Ph.D., Indiana University
A.B., Hamilton College
Understanding public policy—how it is envisioned, stipulated in laws and regulations, implemented by many different actors and organizations, and assessed—has consistently stimulated my interest in political science, public administration and urban policy. So much of our contemporary world is determined by public laws and policies and so much of today’s political debates focus upon varying views of the appropriate goals of and strategies for public policy.
My interests in public policy are multifaceted. I have conducted research, for example, on the formation and implementation of federal government policies to protect and advance the rights of people who experience mental or physical disability. In the urban context, I have conducted research on issues such as the organization of police service delivery, the impact of tax and service delivery policies on residential location patterns, and the implementation of state welfare policy.
I believe strongly that applied research focused on community issues and challenges can contribute to the revitalization of urban communities. Prior to coming to Baltimore, I directed an applied research center, not unlike the college’s Schaefer Center, that conducted applied research in areas such as arts, community development, program evaluation, community assets and nonprofit leadership.
I look forward to new opportunities to study public policies in the greater Baltimore area and in the state of Maryland.