2019 Graduates

ABBAS, QAMMAR. "The Economic Effects of 2018 U.S. Steel Tariffs: An Application of Event Study Methodology"

  • Committee: Victor Tremblay (Chair), Carol Tremblay & Elizabeth Schroeder
  • Policy Interests: Economic Policy
  • Award: Fulbright Scholar
  • Country: Pakistan

ALVARADO, ANGELA PATRICIA LAVADO. "Understanding Institutional Barriers and Opportunities to Food-Water-Energy Nexus Policy Implementation in Oregon"

  • Committee: Erika Allen Wolters (Chair), Rebecca L. Warner & Brent S. Steel
  • Policy Interests: Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Country: Columbia

CHIFAMBA, BONIFACE. "California Higher Education: Are the California Promise Programs Contributing to Student Success and More Diverse Institutions"

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Michelle Inderbitzen & Rican Vue
  • Policy Interests: Social and Education Policy

DANIEL, ALLISON. "Public Opinion and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus: Using Shared Preferences as a Pathway to Policy"

  • Committee: Erika Allen Wolters (Chair), Rebecca L. Warner & Brent S. Steel
  • Policy Interests: Environmental, Sustainability Policy
  • Internship: Sustainable Northwest

DeFELICE, JESSICA. "An Evaluation of the Search Advocate Program at Oregon State University: Identifying Strengths and Opprtunities for Development"

  • Committee: Rebecca L. Warner (Chair), Kelsey Kretschmer & John Edwards
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Internship: OSU Equal Opportunity and Access

LADE, ANDREW. "Eroding Narratives: Applying the Narrative Policy Framework to a Coastal Erosion Narrative Shift"

  • Committee: Michael Jones (Chair), Lori Cramer & Brett Burkhardt
  • Policy Interests: Environmental Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Transportation, Office of Civil Rights; Oregon State Senate

LARMER, ZOE. "Searching for Equity: An Analysis of Preferences in the Housing Search Process"

  • Committee: Vic Tremblay (Chair), Carol Tremblay & Rican Vue
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy


  • MAZHINYAN, ARPINE. "Child Poverty in the U.S. and Europe:  From Conceptualization to Policy Action"
  • Committee: Mark Edwards (Chair), Sarah Henderson & David Rothwell
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Award: Fulbright Scholar
  • Country: Armenia

MILOVANOVIC, DINA. "Local Cultures and Policy Development in Post-Conflict Socieities Under U.N. Missions: The Case of United Nations Mission in Kosovo"

  • Committee: Sarah Henderson (Chair), Patrick Emerson & Brent S. Steel
  • Policy Interests: International Policy
  • Country: Serbia

MOLINE, HEATHER MAE. "Kids in the Grid: The Role of Family Energy Lifestyles in Changing Energy-Use Behaviors"

  • Committee: Hilary Boudet (Chair), David Bernell & Troy Hall
  • Policy Interests: Environmental Policy Policy
  • Award: 2019 National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) Advanced Study Program (ASP) Colloquium
  • Internship: Sustainable Northwest

OSIPOVA, POLINA. "Understanding the Implementation of Oregon's Environmental Justice Statute"

  • Committee: Lori A. Cramer (Chair), Kelsy N. Kretschmer & Amy Below
  • Policy Interests: Environmental Policy
  • Awards: Hatfield Fellowship, Portland State University

RAGHOO, PRAVESH. “Towards a Sustainable Future: A Global Empirical Analysis on the Diffusion and Innovation of Climate Change Mitigation Policies”

  • Committee: Alison Johnston (Chair), David Bernell & Brent S. Steel
  • Policy Interests: Environment and Energy Policy
  • Award: Fulbright Scholar
  • Country: Mauritius

SIBLEY, CODY. "We're Not Doing It Anymore: Analyzing Neoliberalism's Impacts on Teachers' Decisions to Strike"

  • Committee: Allison Hurst (Chair), Kelsy Kretschmer & Alison Johnston
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Education

STELMACH, GREG. "Demand Flexibility and Time-of-Use Pricing in Fremont, California"

  • Committee: Hilary Boudet (Chair), Mark Needham & Brent S. Steel
  • Policy Interests: Energy Policy
  • Internship: Corvallis Sustainability Coalition

WHELAN, PATRICK. "Resilience Planning for Elderly Residents in Oregon Coastal Communities"

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Lori A. Cramer & Erika Wolters
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy

