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Faculty Updates Fall 2012
Nonprofit-Government Collaboration: Chuck Bean Named Council of Government's Executive Director
The Board of Directors of the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG) today named Chuck Bean, currently president of the Nonprofit Roundtable of Greater Washington and an adjunct faculty member in the Trachtenberg School, as its executive director. Board members praised Bean’s long record of building regional partnerships, his intense focus on preparedness, and his role as a successful problem-solver. COG is one of the country’s most prominent regional planning organizations and addresses land-use, human services, environmental and transportation planning. COG, a nonprofit organization, also plays a critical role in emergency preparedness and regional homeland security planning
Visiting Faculty Two professors joined the Trachtenberg School in Fall 2012 as visiting faculty.
Visiting Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Nancy Augustine has taught at TSPPPA since 2006, shortly after completing her PhD here. She was one of the very first research assistants at the George Washington Institute of Public Policy (GWIPP) and helped to get the old Public Policy Student Association off the ground. She also completed her undergraduate degree at GW in the days when Lloyd Elliott was president of the university. In ways, coming back to GW is like coming home.
Dr. Augustine's teaching and research are informed by more than 25 years of experience in various aspects of local government policy formation, research, implementation and evaluation, including more than ten years of experience as an urban planner at the local government level. In recent years, she has worked for the Pew Charitable Trusts, the National Conference of State Legislatures and Economic Systems, Inc. Currently, she is working with graduate assistant Mara McMillen to explore current topics in community development. Her next project will focus on the impact of the housing market meltdown on communities, and the policy response from state and local governments.
Visiting Professor of Public Policy & Public Administration
Prior to joining the GW faculty, Peter Linquiti served as Executive Vice President at ICF International, a global consulting firm focused on energy and environmental policy. He has supported public sector clients in all phases of the policy design, implementation and evaluation process. His substantive work has addressed both regulatory and non-regulatory policies related to air quality, climate change, hazardous and solid waste, drinking water, risk assessment and energy efficiency. Dr. Linquiti has also led several international environmental projects for clients including the World Bank, the United Nations Environment Program, and the governments of Thailand and the Philippines. His current research focuses on publicly-funded research and development related to new “green” technologies.
In July 2012, Dr. Linquiti gave an invited presentation to the National Institutes of Health, titled “Portfolios of R&D Options for Decision Support and Program Assessment.” He also presented a paper, “The Importance of Integrating Risk in Retrospective Evaluations of Research and Development,” at the Annual Research Conference of the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in November 2012.
Welcome New Faculty Two new faculty members joined the Trachtenberg School in Fall 2012.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. Christopher Carrigan joins the Trachtenberg School from the University of Pennsylvania, where he was the Regulation Fellow at the Penn Program on Regulation; and the Harvard Kennedy School, where he was a PhD candidate in Public Policy. His article “Oversight in Hindsight: Assessing the U.S. Regulatory System in the Wake of Calamity,” co-authored with Cary Coglianese, was published in the book Regulatory Breakdown: The Crisis of Confidence in U.S. Regulation. In addition to presenting this piece at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management’s fall conference, Dr. Carrigan delivered remarks entitled “Are Regulations ‘Job Killers’?” at a conference at the University of Pennsylvania in connection with a book project he is co-editing on the relationship between regulation and employment. As an invited contributor to another edited volume sponsored by Duke University’s Kenan Institute for Ethics, Dr. Carrigan attended a September workshop to present his preliminary findings focused on analyzing when dramatic events spur significant change in the underlying regulatory infrastructure. Additionally, his reflection, “Drawing Inspiration from James Q. Wilson’s Bureaucracy,” was featured in July as part of a two-week online symposium on RegBlog, a widely viewed outlet for regulatory news and commentary managed by the University of Pennsylvania.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. Jasmine McGinnis came to the Trachtenberg School from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and Ivan Allen College of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. She recently co-authored “An Analysis of Gender Pay Disparity in the Nonprofit Sector: An Outcome of Labor Motivation or Gendered Jobs?” with Drs. Lewis Faulk (American University), Lauren Edwards (Sam Houston State University) and Greg Lewis (Georgia State University), in Nonprofit & Voluntary Sector Quarterly. At the International Society for Third Sector Research, she presented “Foundation Grantmaking Strategy in Practice” and “Social Networks and Philanthropy: The Impact of Board Network Structures on Nonprofit Grant Success” with her co-authors. She also presented a paper with Dr. Faulk at the Creating Public Values Conference entitled “Public Value Failures? Public-Private Value Tensions in Community Foundations with the Growth of Donor Advised Funds.” This November, Dr. McGinnis will present several papers at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organization and Voluntary Action including: "Public Power in Private Foundations: Determinants of Decision Making Authority in Grantmaking Organizations,” “Maintaining Human Services through Economic Turmoil: Interdependence versus Government Dependence” and “A Partial Theory of Nonprofit Success in Grant Markets,” the last of which is part of a panel she organized. Finally, Dr. McGinnis is presenting a poster at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management with co-authors Susannah Ali (American University) and Dr. Faulk entitled “Scaling Up: An Analysis of Rapid Growth with Government Funding.”
