Institutional Rep. Update
May / 2018
Equity and Inclusion Fellowship Application
With the deadline fast approaching, here are some tools to help you encourage your students to apply for the 2018 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship. We invite you to share these with your students and via your networks.

  • A full-page flyer (PDF)
  • Print-quality graphics in JPEG or PNG
  • Web-quality graphics in JPEG or PNG
(for use on social media, emails or website banners)

We have also drafted sample email text for you to easily copy and edit:

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, of which our institution is a member, offers an exclusive fellowship to attend the annual Fall Research Conference in November. As part of APPAM's commitment to an inclusive public policy field, the Equity & Inclusion Fellowship supports the participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the 2018 Fall Research Conference. This is the policy premier research conference attracting the highest-quality work on a wide variety of current and emerging policy and management issues.
The goal of this program is to introduce recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM, and foster lifelong engagement. While at the conference, fellows will have the opportunity to formally network with each other, engage in mentoring activities, and meet members of the APPAM Policy Council and Diversity Committee.

Application details:
  • Completed questionnaire.
  • CV or resume.
  • A 750-word statement on your academic training, goals, why attending the Fall Research Conference is important for professional development, and how you see yourself contributing to the APPAM community.
  • Letter of recommendation/support from a professor.

We encourage you to take advantage of this opportunity – the eligibility and application information is here: The deadline is May 25 th. Faculty, please be available to write a quick letter of recommendation for any of your interested students. We hope you are able to apply and attend!
Institutional Representatives Spring Meeting
Thank you for joining the Institutional Representatives meeting on May 8th - either in person or online. We appreciate all the work you do for your institution and APPAM, and hope to see all of you at the Fall Research Conference!

For your reference:
We also completed an infographic detailing the institutional membership benefits, both as an institution and for your students or junior staff via the complimentary memberships.

Print or share this resource with your networks:

  • Print-quality infographic (PDF)
  • Web-quality infographic (JPEG or PNG)
Institutions at the Fall Research Conference:
APPAM Institutional Members receive exclusive opportunities at the conference, including private interview space, affiliate receptions, and participation in the PhD Fair. All details and reservation information is available here .
Call for Proposals:
Public Policy Camp Proposals Due Tomorrow
Public Policy Camp is an initiative to introduce the field of public policy to a group of students who might not otherwise be familiar with it, as well as increase the pipeline of diverse students into APPAM institutional member graduate public policy and public affairs schools.

APPAM would like to host another Public Policy Camp event in the Fall and is requesting proposals from institutional members to host the event. Hosting the camp is a great opportunity to:
  • Meet and network with a promising group of underrepresented undergraduates that are interested in graduate school in public policy or public affairs.
  • Promote the field of public policy and public affairs.
  • Show off your campus, faculty and program to potential students.

The Public Policy Camp submission deadline is May 18 th .

2018 Award and Fellowship Nominations Are Open
Nominations for the 2018 awards, as well as the application for the 2018 Equity and Inclusion Fellowship and the 40 for 40 Fellowship, are open. All recipients will be honored at the 2018 Fall Research Conference.

  • 40 for 40 Fellowship
This 2018-exclusive program will provide funding for 40 outstanding early career research professionals to attend the Fall Research Conference. Any public policy researcher, academic, or practitioner within five years of the receipt of their terminal degree is eligible.

  • Equity and Inclusion Fellowship
The Equity and Inclusion Fellowship supports the travel and participation of up to 40 students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds at the Fall Research Conference. Fellowship recipients will have the opportunity to formally network with each other and with members of the Policy Council and Diversity Committee, recognizing them, their accomplishments and their bright futures.

Fellowship deadline is fast approaching. Apply by May 25 th .

  • David N. Kershaw Award
The Kershaw Award and Prize was established to honor persons who, at under the age of 40, have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management. It consists of a commemorative medal and a cash prize of $10,000.

  • PhD Dissertation Award
The PhD Dissertation Award recognizes emergent scholars in the field by presenting an award for the best PhD dissertation in public policy and management. Winners receive a cash award in the amount of $1,500 in addition to a plaque, recognition at the annual Fall Research Conference, and publication of an abstract in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management (JPAM).

  • Peter H. Rossi Award
The Rossi Award honors the lifetime achievements of Peter Rossi by recognizing important contributions to the theory or practice of program evaluation. The awardee gives a major talk at the annual Fall Research Conference, and receives a plaque, reimbursement for travel expenses to the meeting, and a cash award in the amount of $2,000, and is given out every other year.

APPAM International Conference:
Explore Sustainable Development in Mexico City
Please join us for the 2018 APPAM International Conference in Mexico City on July 19 - 20

This conference will host nearly 60 sessions and three plenaries built around the seven primary policy areas. The 2018 theme, Public Policy for Sustainable Metropolitan Development , will encompass a great number of topics, including sustainable economic development, secure cities, social services, public participation, and environmental sustainability.
Plenary summaries:
  • Environmental Challenges and Sustainability of Large Metro Areas
Adapting to environmental challenges requires attention to vulnerability and the goals of policy, as well as attention to collaboration from the social and natural sciences and the technology industries.

  • Presidential Election Results: The Implications of the July 1 Elections for the Public Policy Agenda, Directions, and Implementation
Expert academic panelists will offer commentary on the likely policy directions and challenges facing the new Mexican administration in relation to Mexico-US Relations across several principal sectors: trade, energy, migration, governance and political reform, and international relations writ large.

  • Metropolitan Sustainability and Mayoral Challenges for Large Multi-Jurisdictional Cities
Featuring four current and past mayors from Mexico and the USA, the conversation will focus upon two dimensions of governance: environmental policy and resilience; and planning and public engagement.

Explore the preliminary program here. Join researchers from around the world as they share unique perspectives on sustainability and development.

