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photo of Arial CameronCameron Arial

State and Local Government

Cameron Arial

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
cameronarial@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Law and Constitutional Studies, Utah State University
Master of Public Administration, Boise State University
Certificate in Community and Regional Planning, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Public financial management, public capital markets, financial accounting and reporting, capital budgeting, public-private partnerships, local government fiscal policy, urban renewal, and collaborative governance.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Hill


photo of Mark ArsteinMark Arstein

State and Local Government

Mark Arstein

Fall 2015 Cohort
MarkArstein@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BS in Political Science, Boise State University
MPA, Idaho State University
Research Interests:
Philanthropy and Higher Education
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen


photo of kent bannerKent Banner

State and Local Government

Kent Banner

Fall 2014 Cohort
kentbanner@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, Brigham Young University
Master of Business Administration, Portland State University
Research Interests:
Federalism; State vs. Federal authority in policy making; Implications of trends in the balance of power between state and federal government policy making.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Moncrief


Mackenzie Case

Environmental Policy and Administration

Mackenzie Case

Fall 2017 Cohort
mackenziecase@boisestate.edu
Education:
B.A. in Politics, Cornell College (2011);
Master in Public Administration, Emphasis in Environmental, Natural Resource and Energy Policy and Administration, Boise State University (2017)
Research Interests:
Public lands policy; protected areas; land management; conservation planning; comparative research; GIS
Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Freemuth


Photo of Devon DowneyDevon Downey

State and Local Government

Devon Downey

Fall 2017 Cohort
devondowney@boisestate.edu
Education:
BS, Political Science – American Government and Public Policy Emphasis, Boise State 2015;
MA, Political Science – American Government Emphasis, Boise State 2017
Research Interests:
State Legislatures, Immigration, Political Parties, Elections, Public Opinion, and Direct Democracy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Luke Fowler


Amy Ferriter

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Amy Ferriter

Fall 2015 Cohort
amyferriter@u.boisestate.edu
Education:

Research Interests:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. John Freemuth


Photo of Sydney FoxSydney Fox

State and Local Government

Sydney Fox

Fall 2017 Cohort
sydneyfox@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Science, Criminal Justice, Boise State University
Master of Public Administration, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Court Administration, Criminal Justice Policy, Punishment and Sentencing, Drug Control Policy, Victimology, Criminology and Deviance, Program Evaluation
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen


photo of vanessa fryVanessa Fry

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Vanessa Fry

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
vanessafry@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Arts (Biology and Fine Art), Wittenberg University – Springfield, OH
Master of Business Administration (Sustainable Management), Presidio Graduate School – San Francisco, CA
Research Interests:
Food systems (policy, security and safety), sustainable management, policy development
Faculty Advisor: Drs. Rebecca Som Castellano and Les Alm


photo of Tina FullerTina Fuller

State and Local Government

Tina Fuller

Fall 2015 Cohort
christinafuller738@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
B.S. in Geography, University of Maryland
Academic Certificate–Community and Regional Planning, Boise State University
Master of Public Administration, Boise State University
Research Interests:
State and local government, implementation, service delivery networks, social capital, administrative discretion and emergency services.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen


photo of gardner kimberly gardnerKIMBERLY GARDNER

State and Local Government

Kimberly Gardner

Fall 2015 Cohort
kimberlygardner642@u.boisestate.edu
Education:

Research Interests:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Lindquist


Photo of Lauren Golden HunterLauren Golden-Hunter

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Lauren Golden-Hunter

Fall 2015 Cohort
laurenhunter918@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
B.S. Biology, Appalachian State University
M.S. Geography, Appalachian State University
PhD Candidate, Public Policy and Administration, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Food Systems
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Monica Hubbard


Photo of Selena GraceSelena Grace

State and Local Government

Selena Grace

Fall 2014 Cohort
selenagrace@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BA: English, Writing emphasis – Boise State University
MA: Non-fiction Writing – George Mason University
Research Interests:
Public Higher Education Governance (K-12 and postsecondary), Public Education Policy, American Indian Education Policy (BIA schools, public schools serving predominantly American Indian populations).
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


photo of Howell CarsonCarson Howell

State and Local Government

Carson Howell

Fall 2014 Cohort
carsonhowell@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BS – Biology – Microbiology emphasis, Boise State University
MPA – Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University
Research Interests:
Higher education finance policy, higher education organization theory, performance measurements of higher education.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


