Teaching and Advising

Smart cities discussion with UMass School of Public Policy graduate students.

Here are the courses I’ve been teaching at UMass Amherst. Students need courses that reflect current and emerging challenges so that they can foster and lead change.

Current Courses

Technology, Power and Governance (graduate and undergraduate) Spring 2009-2016; 2020-2022

The Future of Government (Master’s elective course) Fall 2019, Summer 2020–

Public Management. (Master’s core course) Fall 2006-2015; Fall 2019–2021

Organization Theory and Institutional Perspectives (graduate) Spring 2006, 2008, 2009, 2013, 2014.

Public Policy Seminar, Spring 2020

National Center for Digital Government Fellows

Marcelo Leal (pre-doctoral, UMass Amherst, Brazilian national, 2016-present); Muhammed Baqir Malik (predoctoral, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, Pakistan, 2020-2022); Ye Zheng (faculty, Northwestern Polytechnical University, 2019-2020); Yurong Wang (predoctoral, Jilin University, 2019-2020); Yu Yue (pre-doctoral, Jilin University, China, 2016-17); Jihyun Na (pre-doctoral, University of Tokyo, 2016); Wei Liu (pre-doctoral, Fudan University, Shanghai, 2016); Nele Liosk (pre-doctoral fellow, European University Institute, 2015); Daniel Consigli (undergraduate fellow, 2015-2017); Ramazan Altinok (visiting scholar, Prime Minister’s Office, Government of Turkey, 2014-2015); Jian Li (pre-doctoral, Jilin Univ.), 2014-15; Jianguang Zhang (post-doc, Central Univ of Finance and Econ, Beijing), 2013- 14; Chen Xi (pre-doctoral, Jilin Univ.), 2013-14; Luis Orozco (faculty, Externado Univ, Bogota), 2014; Ahmed Ibrahim (visiting scholar, Egyptian Tax Authority), 2014; Christoph Demers (Master’s fellow, UMass Amherst, 2013-15); Diego Canabarro (doctoral, Univ. Rio Grand do Sul, Brazil), 2012-13; Raquel Galindo-Dorado (faculty, Autonomous Univ of Madrid, nonresident), 2012-16; Toks Oyedemi (predoctoral, Communications, UMass, 2010-11); Ruixin Zhang, (faculty, Jilin Univ) 2009-2010; Fang Wang (faculty, Nankai Univ) 2009-10; Erdem Erkul (doctoral, Haceteppe Univ, Ankara), 2008-2009; Seok-Jin Eom (doctoral, Seoul National Univ), 2006-2007; Maria Fernandez (doctoral), 2006-2007; J. Ramón Gil-García (doctoral and postdoc, SUNY Albany and CIDE, Mexico), 2004-2007; Michael Hamel (masters), 2006-2007; Meelis Kitsing (doctoral), 2006-2007; Sreela Sarkar (predoctoral, UMA), 2006-2007, 2012-13; Miree Byun (faculty, Seoul Planning Dept), 2005-2006; Xingan Ge (masters), 2005-2006 ; Albert J. Meijer (faculty, Univ Utrecht), 2005-2006; Michelle Sagan (masters, UMA), 2005-2006; (The following fellows are from NCDG at the Kennedy School, Harvard. Many worked with NCDG co-Director Prof. David Lazer.) Rangamani Basettihalli (masters, Sri Lanka), 2004-2005; Jeff Boase (predoctoral, U Toronto), 2004-2005; Amanda Coe (visiting scholar, Government of Canada), 2004-2005; Rahul K. Dhanda (visiting scholar), 2004-2005; Steve Jackson (predoctoral), 2004-2005; Jeanne Mengis (visiting scholar), 2004-2005; Ines Mergel (post-doctoral), 2004-2005; Hirokazu Okumura (visiting scholar, Univ of Tokyo), 2004-2005; Naomi Olson (doctoral), 2004-2005; Birgit Rabl (doctoral), 2004-2005; Alexander Schellong (doctoral), 2004-2005; Maria Christina Binz-Scharf (post-doctoral), 2002-2004; Kenneth Neil Cukier (visiting scholar), 2003-2004; Matthew Hindman (doctoral), 2003-2004; Audrey Selian (doctoral), 2003-2004; Rajiv C. Shah (doctoral), 2003-2004; Michelle N. Meyer (visiting scholar), 2003-2004; Warigia Bowman (doctoral), 2002-2003; Kevin Esterling (faculty), 2002- 2003; Marc Holitscher (faculty), 2002-2003; V. K. Samaranayake (faculty), 2002-2003; Kuno Schedler (faculty), 2002-2003.

Doctoral Dissertation Advising (Asterisk indicates dissertation chair). The truth is I learn as much from my students as they learn from me.

Marcelo Leal (Political Science), Making Sense of Cybersecurity: How Policy Narratives Affect the Foreign Policy Process. In process.

Michael Roberts (Environmental Conservation), Exploring the Role of Interdependence, Inter-Agency Coordination, and Intra-Agency Complexities in Shaping Organizational Response to Mandated Institutional Collective Action. In process.

Robert Darrow (Political Science), Alternative Power: The Evolution of Danish Wind Technology and the Politics of Energy Transitions. In process.

Timothy Sacco (Sociology, 2021), By the Numbers: How Academic Capitalism Shapes Graduate Student Experiences of Work and Training in Material Sciences. Current position: postdoctoral fellow, NSF National Optical-Infrared Astronomy Research Laboratory (NOIRLab), Tucson, Arizona.

Karmen Naidoo (Economics, 2021). Three Essays on Structural Change and Labor Market Adjustment in Developing Countries. Current position: World Bank.

