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Dr. Stephanie Moulton’s research interests include public policy implementation, evaluation and management. Moulton specializes in housing and consumer finance policies and programs implemented by federal, state and nonprofit organizations, with a focus on vulnerable populations.

Moulton is currently studying consumer decision-making regarding mortgages, and the role of public policy and program interventions to improve mortgage outcomes. She is the principal investigator on a randomized evaluation of financial planning interventions for low-income homebuyers (with funding from the Social Security Administration’s Financial Literacy Research Consortium), and the principal investigator on a multi-phase analysis of the financial decision-making of seniors considering reverse mortgages (with funding from the MacArthur Foundation and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development). She also studies homeownership programs administered by state housing finance agencies, including first-time homebuyer programs and foreclosure prevention initiatives.

Prior to her academic career, Moulton worked in the nonprofit sector, designing and managing asset building, homeownership, and community development programs at the local and state levels.

In addition to research and teaching at The Ohio State University, Moulton is appointed to the Charitable Advisory Council to the Ohio Attorney General, provides policy and research assistance to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency and the Office of Affordable Housing Research, and is an appointed research affiliate to the Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Moulton received her doctorate in public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University.

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
COVID-19
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
COVID-19
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
Economics
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
COVID-19
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.