Photo of Kathy HurleyKathleen E. Hurley

State and Local Government

Kathleen E. Hurley

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
kathyhurley@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BA – Economics, Claremont McKenna College
BBA – Accounting, Boise State University
MS – Accounting and Taxation, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Environmental and energy policy mechanisms and accounting/taxation implications; nexus between state renewable portfolio standards and federal policy; energy and environmental policy frameworks specifically advocacy coalition framework and narrative framework; natural and social capital.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Frederickson


Photo of Norma JaegerNorma Jaeger

State and Local Government

Norma Jaeger

Fall 2014 Cohort
normajaeger@boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Arts, Social Science, Boise College
Master of Science Health Services Management, Whitworth College
Research Interests:
Court Administration and Judicial Leadership, Procedural Justice, Criminal Justice System Reform and System Change Implementation, Behavioral Health and Criminal Justice System interaction
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Hill


Photo of Wendy JacquetWENDY JAQUET

State and Local Government

Wendy Jaquet

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
wendyjaquet@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BA Political Science, University of Washington
MPA Public Administration, University of Washington
Research Interests:
State and Local Government, Gender Issues Political Experience: Idaho State House of Representatives, 1994-2012; Minority Leader, Budget Committee
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


photo of Autumn JohnsonAutumn Johnson

State and Local Government

Autumn Johnson

Fall 2016 Cohort
autumnjohnson102@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BA, Women’s Studies, University of Arizona
JD, University of Oregon School of Law
MBA, Seattle University
Research Interests:
Environmental law and policy, including food/agriculture, energy, and water.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Eric Lindquist


photo of Bryant JonesBryant Jones

State and Local Government

Bryant Jones

Fall 2017 Cohort
bryantajones@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Environmental Biology and Political Science, University of Vermont
Master of Public Administration, The George Washington University
Certificate of Teaching English as a Second Language, Peking University
Research Interests:
Energy and environment policy, international affairs and national security policy, cultural theory, interorganizational management and relations, social capital theory.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Luke Fowler


Craig JonesCraig Jones

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Craig Jones

Fall 2016 Cohort
CraigJones@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BBA in Economics from Boise State
MPA – Environmental and Natural Resources Policy Emphasis from Boise State
Research Interests:
I will be focusing my research on energy policy, especially as it relates to the role of science in policy making and concepts of energy justice. I am fascinated by how competing worldviews, values, and truth claims dominate public discourse and the impact this has on energy policy, not to mention all of us who are affected by it. How should decisions be made in such an environment? How should they be justified? As others have pointed out, tortured statistics will confess anything and often do. This seems an apt summation of energy policy. Yet, decisions must be made and supported. My goal is to shed light on this fascinating dynamic and provide original thought on a pathway forward.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jen Schneider


 photo of taunya jonesTaunya Jones

State and Local Government

Taunya Jones

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
taunyajones@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
B.A. in Sociology, Boise State University
M.S. in Sociology, Utah State University
MPA, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Court administration, public management, performance measurement, administrative accountability, network theory, and collaborative management. Taunya is especially interested in the application of contemporary public administration theory to the practice and empirical study of court management.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Les Alm


Nishikant Kamble

Nish Kamble

Fall 2018 Cohort

Education:

Research Interests:

Faculty Advisor:


Photo of Annie KerrickAnnie Kerrick,  JD

State and Local Government

Annie Kerrick, JD

Fall 2015 Cohort
akerrick@boisestate.edu
Education:
BS, Political Science, Boise State University
JD, Business Law Concentration, Gonzaga University School of Law
Research Interests:
University-level policy and gender-based violence, prevalence and effectiveness of bystander intervention programs to reduce gender-based violence, methods to increase help-seeking behavior among survivors of gender-based violence.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


Photo of Jonathan KrutzJonathan Krutz

State and Local Government

Jonathan Krutz

Fall 2015 Cohort
jonathankrutz@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
MBA, Entrepreneurial Management, University of Iowa, 1993
BA, Philosophy and Humanities, Valparaiso (Indiana) University, 1984
Research Interests:
Gambling Studies, Local Open Space and Land Use Issues, Hospice and End-of-Life Care, Conflict Resolution
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


