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UPCOMING EVENTS

  • Program of Study Meeting with first year MPP students: 11:30-12:00, MPP Graduate Student Hub, Bexell Hall.
  • PhD student Arini Utami will defend her dissertation "Community Resilience to Climate Change in Rural Java, Indonesia," March 6 (Monday), 3:00-5:00 pm, Willamette East Room, Valley Library.
  • MPP student Mohsin Amin will defend his MPP Essay "An Institutional Analysis of the Afghanistan Power Sector: Barriers to Achieving Universal Access to Electricity," March 13 (Monday), 9:30-11:30 am, 305 Kearney Hall.
  • PhD student Hillary Fishler will defend her dissertation "How We've Rebuilt: Collaboration, Community, Institutions and Adaptation Following Catastrophic Wildland Fire in the United States," March 17 (Friday), 1:00-3:00 pm, 322 Bexell Hall.
  • The 2016-17 SPP Brownbag Series meets throughout each quarter on Fridays at where public policy faculty and students present their research. Contact Professor Paul Thompson in the Economics Program for more information.

STUDENT NEWS AND EVENTS

2016-17

  • MPP Alumnus Andrew Tanner and Professor Alison Johnston have published their paper "The Impact of Rural Electric Access on Deforestation Rates" in Science Direct.
  • MPP student Mohsin Amnin has published an article ("The Story Behind China's Long-Stalled Mine in Afghanistan") in The Diplomat, January 7, 2017.
  • PhD student Juan Pablo Pinilla Jara has been selected as a 2017 Research Vistor at the Kellogg Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
  • MPP students Daniel Gray and Sione Filimoehala have been selected as 2017 Oregon Legislative Policy and Research Interns.
  • New MPP and PhD students met for the first time at our annual field trip to the Oregon Coast (picture below):
    Photo by PhD student Edward Louie


    (Photos: Edward Louie)
  • MPP Alumna Bridget Burns has been named one of the "Sixteen Most Innovative People in Higher Education" by the Washington Monthly (Sept/Oct 2016).
  • While currently finishing her dissertation, Emily Wornell (MPP Alumna 2012) has already been offered (and accepted) a position as Assistant Professor of Research at  Ball State University, Indiana, working with RUPRI and the Ball State Center for Business and Economic Research. She will also be heading a new 2-year, $40,000 research project on immigration in Indiana.
  • The OSU Carbon Action Plan was completed in a collaboration between the OSU Policy Analysis Laboratory (OPAL), the OSU Sustainability Office and a committed group of faculty, staff and students.
  • PhD Student Edward Louie has published a paper on the topic of Energy Economics: Louie, E. P., & Pearce, J. M. (2016). Retraining Investment for US Transition from Coal to Solar Photovoltaic Employment. Energy Economics.
  • These are our 2016 Commencement MPP Participants - representing 7 different countries and 4 different U.S. states.


  • 2016 Public Policy Graduate Program End of Year Party:


  • PhD graduate Misty Freeman and Professor Denise Lach at the 2016 Commencement.


  • Students from the Masters and PhD program in Public Policy joined fellow students from Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Warsaw for the 14th Transatlantic Students Symposium during Spring Break for a joint field trip in California and a student conference back at OSU. The topic this year was "The Politics and Culture of Resilience."
  • MPP and PhD Students met with Congressman Peter DeFazio (Oregon) Spring Quarter, 2016 to discuss current policy challenges.
  • The Graduate School posted a feature story on PhD student Leanne Giordono.
  • The 5th Social Justice Conference, with presentations from students from the Public Policy Graduate Program and others, took place on May 6 in the Native American Longhouse as part of Holocaust Memorial Week 2016.
  • Terra Magazine reported on MPP Alumnus Zachary Dunn's work on the Trans-African HydroMeteorological Observatory in Africa.
  • MPP student Mohsin Amin, whose area of interest is energy policy, recently published an article in Foreign Policy magazine. This is one of the most widely read journals on US foreign policy and global affairs. The article deals with a gas pipeline project in South Asia: A Pipeline to South Asia Prosperity.
  • MPP students Ennada Lagouit (Morroco Fulbright) and Anna Karmazina (Russia Fulbright) have been selected to participate in NASPAA's Student Simulation Competition at the Sol Price School of Public Policy, University of Southern California. 
  • Former MPP student Gabriel Wigtil's article "'Places where wildfire potential and social vulnerability coincide in the coterminous United States" - which is based on his MPP Essay - has been accepted for publication in the International Journal of Wildland Fire.

