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Katie Vinopal

Assistant Professor

Dr. Katie Vinopal conducts research on vulnerable children and families. She teaches Public Affairs Statistics, Public Policy Analysis and a new course: Poverty, Inequality and Public Policy.

Vinopal received her doctorate in public administration from the School of Public Affairs at American University in Washington, D.C., and a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Prior to her academic career, Vinopal worked as a research assistant in the Center on Labor, Human Services and Population at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C. There, she conducted research on issues, policies and systems impacting vulnerable families. Vinopal also worked on national and local hunger and food security issues in the nonprofit sector for the Food Research and Action Center in Washington, D.C.

Her research focuses on better understanding the inputs that enhance or inhibit the potential for vulnerable children to climb the socioeconomic ladder. Vinopal was awarded an Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management 40 for 40 Fellowship in 2018 and was a Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration emerging scholar in 2015. She has recently published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Developmental Psychology, and the Journal of Marriage and Family, among others.

Research Focus:

  • Poverty and Inequality
  • Child and Family Policy
  • Education Policy
  • Public Management
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.