Dean's E-News | October 17, 2016
October 17, 2016
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Appointments, Awards and Grants

Janelle A. Kerlin was co-applicant with Hieu Ngo of the University of Calgary on  the grant proposal, "Connection Grant for Promoting Vibrant Social Entrepreneurship in Southeast Asia." The grant was recently funded by the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council for $23,000. 


Andrew Young, Harvey Newman, & Andrea Young. (2016). Andrew Young and the Making of Modern Atlanta. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.
Andrew Feltenstein (pictured), Mark Rider, David L. Sjoquist, & John V. Winters (Ph.D., Economics, ’09). (2016). Reducing Property Taxes on Homeowners: An Analysis Using Computable General Equilibrium and Microsimulation Models. Public Finance Review, 44, 1-27.
James Marton, Charles Courtemanche (pictured), Ben Ukert (Ph.D., Economics, ’16) Yelowitz, A. & Zapata, D. Early Impacts of the Affordable Care Act on Health Insurance Coverage in Expansion and Non-Expansion States. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, forthcoming.
Carla Willis (pictured), Bill Rencher, Mei Zhou, & Cole, E. (2016). Long-term Acute Care Hospitals and Georgia Medicaid: Utilization, Outcomes, and Cost. SAGE Open Medicine, 4, 1-8.


Bruce Kaufman and Daphne Taras, dean of the Edwards School of Business, University of Saskatchewan, co-taught a class on the “Economics of Employment & Labor Law” at York University, Toronto, Canada, on Sept.  22-24, 2016.  

Robbie Friedmann served on a panel, “How Does Terrorism Affect the World, the U.S. and South Florida,” at the Temple Torat Emat in Boynton Beach, Fla. Check out a copy of the flyer at this link:

Paula Stephan made the following presentations:
  • Keynote speaker at the Summer School in Higher Education Research and Science Studies at Leibnitz University, Hanover, Germany, on the topic, “Changing Career Outcomes for PhDs in Science and Engineering: Too Many PhDs?”, Sept. 5, 2016
  • Invited presenter on “The Development of New Indicators to Measure the Placement of PhD Recipients and to Track Mobility of Scientists and Engineers Across International Borders” at the OECD Blue Sky Conference in Ghent, Belgium, Sept. 19, 2016
Nicholas Forge, Brittany Garner (M.S.W., ‘16), & Charlayna Braxton (M.S.W. student) presented a workshop on “Emerging Adulthood: A Developmental Context for Social Work with LGBTQ Young People Experiencing Homelessness,” at the 28th Annual NASW Georgia Chapter Conference in Atlanta, Oct. 7, 2016.

Ashley Singleton presented “Practical Application of a Literature Review: Minority Blood Donation Strategic Planning” at the Sickle Cell Disease Association of America 44th Annual Convention in Baltimore, Sept. 30, 2016.. Her co-authors included Jane Branscomb and Angela Snyder.

Glenn Landers presented “A Developmental/Realist Evaluation of Collective Impact in Colorado, USA” at the 2nd International Conference on Realist Evaluation and Synthesis: Advancing Principles, Strengthening Practice, Oct. 4, 2016 in London.



Bruce Kaufman was quoted in the Murray State News article, “Debate Addresses Minimum Wage Concerns,” Oct. 6, 2016.

Richard Wright was quoted in the Wichita Eagle News article, “Robbers Hit Wichita Stores Day and Night,” Sept. 24, 2016.
Ross Rubenstein wrote a blog, “Are We Stuck in the Middle?  Should Districts Ditch Middle School and return to K-8?” for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Get Schooled column, Sept. 23, 2016.

An analysis done by Barry Hirsch via was cited in the Chattanooga Times Free Press article, “Labor Union Membership Grows, But Organized Labor Still Faces Challenges,” Sept. 6, 2016. 