Additional Faculty Updates
Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. Bill Adams participated in two panels at the 2012 conference of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Austin, Texas. He organized and co-chaired a roundtable entitled “Masters Students in Public Service: Why They Come and Where They Go,” and presented, along with Dr. Donna Infeld, a paper entitled “American Attitudes toward Federal Workers” growing out of their questions included in the GW-Politico Battleground Poll over the past four years. The PA Times featured their analysis of the August poll results on the front page of the September issue. Over the summer, Dr. Adams furthered his travels and toured around four former Soviet republics – Belarus, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Tajikistan – as well as made return visits to Cambodia, Thailand, and Malaysia (see quasi-blog.blogspot.com). Dr. Adams spoke to the first formal meeting of GW alumni held in Malaysia during his time in Kuala Lumpur. Burt Barnow
Amsterdam Professor of Public Service
Dr. Burt Barnow recently prepared a monthly discussion “Can You Teach an Aging Brain New Tricks?” for the World Bank Human Development Network. Over the summer, he participated in other presentations including “How Do You Know a Labor Shortage When You See One?” (roundtable at Georgetown University), “The Labor Exchange System in the United States” (video conference at the World Bank) and “Possible Measures to Reduce the Welfare Caseload” (presented at the Ministry for Social Protection, Seychelles). Dr. Barnow continues to work with the World Bank on ongoing projects related to workforce development, youth employment, and ways to reduce welfare caseloads. Recently, Dr. Barnow received a subcontract with Capital Research Corporation from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) to analyze promising practices connecting unemployment insurance claimants with the workforce development system. He also received a subcontract with Avar Corporation from the DOL to conduct a formative evaluation of employment workshop for armed forces personnel who are separating. Derick W. Brinkerhoff
Associate Faculty of Public Administration and International Affairs
Dr. Derick Brinkerhoff has been named Visiting Fellow at the College of Social Science, University of Birmingham, UK for the fall semester. The activities of the fellowship involve virtual exchange with faculty in the International Development Department and the Center on International Education and Research and a one-week on-campus visit. Dr. Brinkerhoff has co-authored recent policy briefs and technical reports for USAID, including “Public Budgeting and Expenditure Management in Three Nigerian States: Challenges for Health Governance,” “Health Governance: Findings from Health System Assessments” and “Community Engagement and Performance-Based Incentives: The View from Indonesia.” In recent months, he presented at the InterAction Annual Forum, the Worth Health Organization in Geneva, USAID, and the International Peace and Security Institute at The Hague.
Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs
In September, Dr. Jennifer Brinkerhoff presented “Who are the Copts in Diaspora?” at an event on the Copts of Egypt co-organized by the International Religious Freedom Caucus and Coptic Orphans on Capitol Hill. This proved timely due to recent events implicating Coptic diasporans in the production and distribution of the extremist film that led to violence in the Middle East. Dr. Brinkerhoff’s presentation, based on the first-ever survey (with Liesl Riddle, Associate Professor, School of Business) of the Coptic Diaspora in the US, Canada, Australia, and United Kingdom, confirms that the implicated individuals were not representative of the Coptic Diaspora as a whole. Prior to the event, Dr. Brinkerhoff was contacted by TheWall Street Journal and LA Times for fact checking about the Coptic population in the U.S. Dr. Brinkerhoff has been invited to be an academic consultant on a multi-year, multi-disciplinary collaborative post-doctoral research project between the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University focused on explorations in cyber international relations. Stephanie Riegg Cellini
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics
Dr. Stephanie Riegg Cellini was named a Faculty Research Fellow in the Economics of Education Program of the National Bureau for Economic Research (NBER) in May and received an internal grant from GW’s Columbian College Facilitating Fund to begin a project titled “What Explains the Growth of For-Profit Colleges? Evidence from the Great Recession.” Dr. Cellini recently published several papers, including “Does Federal Student Aid Raise Tuition? New Evidence on For-Profit Colleges” with Dr. Claudia Goldin and “The Labor Market Returns to a For-Profit College Education” with Dr. Latika Chaudhary, both for the NBER Working Series. These papers received coverage in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Boston Globe, Southwest Economy, Yahoo! Finance, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and National Public Radio. Dr. Cellini’s latest article with Drs. Paul Carrillo and Richard Green, “School Quality and Information Disclosure: Evidence from the Housing Market,” will be published in Economic Quarterly. She has presented at the Association for Education Finance and Policy Annual Conference, at Columbia University and at the American Enterprise Institute. Dylan Conger
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Director, Master of Public Policy Program
Dr. Dylan Conger received the Leslie Leslie Whittington Teaching Award from NASPAA and is the recipient of a grant from the National Science Foundation to study the impact of Advanced Placement science courses on students' scientific inquiry skills, college enrollment and college major choices. The study, which is co-directed by Dr. Conger and colleagues at the University of Washington and SRI International, will be the first to estimate the impact of AP courses under random assignment of students to the courses. Additionally, Dr. Conger is the author of a policy brief entitled “How Long Does it Take Students to Reach Minimum English Proficiency? Implications for NCLB Reauthorization,” co-published with several TSPPPA students, including Megan Hatch, Anne Lamb, Jessica McKinney and Megan Salas Atwell. Dr. Conger, along with recent MPP graduate Rebecca Hinze-Pifer, has a forthcoming chapter entitled “Immigrant Students and Education in the U.S.” in A World in Motion: Trends in Migration and Migration Policy (edited by Douglas J. Besharov, Mark H. Lopez, and Melissa Siegel).
Dr. Teresa Derrick-Mills earned her PhD at the Trachtenberg School with a concentration in program evaluation in August. She is a permanent staff member of The Urban Institute with a joint appointment in the Center for Labor, Human Service and Population and the Center for Nonprofits and Philanthropy. Dr. Derrick-Mills will present a paper at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management in November entitled "Balancing Priorities and Managing Relationships: The Intergovernmental, Cross-Sector Implementation of the Child Care Development Fund" based on her dissertation research. Dr. Derrick-Mills is also serving as the Writing Coach for the Trachtenberg School’s first-year MPA and MPP students.
Associate Professor of History, Women's Studies, and Public Policy
Dr. Cynthia Harrison was recently re-appointed to the D.C. Commission for Women by Mayor Vincent Gray. Recently, she delivered a keynote address to officials from Central Asia participating in the State Department’s International Visitor Leadership Program. She also spoke on record at the State Department to a group of foreign journalists regarding the Presidential debate in Denver and the importance of women’s issues in the 2012 election. Dr. Harrison’s current work includes an article entitled “Race, Class and the Feminist Policy Agenda: The Case of the Women's Legal Defense Fund," which will be published in the Journal of Women, Politics & Policy.
Donna Lind Infeld
Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Director, PhD Public Policy and Administration
Dr. Donna Infeld participated in the annual conference of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration in Austin, Texas this fall. She is co-convener, with Dr. Bill Adams, of a roundtable entitled “Masters Students in Public Service: Why They Come and Where They Go.” In addition, Dr. Infeld and Dr. Adams are presenting a paper entitled “American Attitudes Toward Federal Workers” growing out of their questions included in the GW-Politico Battleground Poll over the past four years. The PA Times featured their analysis of the August poll results on the front page of the September issue.
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
The George Washington University Marshal
This fall, Dr. Stuart Kasdin presented a paper on program design, committee structure and program mortality at the Association for Budget and Finance Management. Due to hurricanes, Dr. Kasdin participated virtually at the American Political Science Association and presented a paper that examined the factors voters considered important in evaluating political candidates. Additionally, Dr. Kasdin will participate in a roundtable discussion on cutback budgeting at the Association of Public Policy and Management. Finally, Dr. Kasdin and Drs. Kathy Newcomer and Burt Barnow are completing edits for a revision and resubmission of their paper on performance measures, incentives and culture for the American Review of Public Administration this fall.
