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Research Seminar Series - Spring 2014

All seminars convene on Thursdays from noon to 1:00 p.m. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.

January 16th

Medical Adaptation to Academic Pressure: Schooling, Stimulant Use, and Socioeconomic Status

Jennifer Jennings, Assistant Professor of Sociology, New York University

January 30th

Is the U.S. Federal Government a “Model Employer” of LGBTs? Comparing LGBT and Non-LGBT Employee Attitudes toward Work

David Pitts, Associate Professor, DPAP

Location: Mary Graydon Center 200

February 13th

Politicization and Agency Compliance with the Law

David Lewis, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Political Science, Vanderbilt University

Location: Mary Graydon Center 5

February 27th (90 minute seminar: 12:00 – 1:30)

Examining the Impact of State Parental Work Policies on Parental Involvement in Children's Education

Katie Vinopal, PhD Student, DPAP

Gaps in High School Students’ Non-School Study Time

Steve Holt, PhD Student, DPAP

The Economics of Summer Learning Loss

Mike Hayes, PhD Student, DPAP

Location: Mary Graydon Center 245

March 6th

Forecasting Elections: Voter Intentions versus Expectations

Justin Wolfers, Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Michigan; Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution

Location: Mary Graydon Center 5

March 20th

Student Based Budgeting: Evidence from Texas

Christopher Birdsall, PhD Student, DPAP

Location: Mary Graydon Center 245

March 27th

Intergovernmental (Dis)incentives, Free-Riding, Teacher Salaries and Teacher Pensions

Maria Fitzpatrick, Assistant Professor, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, Cornell University

Location: Mary Graydon Center 245

April 10th

Telework and the Federal Government: Performance Expectations and Considerations

Sarah Towne, PhD Student, DPAP

Location: Ward 301

April 17th

Is kindergarten the new first grade? The changing nature of kindergarten in the age of accountability

Daphna Bassok, Assistant Professor of Education Policy, University of Virginia

Location: Mary Graydon Center 247

Tuesday, April 22nd at 11 am

Structure and Performance in Municipal Debt Management Networks

Justin Marlowe, Associate Professor of Public Affairs & Endowed Professor of Public Finance and Civic Engagement, Evans School of Public Affairs, University of Washington 

Location: Mary Graydon Center 324


Please contact Seth Gershenson at gershens@american.edu with any questions.