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Ken Poland

PhD Student

Hometown: Ava, Ohio

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
B.S. in Environmental Science (Geoscience Focus); Geology Minor – Muskingum University

Graduate Institution and Major:
M.P.A. – The Ohio State University
M.S. in Environment and Natural Resources – The Ohio State University

Research Interests:
Ken Poland’s research addresses governance in complex institutional settings. Poland focuses on environmental policies and the networks of actors that coordinate, collaborate and compete to implement them. The comparative analysis of water policy implementation processes and outcomes at state and local levels is of particular interest, and future research aims to extend local level comparisons across different national contexts (e.g. how do the networks of actors that implement federal water policies at the local level differ between the U.S. and China?). Poland’s professional experience with Total Maximum Daily Load implementation drives his specific interest in the Clean Water Act and analogous surface water regulations in other nations.

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • Teaching Assistant, Glenn College of Public Affairs, Columbus, Ohio, 2019 – Present
  • Environmental Resources Specialist, West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, Charleston, West Virginia, 2013 – 2017

Professional Service Activities:
Citizen Lobbyist, Citizens’ Climate Lobby, Various Locations, 2013 – 2019

Work in Progress:

  • C. Wagner, K. Poland, and X. Yan (forthcoming 2021). “Flows and Networks in Global Innovation System among Top R&D Nations”
  • K. Poland and H. Yi (forthcoming 2021). “The Limits of Homophily: A Transaction Cost Approach to Analyzing Interjurisdictional Agreement Networks ”
  • K. Poland and R. Berardo (forthcoming 2021). “Learning in the Ecology of Games”
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.