Director, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration
Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. Kathryn Newcomer is the co-author of “Expectations and Capacity for Performance Measurement in NGOs in the Development Context” in Public Administration and Development (December 2012) along with Laila El Baradei, American University of Cairo and Sandra Garcia Jaramillo, Universidad de los Andes. Also with Laila El Baradei, Sandra Garcia Jaramillo, and Violeta Pallavicini, University of Costa Rica, Dr. Newcomer organized, chaired and spoke on a panel entitled “Establishing Global Connections To Enrich Our Programs and Our Curricula” at the annual conference of the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) in Austin, Texas in October. Also in October, Dr. Newcomer presented her research, “Creating a Performance Management Culture: Linking Measurement and Evaluation to Programmatic Results,” at the American Evaluation Association conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Dr. Newcomer chairs the GW Faculty Senate Committee, which recently established Reading Leaders, a volunteer tutoring program that assists adult students to improve their reading skills. Additionally, Dr. Newcomer met a new personal record of directing seven successful dissertations defended by her PhD Students between March and August of 2012. Marvin Phaup
Professorial Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. Marvin Phaup recently organized and spoke at Ferrum College’s April 2012 Forum on Critical Thinking, Innovation, and Leadership. One of Dr. Phaup’s recent publications included “(Not) Budgeting for Emergencies: Symptom of a Larger Failing?,” a paper presented with Len Burman at the annual meeting of the Western Economic Association International conference in San Francisco. Dr. Phaup presented “Quo Vadis: Where Next for Federal Financial Accounting and Reporting?” at the Fall Meeting of the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management in New York.
In August, Dr. Nancy Potok began a new role as Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Census Bureau. She has responsibility for all Census Bureau programs. Previously, she served as the Associate Director for Demographic Programs, having moved from the position of Under Secretary for Economic Affairs at the Department of Commerce in February. As Associate Director, Dr. Potok played a key role in realigning the Census Bureau's demographic surveys and programs to take advantage of innovative survey methodologies, advanced information technology developments and increased research to improve data quality, reduce costs and create new data products. In August, Federal News Radio interviewed her on the Bureau's strategic human resource initiative assessing workforce competencies and developing succession plans.
F. Stevens Redburn
Professorial Lecturer in Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. F. Stevens Redburn is the co-author of four papers on reforming the federal budget process, published by the Peterson-Pew Commission on Budget Reform, Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget. Additionally, he authored a chapter in Governing to Win (Rowman & Littlefield, 2012), titled "Creating a Strategic Approach to Budget Decisions.” Dr. Redburn is a member of the steering committee for a joint project of the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) and the National Academy of Public Administration (NAPA) for the Presidential election cycle and has authored four memos to national leaders recommending federal budget process reforms (with Posner, Joyce, and Meyers). Dr. Redburn’s recent highlights include consulting with Indonesian government officials on a proposed budgeting and program rating system and chairing a roundtable on federal budget process reform at ASPA’s annual meeting. Dr. Redburn is also currently directing a study of high rates of incarceration in the U.S. for a committee of the National Academy of Sciences.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
Dr. Elizabeth Rigby is the author of "State Resistance to ObamaCare," a paper in the July issue of The Forum: A Journal of Applied Research on Contemporary Politics. In addition, Dr. Rigby was invited to write a review of recent books on the politics of the recent federal health care reform, which is forthcoming in Perspectives on Politics. More than one hundred GW faculty, staff and students attended a seminar entitled "The Supreme Court and the Future of Health Care Reform,” which Dr. Rigby coordinated and moderated. Dr. Rigby is a founding member of the Scholars Strategy Network: a new organization that brings together leading academics to spell out the democratic and policy implications of their academic research in ways that are broadly accessible to policymakers and the public. She is the author of a research brief for the network entitled "Do Electoral Reforms Promote Equal Participation?” Dr. Rigby serves as an elected member to the Executive Council of the Public Policy section of the American Political Science Association, and her term runs from 2012-2014.
Stephen Joel Trachtenberg
University Professor of Public Service
President Emeritus, The George Washington University
President Stephen Trachtenberg has written extensively on higher education, and his work has been published by The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Korn Ferry Institute’s Briefings magazine and The Chronicle of Higher Education in recent months. Additionally, Dr. Trachtenberg was the subject of a feature article in the National Journal. His numerous speaking engagements this fall included keynote addresses to the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy and the American Council on Education Institute for New Presidents. Dr. Trachtenberg serves as a board and committee member for a number of organizations and is teaching Leadership in Theory and in Practice. An interview with President Trachtenberg aired on CBS Channel 9 in June.
