News and updates from the Program in Public Policy
at the Bloustein School
Rutgers University
New Faculty at EJB
The Bloustein School is pleased to welcome three new faculty members this fall:

Assistant professor Mi Shih received her PhD from the Bloustein School in 2010. She most recently served as an assistant professor in the Human Geography and Planning Program at the University of Alberta, Canada. Between 2011 and 2013, she worked as a postdoctoral research fellow in the China Research Centre at the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia. Her main research focus is on understanding the role of urban planning in shaping Chinese cities and the everyday lives of Chinese citizens in the post-reform era. Her research interests have expanded from an early focus on Shanghai to a broader perspective encompassing a number of cities in both China and Taiwan.
Assistant professor Sai Balakrishnan earned her Ph.D. from Harvard University.  Her research interests focus on property rights and land markets, urban informality, theories of justice, and institutions for managing rapid urbanization in India. She was most recently a postdoctoral research scholar at the Center on Global Legal Transformation, Columbia Law School.
Richard F. Keevey is a senior policy fellow at the Bloustein School and a lecturer at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He has held senior positions in federal and state government, academia, non-profit organizations, and the private sector. He was appointed by President Clinton to serve as chief financial officer for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he was responsible for all financial management issues, including budgeting, system integration, and financial reporting. He also appointed as deputy under secretary for financial management and director for finance and accounting at the Department of Defense. His state government experience includes appointments by two New Jersey Governors as the State budget director and state comptroller.

EJB Hosts NASPAA Admission Directors Meeting
The annual NASPAA (Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration) Admissions Professionals Meeting was held at the Bloustein School in June. This event serves as a forum for member schools to discuss issues pertaining to admissions, including recruiting and financial aid. Lynn Astorga, Assistant Director of Student Recruitment for the Bloustein School, served as the Chair for the multi-school Planning Committee. Traditionally held in Washington, DC, this year's meeting in New Brunswick, NJ was the first to be held outside of the nation's capital. Thirty colleges and universities from across the country were represented at this meeting, including participants from as far as Seattle, WA, Nebraska, Arizona, Missouri, Minnesota, Arkansas and Texas. Presentations included topics such as predictive analytics for admissions and recruitment as well as creative marketing strategies for launching new programs. NASPAA presented findings from its annual survey on admissions and new enrollment. Additional presentations by David Redlawsk, director of the Rutgers University-Eagleton Poll and Marc Weiner, associate director of the Bloustein Center for Survey Research on “Survey Research, Public Opinion and Public Policy in a University Setting;” Rachel Moody (MPP 2014), who discussed her work on Bloustein English language training groups for international graduate students; and Professor Joseph Seneca and Hillary Bardwell, Assistant Director of Career Services & Alumni Relations, who lent their expertise on trends in government hiring & education needs.

News from the
Program in Public Policy

October 2014


Sara Meyers MPP '09 received the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Call to Service medal.  The award recognizes a federal employee whose achievements reflect the important contributions of younger professionals to public service.  Sara won for her work helping to create the HUDSTAT performance system that the Department of Housing and Urban Development uses to better understand the outcomes of federal housing programs.
The Bloustein School and the Federal Reserve Banks of New York and Philadelphia hosted a one-day conference, “Assessing the Household Credit Recovery: Post-Crisis Developments in Credit Use & Credit Repair,” in September. Panelists discussed emerging national and regional trends in consumer debt and access to credit, with a particular focus on how households in New Jersey are faring. Speakers shared the latest research on trends in household lending, as well as emerging strategies for consumers to improve their balance sheets, repair credit, and gain access to mainstream financial products.
The Heldrich Center for Workforce Development recently issued the report “Left Behind: The Long-term Unemployed Struggle in an Improving Economy.” The report, written by Bloustein School professors Carl Van Horn and Cliff Zukin and Bloustein alumni Allison Kopicki reveals the profound struggles of Americans who remained jobless for months and years even as the economy gradually recovers.
The Bloustein School’s Environmental Analysis and Communications Group recently launched a new climate change mapping website for the state of New Jersey, The site is intended to help identify people and assets vulnerable to changing climate conditions and then jump-start a process to consider how to best address those vulnerabilities
Henry A. Coleman will be honored as a longtime trustee of New Jersey Future. In their announcement, New Jersey Future noted, “Henry is the embodiment of an exemplary scholar and public servant. His legacy can be seen in the students he has taught, through his work in government – notably as executive director of the State and Local Expenditure and Revenue Policy Commission and director of the Center for Local Government Services – and through his influential service on numerous boards, including New Jersey Future, the Fund for New Jersey, the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, and many, many others.”
Carl Van Horn was re-appointed as a visiting non-resident scholar of the Federal Reserve Bank for the 2014-2015 academic year. In September he moderated a panel of state government workforce experts at the conference of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies in Burlington, VT. In June, he was a keynote speaker at a conference on Long-Term Unemployment at the Sloan School of Management at MIT.
Stephanie Curenton has been awarded a three-year grant in the amount of $443,000 from W.K. Kellogg Foundation for a project entitled, "Expanding Ethnically Diverse Urban Preschoolers’ Oral Language: The Conversation Compass Professional Development Intervention"
Rich Hobbie, former Executive Director of the National Association of State Workforce Agencies was appointed a Visiting Scholar at the Heldrich Center for Workforce Development in October 2014.