2015

  • The Brownbag Seminar Schedule for Winter Quarter can be found on the SPP web site.
  • MPP student Stephen Naimoli has been selected as a Semi-Finalist for the 2016 Presidential Managagement Fellows Program.
  • The work of MPP students Meredith Booker and Joe Whitley was featured in the November newsletter for the Multnomah County Health Department, which also employs MPP alumna Shannon Campbell.
  • Ambassador Mary Yates (Ambassador to Burundi 1999-2002, to Ghana 2002-2005) has met with the Women in Policy group on Friday, October 23, 2015, sharing this advice:


    "It is possible. Take on difficult jobs, do things you don't believe you are capable of, and love every minute of it. When a door opens for you, go through it, you never know where it will lead, or what other doors will be open because of it. Say yes to all kinds of opportunities. Work hard, and do things that you think are important, not just things that are important to others."



    (MPP Student Meredith Brooks, PhD Student Ashley Parker, Ambassador Yates, PhD Student Misty Freeman, Debbie Colbert (Secretary of the Board of Trustees), PhD Student Iva Sokolovska PhD Student).

  • Public Policy students and faculty participated in our first International Potluck on October 21, 2015, sharing dishes from their home countries and states.



    (Photos: Edward Louie)
  • New MPP and PhD students met for the first time at our annual field trip to the Oregon Coast.
    Photo by PhD student Edward Louie
    (Photo: Edward Louie)
  • Drawing on insights from the study of social movements, the aim of the Renewable Energy Siting in the West Policy Clinic is to understand the factors and processes that drive mobilization against renewable energy facility proposals in the Western US (California, Idaho, Oregon and Washington). Why do some communities respond quickly and forcefully to a siting announcement, while others remain passive? How do individual community members join together to launch a mobilization effort? Why do some community groups turn to more disruptive activities, like protests and demonstrations, while some rely on other forms of political participation, like public hearings and letter writing?  Professors Hilary Boudet and Brent S. Steel have been working with MPP and PhD students on a USDA grant to answer these questions and more. The goal of this research is to better comprehend the factors and processes that spark local community mobilization in the context of renewable energy siting.
  • MPP student and Fulbright Scholar Anna Karmazina has received a Muskey Fellowship on Renewable Energy for her internship with the Utah Governor's Office.
  • PhD student and Fulbright Scholar Arini Utami received a grant from the Oregon SYLFF Fellowship for International Research to conduct her dissertation research in Indonesia.
  • PhD student Leanne Giordono has received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship for 2015-2020.  
  • MPP student Shivani Mathur received a year long paid internship with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory for 2014-15.
  • MPP students Anna Kelly and Josh Merritt published their 2014 Energy Policy Research Conference conference paper "Hybrid Systems: A Review of Current and Future Feasibility" in the Electricity Journal (vol. 27, issue 9, pp. 97-104).
  • MPP student Joshua Merritt has received a Next Generation Safeguards Internship with the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.
  • MPP students Jenna Knobloch, Latifa Salih and Stephanie Shepart, along with PhD students Sasha Buylova Sara Miller Chonaiew, participated in the 2015 ICRPS Summer Institute.
  • MPP students Dan Roper and Bryan Theis received Oregon Legislative Research Internships for the 2015 Legislative Session.
  • PhD student Suman Pant received a second grant from the Oregon SYLFF Fellowship for International Research program for 2015.
  • MPP students Nathan Davis, Julia McKenna, Anna Karmazina, Iana Shevtsova and Iaroslav Vugniavi participated in the 13th Transatlantic Students Symposium in Poland, together with fellow OSU students organized by Intercultural Students Services, namely Daryl Adkins, Kali Furman, Shalece Rains and Lisa Taieb, as well as students from Humboldt University Berlin and the University of Warsaw.

  • MPP student Alida Karakushi, an Albania Fulbright student, has posted an editorial in the Balkanist about recent protest events in Macedonia: http://balkanist.net/op-ed-countdown-gruevski/
  • MPP Graduates at 2015 Commencement:

2014

  • MPP student Rose Hickman has been awarded a 2014-15 Fulbright U.S. Student Award to Mexico.
  • MPP graduate Damon Rundberg talked about the economy in Central Oregon on "Think Out Loud."
  • MPP Fulbright student Kwami Dorkenou's home flag from Togo was added to the international flag connection in the OSU Memorial Union:
  • MPP students Seth Sherry and Daniel Roper, along with PhD students Casey Taylor and Anna Pakenham Stevenson, participated in the 2014 International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute at the Autonomous University of the State Of Mexico, June-July.

