Publications Coursework


Ph.D., Public Policy and Management

University of Washington

September 2010 – June 2015 | Seattle, Washington

  • Dissertation explores the environmental policy choices of local governments in the United States, using original policy and financial data collected from several hundred US cities and counties. The statistical techniques used include cluster analysis, OLS, and hierarchical linear modeling.
  • Graduate Research Assistant for the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (2015). Coded and analyzed survey data to evaluate Washington’s Teacher and Principal Evaluation Program (TPEP).
  • Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Richard Zerbe (2012-2014). Completed a benefit-cost analysis for Multnomah County’s use of GIS technology; created & coded a database of 300 BCA studies.
  • Graduate Research Assistant under Dr. Ann Bostrom (2010-2011). Conducted literature reviews and synthesized data; performed content analysis and coding of interviews using ATLAS.ti to clarify mental models of decision-making; performed basic statistical analyses.
  • Senator, Graduate and Professional Student Senate (2012-2013).
  • Co-founder and Treasurer of the Graduate Student Group for Pacific Northwest Policy Studies.



MS, Public Policy and Management

University of Washington

September 2010 – December 2012 | Seattle, Washington


BA, Environmental Public Policy (with High Honors)

University of Michigan

September 1999 – June 2003 | Ann Arbor, Michigan

  • Undergraduate honors thesis cited by EPA in their 2005 Toxic Substances Control Act regulatory ruling on lead use in automotive wheel weights.
  • Collaborated with Dining Services and Procurement Departments to produce a report evaluating organic produce and its potential within the UM food system (2001).
  • Organized and led several campus-wide campaigns as the Facilitator of the UM Environmental Justice group (1999-2001) and the founder of the Justice for Bhopal group (2002-2003); also served as editorial writer for the Michigan Daily (2000-2001).


Study Abroad Student

Oxford University

January 2002 – June 2002 | Oxford, UK




Courses Taken

Methodological Coursework:

  • Data Analysis (PPM 512) (syllabus)
  • Analysis of Categorical Data (SOC 536) (syllabus)
  • Social Statistics (SOC 505) (syllabus)
  • Quantitative Methods (SOC 506) (syllabus)
  • Data Management (CSDE 502) (syllabus)
  • Research Design (PPM 502) (syllabus)
  • Qualitative Methods (PBAF 525) (syllabus)
  • Interviewing Methods (SMA 512) (syllabus)

Policy Coursework:

  • Advanced Microeconomic Policy Analysis (PPM 506) (syllabus)
  • Public Policy Analysis (PPM 510) (syllabus)
  • Public Policy Processes (PPM 508) (syllabus)
  • Institutional Perspectives on Management (PPM 504) (syllabus)
  • Governmental Responses to Climate Change (SMA 521) (syllabus)
  • Climate & Energy Policy (PBAF 595) (syllabus)


Courses Taught (As a Teaching Assistant)