Accomplishments: School of Public Policy and Leadership

September 2, 2021
Brookings Mountain West recently published, "The Great Student Swap," a higher education policy brief authored by Brookings Institution Economic Studies colleagues Aaron Klein and Ariel Gelrud Shiro. This policy brief explores trends in student body compositions, tuition costs, and appropriations for state schools across the country, focusing on public flagship universities.  Public flagship universities are engaged in a “Great Student Swap,” admitting more out-of-state students and relatively...
August 23, 2021
Jayce L. Farmer and Andres J. Rodriguez Lombeida (Public Policy and Leadership) published an article, “How State Interventions affect Municipalities Taking the Lead in Sustainability,” in Sustainability. This article examines how state governments affect municipal government efforts to promote energy efficiency within their internal operations. Among other things, the authors found that greater state-level investments in energy programs encourage local government officials to enhance their...
June 1, 2021
Jesse Barnes (Public Policy & Leadership), Anjala Krishen (Marketing & International Business), and Han-fen Hu (Management, Entrepreneurship, & Technology) recently had their paper, "Untapped Knowledge about Water Reuse: the Roles of Direct and Indirect Educational Messaging," published in Water Resources Management. This study explores how direct and indirect messaging about drinking water quality impacts individual-level acceptance of planned potable reuse. Barnes earned his MS in...
May 20, 2021
Gabriela Buccini (Environmental & Occupational Health), Katherine Marcal (Social Work), and Krystyna A. Stave (Public Policy and Leadership) recently received a R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health. As part of the award, the collaborators will receive $250,000 per year for a three-year period. Project abstract summary: Investments in Integrated Early Childhood Development (ECD) programs are...
May 19, 2021
A number of undergraduate students were recognized during the office of undergraduate research (OUR) spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. They include: Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership), who was awarded Best Podium Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her presentation was Police Shootings in the Mountain West, 2015 – 2021. Janelle Domantay, Ilya Pivavaruk, and Victor Taksheyev (Computer Science), who were awarded Best Poster...
May 12, 2021
Madison Frazee (Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, Political Science) and Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute, School of Public Policy and Leadership) recently were awarded Best Lightning Talk and Best Podium Presentation, respectively, in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences discipline for their research presented in the office of undergraduate research (OUR) 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. Frazee presented research...
February 8, 2021
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Lincy and Brookings Mountain West), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) are the authors of "In 2020, the Largest Metro Areas Made the Difference for Democrats," which was published by The Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program. The analysis applies the "blue metros, red states" framework to examine the 2020 presidential elections in the swing states and the 2021 Georgia U.S. Senate elections. By flipping Arizona and...
December 10, 2020
Jayce L. Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) co-authored an article, “Social Media as an Innovative Policy Tool: Lessons and Recommendations from the City of Austin,” in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy. This article provides an assessment of the city of Austin’s (Texas) use of social media in its community policing efforts. In this assessment, the authors developed a practical model to evaluate the city’s community policing communication policies and practices in light of...
December 2, 2020
An-Pyng Sun (Social Work), Lawrence J. Mullen (Public Policy and Leadership), along with Hilarie Cash and Cosette Rae of the reSTART Life program, recently published an article, "Internet Addiction, Identity Distress, and Depression among Male Adolescents Transitioning to Young Adults: A Qualitative Study," in Future Review: International Journal of Transition, College, and Career Success. One of the few qualitative studies on the subject, this article offers a new perspective in understanding...
November 24, 2020
Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership, Criminal Justice, Honors College, Brookings Mountain West, The Lincy Institute) had her OpEd, "Handling of COVID-19 in Nevada Prisons and Jails ‘Grossly Inadequate’" published in the Las Vegas Sun. Her piece discusses the rise of coronavirus cases in Nevada's correctional facilities and urges an executive order mandating the use of masks in prisons and jails throughout the state.
October 22, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) wrote an op-ed titled "Blue Payback? Major Metropolitan Areas in Red States Could Swing the Senate to Democrat" for USA Today. Based upon their recently published book, Blue Metros, Red States, the authors examine how suburbs in traditionally Republican voting states may swing a number of U.S. Senate seats to the Democrats in 2020.
October 8, 2020
David Damore (Political Science), Robert Lang (Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute), and Karen Danielsen (Public Policy and Leadership) published Blue Metros, Red States: The Shifting Urban-Rural Divide in America's Swing States (Brookings Institution Press). The book, which includes contributions from William Brown (Brookings Mountain West) and John Hudak and Molly Reynolds of the Brookings Institution, analyzes the demographic, economic, geographic, and political divisions between...