Trachtenberg School Doctoral Students Gain Experience, Recognition for Excellence

December 18, 2013

By Anne Kruse, MPP '15, for The Trachtenberg Experience

The 72 credit hours required for a PhD in Public Policy and Administration represent just a portion of the energy and effort Trachtenberg School doctoral students invest in their education.  During the 2012-2013 academic year, these students were featured in more than 30 publications, invited to present at conferences around the world, and honored with a variety of awards and recognitions.

Brian Bruen, Ellen Kurtzman, and Cynthia Vinson published nine articles on health policy. Imtiaz Bhatti published on budget and public finance. Charles Johnson wrote about race and ethnicity issues for the journal Race, Gender & Class. Saurabh Lall researched and wrote about enterprise development. Jason Juffras and Estelle Raimondo published on performance evaluation. Geoffrey Propheter focused his research and publications on tax policy. Jeffrey Poirier researched and wrote about LGBT issues. Brett Theodos published on urban policy in a number of journals, including Housing Studies and Social Service Review. Eric Stokan published in Economic Development Quarterly.

These and other endeavors led Trachtenberg doctoral students to present their research at conferences across the country and around the world, including: the International Research Society for Public Management Conference in the Czech Republic, AcademyHealth’s Annual Research Meeting, the Urban Affairs Association Conference in San Francisco, the Southeastern Conference on Public Administration in Coral Springs, Florida, the National Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention in Seattle, the ASPEN Network of Development Entrepreneurs Metrics Conference, the Southern Sociological Society Conference in Atlanta, the Federal Reserve System Community Development Research Conference and the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference.

In recognition of their research, a variety of awards and honors were bestowed upon Trachtenberg School doctoral students. Theodos was quoted as an expert in two media articles and completed a fellowship at the Mustard Seed Foundation. Poirier was invited to endorse a book and serve on the Los Angeles LGBT Expert Review Panel with the California Institute for Mental Health. Raimondo received the GW Golden Key Honors Society Award. Stokan received a scholarship for Public Policy, Public Administration, and Public Affairs to attend the Inter-University Consortium of Political and Social Research. Kurtzman was awarded a $200,000 research grant by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and appointed to the boards of the American Nurses Association and the American Association of Colleges of Nursing.

As these doctoral students move toward the completion of their degrees, the Trachtenberg School excitedly anticipates their success as professors, researchers, and practitioners of public service.