Professor of International Business, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs
Dr. Robert Weiner recently spoke at the International Press Institute (IPI) Conference onOil, Gas and Media in Baku, Azerbaijan. IPI is an NGO advocating for journalists and press freedom across the world.
His presentation was titled "Risk and Reward in Oil: What Journalists Need to Know." In addition, Dr. Weiner was interviewed by Azeri television and by reporters from current and prospective oil-producing countries including Ghana, Liberia and Azerbaijan.
Research Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration and Economics, The George Washington Institute of Public Policy
In June, Dr. Michael Wiseman presented a monograph on “The Design and Commissioning of Counterfactual Impact Evaluations” to a meeting of European Union Member State officials in Brussels along with European colleagues. This guidance on evaluation of projects was supported by the European Social Fund and was commissioned by the European Commission Directorate-General for Employment. In addition, Dr. Wiseman lectured on the topic of evaluation at a summer workshop for E.U. Member State social policy analysts held at the Pracatinat retreat near Turin, Italy, in September.
Professor of Political Science, Public Policy and Public Administration, and International Affairs
Director, The George Washington Institute of Public Policy
Dr. Hal Wolman was named the winner of the Norton Long Career Achievement Award for 2012, presented annually by the American Political Science Association to a scholar “who has made distinguished contributions to the study of urban politics over the course of a career through scholarly publication, the mentoring of students, and public service.” In presenting the award, the committee cited the significance of Dr. Wolman’s wide-ranging scholarship, including nearly 80 journal articles and 11 books, as well as fellowships and appointments in government, think tanks and universities around the world. In September, Dr. Wolman participated in the IBM Smarter Public Safety Round Table at the National Press Club.
Professor of Nonprofit Management
Dr. Michael Worth presented at a national leadership conference, “Communities in Schools Executive Development Leadership Program,” held in Arlington, VA in September. He spoke about nonprofit management to local Executive Directors of Communities in Schools in Washington. He is also working on the third edition of his textbook, Nonprofit Management Principles and Practice.
Past Faculty Updates
Stephanie Cellini, assistant professor of public policy and public administration, authored a study featured in the Boston Globe on how for-profit schools who receive federal financial aid set higher rates for their tuition than those who go without government support.
Kathryn Newcomer, Director of the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration, was named the Non-resident Senior Fellow in the Government Studies Program at the Brookings Institution.
Gregory Squires, professor of sociology and public policy and public administration, authored “Professors Stand with Occupy Protesters” in the Washington Times.
Welcome to our new faculty!
This fall, three new faculty members joined the Trachtenberg School. With them, they bring years of experience and expertise to benefit the school community.
Burt S. Barnow joined the Trachtenberg School as our first Amsterdam Senior Faculty member. He brings over 30 years of experience as an economist and manager of research projects in the fields of workforce investment, program evaluation, performance analysis, labor economics, welfare, poverty, child support, and fatherhood. Dr. Barnow had been at the Johns Hopkins University Institute for Policy Studies since 1992, afterworking for 8 years at the Lewin Group. Prior to those positions, Dr. Barnow was at the U.S. Department of Labor for nearly 9 years, including 4 years as Director of the Office of Research and Evaluation in the Employment and Training Administration, and was an assistant professor of economics at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Barnow has published widely in the fields of labor economics and evaluation. In addition to extensive journal publications, he was a co-author of a major implementation study funded by the Department of Labor of the Workforce Investment Act, and co-editor of two books published in 2000: Improving the Odds: Publicly Funded Training in a Changing Labor Market and Evaluating Comprehensive State Welfare Reform: The Wisconsin Works Program. Dr. Barnow’s recent research includes numerous workforce studies and program evaluations for the U.S. Department of Labor, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Stuart Kasdin joins the Trachtenberg School with significant experience in federal budgeting and regulatory policy, after having worked as a program examiner and policy analyst in the Office of Management and Budget for over 11 years. He also has experience with international development issues, having previously worked with the Freedom from Hunger Foundation, the World Bank, and as a Peace Corps Volunteer. Dr. Kasdin’s recent research has looked at budget and administrative design, as well as performance measurement. He has published articles in Public Administration Review, Journal of Public Budgeting and Finance, and California Journal of Politics and Policy.
