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Maham Ali

PhD Student

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois

Research Interests:
My primary research interests are nonprofits, design thinking, and social innovation. I am exploring how nonprofit organizations can leverage tools such as design thinking for social innovation. Within this context, I hope to understand how the nonprofit sector and public policy work in tandem for furthering innovation as well as uncovering opportunities for stronger collaboration. I am interested in deepening my understanding of the role of policy in enabling, advancing, and regulating innovation within the nonprofit sector. Through the course of my research, I aspire to contribute a framework that both practitioners and academics can use for understanding these dimensions.

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
B.A International Political Economy and French minor, Carthage College

Graduate Institution and Degree:
MSc, Business Design and Innovation, Carthage College

Relevant Professional Experience:

2020 – 2021. Community Schools Manager, United Way of Racine County

2019 – 2020. Design and Innovation Fellow, Learnlife and Carthage College

2018-2019. Community Development and Policy Studies Intern, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Teaching Experience:

Graduate Teaching Assistant, Managing Arts & Nonprofit Organizations, Carthage College, Fall 2019

Honors and Awards:

University Fellowship, The Ohio State University, 2021.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Student Advocate of the Year, Carthage College, 2019.

Game Changer Award, City of Chicago, 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.