NYU Wagner Ranks in Top 10 According to US News & World Report
The U.S. News & World Report rankings of policy schools, which come out only every three or four years, were released March 28, 2008 -- and out of 269 master's programs across the country, NYU Wagner ranks in the top 10 overall this year!
That's a huge leap forward from Wagner's US News ranking of 17 overall in 2004, and 26 overall in 2001. In addition, NYU Wagner is top-ranked in five of nine specialty areas.
The latest rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors and department chairs of master's programs nationally.
The survey was completed during 2008. These new results are thrilling confirmation that Wagner is indeed on the rise.
Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts, Oct. 11-13
On October 11th, 12th and 13th, the Conference on Social Theory, Politics and the Arts (STP&A) -- the premier arts and cultural policy conference - will be conducted for the first time in more than a decade in New York City, and the first time ever at NYU. The 33rd annual conference, which was held last year in Vienna, Austria, will be chaired by NYU Wagner Professor Ruth Ann Stewart. It begins Thursday evening, Oct. 11, 2007, with an opening reception in the Puck Building in Manhattan, the landmark home of the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. About 200 scholars, artists, and cultural-organization leaders from 26 countries and 22 states throughout the U.S. are expected to attend the conference and share their professional experience and research findings through papers and panels. The six conference themes are: Artists, Activism, and Social Change; Leadership in, of, and through the Arts; Sustaining Cultural Industries and Organizations; Role of the Arts in Bridging Ethnic, Cultural, and Regional Differences; Cultural Planning, Development, and Economics; Urban Revitalization and the Arts.
The online conference schedule can be found at http://stpa.culture.info. Anyone interested in attending this exciting event may contact the Conference Coordinator, Darren Flusche, at email@example.com.
Microfinance and social-justice philanthropyProfessor Jonathan Morduch's research about microfinance, a growing prescription for global poverty, will have him delivering talks this spring at the World Bank, Yale School of Management, Wharton School, Columbia Graduate School of Business, and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He spoke with NPR affiliate KQED out of the San Francisco Bay Area on Apr. 6, 2007 about microfinance and social-justice philanthropy, and was turned to for an article on the microfinance movement in the April 16 issue in Time magazine.
"We need more housing"Wagner�s Ingrid Gould Ellen was interviewed for the Bloomberg Administration�s PLANYC2030 report about the planning implications arising from rapid population growth, aging infrastructure and environmental pressures anticipated during the next quarter-century. Professor Ellen�s remarks focus on the growing demand for housing. She is codirector of the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy, a joint center between the NYU School of Law and the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. The Furman Center is a leading academic research center devoted to the public policy aspects of land use, real estate development and housing. Each year, it produces a widely read reach, the State of New York City�s Housing and Neighborhoods. Among the other resources hosted by the center�s website is http://plannyc.com, an independent source of information about pending land use decisions that was developed by Jordan Anderson as part of his Master of Urban Planning Capstone project at Wagner. To see the PLANYC2030 video, go here.
Evaluating the World BankThe World Bank is one of the most influential�and sometimes controversial--providers of knowledge about international development and growth. A frank review of World Bank research between 1998 and 2005 has been completed by an external panel at the request of the World Bank�s chief economist.
The panel included Angus Deaton (Chair), Princeton University; Kenneth Rogoff, Harvard University; Abhijit Banerjee, M.I.T.; and Nora Lustig, Director of the Poverty Group at UNDP.
NYU Wagner�s Professor Jonathan Morduch participated in the review with responsibility for evaluating research on finance and private sector development.
The report with responses by Francois Bourgignon, the Chief Economist, and Joseph Stiglitz, a former Chief Economist, is available at: http://econ.worldbank.org
In January, 2007, Professor Morduch was invited to join the Editorial Board of the World Bank Economic Review, the world�s most widely read scholarly economic journal. His term ends in December 2009.
PhD Alumni Report
- Suk-Won Lee [PhD '01] was recently appointed Assistant Professor of Public Administration at Seoul National University in Korea.
- Ross Rubenstein [PhD '97] recently published “Paying for Grades: Impact of Merit-Based Financial Aid on Educational Quality” (co-authored with Gary Henry) in the Winter 2002 Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, pp. 93-109.
- Catherine Hamilton [PhD '01] was awarded the Medical Care section's Student Paper Award at the American Public Health Association meeting for presenting her dissertation, "The Impact of Health Insurance on the Lives of Low Income Adults -- The Effectiveness of the Vermont Health Access Plan."
- Joe Benning [Ph.D. '01] just began his employment as a Senior Economist at the Chicago Board of Trade after having served as a Visiting Fellow at Rutgers' Center for Global Change and Governance this past fall.
Doctoral Dissertations Defended
Congratulations to Patrice Iatarola and David Sandman for successfully defending their dissertations in the Fall 2001 term.
- Equity and Distribution of Resources and Performance Across Elementary and Middle Schools within Large Urban School Districts: Evidence from NYC, by Patrice Iatarola. Committee: L. Stiefel (Chair), A. Schwartz, R. Berne, N. Fruchter, and D. Denison.
- Man to Man: The Impact of Male Patient and Physician Gender Concordance on Receipt of Preventative Care, by David Sandman. Committee: J. Billings (Chair), J. Blustein, J. Cantor, J. Boufford and D. Delia.
Doctoral Publications and News
- Colin Chellman with faculty member Dwight Denison: "Double Bottom Line Investment: Responsible Investing in Nonprofit Organizations," Journal for Nonprofit Management, Summer 2001, pp. 46-65.
- Melissa M. Bottrell, James F. O'Sullivan, and Melissa A. Robbins ('01) (with co-authors Ethel L. Mitty and Mathy D. Mezey): "Transferring dying nursing home residents to the hospital: DON perspectives on the nurse's role in transfer decisions," Geriatric Nursing, 2001, pp. 313-17.
- Allon Yaroni (with co-author David Rosenbloom): "The Transferability of New Public Management Reforms: Caveats from Israel," Israel Affairs, Summer 2001, pp. 81-99.
- Wagner PHD student Laura Peck has been appointed Assistant Professor at the Arizona State University School of Public Affairs.