Elizabeth Rigby is a political scientist whose work examines the politics of redistribution: identifying conditions shaping public opinion and policy preferences, examining the policymaking process that shapes health, education, and welfare policies, and assessing the consequences of these policy choices on the level of inequality in our society. Her research has been published in a range of inter-disciplinary journals including: Health Affairs, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Policy Studies Journal, Political Research Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. Dr. Rigby comes to the Trachtenberg School after receiving post-doctoral training in population health as a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health and Society Scholar, and then teaching in the political science department at the University of Houston. Complimenting her academic training and experience, Dr. Rigby has worked at the intersection of politics, inequality, and public policy in a range of roles, including: coordinating a state-wide lobbying campaign focused on children's issues, consulting with state policymakers on design of early childhood education programs, teaching in a large urban school district, and conducting evaluation research in Head Start programs.
In May 2011, visiting distinguished professor, MPA alumnus, and retired Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen will give commencement addresses at four universities, including the University of Maryland.
Lori Brainard was recently featured at meetings in England and Japan. In February, she participated in an invitation-only conference near Oxford hosted by the Ditchley Foundation. Several dozen faculty, think tank researchers, and politicians discussed "Democracy and Power of the Individual," with an emphasis on social media. A summary of the proceedings can be found here.
In Kyoto, Japan, Prof. Brainard gave the keynote address for a conference on capstone programs. Japanese MPA and MPP programs are considering moving from a thesis to a capstone format. Faculty, program directors, students, potential clients from the public, private and non-profit sectors, and officials from the Ministry of Education attended.
Greg Squires learned he is the unanimous choice of the committee to receive the Robert and Helen Lynd Award for career achievement in urban sociology this year.
Joe Cordes was elected Chair of Institutional Representatives of APPAM and Dylan Conger was just elected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Association for Education Finance and Policy.
In April, 2011, Bill Adams was featured as one of the speakers in the "Tahrir Dialogues" sponsored the American University of Cairo. He also presented a workshop for Egyptian journalists regarding media coverage of elections, and was interviewed on a popular morning TV talk show. Read more at GW Today, and for photographs of his Cairo experiences, including the mass demonstrations at in Tahrir Square, go to http://quasi-blog.blogspot.com.
Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff was invited to present “Understanding NGOs in Conflict Contexts,” to the Fourth Annual Culture Summit organized by the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Tucson, AZ, April 19-22, 2010.
She was also selected as a Foundation for Defense of Democracies 2010-2011 Academic Fellow, which features an intensive, 10-day course on terrorism and the threat it poses to democratic societies, based at Tel Aviv University in Israel.
William Adams spent a semester as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur.
Professor Bill Adams (center) with the students he taught in Kuala Lumpur
Marvin Phaup was quoted extensively about the federal government guarantees. (read more)
Stephen Trachtenberg was inducted into the GW Athletic Hall of Fame.
Stephen Trachtenberg was invited to speak to an MBA Class at Georgetown University on Monday, September 21, 2009.
President Emeritus Trachtenberg (center) with Georgetown MBA students
Steven Balla recently returned to the U.S. after a year in China as a Fulbright Scholar. Dr. Balla lectured on regulatory policy in China and the United States at Peking University in Beijing. He discussed his views of China with Glen Loveland of the Washington Examiner. (see the article here)
Jennifer Brinkerhoff presented “Diaspora Organization Capacity Building: A Call and Agenda” at the International Conference on Diaspora for Development, Migration and Remittances Team, Development Economics Prospects Group, and the Migration Working Group, The World Bank, Washington, DC, July 13-14, 2009.
She was also invited to present on and discuss “Diaspora Engagement” with the Office of Policy and Planning, U.S. State Department, July 15, 2009.
Stephen Trachtenberg has a chapter in "Letters From Leaders" Personal Advice
for Tomorrow's Leaders from the World's Most Influential People. Complied by Henry O. Dorman, The Lyons Press 2009.
On March 30th, Professor Joseph Cordes participated on an expert panel at the Bradley Institute for Philanthropy and Civic Renewal that examined the implications of President Obama's proposal to cap charitable deductions at a maximum tax rate of 28 percent.
Professor Kathryn Newcomer was one of the keynote speakers for the annual conference of the Eastern Evaluation Association, in New Jersey on April 21, 2009 where she spoke on "Evaluation Bits and Bytes." She was also one of the invited members of a External Peer Review Team for the U. S Government's HIV/AIDS Program which met at the CDC in Atlanta, April 13-15, 2009.
She gave an invited speech in Warsaw, Poland on Feb. 6, 2009 to members of the Polish government on the "Use of Evaluation to Assess Cohesion Development Projects Funded by the European Union." She gave a series of four webinars on "Obesity-Related Policy Evaluation" for the National Center Institute (NIH) from Feb. 27 through June 12. The series was open to researchers across the world and was viewed by hundreds of researchers.
