Carrie Nordlund
Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service, Director of Public and Non Profit Management Program, Director of Undergraduate Program

NYU | Wagner Faculty 295 Lafayette Street New York NY 10012 USA

Carrie Nordlund is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Public Service at the NYU Wagner Graduate School of Public Service.

Nordlund’s research and teaching interests are in governance, urban policy, politics, and race, and gender. She is currently producing works focused on racial identification, minority representation, and the U.S. Census. Nordlund has been published in the Encyclopedia of American Religion and Politics and presented at the Columbia Journal of Gender & Law Symposium.

Nordlund received both her M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from Brown University.

Semester Course
Spring 2015 PADM-GP.2411.001 Policy Formation and Policy Analysis

The purpose of the course is to deepen students’ understanding of the way in which public policy and political realities interact in American government at the national, state, and local levels: how political pressures limit policy choices, how policy choices in turn reshape politics, and how policymakers can function in the interplay of competing forces. The theme explored is how public officials balance concerns for substantive policy objectives, institutional politics and elective politics in order to achieve change. The nature of key legislative and executive institutional objectives and roles is examined. In addition, attention is given to the role of policy analysis and analysts in shaping policy decisions, seeking to identify their potential for positive impact and their limitations in the political process.

A second goal of the course is to sharpen students’ ability to think and write like professional policy analysts. Students will be asked to apply both a policy analysis framework and a political perspective to the issues under discussion


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Fall 2014 UPADM-GP.101.001 The Politics of Public Policy

This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.


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Summer 2014 UPADM-GP.101.001 The Politics of Public Policy

This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.


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Spring 2014 UPADM-GP.440.001 Gender and Development

This course provides an interdisciplinary introduction to and overview of the issues associated with the social transformations associated with changing roles, opportunities and expectations of women and men in the "global South" as their societies undergo social upheavals associated with development, and the resultant impact this has on gender relations and power. We will explore the political, economic, and cultural dimensions of these changes in gender relations, including issues associated with industrialization, agriculture and food security, reproductive health, violence, changing cultural norms, and the role of social movements.


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Spring 2014 URPL-GP.2620.001 Race and Class in American Cities

American cities are comprised of residents from a great diversity of nations, cultures, religions, and political philosophies. Consequently, conflicts surrounding race, ethnicity, class, and gender are often at the center of disputes about the use of public space and the allocation of city resources. This course examines the patterns of racial‐ethnic, class, and gender inequality in American cities. We shall address how these inequalities emerge, how they are perpetuated, and the role of public policy in addressing these social problems.


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Spring 2014 PADM-GP.2411.001 Policy Formation and Policy Analysis

The purpose of the course is to deepen students’ understanding of the way in which public policy and political realities interact in American government at the national, state, and local levels: how political pressures limit policy choices, how policy choices in turn reshape politics, and how policymakers can function in the interplay of competing forces. The theme explored is how public officials balance concerns for substantive policy objectives, institutional politics and elective politics in order to achieve change. The nature of key legislative and executive institutional objectives and roles is examined. In addition, attention is given to the role of policy analysis and analysts in shaping policy decisions, seeking to identify their potential for positive impact and their limitations in the political process.

A second goal of the course is to sharpen students’ ability to think and write like professional policy analysts. Students will be asked to apply both a policy analysis framework and a political perspective to the issues under discussion


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Fall 2013 UPADM-GP.101.001 The Politics of Public Policy

This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.


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Summer 2013 UPADM-GP.101.001 The Politics of Public Policy

This course provides an introduction to the political institutions and processes through which public policy is made and implemented in the United States (although the key concepts are applicable to other political systems as well). The course also introduces students to the tools of policy analysis. The first half of the course presents the major models of policymaking and policy analysis. The second half of the course applies these concepts to specific policy areas such as health, education, and environment, as illustrated by real-world case studies. The course emphasizes written and oral communication through the development of professional memo-writing and presentation skills.


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