Alex LaBeau

Alex LaBeau

Fall 2018 Cohort

Education:

Research Interests:

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Photo of Abby LeeAbby Lee

State and Local Government

Abby Lee

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
abbylee@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
B.A. in Communications, Public Relations emphasis, Brigham Young University
M.S. in Instructional and Performance Technology, College of Engineering, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Education reform policies, school board governance, non-profit management and governance, network governance, public management and organizational theory, performance management. Abby Lee’s research interests include state-led education reform policies and school board governance. Her research is initially focused on the school board’s role in education reform movements and policy implementation. She is also interested in researching the nature of community/ school partnerships and the role of citizen/community engagement in education reform efforts.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Hill


Photo of Amy LorenzoAmy Lorenzo

State and Local Government

Amy Lorenzo

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
amylorenzo@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BA in Sociology, University of New Orleans
MPA, Louisiana State University
Presidential Management Fellow
Certified Public Manager
Research Interests:
Participatory governance, gender issues, and postsecondary education with a focus on professional-technical education (PTE). Amy is particularly interested in PTE trends as they related to workforce needs and a nationally renewed focus on postsecondary education.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


photo of Krista LyonsKrista Lyons

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Krista Lyons

Fall 2014 Cohort
KristaLyons@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Arts and Science with Distinction, University of Delaware
Master of Science in Physiology, Hershey Medical School, Penn State University
Master of Business Administration, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Wildlife Conservation & Management Policy, Wildlife – Human Conflict Policy, Biodiversity Conservation Policy, GAP Analysis USGS, PAD-US, Boise Foothills Open Space Management Policy Faculty Advisor: Dr. Monica Hubbard
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Monica Hubbard


photo of Alex McDonaldAlex Macdonald

State and Local Government

Alex Macdonald

Fall 2015 Cohort
alexmacdonald@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Mathematics Education, Boise State University
Masters of Curriculum & Technology, University of Phoenix
Masters of Educational Leadership, Northwest Nazarene University
Research Interests:
K-12 Education Policy, K-12 Education Funding, State Agency Governance, School Choice, Charter Schools, Charter School Authorizing
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Hill


photo of jack marrJack Marr

State and Local Government

Jack Marr

Fall 2016 Cohort
jackmarr@u.boisestate.edu
Education:

Research Interests:

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Hill


Carolyn McCrory

Carolyn McCrory

Fall 2017 Cohort

Education:

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Faculty Advisor:


Charles Mensah

Charles Mensah

Fall 2018 Cohort (F17)

Education:

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photo of Caroline MerrittCaroline Merritt

State and Local Government

Caroline Merritt

Fall 2014 Cohort
CarolineMerritt@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, James Madison University
Master of Arts in Communication, Johns Hopkins University
Research Interests:
The intersection of neuroscience and public policy, mental health strategies to prevent mass violence and terrorism, school safety policy, and early childhood social, cognitive, and mental development.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gregory Hill


Yesse Charles Mwihambi

Yesse Charles

Fall 2018 Cohort (F17)

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photo of Amanda MillerAmanda Miller

State and Local Government

Amanda Miller

Fall 2018 Cohort (F14)
amandamiller3@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BS – Secondary Education, Idaho State University
MBA, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Goals to work in academia policy
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen


Sasha Pierson

Sasha Pierson

Fall 2017 Cohort

Education:

Research Interests:

Faculty Advisor:


photo of Terry RichTerry Rich

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Terry Rich

Fall 2014 Cohort
terrellrich@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
B.S. Wildlife Ecology, University of Wisconsin – Madison (1972);
M.S. Zoology, Idaho State University, Pocatello (1977)
Research Interests:
I would like to bring the natural resource policies of federal public land agencies and state wildlife agencies more in line with the current values of the American people. Society has moved strongly in the direction of non-consumptive uses, but policies are stuck in the consumptive realm of past generations. This will require new research on values, and new proposals in political arenas.
PUBLICATIONS: (https://sites.google.com/a/boisestate.edu/public-policy-and-administration/photo-album/phd)
Migratory Bird Treaty Act is now live! Of the first magnitude BirdWatching magazine, August 2016: Birdwatching Daily Featured Story
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Monica Hubbard