2013

  • MPP students Elise Korejwa, Julia McKenna and Jessica Nguyen-Ventura have been appointed Oregon Fellows for 2014.
  • Becky Arce and Mariana Amorim both received 2013-14 Graduate Internationalization Grants to coinduct research in the United Kingdom and Brazil respectively.
  • Former MPP student Bridget Burns, who works as chief of staff of the Oregon University System and is currently serving as an American Council on Education Fellow at Arizona State University, has been awarded the Edwin Crawford Award for Innovation (see also the video).
  • MPP faculty and students met with MPP Alumni in Washington, DC in October 2013.

  • The Public Policy Graduate Program Fall 2013 Orientation took place September 27 (Friday) at the Oregon Coast Aquarium and the OSU Hatfield Marine Science Center, Newport, Oregon.



  • The new Women in Policy web site is online. Oregon State University’s Women in Policy student group seeks to serve as a platform for increased collaboration and education for those interested in policy topics, which span all disciplines, including social and natural sciences. The group also aims to build a diverse member base, from casually interested observers to those who are actively pursuing careers in policy-making. Central to the group is to recognize and raise awareness among members and the broader community about historical and current under-representation of women in the policy process. WIP invites both undergraduate and graduate students of any gender to contribute towards this goal. Staff/faculty and community members are also encouraged to participate.
  • MPP students Jos Grandolfo, Rose Hickman, Kyle Janssen, Elizabeth O'Casey Andrew Spaeth, Dolores Vazquez, and PhD Student Suman Pant participated in the 10th International Comparative Rural Policy Summer Institute in Bertinoro, Italy.

  • Mark Lubell, UC-Davis Professor in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy, presented a one-day workshop on social network analysis for graduate students and faculty on Friday, May 10.  The workshop was co-sponsored by the Dubach Fellowship and the School of Public Policy.  Dr. Lubell’s described how he uses network analysis to look at California water management, sustainable viticulture, and climate change networks.  He also introduced students to powerful new network analysis software ORA. The slides can be downloaded as a PDF.

     

 

 

 

  • Current MPP graduate student and long-time American Fisheries Society member Jeremiah Osborne-Gowey recently helped craft a legislative briefing paper on the impacts of suction dredge mining on Oregon's fishes and aquatic habitats. He met with several key legislators to bring science to bear in the policy discussions and to discuss the findings and the society's recommendations to help further minimize risk to fishes and habitats. The paper was read into testimony in a hearing in April 2013 and was partly responsible for helping the bill move out of committee (see Oregonian article). Jeremiah will continue meeting with legislators and testifying at hearings as various suction dredge mining bills move through the Oregon legislature this session.

 

 

 

  • PhD student Suman Pant has been awarded a 2013-14 Oregon University System Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) Graduate Fellowship for International Research.
  • PhD student Misty Freeman participated in the 2013 National Education for Women (NEW) Leadership Oregon training program at Portland State University.
  • MPP student Zachary Dunn has been awarded a 2013-14 Boron Fellowship to conduct research and language training in Kenya.
  • MPP students Rebecca Arce, Sneha Gantla, Clair Clark, Alethia Miller and Joey Carroll represented the MPP program and OSU at the OSU Day in Salem, April 17.

  • The MPP Program along with Intercultural Student Services held the Second Annual Social Justice Conference as part of OSU Holocaust Memorial Week on April 12, 10:30 am to 6:00 pm in the Asian Pacific Room, Memorial Union.

  • MPP student Jason Creighton is a finalist for the 2013 Presidential Management Fellows Program
  • MPP student Matthew Palm won the OSU Graduate School's 2013 "Scholars Insights" program where students get three minutes to present their research to change the world.  See the press coverage at the Gazette Times Newspaper and the event on OSU Media Space.

    Matthew would like to recognize his adviser Dr. B Starr McMullen and the Furman Fellowship for supporting his work.  He would also like to thank Brian Gregor, the author of Oregon's Greenhouse Gas Statewide Transportation Emissions Model (GreenSTEP), for initiating this project.

  • MPP students Mariana Amorim, Rebecca Arce, Zachary Dunn, Snehalatha Gantla, Paul Meuse, and Meghann Rhynard-Geil participated in the 11th Transatlantic Students Symposium in Poland.

