Three New Hires to Join GSPIA Faculty in Fall 2018

We are delighted to announce that three new assistant professors will be joining the GSPIA faculty in Fall 2018.  Gary Hollibaugh and Daniel Jones will serve primarily in the MPA program, and Erica Owen will serve primarily in the MPIA program.

Gary Hollibaugh earned his BA in Political Science and Applied Mathematics at the University of California--San Diego in 2006 and his Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Rochester in 2012. He spent a year (2012-13) as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions, Vanderbilt University, and then served the next year (2013-14) as a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Department of Public Administration and Policy, University of Georgia. Since 2014 he has served as an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame. His research integrates literature on U.S. government institutions, public administration and political psychology. He is coauthor of More Than a Feeling: Personality, Polarization, and the Transformation of the U.S. Congress (University of Chicago Press), which leverages insights from political science, personality psychology, neuropsychology, experimental economics, computational linguistics, and machine learning to develop a framework for incorporating elite personality traits into formal and informal models of political institutions. His work has been published in leading journals including the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Research and Methods, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Social Science Quarterly. Dr. Hollibaugh’s teaching at GSPIA will focus on applied quantitative methods, public affairs, public policy analysis and courses related to his research on public administration and U.S. government institutions. 

Daniel Jones earned his BA in Economics at the University of Alabama-Birmingham in 2008 and his Ph.D. in Economics here at the University of Pittsburgh in 2013. Since the fall of 2013 he has been serving as an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  His research has focused largely on three broad issues: race and gender in economic and political decision-making and outcomes, how policy is shaped by who is elected to office (including how ethnic diversity and minority representation impact policy), and the motivations that drive participation in the nonprofit and public sectors. His publications include articles in Management Science, Labor Economics, Journal of Behavioral and Experimental Economics,  Journal of Health Economics, Journal of Development Economics, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, American Economic Journal: Economic Policy, and Journal of Public Economics.  Dr. Jones’s teaching at GSPIA will focus on economics, quantitative methods and public policy analysis; he will be developing electives related to his research on race, gender and public life.

Erica Owen earned her BA magna cum laude in 2005 with a dual major in Political Science and Economics at the University of Rochester, and earned her Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Minnesota in 2010.  Owen then served (2010-11) as a Post-doctoral Research Fellow at Princeton’s Niehaus Center for Globalization and Governance before becoming an Assistant Professor in Political Science at Texas A&M University in 2011. A specialist in International Political Economy, Owen’s research focuses on how workers and multinational firms shape the politics of trade and foreign direct investment and revolves around the question of how democratic governments balance citizens’ demands for protection from international competition against the benefits of globalization to the economy as a whole. Her publications include articles in International Organization, Review of International Political Economy, Comparative Political Studies, International Studies Quarterly, British Journal of Political Science, International Interactions, Review of International Organizations and Political Research Quarterly. Dr. Owen’s teaching at GSPIA will focus on international political economy, trade and globalization as well as quantitative methods.


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