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Department of Public Administration & Policy


SPA: Public Administration
Ward, Room

Graduate programs:

SPA: Public Administration
4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8070

Department of Public Administration & Policy Research Seminar Series - Spring 2016

All seminars convene on Thursdays from noon to 1:15 pm in Mary Graydon Center 315 unless otherwise noted.

January 21

Shifting College Majors in Response to Advance Placement Exam Scores

Jonathan Smith, Policy Research Scientist, College Board

January 28

Classics of Public Administration

Al Hyde, Visiting Scholar, DPAP

February 4

A Matter of Trust: Street Level Bureaucrats, Organizational Climate and Performance Management Reform

Katharine Destler, Assistant Professor of Public Administration, George Mason University

February 11

Coming of Age in the Other America

Stefanie DeLuca, Associate Professor of Sociology, Johns Hopkins University

February 25

Emotional Judges and Unlucky Juveniles

Naci Mocan, Ourso Distinguished Professor of Economics, Louisiana State University

March 3

The Financial Savvy Index: A Measure of Financial Capability Utilizing Exploratory Factor Analysis

Carletta Sims, Post-Doctoral Fellow, DPAP

March 14

Note: This event will take place on a Monday in MGC 247 (12:00 - 1:15 pm)
Sector Differences in Credentialing Programs: Theory Gaps and Empirical Pursuits

Mary Tschirhart, Professor of Public Affairs, The Ohio State University

March 24

Metropolitan Policy Center Event: 4-6 pm in SIS Founders Room

Ed Glaeser, Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics, Harvard University

March 29

Washington Institute of Public Affairs Research Event

Sheldon Danziger, President, Russell Sage Foundation; Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor Emeritus of Public Policy, University of Michigan

March 31

The Social Entrepreneur's Dilemma: Entrepreneurial Strategy and Charter School Performance

Chao Guo, Associate Professor of Nonprofit Management, University of Pennsylvania

April 7

Can Small Changes to Financial Aid Award Notifications Affect College Enrollment and Borrowing? Experimental and Quasi-experimental Evidence

Kelly Ochs Rosinger, Postdoctoral Research Associate, EdPolicyWorks, University of Virginia

April 14

Changes in Income-based Gaps in Parent Behavior with Young Children from 1988-2012

Rebecca Ryan, Associate Professor of Psychology, Georgetown University

April 21

Finite Population Causal Standard Errors

Jeff Wooldridge, University Distinguished Professor of Economics, Michigan State University


Please contact Seth Gershenson at with any questions.