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The School of Government & Public Policy is very proud to present our current job market candidates.  Our program produces productive scholars and excellent teachers. They have each presented papers at professional conferences, and have served as teaching assistants or taught their own courses.  We encourage you to give consideration to our candidates.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our job candidates; members of our faculty; or the Director of the PhD Program, Alex Braithwaite, abraith@email.arizona.edu.

Emily V. BELL
Ph.D. Candidate (2018)

Fields of Study: Public Policy; Natural Resources 

Committee: Adam Henry (Chair), Gary Pivo, Laura Bakkensen

Dissertation: Identifying Beliefs in Urban Water Policy 

This dissertation presents a data infrastructure of beliefs reflected in urban water policy. Empirical research grounded in the Advocacy Coalition Framework stands to gain traction from a systematic conceptualization of belief systems. An infrastructure also offers researchers a tool to examine why some policy decisions for water-scarce cities are not informed by scientific evidence. Drawing inspiration from relevant theories and measures of beliefs, the dissertation first uses a structural equation model to test the relationship between stakeholders’ reported worldviews and water policy perceptions. This offers insight on how ontological and normative worldviews shape beliefs relating to water policy. To test the effect of policy beliefs on behavior, social scientists often rely on survey techniques, but this method is not always viable. Following the notion that policy-related beliefs are embodied in public policies, a data infrastructure can guide content analysis of adopted water practices as a proxy for survey techniques. To develop this tool, the second and third parts of the dissertation use statistical models for social networks to test how well reported beliefs are reflected in policy actions of water governance networks. Significant relationships will comprise the data infrastructure, and future work will extend this guide to other policy domains. 

Ph.D. (2017)
Fields of study: International Relations; Public Policy; Foreign Policy Analysis; Conflict Processes 
Committee: Tom Volgy (Chair), Alex Braithwaite, Faten Ghosn
Dissertation: Blunder or Plunder? Donor, Recipient, and Aid Attributes for the Successful Use of Bilateral Aid as a Foreign Policy Tool  
This research asks: under what conditions will bilateral aid donors experience greater strategic aid effectiveness? To answer this question, I develop a framework for understanding when bilateral donors – in the context of an increasingly competitive aid-for-policy “marketplace” – will experience greater foreign policy cooperation as a result of their own decision-making and policy processes. This relationship, however, is conditioned by different facets of each element of the aid-for-policy exchange: 1) the donor; 2) the recipient; and 3) the aid itself. In developing this argument, the donor-recipient aid and cooperation framework draws upon theories from international relations, foreign policy decision-making, public policy, and organization theory. Overall, I find elements related to the donor and the recipient condition strategic aid effectiveness. The results indicate donors who possess dependence-based power advantages, or higher levels of mutual dependence, with their recipients experience improved foreign policy cooperation, but this experience substantively varies across different levels of aid giving. Additionally, some donors – due to their power status, regime type, or normative adherences – experience more cooperation than others as a result of lower decision costs and institutional costs in their policy processes. The third element of the donor-recipient aid and cooperation framework, the aid itself, is left for analysis in future work.