YAITES, REGINE. "Program Evaluation of BCC and CCC"

  • Committee: Rican Vue (Chair), Allison Davis-Whiteeyes & Chris Stout
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy

2018 Graduates

VAZQUEZ, MARIA DOLORES. "Organizational Capacity of Oregon Latino Nonprofits and its Role in Immigrant Integration"

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Erika Wolters & Daniel Lopez-Cevallos
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy

JOHNSON, JENNIFER. "Brexit and the Decline of British Social Work"

  • Committee: Mark Edwards (Chair), Brent S. Steel & Rebecca Lynne Warner
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy

ALLOUZI, YOUSEF. "Exploring Community Opposition to Industrial Scale Wind Farm Sitings and the Impacts of Federal Fast Track Initiatives in Southern California:  A Case Study of Tule and Ocotillo Wind Energy Facilities"

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Hilary Boudet & David Bernell
  • Policy Interests: Energy Policy
  • Awards: Transatlantic Students Symposium Fellowships 2017, 2018

CRAWFORD, TESSA. "Addressing Free Ridership and the Provision of Hidden Public Goods: Using an Experimental Randomized Control Trial to Test the Nations Willingness to Pay for the Columbia River Levee System in the Portland Metro Area During an Era of Localism"

  • Committee: Patrick Emerson (Chair), Amy Below & Carol Tremblay
  • Policy Interests: Envrionmental Policy
  • Internship: Levee Ready, Columbia
  • Awards: Hatfield Fellowship, 2017; International Comparative Rural Policy Fellowship, 2017

DEGNER, REBEKAH. "The Impact of School Finance Equalization Policies on School District Finances in Oregon and Washington"

  • Committee: Paul Thompson (Chair), Alison Johnston & Dwaine Plaza
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy, Education Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Center for Public Policy

FREITAS, ANNA HOLLAND. "Narratives of Graying, Change, and Resilience: A Narrative Policy Framework Analysis of 'Graying of the Fleet'

  • Committee: Lori Cramer (Chair), Michael Jones & Flaxen Conway
  • Policy Interests: Environmental Policy
  • Internship: Association of Oregon Conservation Districts
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Fellowship, 2017

GONZALES, VERONICA. "Securing the Vulnerable: Documenting Food Security Status Among Single Mothers of Oregon"

  • Committee: Mark Edwards (Chair), Rican Vue & Alison Johnston
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Internship: Multnomah County Health Department
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Fellowship, 2017

GRAY, DANIEL. "Uncommon Alliance: Understanding the Passage of Oregon's Senate Bill 1547"

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Brett Burkhardt & Michael Jones
  • Policy Interests: Energy Policy
  • Internship: Department of Environmental Quality; Oregon Legislative Policy Office

GUNTHER, STEPHEN. "Challenging the System: The Role of Community Choice Aggregation in California's Transition to a Renewable Energy Future"

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Hilary Boudet & Edward Weber
  • Policy Interests: Energy Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Energy

JOHNSON, JENNIFER. (E-campus) "Brexit and the Decline of British Social Work"

  • Committee: Mark Edwards (Chair), Brent S. Steel, Rebecca L. Warner
  • Policy Interests: International policy

OSIPOVA, POLINA. "Understanding the Implementation of Oregon's Environmental Justice Policy"

  • Committee: Lori Cramer (Chair), Kelsy Kretschmer & Amy Below
  • Policy Interests: Environmental Policy
  • Internship: Meyer Memorial Trust
  • Award: Hatfield Summer Fellowship

SANDOVAL, JONATHAN. "Hungary's Democratic Decline: A Study of Organizational Power in Hungarian Politics"

  • Committee: Sarah Henderson (Chair), Patrick Emerson & Philipp Kneis
  • Policy Interests: International Policy

STARR, CHRISTOPHER. "Looking for 'Common Ground' in Genetically Modified Crops Policy"

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Michael Jones & Jacob Hamblin
  • Policy Interests: Science and Technology Policy
  • Internship: Rural Development Initiatives

VAZQUEZ, MARIA DOLORES. "Organizational Research on Oregon Latino Nonprofits: Barriers, Good Practices and Role in Civic Engagement"

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Erika Wolters & Daniel Cevallos Lopez
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Home Country: Mexico

YANG, LING. "A Case Study of TRIO's Role in Promoting Students' Self-Perceived Financial Literacy"

