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

Fall 2019

Babcock, Casandra J.-"Child welfare worker retention within the State of Michigan."

Cook, Susan L.-"Effects of performance management systems on employee engagement."

Grounds, Chase-"Addressing emergency department utilization: Assessing the effects of interventions at a Michigan hospital."

Haviland, Elizabeth-"An analysis of socio-political events that may have influenced international student enrollment statistics within the United States from 1999-2019."

Pazkowski, Evan-"The perceived effectiveness of the South and West Washtenaw consortium and its relation to the skills gap."

Yang, Qian-"Influence of Trump administration tariffs on General Motors."

Summer 2019

Boylan, Kathleen L.-"The anti-vaccine movement in the United States: An analysis of current and proposed immunization policy in Michigan."

Brown, Jeremy D.-"Effectiveness of 21st century community policing."

Mahato, Susma-"Barriers to access healthcare for undocumented immigrants in the United States of America."

Oswalt, Anna Elaine-"Peer mentor support assisting with minority men enrollment into post-secondary education."

Payamps E., Reyna-"Hospital accreditation process: Process proposal of the implementation as a medical tourism propeller in the Dominican Republic."

Shepherd, Rhasheda-"Separate but equal: The butterfly effect of labor force dissent in equalization and equity."

Archived project paper list