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Alannah Glickman

PhD Student

Hometown: Toronto, Ontario

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Washington University in Saint Louis; International Studies and Economics (BA)

Graduate Institution and Major:
Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition; Agriculture, Food, and Environment (MS)

Research Interests:
As the descendant of a long line of bagel bakers, Alannah Glickman’s research interests naturally revolve around food policy. In her research, she aims to understand which public administration and policy mechanisms can help local and regional communities make their food systems more sustainable and more just. Glickman’s research currently falls into two streams: (1) Investigating how social interpretations of space affect relationships between the built food environment, diet quality and food security; and (2) Exploring how community engagement shapes local food systems change. Her research on public participation also extends beyond food systems to examine how participation processes facilitate power-sharing and affect bureaucratic behavior.

Refereed Journal Articles:

Book Chapters:

  • Glickman A.R., Clark J.K., & Freedman D. “Participatory modeling of the food system: The case of community-based systems dynamics” in Food Systems Modeling (Forthcoming, 2021)


  • Glickman, A. R. (2021) “Citizen Perceptions of Protest as Public Participation: A Pilot Survey Experiment” John Glenn College of Public Affairs Doctoral Research Grant, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH ($1000).
  • Glickman, A.R. (2020) “What Happens After Community-Based Systems Modeling? Evaluating Target Communities’ Utilization of a Systems-Based Decision-Making Tool” John Glenn College of Public Affairs Doctoral Research Grant, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH ($1000).

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • Graduate Research Assistant, The Ohio State University, Building Equitable and Inclusive Civic Engagement Environments in Columbus and Beyond, 2021-present.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood: foodNEST 2.0, 2019-present.
  • Food Access Intern, The City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Food Initiatives (Boston, MA), 2015-2016
  • Learning Garden Educator, Waltham Fields Community Farm (Waltham, MA), 2014-2015
  • Social Justice and Urban Agriculture Fellow, Urban Adamah (Berkeley, CA), 2012

Teaching Experience:

  • Graduate Teaching Assistant at The Ohio State University
  • PUABFRS 2120 Civic Engagement and Public Service, Fall 2019
  • PUABFRS 3000 Policy Analysis, Fall 2018
  • PUBAFRS 4000 Program Evaluation (Undergraduate), Spring 2019
  • PUBAFRS 6080 Program Evaluation (Graduate), Spring 2019
    • Instructor of Record at The Ohio State University
    • PUABFRS 2120 Civic Engagement and Public Service, Fall 2020 (Online), Spring 2020 and 2021
    • Glenn College Economics Bootcamp for Incoming MPA Students, Summer 2020 (Online)
    • Glenn College Math Bootcamp for Incoming MPA Students, Summer 2020 (Online)
    • Glenn College Economics Bootcamp for Incoming MPA Students, Summer 2019
      • Course Design at The Ohio State University
      • Theories of Racial Justice for Public Administration Research (Doctoral Group Study), Fall 2020
      • Social Equity and Public Administration (Doctoral Seminar), Fall 2018
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.