MPP Student Essays by Year






  • Breaunna Alexander. "Bridging the Gap from Prison to Society:  Evaluating the Construction of the Parole Officer's Role and its Perceived Impact on Parolee Outcomes"
  • Mohsin Amin. "An Institutional Analysis of the Power Sector in Afghanistan: Barriers to Achieving Universal Access to Electricity"
  • Sarah Boege. "Beyond Buzzwords: A Case Study of U.S. NGO Implementation of Sustainable and Participatory Development in Rural Guatemala"
  • James Cogle "Decanting values of the environment: A comparative case study in the Willamette Valley's wine industry"
  • Lin Ding. "Assessing the Effects of Gas Price and Tax Incentives on Promotion of Energy Efficient Vehicles: A Time Series Analysis"
  • Sione Filimoehala. "Investing in Stability: An Analysis of Oregon's Seismic Rehabilitation Grant Program"
  • Courtney Flathers. "Continuity & Change:  Commercial Fishing & Community Resilience on the Oregon Coast"
  • Jordan Hensley. "The Legacy of a Promise: Examining the Educational and Economic Impacts of the Daly Fund"
  • Muhammad Salar Khan. "Short-Run Tax Incidence When There is Stockpiling: Evidence from Oregon Marijuana"
  • Caitlin McRae."A Multi-Metro Area Analysis of Community Development Financial Institutions' Impact on Neighborhood Vitality"
  • Robi Nilson. "Impact Evaluation in the Field: A Case Study on the Evaluation of an Improved Cookstove Initiative in Rural Guatemala"
  • Trevor Plendl. "Becoming a Participant: A qualitative study of city participatory bodies in Oregon"
  • Amanda Rhodes. "Carnism Ideology in Food Waste Management: A Qualitative Comparison Among Stakeholders in the US State of Oregon, and the Italian Region of Emilia Romagna"
  • Lindsay Trant. "Assessing the Implications of the 2016 Oregon Minimum Wage Increase for Direct Market Farmers and Their Employees"
  • McKenzie Warden. "Imagining the Future: Community Visioning Processes in Rural Oregon Counties"
  • Ika Widiyasari. "Revisiting Aid Effect and Democratization: Do Different Types of Foreign Aid Impact Inequality Differently?" 





  • Marie Anselm. "Exploring the Role of Public Funding for Food Hubs"
  • Zachary Bolick. "Organizational Shifts within the U.S. Forest Service: A Case Study of Senior Willamette National Forest Employees"
  • Joey Carroll. "The Involvement Paradox: The Effects of Welfare Transfer Program Enrollment and Poverty on Familial Involvement"
  • Claire Clark. "The Influence of State Level Variation in Maternity Leave Policies on U.S. Mothers' Labor Force Participation"
  • Joseph O. Clark. "Revenue Stability Among Education Service Districts During the Great Recession: A Comparison of Oregon and Washington" 
  • Sarah Cline. "Sovereignty Under Arrest? Public Law 280 and its Discontents"
  • Jason Creighton. "Applied Merit Pay Challenges"
  • Daniel Donin. "Fare-less Public Transit and its Impact on Ridership:  Policy Review of Corvallis, Oregon's Recently Implemented Fare-less System"
  • Dennis Dugan. "Applying a Collaboration Model to Collaboration Corvallis"
  • Rachel Erstad. "Trends and Discrepancies in Program Completion Rates in One Dual Enrollment Program"
  • Matthew Getchell. "Investigating the Barriers to Solar Water Heating Adoption in Oregon"
  • Daniel Hauser. "Evaluating the Public Cost, Relative Subsidy, and Repayment Burden of Selected U.S. Student Loan Repayment Options"
  • Sydney Householder. "A Health Impact Assessment of Proposed Changes in Rental Housing Policy in Corvallis, Oregon"
  • Daniel Kloepfer. "A Comparison of the Preferred Role of Science and Scientists in the Marine and Terrestrial Policy Process"
  • Charles Lanfear. "Exploring a Mental Health Crisis: An Examination of Mental Health Arrests in Benton County, Oregon"
  • Marisa Martin. "Constructing Peace After Civil War: Assessing the Role of Power-sharing on the Durability of Peace"
  • Paul Meuse. "Examining Opposition Movements and Regime Stability in Tunisia and Jordan During the Arab Spring: A Political Opportunities Approach"
  • Yossa Nainggolan. "Indonesian Policy Concerning Religious Freedom and its Impact on the Development of Democratic Institutions: A Social Construction Analysis"
  • Jarrod Olson. "Food Fight: The Effect of Food Availability on Violent Conflict Onset"
  • Matthew Palm. "Population Density and Household Transportation and Budget Trade-Offs"
  • Meghann Rhynard-Geil. "Community Driven Development in Theory and Practice: Three Case Studies of International Nongovernmental Development Organizations"
  • Mika Yasuo Timmons. "A Comparative Case Study of Human Trafficking Task Forces in Washington and Oregon and Preferences in Victim Assistance"
  • Trevor Waddell. "Institutional Path Dependence in NASA's Spaceflight Program:  A Case Study of Technological Evolution and Persistence"
  • Conor Wall. "Jobs, Natural Amenities, Distance, Population, or Services: What Drives Age-Specific Migration for Small Oregon Communities?"