Photo of John RigginsJohn Riggins

State and Local Government

John Riggins

Fall 2014 Cohort
johnriggins@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor of Science in Education, Occupational Education, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, Illinois
Master of Public Administration, University of Oklahoma
Research Interests:
Intergovernmental cooperative public purchasing, citizen/target population policy development and program delivery engagement strategies and methods, public/private/NGO cooperative/collaborative local community solution development strategies
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Fredericksen


photo of taylor tackettTaylor Tackett

State and Local Government

Taylor Tackett

Fall 2016 Cohort
taylortackett@boisestate.edu
Education:
BA – Arts Administration, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH
MA – Art & Visual Media, Tiffin University, Tiffin, OH
Research Interests:
Higher Education policy & law, policy diffusion, policy valuation, and equitable access and social justice
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Luke Fowler


Photo of Chris TorresChristopher Torres

Environmental Policy and Administration

Chris Torres

Fall 2017 Cohort
christorres783@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
B.A. Philosophy – University of California, Berkeley,
B.S. Conservation and Resource Studies – University of California, Berkeley,
M.A. Philosophy – University of Oregon,
M.A. Environmental Studies – University of Oregon
Research Interests:
Environmental Justice Perceptions of Environmentalism American Pragmatism and Democratic Processes
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jen Schneider


photo of joel vallettJoel Vallett

State and Local Government

Joel Valett

Fall 2015 Cohort
joelvallett@boisestate.edu
Education:
BS, Business Management, Brigham Young University
MPA, Brigham Young University
Research Interests:
Meaningful work in public service, whistleblowing and reporting by public employees, organizational support within state and local bureaucracies.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Sanghee Park


photo of sunny wallaceSunny Wallace

State and Local Government

Sunny Wallace

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
sunnywallace@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
BA Psychology, Tulane University
Master’s of Public Administration, University of Missouri-Columbia
Research Interests:
Principal agent theory, dying in America, hospital bureaucracies, and hospital policies around treatment of terminal illness.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Elizabeth Frederickson


photo of michael wallner Michael Wallner

State and Local Government

Michael Wallner

Fall 2015 Cohort
michaelwallner@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Undergraduate in Political Science-Montana State University
Masters of Public Administration, Montana State University
Ph.D. Student in Public Policy and Administration, Boise State University (IP)
Research Interests:
Citizen Engagement, Program and Policy Analysis, Environmental Policy Profile Pic Information: Opening of U.S. Embassy in Cuba (2015)
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


photo of Bryon WelchBryon Welch

State and Local Government

Bryon Welch

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013
bryonwelch@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Brigham Young University-Idaho
Master of Public Administration, Boise State University
Graduate Certificate, Geographic Information Analysis, Boise State University
Graduate Certificate, Community and Regional Planning, Boise State University
Research Interests:
State legislatures, interest group lobbying, public transportation.

Faculty Advisor: Dr. Stephanie Witt


 

Doctoral Student Alumni

photo of john gaeddertJohn Gaeddert

State and Local Government

John Gaeddert

Fall 2014 Cohort | Defended, 2018
johngaeddert@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
M.S. in Town & Regional Planning
Research Interests:
Mining
Faculty Advisor: Drs. Gregory Hill and John Freemuth


Photo of Stephanie LenhartStephanie Lenhart

Environment Natural Resources and Energy

Stephanie Lenhart

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013 | Defended, Spring 2017
stephanielenhart@u.boisestate.edu
Education:
Bachelor’s Degree Government and Economics, Cornell University
Master of Public Policy, University of California at Berkeley
Research Interests:
Energy and public lands policy, political economy, interorganizational relations, organizational collaboration and adaptation.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Jen Schneider


photo of Matthew MayMatthew May

State and Local Government

Matthew May

Inaugural Cohort, Fall 2013 | Defended, Fall 2016
matthewmay1@boisestate.edu
Education:
B.A. in Political Science (summa cum laude), Boise State University
Master of Public Administration, Boise State University
Research Interests:
Electoral policy, specifically the implications of changing from an open primary to a closed primary; what factors precipitate a change in electoral systems; the extent to which states adopt the electoral policies of other states; and how exposing the partisan preferences of the professional bureaucracy through a closed primary system affects the separation of powers.
Faculty Advisor: Dr. Gary Moncrief