APPAM Leadership Blog:
Leaning On and Learning From Our Sister Associations
By Christopher (Kitt) Carpenter , APPAM Vice President

As an applied microeconomist who studies the causes and consequences of a range of public policies, I have always felt like APPAM is my primary intellectual home. Our journal is filled with research articles and spirited debates on policy topics I find interesting and important, and the Fall Research Conference is a wonderful way to see old friends, make new connections, and hear cutting edge public policy research from the top scholars and practitioners in the world. For me, APPAM has always felt like a perfect fit.

Part of this fondness, I think, goes back to my first experiences at the Fall Research Conferences in the early 2000's. A core group of scholars studying policy issues related to sexual minorities would organize a research session each year. Because there were so few of us doing this work, it was easy to reach out to those ‘usual suspects’ to see if they could contribute a paper.

In those days, it was not uncommon to have the LGBTQ session consist of three authors who presented and then discussed each other’s papers, and maybe an audience member or two. The sessions were good quality, but they were sparsely attended. It was hard to know whether it was lack of interest in the topics, poor scheduling, or something else.

And then something interesting started to happen.

Institutional Member Forum:
Duke/APPAM Opioid Forum Focused on Effective
 Partnerships and Data
Opioid misuse is a major epidemic across the nation. Local and state officials bear the burden of responses to the epidemic and need assistance coordinating research and resources.

The Institutional Member Forum, held on May 1, 2018, and hosted by Duke Policy Bridge at the Sanford School of Public Policy, connected the worlds of research and policy across this escalating public health epidemic.

Host a forum:
Institutional Member Forums were created to help better connect the worlds of research and policy. Review the forum information and submit a proposal here.
APPAM Webinar:
DACA: Policy, Community, and Global Implications
What are the effects of the current DACA instability on families? Communities? What does the legal fight mean for immigration globally? What are the politics of the issue? What does the research say?

APPAM experts address these questions, as well as the issue of how to inform policymakers grappling with the effects of the policy within their own communities.

Host a webinar or podcast:
APPAM members are eligible to host an episode of The Wonk podcast. Email Meghan Grenda,, for more information. We also encourage all members interested in hosting a webinar to also send a proposal to Meghan.
Job Board:
Find the Right Candidate with a Job Listing Discount is a source for professional jobs in the public sector - government, nonprofits and NGO's, consulting, and academia - and for advice and information about public service careers.

Listed opportunities span all sectors and levels: federal, state, county, and local government; nonprofit organizations and associations; think tanks and research organizations; academia; consulting; and the private sector. It is also the only career site geared for recent graduates that filters by degree level (bachelor's, master's, or doctorate).

APPAM Members in the News
Congratulations to members Anjali Adukia , University of Chicago, Rajeev Darolia , University of Kentucky, Dania Francis , University of Massachusetts, and Emily Penner , University of California, Irvine, on being named NAEd/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellows!
Anna Markowitz, a post-doctoral associate at the Curry School of Education and a developmental psychologist at EdPolicyWorks, was selected to the 2018 cohort of Emerging Education Policy Scholars ( EEPS).

"EEPS brings up-and-coming scholars to Washington DC to meet with education-policy experts, and to brainstorm new directions for K–12 education research. Markowitz is focusing on how policy systems influence schools, early education contexts, and families, and thereby shape human development."
American University's Derek Hyra and Kathryn Pettit from Urban Institute were each quoted in this New York Times article about upscale developments in downtown Durham, NC, that have drawn a largely wealthy and white demographic.

“We don’t want a downtown where only rich people and white people feel comfortable,” said Jillian Johnson, mayor pro tempore on the City Council. “Left to its own devices, this market will trend to the people who have the most money to spend. In order to make downtown accessible and comfortable, there has to be more of an intentional push to maintain some of that racial and socioeconomic diversity.”
The Washington Post referenced research by Urban Institute's Diane Levy in this column about potential rent hikes and work requirements for affordable housing.

"As a January Urban Institute report on current HUD work-requirement pilot programs shows, only a very small percentage, usually less than 10 percent, of current housing aid recipients are nonworking, able-bodied, non-elderly adults. "

Read the full report.
Nathan Favero from American University wrote at The Conversation about barriers to successful graduation of Pell Grant recipients, who are more likely to belong to a racial minority, to have parents who never went to college, and to be parents themselves.

"So, why are so many low-income college students not completing their degrees within this time frame? The question is an important one because last year the federal government spent $26.9 billion dollars on Pell Grants. It’s also important because Pell Grant recipients can expect to earn substantially higher salaries if they complete their degrees. "
Research by professional member Darrick Hamilton and student member Mark Paul (both from Duke University), with co-authors, was quoted in a Think Progress blog about how racism is woven into the structure of the economy.

"Their claims are bolstered by a growing body of research which demonstrates that systemic racism – not a lack of effort, education or family structure – is chiefly to blame for perpetuating the yawning and consistent racial wealth gap in the United States. "

Read the full report.
UMBC's Chris Curran was quoted in this Education Week post, siting his research on school disciplinary options.

"Changes in what we put in schools' codes of conduct can have very real effects on students," Curran said. "Instead of saying well, a fight automatically goes to a suspension because that's the only option listed there, they may have four or five options to respond."
Jenny Schuetz from the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program explores housing gains and losses across the country.

"U.S. housing markets have mostly recovered from the foreclosure crisis of the mid-2000s. But now analysts and commentators point to another concern: housing prices are rising faster than incomes because supply isn’t expanding enough."
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Mark Your Calendars for These Important Dates
May 18 : Public Policy Camp proposals due
May 25: Equity and Inclusion Fellowship applications due
Mid-July: Notifications for Fall Research Conference submissions.

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