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

Christopher Surfus, Ph.D. - "Michigan municipal manager perceptions on LGBTQ+ inclusion: A narrative policy framework case study" (June 2021)

Ruth Bates-Hill, Ph.D. - "A study of communication practices between office and field-based personnel in home healthcare agencies" (May 2021)

Michael Mendenhall, Ph.D. - "Considerations for acquiring excess military equipment by police leaders" (May 2021)

Derik Van Baale, Ph.D. - "Ally or enemy: The impact of leadership on United States army combat veterans' deployment experiences who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan (August 2020)

Brandon Koch, Ph.D. - "Increasing odds: The impact of casino gaming size, location, and economic stream style on county revenue in Pennsylvania" (June 2020)

Burak Onur Tan, Ph.D. - "Food insecurity: A closer look at how households cope with food insecurity and how this phenomenon affects their overall health" (June 2020)

Mohammed Aljanahi, Ph.D. - "Leadership, satisfaction, commitment, and turnover intention in the UAE public sector" (December 2019)

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

Note: Transitioning from an anaytically-focused project papers into a reflective capstone portfolio

Summer 2021

Bamberg, Christopher-"Law enforcement and the public trust: Public administration and organizational change research and theory for polic."

Jha, Bikash-"Assessing the F.A.A.'s policy on passenger rights."

Duckwall, Johanna-Capstone Portfolio in Public Management.

Lorenz, Whitney-Capstone Portfolio in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration.

Lynn, Marcella-"Re-igniting interest in skilled trade careers."

Markham, David-Capstone Portfolio in Nonprofit Leadership and Administration.

Singleton, Charles-"Educator demographic and internalized stereotype impact on black students' education."

Singleton, John-"Marijuana disparities and African Americans."

Sokol, Lara-"United States healthcare policy, minorities, and COVID 19."

Sprangel, Timothy-Capstone Portfolio in Human Resources Administration.

Vincent, Caitlin-"Workforce transition and policies around natural gas, oils, and renewable energy sources."

Spring 2021

Bigelow, Samantha-Capstone Portfolio in Public Management

Cooke, Reina-"Assessing the F.A.A.'s policy on passenger rights."

Duckwall, Johanna-"An examination of training programs for dislocated workers in rural communities."

Hemphill, Stefon-"Addressing student debt."

Juarez, Scott-"Pandemic impacts on the construction industry."

Fall 2020

Carneiro-Stephens, Stella-"Tuition-free community colleges in Michigan: Prospects and challenges."

DeFouw, Kaitlyn-"Private well-water policies in the Great Lakes region: A comparative state level analysis."

Fergison, Patti-"Year-round calendar schools and low level reading proficiency."

Kingston, Adam-"Analyzing the financial return vs. risk for impact investors in 2020."

Mendez, Jose-"Degree completion among migrants and seasonal farmworker students in Michigan State University."

Miller, Robert-"Online presence of small nonprofits: Best practices for online presence and fundraising."

Niemetta, Karalyn-"Comparison of social determinants of health and health outcomes in rural and urban counties in Michigan."

Prusik, Joshue-"Farmers market metrics: How state and local organizations assess the community impacts of farmers markets."

Archived project paper list