The John Glenn College of Public Affairs improves public policy making and management through research and analysis. The Glenn College's faculty has practical, real-world knowledge that keeps Glenn College innovative research current with the complex realities of a fluid world.
Jeff Bielicki researches the interactions between energy and environmental systems and policy, with a specific focus on how the evolution of energy systems can be directed to improve economic, social, and environmental conditions. He examines how public policy affects and is affected by the development and deployment of energy technologies.
Jill Clark’s research is directed toward the management of food systems by state and local governments and community groups. In particular, she focuses on food-affiliated policies related to the entire system, including regulations, planning, expenditures, growing, processing, distribution, consuming and recycling. She analyzes the collective efforts that influence the overall food environment, covering the civic, political, urban, rural, producing, consuming, alternative and conventional sectors. She pays particular attention to small and mid-size farm viability and healthy food access for vulnerable community residents.
Anand Desai’s research focuses on how to use evaluation and measurement tools to determine the performance of public sector programs and policy decisions on many different levels. His research has focused on the use of data, simulation and visualization to inform policy decisions. He is also interested in examining the role of systems and complexity perspectives in public policy and management research.
Noah Dormady’s research focuses on energy and environmental policy and economics. Specifically, his work focuses on how the design of energy and environmental markets can produce more efficient and sustainable systems. This includes analyses of how deregulated energy markets interact with pollution control markets. He also conducts research on the economics and public policy of terrorism and natural hazards. This includes how businesses and economic systems can be more resilient to systemic shocks.
Amanda Girth’s research examines government contracts and public-private partnerships with a particular focus on performance and accountability. Her current research explores the use of performance incentives in government contracts and the strategies public managers use to hold contractors accountable. Girth has insider knowledge. She worked for a global consulting firm and managed information technology initiatives at the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She also worked in Michigan state government.
Robert Greenbaum focuses his research on economic resilience and urban and regional economic development. He analyzes the interactions of policy, the characteristics of a local population and the structure of industry and economic activity. His work examines economic development policies that are targeted spatially, and he studies how local economies are affected by serious disruptions like terrorism, natural disasters and recessions. He also investigates how crime interacts with neighborhood characteristics to affect business investment choices and housing markets.
Russell Hassan research is on how the work climate affects employees’ work motivation, commitment and performance in government and non-profit organizations.
Neal Hooker’s research centers on food policy and its relations and interactions with consumers, food companies and other stakeholders, with a particular focus on food safety, nutrition and sustainability of the food supply. His work includes economic analysis of new food policies and the innovative strategies used by food companies related to nutritional improvements.
Quality information is timely, accurate, and useable information. David Landsbergen’s research examines the legal, policy and managerial challenges to obtaining quality information for public decision-making. His past work has focused on integrating information systems so that they work together; making information systems secure and trustworthy; identifying best policy and managerial practices for open source software; providing recommendations on how to improve the standards-setting process; and designing policies and systems that protect privacy and improve public records access. As a John Glenn Scholar, he helped develop a Central Ohio response to the Digital Divide.
Stéphane Lavertu’s research examines how politics affects the design and operation of government agencies at the local, state, and federal levels. His current projects are primarily focused on the governance of school districts, examining how school board and levy elections, as well as state and federal politics, affect school district staffing, finances, and, ultimately, student achievement. He is also interested in broad education policy and is currently conducting projects examining the impact of STEM schools and school closure on student learning.
Jos C.N. Raadschelders research involves comparing how governments are similar or different from one another around the world. A critical component of this research is the investigation of a government’s history and what role and function it plays in the society it governs and how it goes about making policy and laws. On a deeper level, he also analyzes how one can know what they perceive about government. His findings cover governments of all sizes and countries.
Jason Seligman concentrates his research in the areas of public finance, social insurance and risk management, analyzing how public program designs impact their usefulness and affordability. His research includes analysis of private savings, pension and use of insurance. Considering these is necessary for determining the right scale and design for public programs. Seligman feels that the study of both public and private behaviors in financial matters is of tremendous importance because a society’s capacity for growth and prosperity are inexorably linked to its opportunities to build lasting wealth.
Marty Tschirhart targets her research towards how nonprofit organizations are managed and governed. She is especially interested in nonprofits’ interactions and collaborations with organizations in other sectors of society. The overarching goal of her research is to discover how nonprofits might be more effective. Focal points of her work include membership associations, nonprofit accountability and resource development, and the roles of nonprofits in certification and accreditation programs.
Caroline Wagner focuses her research on the field of science and technology and its connections to policy, society and innovation. She has analyzed science and technology policy for more than three decades.
By spanning policy fields, organizations, and frontline conditions in implementation systems, Cultivating Effective Implementation: The Practice of Integrating Policy and Management provides a robust foundation for policy makers, public and nonprofit managers and leaders. Authors: Jodi Sandfort and Stephanie Moulton »Click here to learn more.
Public–private partnerships (PPPs) are arrangements between government and private actors with the objective of providing public infrastructure, facilities and services. Three fundamental questions frame the use of PPPs at the local level: What do PPPs look like? What gives rise to the use of PPPs? And, what are the outcomes of PPPs? The articles in this book provide insightful answers to these questions. Authors: Germà Bel, Trevor Brown, Rui Cunha Marques» Click here to learn more.
Public Administration and the Modern State assesses the nature of public administration in the 21st Century and looks at the ways in which public sectors have adapted in order to confront the daunting challenges faced by today’s governments. Authors:Jos C.N. Raadschelders, Eberhard Bohne, John D. Graham » Click here to learn more.
Complex Contracting draws on core social science concepts to provide wide-ranging practical advice on how best to manage complex acquisitions. Using a strong analytical framework, the authors assess contract management practices, suggesting strategies for improvement and ways to avoid the pitfalls of managing contracts for large and sophisticated projects. An in-depth analysis of the US Coast Guard's Deepwater program is used to illustrate ways to respond to real-world contracting challenges. This engaging and accessible book has broad applicability and will appeal to policymakers, practitioners, scholars and students. Authors: Trevor Brown, Matthew Potoski, David M. Van Slyke » Click here to buy Complex Contracting
In this updated third edition each chapter spotlights a significant theorist in the field, covering their life, research, writings, and impact. Nine mini-chapters were written by 15 of the Glenn School’s doctoral students. The combination of biographical narrative with explanation and analysis makes abstract theories understandable and providing much-needed context. Authors: Brian R. Fry and Jos C.N. Raadschelders »Learn more about the book » Click here to buy Mastering Public Administration.
Simulation for Policy Inquiry illustrates the development and use of simulation models designed to capture some of the complexity inherent in the formulation, management, and implementation of policies. Edited by Anand Desai with contributions from many Glenn School students and faculty. » Click here to buy Simulation for Policy Inquiry.
Wicked Environmental Problems offers a new approach for managing environmental conflicts within common real-world decision-making frameworks. Authors: Peter Balint, Roland Stewart, Anand Desai and Lawrence Walters» Click here to buy Wicked Environmental Problems.
Public Administration provides an account of the discipline, considering its history, growth, boundaries, and underlying assumptions. » Click here to buy Public Administration.