NYU-Wagner Seminar – Fall 2015 and Spring 2016


All presentations take place from 12:30-2:00PM in the Rudin conference room on the 2nd floor of the Puck Building (295 Lafayette St.). A light lunch will be served at 12:00 PM.


October 1st - Hunt Alcott: Assistant Professor of Economics at NYU’s Economics Department. Professor Allcott uses a variety of tools, including structural and reduced form econometrics, applied theory, and randomized field experiments to study topics in environmental and energy economics, industrial organization, behavioral economics, and development microeconomics. He holds a PhD from Harvard University and degrees from Stanford University. Before NYU, he was the Energy and Society Fellow at MIT.


October 8th - Cyrus Samii:  Assistant Professor of Politics at NYU’s Politics Department. Professor Samii writes and teaches on quantitative social science methodology, with an emphasis on causal inference and field research design. In his substantive research, he examines topics related to governance in contexts where formal institutions are weak, the political economy of development, and social, economic, and psychological causes of violent conflict. Prof. Samii holds a PhD from Columbia University and BA from Tufts University.


October 22nd - Randall Reback: Associate Professor in the Economics Department at Barnard College. Professor Reback’s research examines U.S. education policies, including school-based health and mental health services, school accountability, school choice and student sorting, public finance and schools, and teachers labor markets. He has degrees from Stanford University and a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan.


December 3rd – Double header: Gundula Loffler: doctoral student at NYU-Wagner. Gundula conducts research on the institutional aspects of local finance and decentralization reform, participatory local governance and accountability. She recently returned from Rwanda, where she collected data on fiscal decentralization and revenue mobilization. Prior to joining Wagner, Gundula worked at the German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) in Egypt, Syria and Germany on issues of participatory development, decentralization, slum upgrading and urban management.


And Diana Trujillo: Professor in the School of Management at the Universidad de Los Andes and doctoral student at NYU Wagner. Diana’s research areas include management of complex issues, cross-sector collaborations, collaborative governance arrangements, social innovation and social entrepreneurship. Currently her work is focused on understanding the links between value creation and impact evaluation in cross-sector collaborations. 




February 11th - Matthew Desmond: Associate Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard University. Professor Desmond is the author of three books: On the Fireline: Living and Dying with Wildland Firefighters (2007), Racial Domination, Racial Progress: The Sociology of Race in America (with Mustafa Emirbayer, 2009), and The Racial Order (with Mustafa Emirbayer, forthcoming). He is currently writing a book on the causes, dynamics, and consequences of eviction. Professor Desmond received his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and joined the Harvard Society of Fellows as a Junior Fellow.


February 25th - Margaret Keck: Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University. Professor Keck teaches comparative politics, Latin American Politics, and environmental politics. She is the author or co-author of four books, including Practical Authority: Agency and Institutional Change in Brazilian Water PoliticsGreening Brazil: Environmental Activism in State and Society ; Activists beyond Borders: Advocacy Networks in International Politics; and The Workers’ Party and Democratization in Brazil.


March 3rd - Lisa Powell:  Professor of Health Policy and Administration in the School of Public Health, at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Professor Powell current research has focused on the economics of health. She has examined the impact of alcohol use among youth and educational and violence-related outcomes and the importance of peer effects on youth smoking behavior. Much of Professor Powell's current work focuses on the impact of economic and environmental factors on physical activity and obesity.


March 10th - Christopher Ansell:  Professor at the Charles and Louise Travers Department of Political Science at UC Berkeley. Professor Ansell’s interests include public policy, public administration, governance, and organization theory, with a geographical focus on Europe. His current research focuses on the collaboration of public and private institutions to manage risks and to govern unruly public problems.  Professor Ansell has a strong substantive interest in public health and environmental policy. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago


March 31st (tentative) - Monica Prasad: Professor of Sociology at Northwestern University. Professor Prasad She has published books and articles on the rise of neoliberalism, the development of tax systems, the effects of carbon taxes, and the persistence of poverty in America. Her most recent book “The Land of Too Much” develops a demand-side theory of comparative political economy to explain the surprisingly large role of the state in the U.S. In 2015-2016 she will be a fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, working on a book about the origins of the US tax-cut movement


April 7th (tentative) - Kaye Fealing:  Chair of the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Professor Fealing specializes in science of science and innovation policy, underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM disciplines and occupations, and international trade policy impacts on industry structure and firm behavior. She co-edited The Science of Science Policy: A Handbook, with Julia Lane, John H. Marburger III and Stephanie Shipp. Professor Fealing holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University.