  • Committee: Allison Hurst (Chair), Rican Vue & Todd Pugatch
  • Policy Interests: Education Policy
  • Internship: Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center
  • Home Country: China

2017 Graduates

ALEXANDER, BREAUNNA. "Bridging the Gap from Prison to Society:  Evaluating the Construction of the Parole Officer's Role and its Perceived Impact on Parolee Outcomes" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61816

  • Committee: Michelle Inderbitzen (Chair), Scott Akins & Rebecca L. Warner
  • Policy Interests: Crime and Law Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Judicial Department

AMIN, MOHSIN. "An Institutional Analysis of the Power Sector in Afghanistan – Barriers to Achieving Universal Access to Electricity" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59381

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Amy Below & Vijay Satyal
  • Policy Interests:  International and Energy Policy
  • Internship: Afghanistan President's Office
  • Awards: Fulbright Scholar
  • Home country: Afghanistan

BOEGE, SARAH. "Beyond Buzzwords: A Case Study of U.S. NGO Implementation of Sustainable and Participatory Development in Rural Guatemala" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61817

  • Committee: Amy Below (Chair), Sally Gallagher & Elizabeth Schroeder
  • Policy Interests: International and Rural Policy
  • Internship: Long Way Home (NGO)

COGLE, JAMES. "Decanting Values of the Environment: A Comparative Case Study in the Willamette Valley's Wine industry" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61818

  • Committee: Denise Lach (Chair), Mark Edwards & Lori Cramer
  • Policy Interests: Rural and Agricultural Policy
  • Internship: Department of Community Development, Benton County, Oregon

DING, LIN. "Assessing the Effects of Gas Price and Tax Incentives on Promotion of Energy Efficient Vehicles: A Time Series Analysis" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61819

  • Committee: Qinglai Meng (Chair), Victor Tremblay & Alison Johnston
  • Policy Interests: Energy Policy, Social Policy
  • Internship: Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center

FILIMOEHALA, SIONE. "Investing in Stability: An Analysis of Oregon's Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61820

  • Committee: Paul Thompson (Chair), Andrew Valls & Allison Hurst
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Awards: Oregon Legislative Policy Research Office Fellow
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Human Services

FLATHERS, COURTNEY. "Continuity and Change: Commercial Fishing and Community Resilience on the Oregon Coast" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61813

  • Committee: Lori Cramer (Chair), Flaxen Conway & Bryan Tilt
  • Policy Interests: Rural and Environmental Policy
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Fellowship
  • Internship: Oregon Sea Grant Extension

HENSLEY, JORDAN. "The Legacy of a Promise: Examining the Educational & Economic Impacts of the Daly Fund" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61814

  • Committee: Sam Stern (Chair), Rican Vue & Paul Thompson
  • Policy Interests: Social and Education Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Office of Student Access and Cpmpletion

KHAN, MUHAMMAD SALAR. "Short-Run Tax Incidence When Stockpiling: Evidence from Oregon Marijuana" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61825

  • Committee: Victor Tremblay (Chair), Paul Thompson & Qinglai Meng
  • Policy Interests:  International and Finance Policy
  • Internship: World Bank
  • Awards: Fulbright Scholar
  • Home country: Pakistan

McRAE, CAITLIN. "A Multi-Metro Area Analysis of Community Development Financial Institutions' Impact on Neighborhood Vitality" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61815

  • Committee: Patrick Emerson (Chair), Elizabeth Schroeder & Juan Herrera
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Judicial Department

NILSON, ROBI. "Impact Evaluation in the Field: A Case Study on the Evaluation of an Improved Cookstove Initiative in Rural Guatemala" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61821

  • Committee: Elizabeth Schroeder (Chair), Allison Hurst & Nordica MacCarty
  • Policy Interests: International and Rural Policy

PLENDL, TREVOR. "Becoming a Participant: A Qualitative Study of City Participatory Bodies in Oregon" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61822

  • Committee: Allison Hurst (Chair), Michael Jones & Edward Weber
  • Policy Interests: Social Policy
  • Internship: Higher Education Coordinating Committee

RHODES, AMANDA. "Carnism ideology in food waste management: A qualitative comparison among stakeholders in the US state of Oregon, and the Italian Region of Emilia Romagna" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61931

  • Committee: Mark Edwards (Chair), Brent S. Steel & Matteo Vittuari
  • Policy Interests: Rural and Food Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Education Child Nutrition
    Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Fellowship