Bloustein dean James W. Hughes and university professor and economist Joseph J. Seneca have issued a new Rutgers Regional Report, “The Receding Metropolitan Perimeter: A New Postsuburban Demographic Normal,” which documents population shifts occurring in a four-state metropolitan region encompassing 35 counties in Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania. The report traces population changes for two time periods: 1950 to 1980, reflecting the nation’s unprecedented postwar suburbanization, and 2010 to 2013, for the recovery period to date from aftershocks of the Great 2007-2009 Recession.
Stuart Shapiro has begun writing a monthly column online for the Washington, DC, publication, The Hill.  The column focuses on regulatory policy at the federal level and draws upon Professor Shapiro's research and experience.  His most recent column can be found at

Hal Salzman, with Ron Hira, Paula Stephan, Michael Teitelbaum, and Norm Matloff, wrote a guest column for USA Today, “Bill Gates' tech worker fantasy: Silicon Valley has created an imaginary staffing shortage.”  The article presents the argument that IT industry leaders have lobbyed to promote the U.S. STEM shortage, but the evidence contradicts their claims.
new economic analysis conducted by university professor and economist Joseph J. Seneca, research professor Michael L. Lahr,  and research associate Will Irving found that from 2011 to 2021, Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) investments in New Jersey’s electric transmission network will be a powerful stimulant of the state’s economy. The report, released in September, concluded the company’s 10-year, $8.1 billion transmission investment program will support 6,000 jobs annually — generating more than $4.3 billion in salary and benefits and more than $640 million in state and local government revenue.



Sanjay K. Pandey, Joel C. Cantor, and Kristen Lloyd. 2014. Immigrant Health Care Access and the Affordable Care Act. Public Administration Review.
Coleman, Henry.  2014. Non-Traditional Public School Funding Sources: Trends, Issues, and Outlook, in Gregory K. Ingram and Daphne A. Kenyon (editors), Education, Land and Location: Proceedings of the 2013 Land Policy Conference (Lincoln Institute of Land Policy: Cambridge, MA), pp. 187-209.
Crowley, Jocelyn Elyse. 2014. Staying at Home or Working for Pay? Attachment to Modern Mothering Identities. Sociological Spectrum: Mid-South Sociological Association, 34(2), 114-135.
Chandramowli,  Shankar N.  and Frank A. Felder. 2014. Impact of climate change on electricity systems and markets – A review of models and forecastsSustainable Energy Technologies and Assessments, 5 (3), 62–74.

Greenberg, Michael R., et al. 2014. Trust in the U.S. Department of Energy: A post-Fukushima reboundEnergy Research & Social Science 2, 145-147.

Hetling, Andrea, Watson, S., & Horgan, M. 2014. "We live in a technological era whether you like it or not": Client perspectives and online welfare applications. Administration & Society. 46 (5), 519-547.
Hetling, Andrea, & Postmus, J. 2014. Financial literacy and economic empowerment of survivors of intimate partner violence: Examining the differences between public assistance recipients and non-recipients. Journal of Poverty. 18(2), 130-149.
Shapiro, Stuart and Debra Borie-Holtz. 2014. Why Regulatory Reform? Regulation. Summer pp 3-5.
Weiner, Marc D. and Orin Puniello. 2014. The Effect of Poverty on the Propensity to Broadband: Household-Level Evidence the Broadband Technology Opportunities ProgramThe Journal of Poverty, Vol. 18, pp. 1-26.


Tuesday, Oct. 21
Analyzing the Costs and Benefits of Electric Utility Hardening Efforts in Response to Severe Weather

Utility hardening and resiliency efforts have attracted center stage attention in New Jersey over the last several years, especially after Superstorm Sandy. The aim of this workshop is to further educate state and local officials, government agencies, industry personnel, and the general public about the economic analysis of grid hardening, including the fundamentals of reliability and resiliency analysis, value of loss of load, and cost-benefit analysis.
8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m., Civic Square Building

Thursday, Oct. 23
The Political Economy of Ebola

This panel will address the following questions: What is ebola? Why is it killing so many youth and women? How is ebola a regional crisis? Have war and structural adjustment led to ebola? Why are women the main caregivers? Should the U.S. military be delivering aid? What role might outside agencies have? What are some possible solutions to this crisis?  Sponsored by the Center for African Studies, the Bloustein School, and the Department of History. 
6:00-8:00 p.m., Special Events Forum, CSB
Tuesday, Oct. 28
The Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit: A tool for furthering community development and neighborhood change in NJ
This lecture will discuss the Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program (NRTC), which provides business entities a 100 percent tax credit for funds provided to nonprofit entities carrying out comprehensive revitalization plans. Nonprofit entities must use at least 60% of the tax credit funds for housing and economic development; the remaining funds may be used for supportive services and other activities that promote neighborhood revitalization. Panelists will discuss the program and how it can be used as a tool for community development in New Jersey.
4:30-6:30 p.m., New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency, 637 South Clinton Ave. Trenton, NJ 08650

Tuesday, November 11
Protecting the “Public” in Public Policy: The Growing Privatization of the Public Realm

The public realm is under siege.  Lack of confidence in government, resistance to paying taxes, ascendancy of a market-based ideology, changes in the global economy and other forces are leading to the privatization of public assets and the design and delivery of public policy. What are the implications for K-12 public education, community economic development, urban planning, social services, nonprofits and philanthropy? 
4:00-6:00 p.m., Civic Square Building, Room 112
Thursday, November 13
Working with Standardized Data Sets in Third World Countries: Principles and Practices

This event will focus on best practices for scrutinizing large data sets such as the Demographic & Health Survey (DHS) and Multiple-Indicator Cluster Survey (MICS), two data sources most frequently consulted in international health research, particularly in Third World countries. This event is targeted at researchers and scholars in public health, international studies, political science, geography, demography, anthropology, and sociology. 
4:00-6:00 p.m., Civic Square Building, Room 369

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