analyst, Migration Policy Institute
  • Matthew Hall, Associate Professor of Policy Analysis & Management, Cornell University
  • Cynthia Osborne, Associate Professor and Director of the Center for Health and Social Policy, The University of Texas at Austin (Moderator)

Q&A Resources:

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The Intersection of Opioid Addiction and Evidence-Based Policy

The opioid epidemic in the United States has reached alarming proportions. With over a thousand people dying each week due to opioid related overdoses, many have suggested evidence-based policy as a way to combat the epidemic. Join ASHEcon and APPAM experts on health policy and opioids as they take a deep-dive into the opioid crisis, how to use evidence-based policy to combat it, and what health economists can do to influence policy.

Webinar Speakers:

  • Colleen Carey, Assistant Professor, Cornell University
  • Jevay Grooms, Senior Fellow, University of Washington
  • Carroline Lobo, PhD Student, University of Pittsburgh
  • Kosali Simon, Herman B. Wells Endowed Professor, Indiana University (Moderator)

Presentation Links:

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You're Hired! Now What?  

You’ve defended your dissertation, aced the interview, and snagged a coveted faulty position – congrats!  But now what? Join APPAM policy academics as they divulge what to do (and not do) after you’ve received a faculty position.  
Attendees will learn how to negotiate offers, what your new employer expects from you, how to prepare as a new-hire, and what the post-interview timeline looks like. 

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You're Hired! Everything You Need to Know to Snag a Faculty Position

Are you a policy student interested in the academic job market but unfamiliar with the landscape?
If so, APPAM invites you to listen to the recorded webinar to learn the fundamentals of timing, preparation, and other important essentials for policy students interested in academia and faculty positions. The webinar was held on Tuesday, June 6th.
When you listening to the recording below, you will learn when and how to begin preparing for your position in academia, what your portfolio must include, and how to ace the interview. 

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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 13: Economic Impacts of COVID-19: Non-Profits, State and Local Governments. 

In this Podcast, our guest Dr. Thad Calabrese (New York University)explores the impacts of COVID on non-profits and state and local governments. Specifically, we discuss how budgetary shortfalls in state and local governments threaten funding to nonprofits, and how that might affect service delivery. We also explore the long-term strategies that can be adopted to mitigate the impacts of the pandemic.

The Wonk, Episode 12: Covid-19 Inequality: A Discussion on Social and Economic Impact. 

In this episode we discuss the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as they relate to inequality. Our guest, Dr. Jamila Michener, is a political scientist who studies the influence of U.S. public policy on poverty and racial inequality. Join us as we discuss how COVID-19 relates to racial and socioeconomic disparities in health, employment, and education and other current issues such as criminal justice reform.

The Wonk, Episode 11: Public Health Policy and Covid-19 

We live in unprecedented times! In less than two months, over 3 million have been sickened with COVID-19 while more than 210,000 people have died. The world’s economy has ground to a halt. Human movement has ceased. People have been locked down in their homes and have been directed to social distance. All of this and more is due to the novel coronavirus, which originated from Wuhan, China in December 2019. As the world battles with how to address the pandemic, this podcast discusses the policy responses by governments. What epidemiological issues does COVID-19 present? What have been the policy responses to the challenge? What are the success and failures? And what lessons can be learned going forward. Dr. Gus Birkhead joins us to discuss these and other related questions.

The Wonk, Live Episode: Live from #2019APPAM

Host Brittany Keegan spoke, at the 2019 APPAM Fall Research Conference, to Lauren Davis and David Morar, former Student Advisory Committee Chairs, and respectively present and past Policy Council Members. Both talked about their #2019APPAM experience, their overall experience with APPAM and with the Fall Conference in general. Morar and Davis ended with a call for students to join the association and definitely participate in future Fall Conferences.


The Wonk, Episode 10: Balancing Values and "Evidence" in Evidence-Based Decisionmaking

Policymakers are called to make decisions that combine values and evidence, but that is often difficult to do.  In a recent book (Educational Goods: Values, Evidence and Decision Making), two policy analysts and two philosophers show how it can be done in the field of education policy.  In this podcast, we talk with one of the authors, Helen Ladd, professor emerita in the Sanford School, Duke University about the relationship between values and evidence in good policymaking and good policy-oriented research.


The Wonk, Episode 9: It Happens in #AcademiaToo: Addressing and Preventing Sexual Misconduct in Academic Settings 

In recent months we’ve seen the growth of the #MeToo movement, in which people are coming forward with their stories of sexual assault or sexual harassment. A subset of that is #AcademiaToo, which addresses sexual assault or sexual harassment in academic contexts (e.g. on campus, at conferences, etc.). During this podcast, Dr. Brittany Keegan speaks with Dr. Sarah Jane Brubaker and Dr. Tammi Slovinsky to explore this issue further; this includes policies such as Title IX that offer protection, barriers to reporting, resources that are typically offered to those involved in the reporting process, and prevention through culture change.



