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  • Alex Greer
    M.S. and B.A. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
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  • Andrew Haines
    MPA '03 – An accomplished local governmental leader and elected official.
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  • Chunjing Liu
    M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
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  • Cimone Philpotts
    MPA '13 - Experience in assistantships and Legislative Fellows supports career growth assisting legislators.
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  • Gwen Angalet
    Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
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  • Hira Rashid
    M.A. '15 – Fulbright scholar now in the Ph.D. program studying global health economics and urbanization.
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  • Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
    Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
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  • James B. Goetschius
    Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
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  • Jenna Bucsak
    B.A. and MPA '14 - Provides support for legislative and external affairs.
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  • John Carney
    MPA '86 – Newly elected Governor of the State of Delaware
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  • Kelsey Edmond
    M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
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  • Lindsey Interlante
    MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
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  • Mark Rucci
    B.A. and MPA '15 – Continuing his public policy education internationally.
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  • Meredith Rubin
    B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
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  • Paige Gugerty
    B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections bewteen healthcare providers and resources.
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  • Paul Ruiz
    B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's depencdence on oil.
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  • Stephanie Ottino
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
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  • Tom DeWire
    MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
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  • Yuliya Brel
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
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  • Megan Wakelee
    B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
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  • Zack Adinoff
    M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
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  • Jissell Martinez
    MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
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  • Scott Beale
    MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
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  • Matthew Garlipp
    B.A. '13 - Measuring perfomance and running analyses for a federal government agency.
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  • Merritt Burke IV
    MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
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  • Ryan Burke
    Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
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  • Allison Becker
    B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
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  • Serita Porter
    M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
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  • Kirsten Jones
    M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.e
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  • Elizabeth Burland
    M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
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  • Elizabeth Lockman
    M.A. '15 - Education policy and equity in the urban landscape; improving advocacy efforts in Wilmington.
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  • Thomas Martin
    Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
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  • Angela Gladwell
    M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
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  • Mark D. Stevens
    MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
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  • Courtney Mogavero
    B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
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  • Melanie Ross Levin
    B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
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  • Dená Brummer
    MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
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  • Eric Johnson
    Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
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  • David Rudder
    Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
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  • Erin Kennedy
    MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
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  • Tom Friedman
    MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
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  • Mike Morton
    MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
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  • Jonathan Kirch
    MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
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  • Albert Shields
    MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
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  • Kim Gomes
    MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
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  • Erika Farris
    M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
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  • Mike Fortner
    MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
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  • Emily Gonce
    MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
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  • Bill Clark
    MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
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  • Anastasia Kuzmina
    MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
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  • Barrett Edwards
    MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
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Sample Ph.D. dissertations

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A wide variety of dissertation topics from our interdisciplinary program

The capstone work for the Doctors of Philosophy is the dissertation. Here is a sampling of some of the quality work being generated by our doctoral students. Look for them as leaders in the fields of Environmental Policy, Historic Preservation, Community Development, Urban Planning, and Social Policy.

"An Exploration of School Resource Officer Arrests in Delaware", Kerrin Wolf, 2012.

"National Policy and Communit Cultural Democracy: Centralization and Decentralization of the Houses of Culture in Korea", Sunghee Choi, 2012.

"Effects of EU Anti-Corruption Mandates on the Romanian Judiciary", Ann Johnson, 2012.

"The Global Diffusion and Variations of Creative Industries for Urban Development: The Chinese Experience in Shanghai, Beijing and Ghangzhou", Xuan Jiang, 2012.

"The Spatial Concentration of Subsidized Housing", Rosalind Kotz, 2012.

"Informing Democracy?: Election Coverage by Cable News Networks in the 2008 Presidential Election", Cara Robinson, 2011.

"Lost in Translation: The Professional Public Health Discourse of Poor Health", Erin Knight, 2011.

"Media Citizenship and the 'Crisis of Democracy': From Political Agent to Shopper in the Political Supermarket" Tapas Ray, 2009. 

“A Poverty of Information: Public Health and the Local Television News” Judi Haberkorn - May, 2008 

“Privatization & Corporate Governance: Mining Synergy from Conflict Across Sectors” Ronald Sibert - January, 2006

“From Parks to Pills: A Political Ecology of Biodiversity Conservation in Costa Rica” Noah Toly - February, 2006 

“Graphic Dissent: The Editorial Cartoon View of Urban Conflict 1992-2001” Kristen Osborne - May, 2006

“Energy Consumption Behavior in the Commercial Sector: An Ethnographic Analysis of Utility Bill Information and Customer Comprehension in the Workplace” Christopher Payne - August, 2006 

“The Changing Paradigm of Agricultural Knowledge: The Policy, Memory, and Culture of the Maryland Tobacco Buyout”Kirk Ranzetta - August, 2006 

“The Reform of Energy Subsidies for the Enhancement of Marine Sustainability: An Empirical Analysis of Energy Subsidies Worldwide and an In-Depth Case Study of South Korea’s Energy Subsidy Policies” Jae-Hyun Shim - December, 2006

“Representative Bureaucracy: A Compelling State Interest” Victoria Stewart - August, 2005

“European Integration and Assessment of Entry Into the European Union – The Case Study of the Slovak Republic”Tibor Toth - August, 2005

“The Political Economy of the Local: An Inquiry into the Causes of Rural Livelihoods Vulnerability.” Bruce Imboela, 2004

“Gender, Tradition, and Sustainability: Evaluating the Applicability of Indigenous Knowledge in Post-Colonial Societies: The Example of Kenya.” Bosire Maragia, 2004

“Race at Work: Demystifying the Dominant Race-Neutral Narrative.” Stephanie McClellan, 2004

“New Policy Directions for Urban and Suburban Development – A Transatlantic Contribution to the Current U.S. Debate.” Christian Schlosser, 2004

“Russia in the Electronic World: Multilevel Pattern Analysis of Information Technology: Presence , Distribution, Access, and Development.” Elena Shainyan Settles, 2004

“Welfare Reform Policy Options: The Impact of the Baltimore, Maryland Intensive Family Support Services Program.” Jocelyn Taliaferro, 2004

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Sample Ph.D. dissertations from the urban affairs and public policy doctoral program at the School of Public Policy and Administration at University of Delaware.
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