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Aditi Vaishali Thapar

PhD Student

Hometown: New Delhi, India & Dubai, UAE

Undergrad Institution and Major:
B.S. Program in the Environment, University of Michigan

Graduate Institutions and Major:
M.A. Climate & Society, Columbia University

Relevant Professional Experience:
Aditi Vaishali Thapar is a climate change and sustainability analyst who has five-plus years of diverse work experience in four countries. Her work experience includes developing an online database of urban infrastructure programs with real-time reporting on project KPIs to donors; grassroots lobbying and environmental issue advocacy; developing project proposals; environmental awareness and outreach; and environmental footprint mapping.

Research Interests:
Vaishali Thapar’s primary research interest is in the field of climate change and sustainability. Her forthcoming dissertation explores policy solutions to bridge the gap between perceptions and realities of climate change. More specifically, she is interested in determining the factors that impact individual perceptions of whether climate change is occurring. The factors focused on are (1) the framing of messages about climate change; (2) the social characteristics (socio-political identity, biases, and values) of the person conveying messages about climate change; and (3) first-hand experience of climate events. This research will assist policymakers to better understand the factors that require consideration for planning successful public outreach and awareness campaigns about the impacts of climate change.

Funded Appointments:

Instructor of Record:

  • PUBAFRS 4011: Public Affairs Capstone
  • PUBAFRS 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs

Graduate Teaching Assistant:

  • PUBAFRS 2110: Introduction to Public Affairs
  • PUBAFRS 6070: Public Affairs Statistics
  • PUBAFRS 6000: Public Policy Formulation and Implementation
  • PUBAFRS 5750: The Business-Government Relationship

Refereed Journal Publications:
Raadschelders, J.C., Larrison, J., & Thapar, A.V. (2019). “Refugee Migration as a “Wicked Problem”: American Controlling, Palliative, and Governance Policies in Global Context.” World Affairs, 182(3), 228-255.

Honours & Awards:

  • Sesquicentennial Student Scholar Leadership Program – The Ohio State University (2019)
  • PhD Student Small Research Grant Award – John Glenn College of Public Affairs (2019)

Professional Service Activities:

  • Doctoral Student Mentor – John Glenn College of Public Affairs (JGCPA), 2018 – Present
  • Suicide Prevention & Mental Health Task Force Member – JGCPA, 2018 – Present
  • Doctoral Student Representative – JGCPA Diversity & Inclusion Committee, 2017 – Present
  • Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member – OSU Council of Graduate Students, 2016 – Present
  • Doctoral Student Representative – JGCPA Budget & Strategic Planning Committee, 2017 – 2018
  • Social Chair – JGCPA Doctoral Student Organisation, 2017 – 2018

Professional Affiliations:
Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA)
Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM)

Portable Innovation, Policy Wormholes, and Innovation Diffusion
Environmental Policy and Management
August 07, 2019
This article explores the effects of city managers' career paths on the diffusion of climate policy innovation among municipal governments in the United States.
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Student Achievement on Ohio’s Third-Grade English Language Arts Assessment
January 27, 2021
This report draws on data from the fall administration of Ohio’s annual Third-Grade English Language Arts assessment to examine how the COVID pandemic has affected student learning in the state.
Whatever it Takes: Sexual Harassment in the Context of Resource Dependence
Social Policy
March 09, 2021
Research suggests powerful resource dependencies are present in the public and nonprofit sectors.
Glenn College Releases Review of Columbus Response to 2020 Protests
Civic Engagement, Advocacy and Volunteerism
April 26, 2021
In July 2020, Columbus City leaders commissioned an independent, outside after-action review of the City’s response to protests that took place last summer. Former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio Carter Stewart and the John Glenn College of Public Affairs were named the lead investigative team.
Resilience Decision Making in Repeated Disasters
Public Finance and Budgeting
June 07, 2021
The research, published in Environment Systems and Decisions Journal, examines resilience decision making in the context of repeated catastrophic events.
Maximizing the Efficiency of Active Case Finding for SARS-CoV-2 Using Bandit Algorithms
June 14, 2021
Using bandit algorithms, the authors of a paper in Medical Decision Making present and test an approach for finding otherwise undetected cases of COVID-19 before they lead to a widespread outbreak.
Not All High-Growth Firms Are Alike: Capturing and Tagging Ohio’s Gazelles
June 29, 2021
In this study, published in Economic Development Quarterly, the authors present a statistically valid typology of high-growth firms, also known as gazelles, to determine if payroll and job growth patterns differ between groups or clusters.
How the COVID-19 Pandemic Affected Student Learning in Ohio
August 27, 2021
Analysis of Spring 2021 Ohio State Tests
Informational Determinants of Large-area Hurricane Evacuations
Environmental Policy and Management
August 30, 2021
This study, published in the Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, presents an experimental design that overcomes the counterfactual problem present in all prior published experiments by relying on an actual storm with a known outcome.