Kirsten Grønbjerg was elected to be a Fellow in the National Academy of Public Administration. The academy is an independent, nonprofit and nonpartisan organization chartered by Congress in 1967 to assist government leaders at all levels to build more effective, efficient, and transparent organizations. Grønbjerg will be inducted as a Fellow at NAPA’s annual conference in Washington, D.C. She joins 13 current and emeriti SPEA faculty who have earned the prestigious designation.
Beth Gazley received a “Best Paper Award” at the 2016 annual meeting of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA). Gazley and former SPEA faculty member Chao Guo co-authored “What do We Know about Nonprofit Collaboration: A Comprehensive Systematic Review of the Literature.” Their paper was selected as the best paper presented at the 2015 conference.
Tom Rabovsky and Amanda Rutherford published an article in Public Administration Review: “The Politics of Higher Education: University President Ideology and External Networking.” Rabovsky and Rutherford explored the role that a president’s ideology plays in shaping networking behavior with political principals.
Jennifer Brass published Allies or Adversaries: NGOs and the State in Africa. In the book from top-ranked Cambridge University Press, Brass explains how NGOs have proliferated in the developing world and have changed the nature of service provision, governance, and state development.
Joanna Woronkowicz published an article in the Journal of Planning Education and Research: “Art-Making or Place Making? The Relationship between Open-Air Performance Venues and Neighborhood Change.” Using Census and American Community Survey data, Woronkowicz establishes a relationship between the presence of an open-air performance venue and a neighborhood’s growth.
Brad Fulton and two colleagues received a research grant from the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE). The $7,500 grant will help fund their collaborative research on immigrant involvement within immigrant rights organizations. They seek to better understand how an organization’s culture influences its ability recruit and retain members of underrepresented groups.
Shahzeen Attari published an article in Climatic Change: “Statements about climate researchers’ carbon footprints affect their credibility and the impact of their advice.” Attari and two co-authors used two online surveys with over 5,000 Americans to determine if climate researchers’ personal carbon footprints influenced their credibility.
Sean Nicholson-Crotty, Jill Nicholson-Crotty, and Sergio Fernandez published an article in Public Administration Review (PAR). In “Performance and Management in the Public Sector: Testing a Model of Relative Risk Aversion,” the authors analyze responses to the 2011 and 2013 Federal Employee Viewpoint Surveys to explore how the success or failure of a public organization influences the decisions of those who manage it.
Sameeksha Desai published an article in the Journal of Entrepreneurship and Public Policy – “Destructive entrepreneurship and the security context: Program design considerations for disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR) and counterinsurgency.” The paper examines efforts to diminish the damage caused by destructive entrepreneurs, leaders who use violence to reduce uncertainty.
Al Lyons published an article in SHAW: The Journal of Bernard Shaw Studies. In “GBS as Philanthropist and Social Entrepreneur,” Lyons analyzes Shaw’s writings, particularly his belief that isolated acts of charity could not address social ills and encourage progress.
Seth Freedman published an article in the American Economic Journal: Economic Policy “Capacity and Utilization in Health Care: The Effect of Empty Beds on Neonatal Intensive Care Admission.” The article examines whether capacity increases utilization of health care facilities. Using data from neonatal intensive care units in New York and California, Freedman asks, if there are available beds in the NICU the day before a birth, does that increase the probability a baby will be admitted to intensive care? Freedman finds there is little effect for the sickest of infants, but for those on the margin, an increase in available beds has a measurable effect on the likelihood that child will be admitted to the NICU.