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Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund & Lecture

Charles H. Levine

The Charles H. Levine Memorial Fund and Lecture in Public Administration and Policy honors the life, scholarly contributions, and public service of one of the most respected public management scholars in these fields, and the first Distinguished Professor of Government and Public Administration in the School of Public Affairs (SPA) at American University.
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2018 Event

This year's Levine Lecture will be part of the Department of Public Administration and Policy Awards Night, held on Friday, April 27th, 2018. The lecture will be delivered by Carolyn Hill.

Carolyn J. Hill is a senior fellow at MDRC where she works with teams on program evaluations and helps lead MDRC's Implementation Research Group, which supports implementation research across the organization. She also co-curates the MDRC's Implementation Research Incubator, which aims to inform implementation research in social policy evaluations. Hill values and enjoys teaching, mentoring, learning, working with colleagues, and conducting analyses that can contribute to improving public programs.

Prior to joining MDRC full-time in 2017, Hill was a faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University for 16 years, where she also served a three-year term as associate dean for academic affairs. Her research is driven by questions of whether and why public programs are effective, and how they can be improved. Working with a number of colleagues, she has pursued these questions through three main types of research: developing an overarching framework for accumulating empirical evidence about public management and program effectiveness; conducting empirical analyses of specific aspects of public programs and management in areas of education, health, and human services; and analyzing methods and measurement issues that arise in the evaluation of public programs and management.

She is the co-author of Public Management: Thinking and Acting in Three Dimensions, 2nd Edition (with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., CQ Press 2016) as well as two other books: Against the Tide: Household Structure, Opportunities, and Outcomes among White and Minority Youth (with Harry J. Holzer and Henry Chen, W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research, 2009); and Improving Governance: A New Logic for Empirical Research (with Laurence E. Lynn, Jr., and Carolyn J. Heinrich, Georgetown Press, 2001). Her research been published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Review of Economics and Statistics, Journal of Research on Educational Effectiveness, and other journals and book chapters. Hill received awards for her research in JPAM (2003) and JPART (2007), and for her teaching at Georgetown (2003, 2005).

Hill earned a B.A. in political science and Russian area studies from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1989, an M.A. in public affairs from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1996, and a Ph.D. in public policy from the University of Chicago in 2001.

Previous Speakers

2016: Barry Rabe
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2015: Donald F. Kettl
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2014: Paul C. Light
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2013: James L. Perry

2012: Laurence Lynn

2011: Hal Rainey

2010: Kenneth Meier

PhD Student Manuscript Award Winners

2017: Catherine Bampoky & Beth A. Hawks

2016: Stephen Holt

2015: Matthew Vanderschuere

2014: Christopher Birdsall

2013: Katie Vinopal

2012: Michael Hayes

2011: John Marvel & Jaclyn Schede Piatak

Doctoral Research Fellowship Winners

2017: Fei Wang

2016: Zachary Bauer