Dean's E-News | Mar. 21, 2016
March 21, 2016
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A Message from Sally Wallace,
Associate Dean for Research and Strategic Initiatives

The continued success of our Department of Economics is applauded in two recent publications. Based on an analysis of scholarly output (published journal articles), the department is ranked among the top five economics departments in the U.S. South—having moved up 22 positions between 2001 and 2011. (Mixon and Upadhyaya, 2016,

In addition, the department is ranked No. 10 in the U.S. and No. 23 in the world based on publications in the top 10 regional science journals over the period 2010-2014. In the same article, Professor David Sjoquist is ranked as No. 27 in the U.S. and No. 57 in the world. (Rickman and Winters, 2016,

The value of an AYSPS degree continues to grow! Our congratulations to the Department of Economics’highly productive faculty and research associates, strongly supportive staff and hard-working students!


Kristie Seelman. (2016). Transgender Adults’ Access to College Bathrooms and Housing and the Relationship to Suicidality. Journal of Homosexuality. doi:10.1080/00918369.2016.1157998

 Andrew Feltenstein produced the following publications:
  • With Condon, J., Plassmann, F., Mark Rider & Dave Sjoquist. (2015). A Regional Model of Growth Oriented Fiscal Policy:  An Application to Georgia and its Competitor States. The Review of Regional Studies. 44(2), 177-209.
  • With Plassmann, F. (2016). How Large do Multi-Regional Models Need to Be? Journal of Policy Modeling. 38(1), 138-155.

Joannie Tremblay-Boire, Prakash, A. & Gugerty. M. K. (2016). Regulation by Reputation: Monitoring and Sanctioning in Nonprofit Accountability Clubs. Public Administration Review. doi:10.1111/puar.12539

Susan Snyder, Robin Hartinger-Saunders, Timothy Brezina, Elizabeth Beck, Wright, E., Nicholas Forge, & Brian Bride. (2016). Homeless Youth, Strain, and Justice System Involvement: An application of General Strain Theory. Children Youth Services Review, Vol. 62, 90-96. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.02.002

William Waugh, Shandiz, M., Ardalan, A., Tirone, D. & Akbari Sari, A. Published the following publications:

·         (2016). Procedural Effectiveness of International Humanitarian Assistance. Global Journal of Health Science. 8(11), 16-23.

·         (2016). Characteristics of an Effective International Humanitarian Assistance: A Systematic Review. PLOS: Currents – Disasters. 1st Edition. doi:10.1371/currents.dis.706b7dc0e8382b55a20d6f7d0cf14257

Karen Minyard, Elizabeth Fuller, Lawler, K., Henry, E. & Wilson, M. (2016). Reducing Health Disparities in Atlanta. Stanford Social Innovation Review Supplement to SSIR Sponsored by Grantmakers in Health. 14(2), 22-23.


Sally Wallace presented “Confidentiality and Tax Compliance” at a seminar at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa, Jan. 22, 2016. Wallace (second from left) is pictured with (L-R) Professor Estian Calitz (University of Stellenbosch), Mr. Dirk Scholtz and Prof. Riel Franzsen (University of Pretoria).
Greg Lewis presented “LGBTs in the Federal Service: An Update” at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Research Summit at American University in Washington, D.C., March 8-9, 2016.
Paula Stephan participated in the Advisory Committee of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s group on Economic Institutions, Behavior and Performance and presented the “Sloan’s Portfolio of Projects Related to Economic Analysis of Science and Technology” in New York City on Feb. 18, 2016. 
Robbie Friedmann presented “Do Barking Dogs Bite: The Impact of Terrorism,” for the Institute for the Study of Global Antisemitism and Policy’s Antisemitism in Comparative Perspective Seminar Series at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Feb. 11, 2016.
Sam Williams presented “Public-Private Partnerships” at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100 in Orlando, Fla., March 2, 2016.


Dan Kreisman was quoted in the Cosmopolitan article, “Is Bernie Sanders's Free College Tuition Plan Too Good to Be True?” March 2, 2016.
Deborah Whitley’s research received the following media hits:
Dave Sjoquist was quoted in the GoodCall News article, “Students Receiving Merit-Based Aid Less Likely to Graduate with a STEM Degree,” Feb. 22, 2016. 

Eric Sevigny was quoted in the STAT article, “Seeking Medical Marijuana? Don’t Expect Much Oversight,” March 7, 2016.

James Dills was quoted in a WEAU-TV [Eau Claire, Wisconsin] segment, “Health Impact Assessment Planned for Cannery District,” on Feb. 25, 2016.

Robert Buschman had the following media hits:

Robbie Friedmann  was interviewed for the WXIA-11 Alive story, “Generational Crime: When a Family Legacy Plays Out Behind Bars,” Feb. 26, 2016.

The Fiscal Research Center’s research was mentioned in the following media:

· The Brookhaven Post, “Chamblee City Manager Says Annexation Feasibility Numbers May Come This Week,” Feb. 24, 2016.

· The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, “What You’ll Really Pay if the MARTA Tax Increases,” Feb. 18, 2016.

The Georgia Health Policy Center was mentioned in a segment that aired on WSB-TV Atlanta Channel 2 People2People program , “Healthy Living Summit Partnership To Improve Community Health Program,” Feb. 21, 2016.

The Georgia International Law Enforcement Exchange (GILEE) was mentioned in the Moultrie Observer article, “TU to Hold Talk on ‘The Importance of Formal Education in Law Enforcement,’” Feb. 25, 2016.

Events and Community Outreach

Five AYSPS Public Management and Policy graduate students-- Christabel Ghansah, Aaron Lichkay, Afroze Charania, Alan Tipert, and Kelly Parry--were part of the 17-member team that placed second in the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs and Administration’s (NASPAA) Second Annual Student Simulation Competition on Global Climate Change.  Check out the story at:


Shannon Sneed (B.S, Criminal Justice, ’87), an attorney in Covington, Ga., recently announced in the Rockdale Citizen that he is entering the election for Newton County (Ga.) Probate Court judge. He will be on the ballot in the May 24, 2016, primary election.

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