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Nicole Rodriguez Leach

PhD Student

Hometown: New York, New York

Undergraduate Institution and Major:
Wesleyan University, BA in Anthropology

Graduate Institution and Major:
The New School – Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy, MS in Urban Policy Analysis and Management

Research Interests:
Nicole Rodriguez Leach’s research interests are broadly concerned with social policies and management practices at the nexus of education and criminal justice systems. More specifically, she is interested in policing in schools, processes of racialization, higher education programs in prison, incarceration and family demography, and the influence of philanthropy in public policy and administration. To date, Rodriguez Leach’s career has focused on fostering thriving and inclusive environments that promote child and family well-being, and she remains connected to nonprofit and school communities through board service. Her research interests build from these professional and volunteer experiences. Rodriguez Leach is particularly interested in applying mixed methods approaches and conducting community-informed research.

Teaching Experience:
Graduate Teaching Assistant at The Ohio State University

  • PUBAFRS 6080: Concepts and Methods of Program Evaluation, Spring 2021
  • PUBAFRS 6500: Written and Oral Communication Skills, Fall 2020
  • PUBAFRS 7554: Online Master of Public Administration and Leadership (MPAL) Capstone, Spring 2021
  • PUBAFRS 7990: Performance Management in the Public Sector, Fall 2020

Course Design at The Ohio State University

  • Theories of Racial Justice in Public Administration (Doctoral Group Study), 2020-2021
  • Critical Perspectives, Organizations and Social Change (Independent Doctoral Seminar), Summer 2020

Relevant Professional Experience:

  • Director, Aprendes Foundation
  • Vice President, Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation & CSR Americas
  • Program Officer, Stella and Charles Guttman Foundation
  • Public Policy Analyst and Program Design Consultant - The Children’s Aid Society Girls Preparatory Charter School, Lawyers Alliance for Children
  • Education Director, East Harlem Tutorial Program
  • Teacher, Germantown Friends School

Honors & Awards:

  • University Fellowship, Ohio State University, 2019
  • Jacob M. Kaplan Award for Outstanding Graduate Student in Urban Policy, The New School, 2011
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.