Dean's E-News | April 8, 2016
April 8, 2016
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Andrew Young School’s Graduate U.S. News Rankings
Rise in Four of Five Programs

No. 25 Ranking is among the Top Ten Percent of the Nation’s Public Affairs Schools
The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies rose in most categories in the new 2016 U.S. News & World Report rankings of “Best Public Affairs Graduate Schools.” Georgia State University is ranked No. 25 overall, tied with Georgetown University, Ohio State University, the University of Kentucky, the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
The school’s programs now rank in the top 10 nationally in three specializations and top 25 in five:

  • No. 5, Public Finance and Budgeting
  • No. 9, City Management and Urban Policy
  • No. 10, Nonprofit Management
  • No. 19, Public Management and Administration
  • No. 22, Public Policy Analysis

For more on our rankings, check out the full story on our website at:


Gregory B. Lewis & Pitts, D. (2016). Deciding to Retire from the Federal Service. Review of Public Personnel Administration.  doi:10.1177/0734371X16639110

Robbie Friedmann. (2016). Criminal Justice System. In Jennings, W., Higgins, G., Maldonado-Molina, M., &  Khey, D. (Eds.), The Encyclopedia of Crime and Punishment. (pp. 413-420). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley-Blackwell.

Alberto Chong & Yanez-Pagans, M. (Eds.). (2016). Information Technologies, Compliance and Field Experiments in Latin America. Redwood City, CA: Stanford University Press and Washington, D.C.: World Bank Press, forthcoming. 

Julie Hotchkiss, Graham, M. & Belliveau, M. (2016). The View at the Top or Signing at the Bottom? Forms of Responsibility for Women's Representation in Management. Industrial and Labor Relations Review, forthcoming.


Angela Snyder, Mei Zhou, Paulukonis, S.,  Eckman, J., Hagar, W.,  Feuchtbaum, L., Grant, A.M., & Hulihan, M.. (2016). Defining Sickle Cell Disease Mortality Using a Population-Based Surveillance System, 2004 Through 2008. Public Health Reports. 131(2), 367-375.

Debra Kibbe (pictured), Karen Minyard, E. A. Vall, C. Green, B. Fitzgerald & K. Cornett. (2016).
Addressing Childhood Obesity in Georgia: Past, Present, and Future. Journal of the Georgia Public Health Association. 5(3), 197-203.



Nicholas Forge and Brittany Garner (pictured), second-year MSW student, presented “Homeless LGBTQ Young People: Intersections for Care,” at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, March 9, 2016.
Andrea Young made the following presentations:
  • Panel discussion on “The Transformative Power of Image from Selma to Ferguson,” at the Annual Conference of the Society for Cinema and Media Studies at Georgia State University, March 31, 2016.  Young (center) is pictured here with (l-r) Shola Lynch, filmmaker and curator, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and Ruta Abolins, Civil Rights Digital Library.
  • “Andrew Young’s Making of Modern Atlanta” at the 46th Annual Conference of the Urban Affairs Association in San Diego, March 18, 2016.


Tim Sass’ research on charter schools was picked up in the “Report Roll Call” section of Politico’s Morning Education column on April 5, 2016.
Susan Snyder’s “Academic Minute:  Students’ Problematic Internet Use” was featured in an Inside Higher Ed article, April 5, 2016.
Spencer Banzhaf was quoted and his 2014 research about the Cold-War Origins of Statistical Life was cited in the Wall Street Journal article, “Why the Government Puts a Dollar Value on Life,” March 25, 2016.

Dean Dabney was interviewed on WABE-Radio (90.1) for the story, “DeKalb Public Safety Director A Finalist For Chicago Police Superintendent,” March 17, 2016.

Carlianne Patrick was interviewed on BYU Radio’s Top of Mind With Julie Rose for the segment, “Women Entrepreneurs,” March 21, 2016.

Lakshmi Pandley was quoted in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution article, “Metro Atlanta’s Population Grows as Residents Seek Jobs, Amenities,” March 29, 2016.

Alberto Chong was interviewed by NPR for its feature segment, “#LongReads:  Blame it on Bollywood,” April 2, 2016.

Robbie Friedmann was interviewed on WSB-TV, about the Brussels incident in the story, “Atlanta Airport, MARTA Step Up Security Measures,” March 22, 2016.

A Fiscal Research Center Policy Brief about Georgia’s film tax credit was cited in the The National Law Review article, “February 2016 Tax Credits & Incentives Update,” March 24, 2016.  Download a copy of the policy brief at

Events and Community Outreach

Cyntoria Johnson, Michael Shapiro and two undergraduate Criminal Justice & Criminology (CJ&C) majors attended the presentation, "Fulfilling Promises: The Next Decade of Public Defense in Georgia" sponsored by the Indigent Defense Committee of the State Bar in Atlanta, March 4, 2016. The presentation focused on indigent defense, how the state of Georgia has provided defense counsel since the landmark Gideon v. Wainwright and future plans to strengthen indigent defense. Pictured (from left) are Shapiro, Danielle Holmes, CJ&C sophomore, Johnson, The Honorable Norman Fletcher (former Chief Justice of the Georgia Supreme Court), and Tyisha Anthony, CJ&C senior.


Vjollca Sadiraj has been promoted to associate director of the Experimental Economics Center. 

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