Research by Students

Graduate students in the School of Public Affairs and Administration work in a variety of research topics from public administration and policy. A list of recent M.P.A. capstone project paper and Ph.D. dissertation titles is provided below. Other research produced by students individually as well as in collaboration with other students and faculty is not listed here.

Recent and archived doctoral dissertation topics

Adel H. Aladlani, Ph.D. - "Governance and economic growth in the Arab world: Evidence from panel data analysis" (June 2019)

Li Cheng, Ph.D. - "Are we globalized? Transformative education and internationalization within NASPAA program" (April 2019)

Adrian Wallace, Ph.D. - "Stakeholder perspectives: Implementation of local school wellness policies in the Kent intermediate school district" (December 2018)

Emma A. Powell, Ph.D. - "A corporate model: Aligning nonprofit expectations with regional/local efforts to serve the mission" (April 2017)

Russell T. Panico, Jr., Ph.D. - "An analysis of campus violence threat assessment policy implementation at Michigan community colleges" (December 2016)

Kristin L. Poleski, Ph.D. - "To promote or not to promote: An inquiry into the experience of female police officers and their decisions to pursue promotion" (June 2016)

Beth M. Beaudin-Seiler, Ph.D. - "National quality awards in healthcare and actual quality in U.S. hospitals." (May 2015)

Archived Doctoral dissertation topics

Recent M.P.A. project paper titles

Summer 2020

Akinade, Crystal-"Effect of prescription opioids on neonatal outcomes and women reproductive system when used during maternal care."

Allen, Shawna M.-"Ethics in local public administration: An analysis of trends from 1990 to 2020."

Hart, Michael-"Term limits and legislative staff in the Michigan House of Representatives and Senate."

Krupp, Kelsey-"Living on the edge: Examining setback distances in high risk erosion areas."

Morin, Kara-"Underrepresented populations and success in higher education: A comparative case study between two college promise programs."

Shaver, Jodie-"Michigan's reading proficiency law and barriers to success: Why are our children falling behind?"

Swain, Meghan M.-"Adverse childhood experiences."

Spring 2020

Alvarez, Evangelina-"The development disorder impact of twenty-first century anti-immigrant policies on children of immigrant parents."

Drake, Nicholeigh V.-"The impact of market factors on auto insurance premiums across states."

Fata (Reid), Victoria C.-"Opioid epidemic: A look into Michigan, New Hampshire and West Virginia's approach to the crisis."

Gowan, Allison-"Charitable giving in rural communities: Examining and overcoming challenges and barriers in nonprofit fundraising."

Hypatidis, Jessica-"Examining the extent to which social connections impacts success in living learning communities at Western Michigan University."

James, Sydney A.-"Income share agreements: Exploration, access, and impact."

Little, Keith W.-"A convergent-parallel mixed methods exploratory study and literature review of the United States labor force within the geriatric medicine and nursing healthcare sector."

Lavender, Yolonda D.-"Philanthropy reimagined: Grantmaking and power dynamics."

Madis, Ryan-"Cybersecurity and transparency in Michigan municipalities."

Smith, Cameron Z.-"The federal trio program and its effectiveness in removing barriers to higher education for first-generation college students: A comparative case study between Western Michigan University and Kellogg Community College analysis and recommendation."

Whidbee, Ashley.-"Public administration and crisis preparedness in Michigan cities-the cases of Flint and Kalamazoo."

Wills, Peter R.-"The Detroit Public Schools community district: Lessons learned and relearned?"

Zollinger, Jana M.-"The need for a crisis nursery of Kalamazoo county."

Archived project paper list