TRANT, LINDSAY. "Assessing the Implications of the 2016 Oregon Minimum Wage Increase for Direct Market Farmers and Their Employees" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61823

  • Committee: Larry Lev (Chair), Kelsy Kretschmer & Lauren Gwin
  • Policy Interests: Rural Policy
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Fellowship
  • Internship: Center for Small Farms and Community Food Systems

WARDEN, MCKENZIE. "Imagining the Future: Community Visioning Processes in Rural Oregon Counties" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/61824

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Allison Hurst & Kelsey Kretschmer
  • Policy Interests:  Rural Policy
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Studies Fellowship
  • Internship: Strengthening Rural Familes Program

WIDIYASARI, IKA. "Revisiting Aid Effect and Democratization: Do Different Types of Foreign Aid Impact Inequality Differently?"

  • Committee: Allison Johnston (Chair), Liz Schroeder & Sarah Henderson
  • Policy Interests:  International Development Policy
  • Awards: USAID Scholar
  • Home Country: Indonesia

2016 Graduates

ANDRIANAIVOSOA, MIARY LANDY DANIEL. "Family Planning Policies in Sub Saharan Africa: Failure of Policy Transfer" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59381

  • Committee: Patrick Emerson (Chair), Elizabeth Schroeder & Mehra Shirazi
  • Policy Interests:  International and Social Policy
  • Awards: Fulbright Scholar
  • Home country: Madagascar

ARCHAMBAULT, KATHRYN. "An Analysis of Oregon GEAR UP 2008-2014: Outcomes Explored" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/60084

  • Committee: Alison Johnston (Chair), Michelle inderbitzen & Rican Vue  
  • Policy Interests:  Social Policy, Education Policy
  • Internship: Corvallis Public School District

BEASTON, RYAN. "Twentieth Century Labor Policy and Union Decline: A Time Series Analysis"  http://hdl.handle.net/1957/60079

  • Committee: Alison Johnston (Chair), Todd Pugatch & Rorie Spill Solberg 
  • Policy Interests:  Social Policy
  • Internship: State of Oregon

BECKER, GRETCHEN. "Sustaining Oregon's Cross-Sector Partnerships in STEM" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/60006

  • Committee: Keith Baker (Chair), Martin Storksdieck   
  • Policy Interests:  Science and Technology Policy
  • Internship: South Metro-Salem STEM Partnership

BHATTARAI, MUKESH. "Wind Energy Siting in Harney and Crook Counties, Oregon" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59274

  • Committee: Brent S. Steel (Chair), Denise Lach & Carol Tremblay   
  • Policy Interests:  Energy Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Energy
  • Home country: Nepal

BOOKER, MEREDITH. "The Impact of Correctional Therapeutic Communities on Recidivism: A Meta-Analysis"  http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58536

  • Committee: Scott Akins (Chair), Brett Burkhardt & Paul Thompson    
  • Policy Interests:  Law and Crime Policy
  • Internship: Multnomah County, Orego

CAVALLO, MICHAEL. "Historical Legacies: Identity and Secessionism in the Republic of Moldova" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59161

  • Committee: Sarah Henderson (Chair), Alison Johnston & Dwaine Plaza   
  • Policy Interests:  International Policy

CHOI, JUNGHWA. "Conduit or Contributor? The Role of Media in the California End-of-Life Option Act Policy Process" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59276

  • Committee: Michael Jones (Chair), Andrew Valls & Allison Hurst
  • Policy Interests:  Social Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Education
  • Home country: South Korea

DAVIS, NATHAN. "Citizen Perceptions of Public Safety Levies in Josephine County, Oregon: A Test of Group Engagement Theory" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59352

  • Committee: Keith Baker (Chair), Erika Wolters & Brent S. Steel
  • Policy Interests: Rural Policy
  • Internship: City of Creswell, Oregon
  • Awards: Transatlantic Students Symposium Fellowship 2015 & 2016

ETTINGER, MATTHEW. "The Nuclear Option: A Multi-Level Perspective Exploration of Nuclear Energy and its Implications for the Development of Renewable Energy" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59896

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Keith Baker & Marc Hellman
  • Policy Interests:  Energy Policy
  • Internship: Oregon State Legislature

FOUZIA, SULTANA ZEENAT. "Gender Discrimination in Education and its Impact on Economic Growth: A Cross Country Panel Study" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59353