On December 2, 2008 she received a Distinguished Service Award from the DC United Way Chapter for her ongoing pro bono work with dozens of nonprofit agencies in the DC area each year.
Kathryn Newcomer gave two presentations at the annual conference of the American Evaluation Association in Denver, Colorado, Nov. 5-10, 2008: "Performance Measurement and Evaluation for Program Improvement: The U.S. Federal Government Experience," and "Evaluation Practice in the Environmental Field: Are We in an Age of Slow Growth, Rapid Transformation or Running in Place?" She also was lead author of a report released in November by the National Academy of Public Administration entitled “Achieving Real Improvement in Federal Policy and Program Outcomes: The Next Frontier.” And with colleague Jed Kee, she co-authored the lead article of the Fall 2008 issue of The Public Manager, entitled “Why do Change Efforts Fail?”
William Adams, Paul Binkley, Lori Brainard, Jennifer Brinkerhoff, Kathryn Newcomer: TSPPPA was very visible at the 2008 NASPAA Annual Conference in Charleston, SC. Our faculty and staff were panelists on discussion panels of topics including "Public Leadership Education Challenges for the 21st Century", "Structures and Impacts of Capstone Programs: Creating Successful School and Client Relationships", and "Leading and Managing our External Stakeholders: Alumni, Potential Funders, Employers, Partners, Local Governments, and ???". Please visit http://www.naspaa.org/principals/conference/conference.asp for more information.
Professor Brand-Ballard’s paper, “Innocents Lost: Proportional Sentencing and the Paradox of Collateral Damage,” was selected for presentation at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, held at Yale Law School in June, 2008.
Also in June, he traveled to Brazil on a Speaker and Specialist Grant from the U.S. State Department and delivered a lecture, “Should Judges Listen to Moral Arguments?” at the following venues: Federal University of Rio de Janeiro; Fundação Getulio Vargas Law School, São Paulo; University of São Paulo Law School; Pontific Catholic University Law School, São Paulo; School of Federal Magistrates, São Paulo; Rio Branco Institute, Brasilia; University of Brasilia.
Stephen Trachtenberg and Gerry Kauvar
Korn/Ferry published “Letters to the next President: Strengthening America’s Foundation in Higher Education” which Steve Trachtenberg and I edited. The twenty-one essays represent the spectrum of American higher education from Tribal Community Colleges to the Ivy League with all stops in between. The book is in the hands of every Senator, Representative, Governor, State Higher Education Commissioner, both Presidential campaigns, and a lot of State legislators. The first printing of 5,000 copies is all gone; more are on the way. The book will be the focus of discussion by about 400 college and university presidents at the annual meeting of the American Council on Education. Steve and Gerry are working on another book: “Why Presidents Fail” which will explore the reasons some college and university presidents do not last even three years and make recommendations on how to change that sad fact. In addition, they’re writing a chapter on the changing contexts of higher education in this country for publication in a book by the Weinberg Seminar.
Robert S. Goldfarb
In January 2008 he published “Theory and Models: Terminology Through the Looking Glass,” co-authored with Jon Ratner in EconJournalWatch. Forthcoming articles include “Illuminating Differing Visions of the Modeling-Empirics Nexis: Solow Versus Lipsey,” (with Jon Ratner), and two articles on the economics of nursing shortages co-authored with Marsha Goldfarb and former SPPPA faculty member Mark Long. Current projects include the economics of opt-in/opt-out policies (with Bryan Boulier), an economic analysis of anorexia (with Thomas C. Leonard, Sara Markowitz and Steve Suranovic), and a study of the diffusion of concepts from economics to political science (with Lee Sigelman).
Professor Sterling published SOUNDS OF CHANGE: A HISTORY OF FM BROADCASTING IN AMERICA (University of North Carolina Press, 2008), co-authored with Michael C. Keith of Boston College. The study makes clear the central role of government policymaking in the development of FM radio, especially the FCC's decisions to expand the band of frequencies used (1945), to allow multiplexing of signals for "storecasting" which became a vital revenue stream (1955), the approval of FM stereo standards (1961), and the requirement that FM stations program separately from their AM owners (1965-67). This last was perhaps the most important of all and helped to make FM the most listened-to radio service since 1979. http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=1446
Ralph Mueller Mueller, R. O., & Hancock, G. R. (2008). Best practices in structural equation modeling. In J. W. Osborne (Ed.), Best practices in quantitative methods (pp. 488-508). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
John Atlas, Peter Dreier, and Gregory D. Squires (forthcoming, September) "Foreclosing on the Free Market: How to Remedy the Subprime Catastrophe," New labor forum 17 (3): 18-29.