Paula Stephan was quoted in the Nature article, “Science is 1%:  How Income Inequality is Getting Worse in Research,” Sept. 21, 2016.  
Remarks from Raj Chetty’s presentation at the 13th Annual W.J. Distinguished Usery Lecture were featured in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Can You Go From Rags to Riches in Atlanta?  Expert Says It’s Long Odds,” Oct. 6, 2016.
The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) and Robbie Friedmann were mentioned or interviewed in the following media:

Community Events

Joseph Hacker sat on the TCRP PROJECT H-45 PANEL Field of Policy and Planning panel for the recent publication, TRB's Transit Cooperative Research Program (TCRP) Research Report 187: Livable Transit Corridors: Methods, Metrics, and Strategies.  According to the website this handbook provides a resource for planning practitioners, policy makers, and other stakeholders to measure, understand and improve transit corridor livability.  Download a copy at

John O’Kane and April Piplica (M.P.A. and CNP ’15) attended the Emory Nonprofit Networking night to promote the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance and the Andrew Young School’s Nonprofit Studies Program.

Dean's Council Spotlight on
Judge Gregory A. Adams

Judge Gregory A. Adams (B.S., Criminal Justice, ‘81) has had many accomplishments during his career as a lawyer and a judge. He was the first person to serve as both the president of the DeKalb Lawyers Association and the president of the DeKalb Bar Association. He was also the former chairman of Leadership DeKalb and was awarded the organization’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007.

In 2009, the Georgia State University Alumni Association presented Judge Adams with the Distinguished Alumni Community Service Award. In 2015, Judge Adams was awarded the Distinguished Alumni Service Award from the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at Georgia State University.

Judge Adams served as the Chief Judge of the DeKalb County Juvenile Court for 10 years. In 2005, in recognition of his work, Judge Adams was honored with a portrait that hangs in the DeKalb County Juvenile Court, making him the first African American jurist in DeKalb County to have a portrait permanently displayed in a county building.

Judge Adams has been a member of the Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism, the Blue Ribbon Commission on the Judiciary, a member of the Executive Committee for the Superior Court Judges of Georgia and a member of the Judicial Council of Georgia.
In 2008, Judge Adams received the Distinguished Leadership Award from the National Community Leadership Association.

Judge Adams is currently a member of the Georgia Dispute Resolution Commission and a Dean’s Council member on the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia State University.

Student News

Faraz Farhidi (Ph.D. student, Economics)-pictured, Yaqin Liu (Ph.D. student, Economics), & Diogo Verissimo (former postdoctoral student, Economics). (2016). Using Social Norm to Promote Energy Conservation in a Public Building. Energy and Buildings, 133, 32-36.

Alumni News

Congratulations to Astha Sen (Ph.D., Economics, ‘15) on the birth of her new baby boy, Amay. 

Upcoming Fall Events

This fall, we welcome you to come out and celebrate the Andrew Young School’s 20th Anniversary by attending the following events: 

The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ 20th Anniversary Celebration featuring former U. S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius on “The Future of Health Care.”

WHEN:  October 27, 2016, 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
WHERE:  Rialto Center for the Arts, 80 Forsyth St NW, Atlanta, GA 30303
COST:  Free
Please RSVP at:

A Community Seminar
Social Enterprise: Good for Nonprofits, Good for Business, Good for Both or Good for Nothing

Join the Andrew Young School of Public Policy and Georgia State Law for a free community seminar.
WHEN:  Friday, October 28, 2016, 8:45-11:30 a.m.  
WHERE: Georgia State Law School, Knowles Conference Center
• 85 Park Place NE • Atlanta, GA 30303
COST:  Free
Please R.S.V.P.  by Friday, Oct. 21.
 Panelists are:
  • Cass Brewer, J.D., LL.M. (taxation), Associate Professor of Law, Georgia State Law
  • Janelle Kerlin, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the AYSPS Department of Public Management and Policy
  • Doug Ammar, Georgia Justice Project
  • Lisa Wise, Initiative for Affordable Housing
  • Jeff Woodward, Taylor English Duma LLP 
Mark Your Calendars for Andrew Young School of Policy Studies’ Night at the GSU Football Game, November 3, 2016.

Did you know? In 1997, the School wins a three-year, $19.5 million USAID contract for Russian Federation Fiscal Reform Project, the largest grant received by Georgia State University.
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