  • Committee: Elizabeth Schroeder, Sally Gallagher & Alison Johnston
  • Policy Interests:  Social and International Policy
  • Internship: City of Creswell, Oregon
  • Home country: Bangladesh 

KARMAZINA, ANNA. "Community Responses to Wind Energy Projects: Evidence from Wasco and Sherman Counties" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/5927

  • Committee: Hilary Boudet (Chair), Brent S. Steel & Denise Lach
  • Policy Interests:  Rural Policy
  • Internship: Utah Governor's Energy Office; Water Resources Institute
  • Awards: Fulbright Scholar; Muskee Internship; Transatlantic Students Symposium Fellowship 2015
  • Home country: Russia

KNOBLOCH, JENNA. "We Can Work it Out: Implementation and Collaboration Governance" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59947

  • Committee: Ed Weber (Chair), 
  • Policy Interests: Environmental Policy
  • Internship: South Santiam All-Lands Collaborative
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Fellowship 2015

LEVERING, MATTHEW. "Chasing Green: A Multiple Streams Analysis of Oregon's Measure 91" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59054

  • Committee: Scott Akins (Chair), Seth Crawford & Roland Eisenhuth
  • Policy Interests:  Environmental, Science and Technology Policy
  • Internship: State of Oregon

MATHUR, SHIVANI. "Renewable Energy Codification of a Sample of U.S. Cities" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59043

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Brent S. Steel & Amy Below
  • Policy Interests:  Energy Policy
  • Internship: National Renewable Energy Laboratory
  • Awards: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Fellowship
  • Home Country: India

MERRIT, JOSHUA. "Using OPEC as a Villain in Narratives" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59580

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Michael Jones & Amy Below  
  • Policy Interests:  Energy Policy
  • Internship: U.S. Department of Energy
  • Awards: U.S. Department of Energy Nonproliferation Fellowship

NAIMOLI, STEPHEN. "Wind Energy Siting in Kittitas County, Washington" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59115

  • Committee: Hilary Boudet (Chair), Brent S. Steel & David Bernell
  • Policy Interests:  Energy and Environmental Policy
  • Internship: City of Cresswell, Oregon

OSBORNE-GOWEY, JEREMIAH. "Electrified: What Twitter Data Can Tell us About Public Energy Discussions" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59497

  • Committee: David Bernell (Chair), Ed Weber & Philipp Kneis     
  • Policy Interests:  Environmental Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Department of Fisheries and Wildlife

PRECIOUS, CHERYL. "Use your Heart: Understanding Street-Level Discretion in the Emergency Food Network" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58807

  • Committee: Mark Edwards (Chair), Keth Baker & Bruce Weber   
  • Policy Interests:  Social Policy
  • Internship: Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments

SCHULTZ, SAYARD. "Investigating Factors that Influence an Ecological Attitude-Behavior Gap Among Oregonians" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59354

  • Committee: Erika Wolters (Chair), Brent S. Steel & Alison Johnston
  • Policy Interests:  Environmental Policy
  • Internship: Benton County Community Development
  • Awards: Laurels Scholarship

SHEPARD, STEPHANIE. "Social Capital and Climate Resilience in Post-Flood Boulder County, Colorado" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59787

  • Committee: Hilary Boudet (Chair), Lori Cramer & Bryan Tilt
  • Policy Interests:  Environmental Policy
  • Internship: Sustainable Northwest
  • Awards: International Comparative Rural Policy Fellowship 2015

VUGNIAVYI, IAROSLAV. "Does Market Liberalization Lead to Lower Household Electrcity Prices? An Empirical Analysis of the European Member States" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59948

  • Committee: Patrick Emerson (Chair), Alison Johnston & Vijay Satyal     
  • Policy Interests:  Energy
  • Internship: Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Home country: Ukraine

WHITLEY, JOE. "The Effect of Fiscal Stress Label Receipt on School District Referenda Outcomes: Evidence from Ohio" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/58537

  • Committee: Paul Thompson (Chair), Alison Johnston & Carol Tremblay
  • Policy Interests: Social and Education Policy
  • Internship: TBA

ZHONG, HUAXIA. "Understanding Policy Change in Hydropower Development by Using Mutliple Streams Analysis: A Case Study of the Nu River Project, China" http://hdl.handle.net/1957/59092

  • Committee: Bryan Tilt (Chair), Alison Johnston & Todd Pugatch    
  • Policy Interests:  Environmental
  • Internship: Corvallis Environmental Center
  • Home country: China