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Catherine Chen

PhD Student

Undergraduate Institution and Major:

The University of Hong Kong, Journalism & Politics and Public Administration (Bachelor of Journalism, First Class Honours)

Graduate Institution and Major:

The University of Hong Kong, Politics and Public Administration (MPhil)

Research Interests: 

My research interests include behavioral experiments, machine learning, policy process, and political economy in environmental and energy policy studies. My dissertation projects focus on the design and responsiveness of energy policies. I employ survey experiments to investigate how information framing and psychological interventions affect household energy-efficiency investments and behaviors, and how energy poverty comes into play. I also use machine learning techniques to examine how legislative policymaking responds to media discourse around energy development issues. I have been a part of a research project funded by the National Science Foundation that studies shale gas policy conflicts in the U.S. I hold a graduate minor in statistics at the M.S. level and a graduate minor in microeconomics at the Ph.D. level. My teaching experience spans policy analysis, research methods, data analytics, and political analysis.

Publications:

  • Chen, C., Heikkila, T., Weible, C. M., Berardo, R., Yi, H., Yordy, J., & Kagan, J. Policy Composition and Adoption Duration: Capturing Conflicts in the Legislative Process. [Conditionally accepted. Policy Studies Journal]
  • Yi, H., Chen, C. A Vacancy Chain Model of Local Managers’ Career Advancement. [Conditionally accepted. Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory]
  • Berardo, R., Holm, F., Heikkila, T., Weible, C. M., Yi, H., Kagan, J., Chen, C., & Yordy, J. (2020). Hydraulic fracturing and political conflict: News media coverage of topics and themes across nine states. Energy Research & Social Science, 70, 101660.
  • Weible, C. M., Yordy, J., Heikkila, T., Yi, H., Berardo, R., Kagan, J., & Chen, C. (2020). Portraying the Structure and Evolution of Polycentricity via Policymaking Venues. International Journal of the Commons, 14(1).

Revise and Resubmit:

  • Yi, H., Chen, C., Holm, F., Heikkila, T.,Weible, C. M., Kagan, J., & Berardo, R. The Ebb and Flow of Conflicts and Concords: A 15-State, 10-Year Study of ‘Fracking’ Policy Issues. [Revise and resubmit. Policy Studies Journal]
  • Weible, C. M., Heikkila, T., Jill Yordy, Yi, H., Berardo, R., Kagan, J., Holm, F., & Chen, C. Measuring Policy Conflict and Concord. [Revise and resubmit. Society & Natural Resources].

Working Papers:

  • Chen, C., Moulton, S., Loibl, C., & Yi, H. Filling the Energy Efficiency Gap with Loss Aversion. 
  • Chen, C., Loibl, C., Moulton, S., Whitmarsh, L., & Yi, H. ‘Self-Affirmed for Energy Efficiency: Intentions and Actions to Change Behavior.” 
  • Chen, C. The Grammar of Fracking: MediaAttention and PolicyResponsiveness. 
  • Weible, C. M., Chen, C., & Heikkila, T. Analyzing Policy Formulation by Comparing Proposed and Final Public Policies.

Grants:

  • ENGIE-Axium Sustainability Grant (Principal Investigator, $5,000) 2021, OSU
  • Alumni Grants for Graduate Research (Principal Investigator, $5,000) 2020, OSU
  • Decision Sciences Collaborative Grant (Principal Investigator, $3,000) 2020, OSU
  • Glenn College Doctoral Student Conference/Travel Grant ($1,000) 2019 & 2020, OSU
  • Sustainability Institute Grant (Principal Investigator, $5,000) 2020, OSU
  • Fisher Leadership Initiative Grant (Co-Investigator, $3,500) 2018, OSU
  • American Political Science Association Travel Grant ($500) 2017, APSA
  • Faculty Grant for International Learning Experience ($2,600) 2017, HKU
  • University & Department Conference Travel Grant ($2,700)

Honors, Fellowships & Scholarships:

  • College nominee for the Presidential Fellowship, 2021-2022, OSU
  • EITM Fellowship 2021, NSF
  • University Graduate Fellowship, 2018 - 2019, OSU
  • Department nominee for the Li Ka Shing Prizes, 2019, HKU
  • Postgraduate Scholarship (full-tuition), 2015 - 2017, HKU
  • Dean’s Honours List, 2015, HKU
  • South China Morning Post Journalism Scholarship, 2013 - 2015, HKU
  • C. V. Starr Scholarship, 2013 - 2014, HKU
  • Outstanding Mainland Chinese Student Scholarship (full-tuition), 2012 - 2015, HKU

Conference Presentations:

  • “Interest in Weatherization Programs across the United States.” Annual International Conference of Royal Geographical Society (September 2021).
  • “Filling the Energy Efficiency Gap with Loss Aversion.” The 7th Annual Environmental Politics and Governance Conference (June 2021).
  • “A Vacancy Chain Model of Local Managers’ Career Advancement.” Conference of International Research Society for Public Management (April 2021).
  • “Filling the Energy Efficiency Gap with Loss Aversion.” The 78th Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association (April 2021).
  • “A Bumpy Road for Bills to Pass? The Legislative Process of Hydraulic Fracturing Policies in Fifteen U.S. States." Conference of Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (November 2020).
  • “Portraying Policentricity via Public Policies." Conference of Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (November 2019).
  • “A Comparison of News Media Coverage of Hydraulic Fracturing Across the US." The Annual Meeting of American Political Science Association (September 2019).
  • “The Ebb and Flow of Conflicts and Concords: A 15-State, 10-Year Study of `Fracking' Policy Issues." The 77th Annual Conference of Midwest Political Science Association (April 2019).
  • "Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism: A comparative study of two lake watersheds in Southwestern China," Midwest Political Science Association Conference (April 2017).
  • "Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism: A comparative study of two lake watersheds in Southwestern China," Political Studies Association Conference (April 2017).
  • "Government-led Collaborative Actions under China's Environmental Authoritarianism," American Political Science Association Conference (September 2017).

Research Appointments:

  • Graduate Research Assistant. John Glenn College of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University (2019-2021).
  • Undergraduate Research Assistant. Department of Politics and Public Administration, The University of Hong Kong (2014-2015).

Teaching Appointments:

  • Teaching Assistant (Autumn 2021): PUBAFRS 6075 Data, Models, and Evaluation (PG)
  • Teaching Assistant & Guest Lecturer (Autumn 2020), Instructor (Spring 2021): PUBAFRS 3000 Public Policy Analysis (UG). The Ohio State University.
  • Tutorial Leader & Teaching Assistant (Spring 2016 – Spring 2018): POLI 2104 Research Methods in Politics and Public Administration, POLI 2108 Introduction to Public Administration, POLI 3080 Global Political Economy, POLI 3031 Politics of Economic Reform in China, POLI 3034 Public Administration in China. The University of Hong Kong.

Service

  • Treasurer, Glenn College Doctoral Student Organization (2019 – 2020)
  • Doctoral Student Representative, Glenn College Diversity and Inclusion Committee (2019 – 2020)

Reviewer

  • Environmental Policy and Governance
  • Public Administration Review

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • Intern Business & Financial Journalist, Bloomberg News, Hong Kong (2015)
  • Intern Business & Financial News Editor, The News Lens, Hong Kong (2014 - 2015)
  • Intern Business & Financial Journalist, Asia Sentinel, Hong Kong (2014)

 

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
COVID-19
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
COVID-19
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
Economics
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
COVID-19
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.