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Jennifer Dodge Named Volcker Award Recipient by APSA

Rockefeller College Assistant Professor Jennifer Dodge recently was named a recipient of the American Political Science Association’s Paul A. Volcker Junior Scholar Research Grant Award.

The award, given by the Public Administration Section of APSA, supports research on public administration issues affecting governance in the United States and abroad. Proposals are judged on their potential to shed new light on important public administration questions, their scholarly and methodological rigor, and their promise for advancing practice and theory development.

“It’s a great feeling to be recognized by senior scholars and peers in my field, and receive seed funding to start a new project,” says Dodge. “It’s a real boost of confidence that I’m on the right track with the kinds of questions I’m asking in my research and with the cases that I’m examining. Junior scholars need this support to develop research projects so they can do meaningful research and leverage larger grants to support that work.”

Dr. Dodge's research interests include the role of nonprofit organizations in public deliberation, policy advocacy, and democratic governance; public and social change leadership; environmental politics; and the application of qualitative research methods to the study of public administration and policy. Her winning proposal, “Technological controversies and emerging governance: The case of ‘fracking’ in New York and Pennsylvania,” will explore how the process of hydrofracking disrupted routines related to managing water pollution, air emissions and land disturbance, and how different responses in the two states produced different forms of energy and environmental governance.

“In this project, I’m trying to understand some of the complexities of governing controversial technologies in the midst of ongoing conflict, a situation that seems to characterize many important policy areas these days,” explains Dodge. “On a practical level, this knowledge will inform technology assessment for public managers as well as citizens and industry. The award funding will enable me to hire a graduate research assistant to advance the project and develop preliminary findings that I can then use to secure a larger grant. My goal is to inform how we can more effectively govern and assess new technologies in the midst of social and political conflict.”

Dodge’s fellow Volcker Awardees this year include Sanghee Park of Boise State University and Agustin Leon-Moreta from the University of New Mexico. The 2016 Award Committee included John Bryson, University of Minnesota; Amanda Girth, the Ohio State University; and Amanda Rutherford, Indiana University.

The award will be presented to Dr. Dodge in September at the APSA Annual Meeting in Philadelphia.

Article originally published on June 16, 2016
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