Faculty

  • 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?
  • HARRY HARDING | Dean, Professor of Public Policy and Politics

    One Size Does Not Fit All

    Successful leaders possess a combination of personality traits, values, and skills that fit the specific context in which they work. Context helps explain why leaders who succeed in some settings encounter far greater difficulties in others – and why leaders who have struggled in one assignment may find their “sweet spot” elsewhere.
  • 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
  • JENNIFER DOLEAC | Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics

    Bright Lights, Safe Cities: DST and Crime

    Doleac conducted the first large-scale analysis of how DST affects crime rates in the U.S., given the well-known correlation between season, temperature and crime rates. She concludes that DST reduced robbery by 51 percent, murder by 43 percent and rape by 56 percent during the “extra” hour of evening daylight.
  • 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?
  • ERIC M. PATASHNIK | Professor of Public Policy and Politics

    Learning What Works

    More than half the medical treatments that Americans receive lack evidence of their effectiveness. When the government attempts to learn what treatments work best, critics complain about "rationing." How can we implement evidence-based medicine in a way that physicians and patients can embrace?
  • 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?
  • CHRIS RUHM | Prof. of Public Policy & Economics, Assoc. Dean for Academic Affairs

    Producing Good Health

    Good health does not just happen. It is "produced" by a combination of genetics, lifestyle and medical care. A major challenge for the United States, and other countries, is to choose policies that promote good health while maintaining freedom of choice and financial viability of government budgets and the health care system.
  • CHLOE GIBBS | Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education

    Measuring Social Impact

    Policymakers and practitioners operate under constraints. How do we evaluate programs and policies to provide the strongest evidence for making decisions? In particular, how can social science research inform policy approaches to addressing early childhood disadvantage?

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