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Department of Public Administration & Policy


SPA: Public Administration
Kerwin Hall

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SPA: Public Administration
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8070

Department of Public Administration & Policy Research Seminar Series

Spring 2017

All seminars convene on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 pm in Kay Lounge unless otherwise noted.

January 19

Danielle Varda, Associate Professor at the School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver

Applying Network Science Theories and Tools to Assess Outcomes in a Systems of Care for Babies and Young Children with Special Healthcare Needs

January 26

Robert Moffitt, Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Economics, Johns Hopkins University

Child Age and Gender Differences in Food Security in a Low-Income Inner-City Population


February 9

Jennifer Doleac, Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Economics, University of Virginia

Does "ban the box" help or hurt low-skilled workers? Statistical discrimination and employment outcomes when the criminal histories are hidden


February 16

Amanda Wolf, Deputy Head of School and Senior Lecturer, School of Government, Victoria University of Wellington

Q Methodology Illustrated: Informing Policies That Target Obesity


February 23

Ken Meier, Charles H. Gregory Chair in Liberal Arts at Texas A&M University

Leadership and Job Satisfaction: Results from a Field Experiment


March 9

Kristina Lambright, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Community and Public Affairs, Binghamton University

Struggling to Get it Right: Performance Measurement Challenges and Strategies for Addressing Them Among Funders of Human Services


March 30*

*Please note, this event will take place in McDowell Formal Lounge

Celeste Carruthers, Associate Professor of Economics and Joe Johnson Faculty Research Fellow, University of Tennessee

Promise kept? Free community college and attainment in Tennessee


April 20

Craig Volden, Professor, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, University of Virginia

Do Constituents Know (or Care) about the Lawmaking Effectiveness of Their Representatives?


April 27

Andrea Hetling, Associate Professor and Chancellor Scholar, Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers University

Home Safe Home: Designing Permanent Supportive Housing for Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence


May 4

Scott Carrell, Professor of Economics, UC Davis

My Professor Cares: Experimental Evidence on the Role of Faculty Engagement


Please contact Seth Gershenson at or Khaldoun AbouAssi at with any questions. Please feel free to bring a bag lunch.