  • School of Public Policy faculty and students conducted a study for the Oregon State Legislature in 2013 that examined the participants in the State's Oregon Senior and Disabled Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors and the Disabled. Read about the study in the Salem Statesman Journal. MPP student Conor Wall and Professors Bruce Weber and Brent Steel presented the results of the Oregon Senior and Disabled Property Tax Deferral Study to the Oregon House of Representatives Revenue Committee and Oregon Senate Revenue Committee on March 22, 2013. 
  • Public Policy graduate students Misty Freeman (MPP 2012 & PhD) and Alethia Miller have both been awarded 2013 Oregon Legislative Internships, which come with 6 month stipends.
  • MPP student Chris Brainerd presented a paper on the Oregon state budget process at the 2013 Western Political Science Association Meetings in Hollywood, California.

2012

  • MPP student Sarah Cline has been sworn in as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for the Grand Ronde Tribal Court.
  • 2011 MPP graduate Bridget Burns was selected for the 2012 "40 under 40 Award" by the Portland Business Journal. Bridget is currently the Chief of Staff for the Oregon University System where she works with the Chancellor as a key policy advisor.
  • 2008 MPP graduate Emily Kearney was just appointed Program Officer for the Secretary's Office of Global Women's Issues, U.S. Department of State.
  • MPP students Charles Lanfear and Sarah Cline are recent recipients of the 2012-13 Lottery Graduate Scholarship.

2011

  MPP student Suman Pant returned to her home country of Nepal during the Summer of 2011 to conduct research on the impact of ecotourism on community sustainability in the Annapurna Sanctuary.  Suman conducted field research in the communities of Ghalegaon, Ghanpokhara, Saitku and Bhujung.

  

Oregon State University Day at the Capital, Salem, Oregon 2011
(Misty Freeman, Corey Crowley-Hall, Evan Sorce, Carlos Algara, Hua Wang and Kelly Dickinson)

 

   

 

Misty Freeman and Ruby Moon, 2011 ICRPS Field School, Norway (Sogn og Fjordane County) 

  • MPP students Chrysanthemum Mattison and Hillary Fishler (third and fourth from left in the picture) attended the 9th Transatlantic Students Symposium held March 4-13 in Madrid and Berlin. The Transatlantic Student Symposium was notably full of firsts in terms of professional, academic, and cultural experiences. Through discussions, academic lectures, visits to historical, cultural, and political sites, and our individual research presentations graduate students from Humboldt University, Georgetown University, and Oregon State University collaborated on the many facets of the global financial crisis. Student involvement was the heart of the symposium. Chrysanthemum said "While we each brought a different perspective and area of interest to the symposium, our time together resulted in revelations about the interconnectedness of our disciplines and the implications of social, political, and economic decisions around the world. I have a new level of understanding about the work I do in the MPP program. Seeing first hand the value and importance of strong working relationships between countries and peers leave me feeling reinvigorated and excited to keep studying policy and apply what I learn to the transatlantic community."
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    Heather Boyd (pictured above) is interning and conducting research with Women in Progress (WIP), a fair trade and non-profit organization in the Cape Coast of Ghana. WIP works to reduce the economic inequality of women by helping women grow their businesses. Heather is focusing on micro-finance, development, and how these relate to the concept of women's empowerment in an international context.
MPP student Zack Reeves has just been awarded the 2011 Oregon Sea Grant Legislative Fellowship (http://seagrant.oregonstate.edu/funding/fellowships/legislative_fellow.html).

2010

  • Yao Yin was selected to participate in the 2010 Sante Fe Institute's Summer School on Global Sustainability.

2009

  • yao2Yao Yin's (pictured on right) paper "Maximizing Local Sustainability: The Way to Sustain Global Companies Facing the Revival of Political and Economic Boundaries" was selected by the St. Gallen Symposium as one of the best student research papers in a worldwide competition. She was invited to present her paper at the Symposium inSwitzerland, 2009. Yao has also been selected as a student assistant for the 2009 ESRI User Conference in San Diego, California.
  • Alejandra Juarez was awarded a 2009-2010 Oregon University System SYLFF Graduate Fellowship for International Research.
  • Skye Root is the recipient of the 2009 Oregon Sea Grant Graduate Research Fellowship.
  • Kristin Chatfield has received a $2,500 grant from the OSU Rural Studies Program to support her work with Oregon Housing and Community Services as part of the Rural Continuum of Care Program.
  • Pami Monnette has received a $2,500 grant from the OSU Rural Studies Program to help an organization in Coos Bay assess their low income residents' housing and hunger needs.
  • Professor Scott Akins and recent graduate Richard Stansfield have an article accepted for publication in Homicide Studies Journal ("Immigration, Economic Disadvantage and Homicide: A Community-level analysis of Austin, Texas). 