  • Algara, Carlos. "Irrational Fear or Cause for Concern? The Effects of Hispanic Immigration on Crime Rates in Tucson, Arizona"
  • Babbel, Breannon. "Evaluating Equity in the Provision of Primary Health Care in Tanzania"
  • Boyd, Heather. "Examining an Empowerment Framework: A Look at Female Artisans Within a Ghanaian NGO"
  • Croom, Howard. Race/ethnic Differences in Substance Abuse: Examining the Differential Impact of Access to Health Insurance on Drug-related Outcomes"
  • Dickinson, Kelly. "Procuring and Marketing Local Foods in Retail Stores in Oregon and Ontario"
  • Fishler, Hillary. "Evaluating the EWEB Model: Institutional Structure as a Determinant of Public Utility Implementation of a Voluntary Landowner Program"
  • Freeman, Misty Mason. "Unintended Consequences of Cultural Competence: How Tailoring Services to Tribal Children in Klamath County Can Improve the System for Everyone"
  • Gregory, Sarah. "No One Cares What Color the Fire Truck Is: A Case Study of Interagency Cooperation in Fire Management in Central Oregon"
  • Marsubian, Michael. "The Wind Cries 'Maybe': Public Attitudes Toward Renewable Energy and Environmental Tradeoffs in Oregon"  
  • Hayes, Chrysanthemum. "Voluntary Contributions to California Public Schools: Growth, Distribution and Equity" 
  • Moon, Ruby. "Using the IDA Framework to Examine the Relationship Between Regulating Enforcers and the Commercial Trawl Fishery of Lincoln County, Oregon"
  • Nash, Michael. "Assessing Truth in the Information Age: Evidence from Poltifact"
  • Osborne, Megan. "Gender Inequality in Food Insecurity: An Examination of Single Adults Without Children in the United States"
  • Pant, Suman. "Impact of Ecotourism on the Sanitation of Local Communities in Nepal"
  • Porsche, Kate. "Urban Renewal in Albany, Oregon:  A Decennial Inspection of the Central Albany Revitalization Area"
  • Reeves, Zachary. "Factors Influencing Support for Salmon Recovery Policies in Oregon"
  • Rubenstrunk, Becky. "Assessing Contention: Nuclear Waste Management Activism in the U.S. and Canada"
  • Sorce, Evan. "Looking at the Relationship Between Household Electricity Consumption and Annual Household Income Using an Agent-Based Integrated Framework"
  • Vandeventer, Alexia. "Factors Influencing Residential Risk Perception in Fire-Prone Landscapes"
  • Wang, Hua. "Assessing Green Securities Policy in China:  An Examination of Environmental Disclosure of the Listed Companies in Highly Polluting Industries"
  • Wornell, Emily. "Networks and Relationships: Differences in State-Level Child Abuse and Neglect Policy Implementation in Multnomah and Klamath Counties, Oregon"
  • Young, Ryan "Income Inequality and Public Expenditure on Non-Compulsory Education in Western Europe from 1999-2010" 



  • Adams, Vince. "Grants-in-Aid or Fiscal Lifeline? Federal Timber Payments and County Government Expenditures in Oregon"
  • Aljets, Paul. "The Power of Choice: How Certain Policies Encourage Renewable Energy Development"
  • Campbell, Michael. "Policy Shifting at the Federal Reserve Bank: A Punctuated-Equilibrium Perspective"
  • Chen, Meian. "Public Participation in the Environmental Decision Making Process in China"
  • Collins, Brian. "The Politics of Health Reform and Coverage Expansion in Oregon: A Comparison with Other States"
  • Dewi, Cynthia. "Understanding Patterns in Indonesian Fishery Conflicts--1970 to the Present." 
  • Ewing, Amy. "Seeking Balance in Oregon's Coastal River Aggregate Mining Policy: How Do Scientists Inform the Permit Streamlining Process?"
  • Hamilton, Margaret. "An Exploratory Analysis of Influences of Forestland Characteristics and Urban Infrastructure on Forestland Management Treatments"
  • Henthorne, Ryan. "Public Perceptions of Oregon's K-12 and Higher Education Schools"
  • Jacobs, Derric.  “Linking Population Growth Reduction to Climate Change.”
  • Juarez, Alejandra. "Are Cash Transfers an Effective Development Strategy?: An Evaluation of Procampo on Campesino Farmers"
  • Kopper, Sara. "Female Genital Cutting in The Gambia: A Case Study of Tostan"
  • Kwon, Taehyun. "A Study on Policy Change of Locating Radioactive Waste Depository Facilities in South Korea Using a Multiple Streams Perspective."
  • Le, Khan. "Diversity and Civil Leadership Programs: Is There a Window of Opportunity for Equity and Inclusiveness in the City of Portland's Public Involvement?"
  • Matsuda, Akane. "Food Safety Issues between China and Japan"
  • Michaels, Julia. "Donating Democracy: Measuring the Effectiveness of Foreign Aid in Central Asia"
  • Opfer, Pami. "Using GIS Technology to Identify and Analyze 'Food Deserts' in the Southern Oregon Coast"
  • Porter, Sue. "The Dynamics of Work, Poverty, and Business Cycles:  An Analysis of Oregon Households Receiving Food Assistance"
  • Root, Skye. "Analyzing the Perspectives and Behaviors of Teachers on Invasive Species Using a Focus Group Methodology"
  • Shaddy, Andrea.  "Political Decision-Making Behind the Oregon Health Plan: Making the Hard Choice."
  • Vaughan, Andres. "Unconditional Cash Transfers: Will Redistribution in Bolivia Work?"