Jennifer Dodge

Examines environmental policy conflicts and the role of nonprofit organizations in public deliberation and democratic governance

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Jennifer Dodge

Associate Professor
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy
Department: Public Administration and Policy

Framing (and symbolic politics); citizen participation; nonprofit advocacy; environmental policy conflicts (fracking, environmental justice)

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Jennifer Dodge is an associate professor of public administration and policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany. Dodge's research focuses on policy conflict, primarily in the environmental field, and how it affects decision making and policy formation.

At the heart of her research is a commitment to understanding what it takes for contending parties, whether individuals, organizations or coalitions, to engage in productive conversations to create more just and sustainable policy. Dodge’s research shows that conflict can be productive by supporting public reflection on policy problems and solutions, particularly related to social inequities.

Dodge has also researched the role of nonprofit organizations in public deliberation, policy advocacy, citizen participation and democratic governance; environmental policy and politics, especially the politics of hydraulic fracturing and environmental justice; and the application of qualitative research methods to the study of public administration and policy.

Dodge has published articles in Environmental Communication, Journal of Environmental Policy & Planning, Policy Studies, Policy Sciences, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Voluntas, Policy & Society, Public Administration Review, Critical Policy Studies, and in two edited volumes: The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents and the Handbook of Action Research.

She presents her work at the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), the Public Management Research Conference (PMRC), the American Political Science Association (ASPA), and the international Interpretive Policy Analysis Conference (IPA).

Dodge is also a co-editor of Critical Policy Studies. Previously, she served as a member of the Leadership Collective of the Community and Grassroots Associations section of ARNOVA, conducted policy research at MDRC and partnered with various organizations to support nonprofit and public leadership including the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation, the U.S. State Department, and the NYC Research and Organizing Initiative.

Dodge earned a BA in sociology from Skidmore College, and an M.Phil. and PhD in public administration from The Wagner School at New York University.