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Dr. Hongtao Yi is associate professor at the John Glenn College of Public Affairs. He earned his doctorate in public administration and policy from Askew School of Public Administration and Policy at Florida State University in August 2012. His research interests focus on network governance, collaborative governance, policy process and policy analysis in the context of energy and environment.

On network management and governance, he examines the methodological issues in network governance research, the formation of governance networks, and the impact of networks on governance performance and innovation. He was awarded the Theodore J Lowi Best Article Award from the Public Policy Section of the American Political Science Association for his contribution to the methodological advancement in policy network studies.

As a policy process scholar, he has interests in the adoption, diffusion, implementation, and termination of energy and environmental policies, as well as conflicts and collaboration processes embedded in the policy process. In his recent work, he proposed the Agent Network Diffusion model that explicitly takes into account the role of change agents in the diffusion of governance performance, through embedding leadership transfer networks into a spatial regression framework.

In the past six years, he published 26 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters in top outlets in the field of public affairs and environmental policy, including 
Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Management Review, Policy Studies Journal, Review of Policy Research, Global Environmental Change and Energy Policy. He has served as a manuscript reviewer for more than 60 peer-reviewed journals in the areas of public management and policy, environmental and energy policy, environmental science and engineering, regional studies, and natural sciences. He has served as a book prospectus reviewer for Oxford University Press, Palgrave MacMillan and Elsevier Press.

He served as an international editor for Fudan Public Administration Review, and guest editor for Sustainability. He also served in the program committee for Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management, chair of the Membership Committee of Section on Intergovernmental Administration and Management at ASPA, committee member of the Louis Brownlow Award Committee (ASPA), committee member of the Public Policy Poster Award Committee (APSA), and committee member of the Radin Award Committee for PMRA.

With his collaborators (Ramiro Berardo at Ohio State and Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible at the University of Colorado Denver), he was awarded a three-year NSF grant to study the policy conflicts embedded in the shale gas development across U.S. states.

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.