John E. Farley and Gregory D. Squires. 2009. “Fences and Neighbors: Segregation in the 21st Century,” in Elizabeth Higginbotham and Margaret L. Andersen (eds.) _Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape_ 2nd edition. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth, 360-368. Reprinted from _Contexts_ 2005 4 (1).
Gregory D. Squires, “On Centralized Data Collection,” public hearing of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners Committee on Market Regulation and Consumer Affairs, San Francisco, June 2, 2008.
Chester Hartman and Gregory D. Squires, “Katrina and Racism: There’s No Such Thing as a Natural Disaster,” Forum on “Reinventing Race, Reinventing Racism: The 40^th Anniversary of the Kerner Commission,”
University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, June 6, 2008.
Gregory D. Squires, “Surging Inequality and Emerging Challenges to a More Integrated America," Reclaim Civil Rights-Make Fair Housing a Reality, A National Policy Conference sponsored by The National Fair Housing Alliance and The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights, Washington, D.C., June 10, 2008.
Gregory D. Squires, “Race and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis,” Race, Ethnicity, and the Subprime Mortgage Crisis, Economic Policy Institute, Washington, D.C., June 12, 2008.
Gregory D. Squires, keynote address at conference on “Leadership Collaboration Innovation: Promoting Justice and Peace,” Academy for Educational Development, New Orleans, June 13.
Professor Cellini recently published “The Dynamics of Poverty in the United States: A Review of Data, Methods, and Findings” (with Signe-Mary McKernan and Caroline Ratcliffe) in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. She also published “Causal Inference and Omitted Variable Bias in Financial Aid Research: Assessing Solutions” in the Review of Higher Education. She presented my paper “Crowded Colleges and College Crowd-Out: The Impact of Public Subsidies on the Two-Year College Market” in Cornell University’s Policy Analysis and Management Seminar. Stephanie also presented “Financial Aid and For-Profits: Does Aid Encourage Entry?” at the 2008 American Education Finance Association Annual Conference. This summer, she received a grant from the Ford Foundation to pursue further research on for-profit colleges.
Steve Redburn Professor Redburn directed a study of the Fiscal Future of the U.S., for National Academy of Sciences and National Academy of Public Administration, funded by MacArthur Foundation. He also directed a study of how to improve service for returning war veterans, for National Academy of Public Administration. In addition, he worked with colleague and NAPA fellow Kathy Newcomer on a paper for the Presidential transition on how to improve government performance.
Professor Adams conducted a breakfast presentation for Washington journalists in June reviewing 2008 election issues based on his book Election Night News and Voter Turnout: Solving the Projection Puzzle. That same research was also featured on the GWeb homepage this summer. In July and early August, he explored the Uygur Autonomous Region of NW China and saw the total solar eclipse there on August 1.
Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff
Jennifer Brinkerhoff published Diasporas and Development: Exploring the Potential (Boulder: Lynne Rienner Publishers, 2008). The edited volume is the culmination of a GW conference and includes chapters by GW faculty and associates Stephen C. Lubkemann (Associate Professor, Anthropology and International Affairs), Liesl Riddle (Associate Professor, International Business & International Affairs), and Derick W. Brinkerhoff (Associate Faculty, Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration).
Jennifer M. Brinkerhoff also published "Diaspora Philanthropy in an At-Risk Society: The Case of Coptic Orphans in Egypt." Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 37, No. 3 (September 2008).
Jed Kee and Kathryn Newcomer
Jed Kee and Kathryn Newcomer, professors of public policy and public administration in the Trachtenberg School, published a book, Transforming Public and Nonprofit Organizations: Stewardship for Leading Change, released in June by Management Concepts. The book has a forward by Admiral Thad Allen, Commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard and a GW MPA alum.
On May 8, 2008 in recognition of her research, scholarship and teaching, Dr. Kathryn E. Newcomer received The Elmer B. Staats Award for Accountability in Government. This award, named after the previous Comptroller General of the U.S., recognizes individuals or organizations for excelling in studies or analyses of the effectiveness of government programs. Criteria include the innovative
nature of the studies, its scope and impact, and the recognition of its importance by peers in the field.