Jennifer Dodge, PhD

Director of Undergraduate Studies
Associate Professor

Specialization: Nonprofits & Democratic Governance

Department of Public Administration & Policy

308 Milne Hall | 518-442-5274

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About Professor Dodge

Jennifer Dodge is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy at the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, University at Albany—SUNY. Dr. Dodge's research focuses on the interpretation of policy conflict, primarily in the environmental field. The main research questions that animate her work are: How does policy conflict affect decision making and policy formulation? 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.Dr. Dodge’s research shows that conflict can be productive by supporting public reflection on policy problems and solutions, particularly related to social inequities.

Dr. Dodge has 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.  Dr. 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). 

Dr. Dodge is currently 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 US State Department, and the NYC Research and Organizing Initiative. Dr. Dodge has won the Paul A. Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant Award and the Hayward Alker Paper Award from the American Political Science Association.

Dr. 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.

Professor Dodge teaches PAD 500 – Institutional Foundations of Public Administration and PUB/POS 604 – Inequality and Public Policy and PAD 616 – Nonprofits and Social Transformation

Selected Publications

  • Dodge, J. & Metze, T.  (2017). Hydraulic fracturing as an interpretive problem: lessons on energy controversies in Europe and the US. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning.
  • Lejano, R. & Dodge, J. (2017) Narrative properties of ideology: The adversarial turn and climate skepticism in the U.S. Policy Sciences. DOI: 10.1007/s11077-016-9274-9 (online first)
  • Dodge, J. (2016). Crowded Advocacy: Framing dynamics in the fracking controversy in New York. Voluntas. DOI: 10.1007/s11266-016-9800-6 (online first) add paper version
  • Metze, T. & Dodge, J.  (2016). Dynamic discourse coalitions on hydro-fracking in Europe and the United States. Environmental Communication. DOI: (online first)
  • Dodge, J., and Lee, J. (2015). Framing Dynamics and Policy Gridlock: The Curious Case of Hydraulic Fracturing in New York. Journal of Environmental Policy and Planning. DOI: DOI:10.1080/1523908X.2015.1116378. (online first).
  • Dodge, J. (2015). The deliberative potential of civil society organizations: Framing hydraulic fracturing in New York. Policy Studies, 36 (3), 249-266.
  • Dodge, J. and Ospina, S. (2015). Developing Advocates for Change: A Practice Approach to Understanding Associations as “Schools of Democracy,” Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, 1-22; DOI: 10.1177/0899764015584063.
  • Dodge, J. (2014). Civil society organizations and deliberative policy making: interpreting environmental controversies in the deliberative system, Policy Sciences, 47:161–185. DOI 10.1007/s11077-014-9200-y 
  • Abolafia, M., Dodge, J., and Jackson, S. (2014). Clifford Geertz and the Interpretation of Organizations (pp. 346-369), In P. Adler, P. du Gay, G. Morgan and M. Reed (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory and Organization Studies: Contemporary Currents. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ospina, S., W., Foldy, E. G., El-Hadidy, Dodge, J., Hofmann-Panilla, A., and Su, C. (2012) Social change leadership as relational leadership. In M. Uhl-Bien and S. Ospina (Eds.), Advancing Relational Leadership Theory. Greenwich, CT: Information Age.
  • Dodge, J. (2010). Tensions in deliberative practice: A view from civil society. Critical Policy Studies, 4 (4).
  • Dodge, J. (2009) Environmental justice and deliberative democracy: How civil society organizations respond to power in the deliberative system. Policy & Society, 28 (3) 225-239. 
  • Ospina, S. M. and Dodge, J. (2005). Narrative inquiry and the search for connectedness: Practitioners and academics developing public administration scholarship.  Public Administration Review, 65 (4) 409-423. 
  • Dodge, J., Ospina, S.M., and Foldy, E.G. (2005). Integrating rigor and relevance in public administration scholarship: The contribution of narrative inquiry. Public Administration Review, 65 (3) 286-300. 
  • Ospina, S. M. and Dodge, J. (2005). It’s about time: Catching method up to meaning—The usefulness of narrative inquiry in public administration research.  Public Administration Review, 65 (2) 143-157.