Research Seminar Series

Fall 2018

All seminars convene on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 pm in Kerwin Hall 301, unless otherwise noted.


August 30, 2018

Dany Bahar, David M. Rebenstein Fellow, Brookings Institution

"Let Their Knowledge Flow: The effect of Yugoslavian returning refugees on export productivity"

In the early 1990s, Germany received more than half a million Yugoslavians fleeing war. By 2000, many refugees, who were under temporary protection, had been repatriated. What role do migrants play in explaining productivity shifts (as measured by export performance) in their home countries after their return? Dany Bahar, Rubenstein Fellow at the Brookings Institution will discuss his research findings, using historical data.

September 20, 2018

Barry Bozeman, Regents Professor, School of Public Affairs, Arizona State University

"A Study of Crooked U.S. Mayors"

Join Barry Bozeman, Regents Professor at Arizona State University's School of Public Affairs, as he talks about a new paper based on an emerging theory of political corruption. His research seeks to determine the antecedents of corruption, focusing particularly on the relationship between executive competence and corruption. Mini-case studies of U.S. mayors are examined for possible insights and theory development.

September 27

Mildred Warner, Professor, Department of City and Regional Planning, Cornell University

October 4

Alnoor Ebrahim, Professor, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts University

October 11

James Gordon, PhD. Candidate, DPAP

October 25

Norma Riccucci, Board of Governors Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University, Newark, School of Public Affairs & Administration

November 1

Kitt Carpenter, Professor, Department of Economics, Vanderbilt University

November 15

Ben Hansen, W.E. Miner Professor of Economics, University of Oregon

November 29

Ted Joyce, Professor of Economics, Baruch College, City University of New York



January 17 (Wednesday)


Nolan Pope, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland

"The Unintended Impact of Pretrial Detention on Case Outcomes: Evidence from NYC Arraignments."

In the United States, more than 400,000 individuals are detained in jail daily while waiting for their criminal cases to be resolved. Are those Individuals who are detained pretrial because they were randomly assigned to a stricter judge more likely to be convicted and serve longer prison sentences? Join University of Maryland Assistant Professor Nolan Pope to discuss the effects of pretrial detention.
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February 1



Kerwin Charles, University of Chicago

"Effects of Sexism on American Women"

How does sexism affect the lives of American women? Join professor Kerwin Charles for a discussion about discrimination and the internalized norms that affect society.
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February 8



Susan T. Gooden, Virginia Commonwealth University

"Race and Social Equity: A Nervous Area of Government"

Nervousness about race has resulted in an inability to seriously advance the reduction of racial inequities in government. Managing this nervousness is essential for the public sector to advance social equity.
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February 15



Kelly LeRoux, Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago

"Increasing Voter Turnout in Underrepresented Communities: Does the Message Matter"

A problem for representative democracy is that voter turnout rates remain very low among younger and lower income citizens. While community-based nonprofits may help to address the voter participation gap, it remains unclear what kinds of nonpartisan messages lower income voters might find most persuasive. To answer this question, a nonpartisan get-out-the-vote field experiment was carried out in partnership with four nonprofits in low-income neighborhoods of Chicago in the weeks leading up to 2016 election. This presentation will highlight research results of that experiment, showing which messages are most effective.
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February 22



Jessica Sowa, Associate Professor of Public Administration, University of Baltimore

"High Performance Work Practices, Employee Relations, and the Working Environment of Nonprofit Organizations."

This talk will explore how we can use particular HR practices to create high performance in nonprofit organizations. Drawing on survey data from a study of 8 states and case study data from 16 in-depth case studies, this talk examines how these practices, along with careful attention to the working environment in which they are implemented, should influence the overall performance of nonprofit organizations.
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March 1



Resul Cesur, University of Connecticut

"The Value of Mandating Maternal Education in a Developing Country"

Why do educated mothers give birth to healthier babies? Drawing on education reform in Turkey in 1997, which substantially increased middle school completion rates among girl, this talk discusses how results of this reform demonstrate that women who were impacted by this law gave birth to healthier babies. Join us for a discussion on the effects of this reform on children's life span, maternal health, and other impacts.
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March 7 (Wednesday) (CANCELLED)



Alnoor Ebrahim, Tufts University

"Measuring Social Change: A Managerial Approach"
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March 22



Joseph Sabia, San Diego State University

March 29

Alasdair Roberts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

April 5

Sonia Ospina, New York University

April 19

Jason Lindo, Texas A&M

April 26

Lindsey McDougle, Rutgers University-Newark

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