Meet the PhD Candidates

Meet the current students within the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration who are completing their degrees.

Joseph Arleth

Anticipated graduation: Spring 2018
Field of Study: Homeland Security
Working Title of Dissertation: not determined
Areas of Specialization: strategy, security, decision making, leadership, negotiations, management, international relations, and technology
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Ryan Baker

Anticipated graduation: 2018
Field of Study: Program Evaluation
Working Title of Dissertation: Logistics and Military Effectiveness
Areas of Specialization: International security, U.S. defense policy, research methodology
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"Rosa" (Hyun Kyong) Lee

Anticipated graduation: Summer, 2018
Field of Study: Urban and Social Policy
Working Title of Dissertation: Essays on American Middle Class in Metropolitan Areas: Definition, Size, Characteristics, and Impact on Economic Growth
Areas of Specialization: income distribution and economic security; middle class; inequality and spatial disparity; regional growth and resilience; state and local government; data-driven policy making

Melissa F. McShea

Anticipated graduation: December 2017
Field of Study: Public Budgeting and Finance
Working Title of Dissertation: "Essays on the Great Recession's Impact on State Tax Revenues"
Areas of Specialization: state and local tax policy, state government revenue forecasting, economics and public policy, discrimination in housing and credit markets, financial access of the low-income
Brian Weeden
Anticipated graduation: Spring 2018
Field of Study: Science and Technology Policy
Working Title of Dissertation: A Case Study of the Interagency Process for Making Presidential Policy Decisions on Dual-Use Space Technology
Areas of Specialization: space policy, national security, dual-use technology, interagency process