2008

  • Lauren Goschke, Elizabeth O'Neill and Yao Yin were selected and received scholarships to participate in the National Education for Women's Leadership Conference that is being held at Portland State University, June 19 to 24, 2008.
  • Stephanie Ogden has won the 2008 University Club of Portland Scholarship and a 2008 Oregon Lottery Scholarship.
  • Vince Adams was awarded a 2008 Oregon Lottery Scholarship.

  • Sarah Kopper (picture above) is working in Senegal, Africa for the African development NGO Tostan. "Tostan's mission is to empower African communities to bring about sustainable development and positive social transformation based on respect for human rights." 

2007

  • Catherine Clark and Yao Yin delivered a whitepaper ("The Sustainability of Biomass Energy in the Pacific Northwest') at the Biomass Feedstock Partnership Workshop sponsored by OSU Sun Grant in Portland, Oregon, August 27-29, 2007 (the whitepaper is available below).
  • Elizabeth O’Neill published a report on "Paid Maternity Leave for the Institute for Women’s Policy." She presented the findings of the report at a U.S. Congressional subcommittee during August, 2007. Elizabeth has also been appointed as a research assistant for the Research Network on Gender Politics and the State. 
  • Pursuing an international track in the Masters in Public Policy, Melissa mel-unBraybrooks has taken advantage of opportunities, exploring a diverse range of internationally related policy sectors and topics while in the program. Melissa participated in the 2007 International Comparative Rural Policy Seminar (ICRPS), held in Solsona, Spain. The annual Rural Policy Consortium gathers Masters and PhD students, faculty, professionals and varying levels of government officials from Canada, Europe, the USA, and South America in an effort to strengthen communication among stakeholders of rural development; instigate dialogue between regions and countries with varying policy methods and implementation strategies; and introduce techniques, methodology, and tools that can support such comparative processes.
    In the summer of 2007 Melissa took an internship with the Bulgarian NGO Bluelink in Sophia Bulgaria (http://www.bluelink.net/en/). The position required a range of multidisciplinary duties that were aimed at supporting the organizations objectives of offering a free virtual network to heighten communication, and participation among public, third sector, and governmental entities involved in issues of environment, sustainable development, democracy and civil society within Bulgaria.
    In January 2008 Melissa will begin a fellowship with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) in Geneva Switzerland, working within the Economic Integration and Cooperation Division to assist in works on several policy projects in biomass in Russia, Indonesia & Malaysia.
    In addition, Melissa has been offered a position with the Rome based Vision and Value Management Consulting organization, and its sister company Vision Think Tank, which offer a synergy of resources related to policy integration issues, such as risk assessment, territorial marketing and regional economic policies. Melissa’s particular project relates directly with her research in accession policy, specifically economic and entrepreneurial policy in the regions of South Eastern Europe.

2006

  • Bridget Burns is the Chair of the Oregon Student Assistance Commission, having been appointed by Governor Kulongoski in January of 2006. She previously served on the State Board of Higher Education from 2003 to 2006 and currently works as a consultant for the Oregon University System. Bridget also served on the Oregon Citizens Commission on the Legislature, a 30-person commission evaluating Oregon governmental practices.

 

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Graduate Updates and Student Success

Graduates of the MPP program have found jobs as Research Analysts, Data and Policy Analysts, Program Managers, Public Economists, Environmental Consultants, Community Outreach Specialists, Development Specialists, Policy Advisors, Environmental Educators, and Program Analysts in such organizations as the Oregon Progress Board, U.S. Census Bureau, Oregon Employment Department, Oregon Administrative Services Department, Oregon Department of Business Services, Oregon Legislative Revenue Office, Oregon Housing and Community Services Department, U.S. House of Representatives, U.S.D.A. Forest Service, Mercy Corps, Rural Development Initiative, Oregon Poison Center, Multnomah County (OR), and Wirthy Environmental Consulting. Graduates have also went on to other graduate programs including law school (e.g., Columbia School of Law) and Ph.D. programs (e.g., University of Oregon's Sociology Ph.D. program and OSU's Environmental Science Ph.D. program).

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2006 MPP graduate Alex Johnson (picture on the left) has been appointed to the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, also known as the Helsinki Commission. Alex is formerly a recipient of a Congressional Black Caucus Fellowship and currently is a policy advisor for U.S. Representative Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL).

2007 MPP graduate Sara Curiel (picture on the right with Governor Kulongoski), now the Community Development Coordinator for Rural Development Initiatives (a rural development nonprofit), recently received a $400,000 grant from the Northwest Area Foundation to continue her work on Latino Outreach in Rural Communities. Sara’s Latino Outreach program was initially developed with OSU Extension and the OSU Sustainable Rural Communities Initiative.