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Faculty Research Interests
Dr. Adams's research has focused on public service ethics, history and theory, and on organizational symbolism and culture. His book, Unmasking Administrative Evil, with Danny L. Balfour, (Third edition, Armonk, NY: ME Sharpe, Inc., 2009) won the 1998 Louis Brownlow Book Award, the National Academy of Public Administration’s highest award for excellence in public administration scholarship, as well as the 1998 Best Book Award from the Public and Nonprofit Division and the 2002 Best Book Award from the Social Issues in Management Division, both of the Academy of Management. He was also awarded the 2007 Marshall E. Dimock Award for the best lead article in the Public Administration Review.
Dr. Allcorn’s writing and research focus on the application of systems and psychodynamic frameworks to better understand and manage the effect of toxic leadership in the workplace. His work also addresses the application of psychodynamic and systemic approaches to organizational consultation and executive coaching.
Dr. Arteaga’s research interests are on program evaluation and social policy, with special emphasis on child development, education and health policies. Her research in the past four years has focused on the evaluation of early childhood interventions. Specifically, she has worked on a project involving the Chicago Longitudinal Study, which has followed over 1,500 students from low-income neighborhoods from kindergarten into adulthood. Dr. Arteaga’s research focuses on human capital formation, evaluation of the long-term effects of high quality preschool programs and the application of different econometric techniques to correct for selection and attrition biases in longitudinal studies. Her work on these topics is published in such journals as Children & Youth Services Review, and Education & Urban Society.
Dr. Emily Crawford's research interests include international immigration and education policy, looking at how educational leaders and teachers advocate for vulnerable students' access to education, and how education policy intersects with educators' professional and personal ethical codes.
Professor Dabson’s research interests over the past decade have largely been in the realm of regional and rural development, with particular emphases on rural entrepreneurship and economic development, regional resilience, and rural-urban interdependence. He has presented his work in conferences and colloquia in Europe, India, and Australia, as well as across the United States.
Dr. Darolia’s research examines topics in education policy, economics of education, and urban policy. He is particularly interested in how individuals pay for asset-building investments, such as attending higher education, and the implications of their choices. As part of this, he also studies the public role in the support and regulation of consumer credit markets. Recent and current projects focus on financial access to higher education, the effects of working on the academic performance of students, and the evolving role of government interventions in mortgage markets.
Dr. Diamond's research connects the fields of organization theory and change with applied psychoanalytic theory. In particular, his work focuses on the consequences of emotional blindness in organizations. He has written four books and over 50 journal articles on the psychodynamics of organizational behavior, conflict, dysfunction, culture, identity and change. Following the publication of his first book (1993) The Unconscious Life of Organizations, he was awarded the 1994 Levinson Award for Excellence from the American Psychological Association. His latest book (2009) Private Selves in Public Organizations: The Psychodynamics of Organizational Diagnosis and Change is published by Palgrave MacMillan, and his forthcoming (2012) article "Repetition and the Compulsion to Repeat: Psychodynamic Challenges in Organizational Learning and Change" will be published in Administration & Society.
Dr. Diem's research focuses on the social and cultural contexts of education, paying particular attention to how the politics and implementation of educational policies affect outcomes related to equity and diversity within public schools. She is also interested in the ways in which future school leaders are being prepared to address race-related issues that may affect the diverse students and communities they are called to serve.
Dr. Drury’s research interests fit broadly into foreign policy and international political economy. More specifically, he focuses on the causes and consequences of economic sanctions. Across several articles and a book, Professor Drury shows that lead the U.S. president initiates economic sanctions as a response to actions taken by the other state, not because of domestic political or economic demands. He also shows in several articles the negative and deteriorating consequences sanctions have for democracy, political rights, women, and peace. In other work, Professor Drury explores the connection between domestic politics and foreign policy. For example, he published experimental research assessing the effect White House rhetoric has on public support for military action. He also published research showing how democratic governance offsets corruption’s negative effect on economic growth.
Dr. Heflin's work is informed by the study of process that create systems and patterns of social stratification. However, since she is interested in how social policies affect the well-being of vulnerable populations, her work falls at the boundaries of sociology, economics, public health, public administration, and women’s studies. Her interdisciplinary research program focuses on understanding the survival strategies employed by low-income households to make ends meet, the implications of using these strategies for individual and household well-being, and how public policies influence well-being. A central focus of her work has been understanding the causes and consequences of material hardship. Current projects examine how the population using food stamps and unemployment insurance have changed with the recent recession, how household wealth may be impacted when siblings experience economic shocks, and the extent to which veteran status moderates the association between disability status and poverty/material hardship.
Dr. Holan's research interests include time series analysis, spatial-temporal models, econometrics, and Bayesian methodology.
Dr. Johnson's research areas include rural economic development, fiscal and economic impact analysis, local government finance, and transportation economics. Dr. Johnson has studied the role of education, health care, infrastructure, and industrial development policies, in rural development in Canada, United States and Europe.
Dr. Keiser's research interests focus on the implementation of public policy, the relationship between the bureaucracy and other political institutions, the use of bureaucratic discretion and social welfare and education policy. She has published articles on these subjects in American Political Science Review, American Journal of Political Science, Political Research Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, Public Administration Review and Journal of Public Administration: Research and Theory. She is a recipient of the Herbert Kaufman award for the best paper presented at the American Political Science Association Meeting for Public Administration, 1997. Her current research projects include a book on the behavior of street level bureaucrats granting Social Security disability. She is also working on a project concerning gender, street level bureaucrats and representation.
Dr. Klein’s research focuses on the boundaries and internal organization of the firm, with applications to diversification, innovation, entrepreneurship and financial institutions. Recent courses include PhD courses in Entrepreneurship, the Economics of Institutions and Organizations, and Industrial Economics, an MBA course in Microeconomics, an M.Sc. course in Network Economics, and undergraduate courses in Business Strategy, the Economics of Managerial Decision Making, Microeconomic Theory, Law and Economics, and Microeconomic Principles.
