Faculty

  • JENNIFER DOLEAC | Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics

    Daylight Saving Time: Good Policy?

    Doleac conducted the first large-scale analysis of how DST affects crime rates in the U.S., given the conventional wisdom that street crime is less likely in broad daylight. She concludes that DST reduces robbery by 7% overall, driven by a 27% decrease during the “extra” hour of evening daylight. This implies that the 2007 extension of DST saves $59 million annually in avoided crime.
  • CHRIS RUHM | Prof. of Public Policy & Economics, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs

    Research with Impact

    Professor Ruhm's recent research on parental leave and benefits of early work experience has not only been cited by many major news outlets, but it has also informed policy makers. His recent co-authored working paper, "The Changing Benefits of Early Work Experience," was released by the National Bureau of Economic Research.
  • MOLLY LIPSCOMB | Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics

    Improving Water Quality

    Sanitation issues are a leading cause of diarrhea which kills hundreds of thousands of children in developing countries every year. These problems are compounding in the quickly growing peripheral neighborhoods of cities in developing countries where each household’s decisions on sanitation affect the entire neighborhood. How do we incentivize households to use costly improved sanitation techniques? How do we increase sanitation access for the poorest households?
  • EILEEN CHOU | Assistant Professor of Public Policy

    Motivate Toward a Common Goal

    Leaders have to provide structures to direct behavior while establishing conditions that prompt people to find the process rewarding. How can leaders simultaneously motivate and regulate? What are the organizational, social, and psychological forces that regulate individual and group behavior?
  • CRAIG VOLDEN | Professor of Public Policy and Politics

    A New Model of Policy Reform

    Why are some members of Congress more effective lawmakers than others? How important is political party affiliation? A new model argues that ideology, not affiliation, drives compromise or gridlock
  • CHRISTINE MAHONEY | Associate Professor of Public Policy and Politics

    When Problems Don't Respect Borders

    In an increasingly globalized world, in which more than 30 million people have been displaced by violent conflict, many public policy problems can no longer be solved within the confines of a single country. How do governments and civil society coordinate their efforts without adding to the chaos?
  • WILLIAM SHOBE | Professor of Public Policy

    Economic Approach to Environmentalism

    How is climate change like a noisy dorm? Environmental problems arise from broken ownership and control of important resources. If we can design solutions that mimic markets, we can lower the cost of protecting the planet by making it profitable to be green.
  • GERALD F. WARBURG | Professor of Public Policy

    A National Call to Build Consensus

    Building consensus requires an effective toolkit--combined with passionate advocacy. Learning about recent policy-making history and analyzing outcomes equip policy advocates to be effective change agents.
  • BENJAMIN A. CONVERSE | Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Psychology

    Achieving Goals in a Social World

    We choose, initiate, and pursue goals in a social world. How and when do social relationships facilitate, or hinder, our pursuit of important goals? And how do cooperation and competition affect these relationships?

Batten News

Whether exploring the night sky, American literature or the latest digital technologies, University of Virginia teachers take students on “a shared journey,” as one professor called it, until their students’ learning prepares them to strike out on their own with gifts they’ll use in their careers and lives.

Read more »

Whether exploring the night sky, American literature or the latest digital technologies, University of Virginia teachers take students on “a shared journey,” as one professor called it, until their students’ learning prepares them to strike out on their own with gifts they’ll use in their careers and lives.

Read more »

Jefferson Scholars Foundation Announces 2013 Faculty Fellows

The Foundation, which has long provided scholarships for outstanding undergraduate and graduate students, continues to expand its scope by providing recognition and support for the University’s outstanding faculty.

Read more »
Read more Batten News