Hassan Aslami (Education, 2021). Financing Public Higher Education in Afghanistan: Alternative Sources and Options.

Nele Leosk (Department of Political and Social Sciences, European University Institute, Florence, Italy, 2019; NCDG Fellow, 2014-15). Understanding the Development of Digital Governance: A Study of the Relation between Institutions, Organizations, Actors, and the Development of Digital Governance in the Member States of the OECD and the EU. Current position: Ambassador-at-Large for Digital Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Estonia.

Allen Linken (Political Science, 2016). Examining the Civil-Military Divide through New (Institutional) Lenses: The Influence of the Supreme Court. Current position: Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of Alabama.

*Meelis Kitsing (Political Science, 2015; NCDG Fellow, 2006-07). Tacit Web: Entrepreneurial Discovery, Institutional Complexity and Internet Diffusion. Current position: Rector and Professor of Political Economy, Estonian Business School.

Borislava Simidchieva (Computer Science, 2015), Variation in Human-Intensive Systems: a Conceptual Framework for Characterizing, Modeling, and Analyzing Families of Systems. Current position: Raytheon BBN Technologies.

Bryan M. Baldwin (Communication, 2015). Democratic Potential for a Multiplicity of Public Spaces: A Content Analysis of Media-Hosted Discussion Boards.

Sreela Sarkar (Communicatino, 2013; NCDG Fellow 2007-08). Technology and Modernity at the Boundaries of Global Delhi. Current position: Associate Professor, Department of Communication, Santa Clara University.

Tokunbo (Toks) D. Oyedemi (Communication, 2012; NCDG Fellow 2010). The Partially Digital: Internet, Citizenship, Social Inequalities, and Digital Citizenship in South Africa. Current position: Associate Professor, University of Limpopo, Sovenga, South Africa.

Kemi D. Fuentes-George (Political Science, 2011). Transnational Networks and the Promotion of Conservationst Norms in Developing Countries. Current position: Associate Professor, Middlebury College.

Amy Cooper (Political Science and International Studies, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Australia, 2011). (External Examiner). The Effect and Efficacy of E-government Administration.

Heather A. Rothenberg (Transportation Engineering, 2009). Formulating Older Driver Licensing Policy: An Evaluation of Older Driver Crash History and Performance. Current position: Head of Global Claims Council at YouTube.

Monica F. Pinhanez (Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, 2008). Reinventing VAT Collection: Industry Vertical Assessment, Revenue Increase, and Public Sector Reliability. Current position: Professor, Brazilian School of Public Administration and Business (FGV – Fundação Getulio Vargas).

Ramon Gil-Garcia (Public Administration and Policy, University at Albany, 2005; NCDG Fellow, 2004-07). Enacting State Websites: A Mixed Method Study Exploring E- Government Success in Multi-Organizational Settings. Current position: Associate Professor, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy and Director, Center for Technology in Government, University at Albany.

Ari Goelman (Urban Studies and Planning, MIT, 2005). A spatial structuring approach to IT use and workplace change: what’s space got to do with it? Current position: Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

*Karl Rethemeyer (Public Policy, Kennedy School, Harvard, 2002), Centralization or Democratization: Assessing the Internet’s Impact on Policy Networks – A Theoretical and Empirical Inquiry. Current position: Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Professor, School of Public Policy.

Selected Executive Education

Challenges to Change in Government. Executive Education Program. Colegio Complutense and Harvard University. 2007-2013. International Academic Programs and Harvard University, 2014-present.

Building Management Capacity: Institutions and Technology. Executive Education workshop. Universidad del Magdalena. Santa Marta. Colombia. November 25, 2013.

Challenges to Organizational Change. Innovative Government Executive Education Program. Dubai School of Government. 7-9 March 2010.

Challenges to Change in Government: Technology-based Cross-agency Innovations in the U.S. Executive teaching at the Leadership programme for Danish local government top executives, October 30, 2007 and October 2008, at the Fels Institute of Government, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Senior Managers in Government. Three-week executive program for members of the Senior Executive Service, senior congressional staff, and international senior government executives. Five session module on the management of organizational and institutional change and strategic use of information technology in government. August 1991-2003

Lectures, presentations, and case teaching. Kennedy School executive programs including Senior Executive Forum, National Security Fellows, Program on Strategic Computing and Telecommunications, International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation Fellows Program, and the World Bank, 1990-2005.

Tias Business School. Strategic Uses of IT in Government Organizations. The Netherlands. Spring 2002.

“The Changing Role of the IT Function in Industry and Business,” and “E-Commerce from a Regional Perspective,” presented at The Jeddah IT Forum on Electronic Commerce, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, October 2-3, 1999.

“Setting a Technology Direction for the U.S.I.A.,” United States Information Agency, May 14- 15, 1997.

Swiss-Slovene Technical Cooperation Project. Designed and taught one-week seminar on manpower planning and training needs analysis. Ministry of Interior, Ljubljana, Slovenia. June 1996.

Program for Women Executives. One-week executive program for women executives in Latin American. INCAE, Managua, Nicaragua. July 1996. Module on organizational transformation.

Project Liberty. Two workshops, one for government ministers and state chancellors, one for senior civil servants. Tallinn, Estonia, May 31-June 4, 1993. Module on managing change.

Workshop on Strategic Management in the Public Sector. One-week program for senior administrators at the National Institutes of Health. Bethesda, MD, June 29-July 2, 1992. Sessions on the management of organizational change.

Bureau of Engraving and Printing, U.S. Department of the Treasury, designed and taught a day- long workshop on strategic human resource management for Bureau executives and managers, January 1993.