Dr. McGarvey's primary research interest is in applied optimization, and, in particular, its applications to public policy and resource management. His research objectives are to examine a broad set of public policy problems via the application of prescriptive mathematical modeling tools, as opposed to the focus on descriptive statistical models that currently receives greater attention in the public policy arena, in order to both advance the state of the art in the modeling of public sector problems and to provide policymakers with objective analyses to inform and improve their decision making.
Dr. Menifield’s research has primarily focused on budgeting and public health issues during the last ten years. During his tenure as a professor, he has published four books and over 30 articles and book chapters. In January 2013, a second edition of The Basics of Public Budgeting and Financial Management: A Handbook for Academics and Practitioners is due to be published. His second book, Politics in the New South: Representation of African Americans in State Legislatures (2005, with Stephen Shaffer), won the 2006 V.O. Key Award for the best book written on southern politics in 2005. In 2011, his book, titled Comparative Public Budgeting was published by Jones and Bartlett.
Dr. Mueser’s research focuses on the workings of the labor market and polices to aid disadvantaged workers and their families. In 2007-2009, he headed a group of researchers undertaking a large-scale study of the impacts of the Workforce Investment Act training program—the primary training program for disadvantaged workers in the U.S.. His recent published research also examines the impact of welfare reform on labor market outcomes, and the role of temporary help employment for workers facing job loss. A 2006 article in the Journal of Labor Economics examined the effects of job training programs on labor market outcomes for TANF recipients, and a 2007 paper in the Review of Economics and Statistics evaluated alternative methodologies for evaluating job training programs. In joint work with Colleen Heflin, he is currently examining the effects of policy changes in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (formerly the Food Stamp Program), and its interaction with Unemployment Insurance benefit payments.
Dr. Murdie studies International Relations, specializing in the behavior of international non-governmental organizations (INGOs) and their interactions with states, local populations, and intergovernmental organizations (IGOs). She is also interested in human rights, development, quantitative methodologies, formal modeling, and conflict.
Dr. Potochnick’s work examines the social demography of immigration and how programs and policies can promote the education and health of immigrant youth. Through her own work and collaborations, she has examined a multitude of factors influencing the academic adaptation and overall health of immigrant youth including: how experiences with discrimination detract from mental health; how daily acculturation experiences affect moods; how educational support systems of new and traditional settlement communities affect academic motivations and achievement; and how the racial composition of schools affects achievement. Current projects examine how state-level immigration policies affect the school investment decisions of immigrant youth at different times in their educational pathway and how settlement in new immigrant growth areas affects the psychological adaptation and overall health of immigrant youth.
Dr. Sampson's research interests are in the area of human resource development and management, and in urban management. He wrote Values, Bureaucracy and Public Policy (Lanham, MD: University Press of America, 1983), and has published articles in the Public Administration Review and the Journal of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Sampson is on the editorial board of the American Review of Public Administration, and served on the editorial board of the Public Administration Review from 1986 to 1989. He has served on the Executive Council of the National Council of the American Society of Public Administration, and has filled a number of leadership roles in the Conference of Minority Public Administrators.
Dr. Stallmann’s research areas include state and local public finance, rural economic development and fiscal and economic impact analysis. She works on issues of state and local government taxes and expenditures: how tax and expenditure limitations (such as the Hancock Amendment and similar ones in other states) affect economic growth and bond ratings, how Missouri compares with other states on state and local taxes, and the impact of tax incentive programs on the state economy. Past research topics include: the impact of retirees on the economy of rural areas, economic and fiscal impact analysis for small areas, educational incentives for youth, rural labor and family incomes, and part-time farming. Dr. Stallmann has published in: Applied Economic Letters, The Marquette Law Review, The Review of Regional Studies, Journal of Regional Analysis and Policy, Economic Development Quarterly, The Gerontologist, Journal of the Community Development Society, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Choices, Youth and Society, Agricultural and Resource Economics Review, Women in Natural Resources, Society and Natural Resources.
Dr. Stegmaier’s research interests include voting behavior, parties, elections, and political representation in the U.S. and abroad. Much of her work has examined the way in which economic conditions affect voting behavior and political attitudes. Her articles have been published in the Annual Review of Political Science, Electoral Studies, Politics and Policy, the Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior, the Virginia Social Science Journal, and the Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties. She guest-edited a special issue of Politics and Policy (August 2009) on "Elections, Parties and Voters in the New European Democracies: 20 Years after the Fall of Communism."
Dr. Wechsler’s research has been largely centered on public leadership, strategic planning and management, organization theory, and human resource management. His research has been published in Public Administration Review, Administration and Society, Journal of the American Planning Association, Public Productivity and Management Review, Review of Public Personnel Administration, other academic and practitioner journals, and numerous edited books. He serves on the editorial boards of Public Productivity and Management Review and Journal of Public Affairs Education and was formerly book review editor of Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory.
Dr. Wikle's research interests include spatio-temporal models, spatial statistics, hierarchical models, Bayesian methods, computational methods for large data sets, applications in geophysical, environmental, and ecological science, large-scale atmospheric dynamics, climatology, atmospheric waves, and long-lead climate prediction.
Dr. Zanetti's research interests include critical theory, organizational dynamics, moral theory, gender, and citizen participation. Her articles and essays have appeared in a range of publications, including American Review of Public Administration, American Behavioral Scientist, Administration & Society, Administrative Theory & Praxis, Human Relations, Public Voices, and Public Productivity and Management Review. Zanetti currently serves as Book Review Editor of Administrative Theory & Praxis.