The Wonk, Episode 8: The Use of Cost-benefit Analysis in State and Local Policymaking 

Brittany Keegan and Alex Osei-Kojo talk with Rob Moore (Scioto Analysis)about issues addressing policy at state and local levels with a focus on Rob's 2009-2016 report on the Ohio economy.


The Wonk, Episode 7: Public Policy, Populism and Brexit 

Join us for a conversation with Dr. Justin Gest of George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government to explore the role that populism plays in policymaking. With a specific focus on Brexit, we will discuss why populism is sometimes seen as an attractive option, some of the dangers of populist-driven policies, and how policy scholars can address the use of populism. We will also explore alternatives to populism, as well how those alternatives may play out in the Brexit situation and here in the United States.



The Wonk, Episode 6: What Interventions Work Best for Families Who Experience Homelessness?

Authors Daniel Gubits and Michelle Wood, Abt Associates, discuss their recent article in the Journal of Public Policy Analysis and Management.  This paper was awarded the 2018 Raymond Vernon Mermorial Award.  In the United States, families with children represent about one-third of the 1.4 million people who experience sheltered homelessness each year.  This paper presents findings from the Family Options Study, the first large-scale randomized trial to investigate the effects of interventions for families who experience homelessness.  In 12 communities across the country, the study provided priority access to three alternative types of programs: 1) long-term rent subsidies; 2) short-term rent subsides; and 3) project-based transitional housing.  The study compares priority access to these three types of programs with assignment to a usual care group that did not receive priority access to any type of program.  The study examples a wide set of outcomes and also provides estimates of the costs of all programs the families used during the three-year follow-up period.   


The Wonk, Episode 5: The Shale Dilemma with Shanti Gamper-Rabindran

Dr. Shanti Gamper-Rabindran from the Graduate School of Public and International Affairs at the University of Pittsburgh talks about her new book, The Shale Dilemma: A Global Perspective on Fracking and Shale Development. This interview is with Reid Frazier, reporter from NPR StateImpact and Allegheny Front, and host of Trump on Earth podcast. The edited book examines why eight countries located on five continents decide to (or not) develop their shale reserves. It highlights how debates surrounding energy security, economic development, climate change, and local communities' participation shape the decisions in the US, the UK, France, Germany, Poland, Argentina, China, and South Africa.

The Wonk, Episode 4: The Internal and External Validity of the Regression Discontinuity Design: A Meta-Analysis of 15 Within-Study-Comparisons | JPAM Featured Article

In this edition of The Wonk, JPAM author Duncan Chaplin discusses his recent article. Regression discontinuity (RD) is generally acknowledged as the most rigorous non-experimental method for obtaining internally valid impact estimates. The study tests the efficacy of RD by comparing RD causal estimates at the treatment cutoff to those from Randomized Control Trials also estimated at this same cutoff. The study identifies 15 previously completed within-study-comparisons that explicitly examined this issue by assuming the RCT results are unbiased and comparing them to RD results.

The Wonk, Episode 3: The Public Policy Job Market 101

'Tis the season of the public policy PhD job market!

Join Menbere Shiferaw, PhD Candidate at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Ingrid Gould Ellen, Professor at the NYU Wager School, as they dive into the incredibly diverse policy job market.

Menbere and Dr. Gould Ellen will explore the basics of the public policy job market, provide insights for doctoral students early in their career, and examine four types of employment available to policy PhDs: academia, government, research organizations, and the private sector.

The Wonk, Episode 2: Machine Learning for Policy Analysis

What do machine learning and policy analysis have in common? Can machine learning technologies be applied to policy issues? How can machine learning applications use data to predict and classify objects? Menbere Shiferaw, PhD Student at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, and Dr. Susan Athey, Professor of Economics and Technology at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, investigate machine learning applications in the context of policy analysis.

The Wonk, Episode 1: Why is my rent so high?

As young people flock to cities, more and more notice the burden of high rent. Why is rent so high, and how do we know when it's a problem? Spence breaks down rental markets with urban economist Dr. Sam Staley: how do we measure changes in the housing market, how do we decide between good and bad development, and who are the YIMBY unicorns?


Featured Episode: Welcome to The Wonk

In this episode hosts Mallory Flowers and Spence Purnell will give an overview of the podcast, including what to expect, what policy topics will be covered, and how APPAM can assist policy student and young professionals as they begin their policy careers.



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. ​



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.



The Wonk, Episode 12: Covid-19 Inequality: A Discussion on Social and Economic Impact. 

In this episode we discuss the social and economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, especially as they relate to inequality. Our guest, Dr. Jamila Michener, is a political scientist who studies the influence of U.S. public policy on poverty and racial inequality. Join us as we discuss how COVID-19 relates to racial and socioeconomic disparities in health, employment, and education and other current issues such as criminal justice reform.