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Noah Dormady

Associate Professor


Dr. Noah Dormady teaches and conducts research in the areas of applied public policy analysis, energy policy, environmental policy, economic resilience, and terrorism and natural hazards.

Dormady’s energy and environmental work evaluates the interactions between deregulated electricity markets and market-based environmental policies. His work in this area has focused mainly on the economic efficiency of market design, deregulation and issues of competition under market power (e.g., monopolies).

His work on the economic analysis of resilience has focused on the impacts of terrorism events and natural hazards on regional economies. This work provides insights and strategies for businesses and governments to minimize the severity of economic shocks from natural hazards and terrorism, and provides insights to policymakers on how to improve resilience.

Dormady’s work has been widely funded by an array of federal, state, private and nonprofit organizations. These include the Department of Homeland Security, the National Science Foundation, the National Center for the Middle Market, the John Randolph and Dora Haynes Foundation and the Center for Climate Strategies. Through his work with the Center for Climate Strategies, he has conducted research for over 17 state governments on the economic impacts of state-level environmental policy.

Dr. Dormady is affiliated with two U.S. Department of Homeland Security National Centers of Excellence. He is a faculty affiliate at the Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is also a CREATE Fellow at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s National Center for Risk and the Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events at the University of Southern California. He is the 2012 co-recipient of the national REMI Award for Economic Analysis from Regional Economic Models Inc.

At the Glenn College, Dormady teaches courses at both the graduate and undergraduate level in public policy analysis, energy policy, environmental policy, risk and decision analysis, and public sector economics.

Dormady received his doctorate from the University of Southern California. He and his wife are proud parents and just celebrated their 15th wedding anniversary. 

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.