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Ph.D. alumnus M. Cosar Unal receives NASPAA dissertation award

Posted on September 13, 2010 4:08 PM |Permalink

Mustafa Cosar Unal (Ph.D., 2009) received honorable mention for the 2010 National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) Annual Dissertation Award. His dissertation was one of two recognized in the nationwide competition. The dissertation, "Turkish Responses to Violence by the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK): Policy Choices and Policy Effects" examined the effects of the Turkish Government’s anti-terrorism policies on reducing PKK violence from 1984-2007, the response of the PKK to those policies and the underlying causes of the violence. UMBC Magazine highlighted his research in the article Targeting Terror in Turkey in the Summer 2010 edition. Dr. Unal is an intelligence official with the Turkish National Police.

MPP alumna Pamela Meister is new Harford County Council administrator

Posted on July 15, 2011 10:56 AM |Permalink

Pamela Meister (MPP, 2008) has been appointed administrator of the Harford Council Council. The administrator oversees the 17 person government office. Ms. Meister was formerly the associate director of the Baltimore Jewish Council.

Students, faculty win APHA Honorable Mention

Posted on December 23, 2011 10:07 AM |Permalink

Public Policy faculty Dr. Nancy Miller and Dr. Adele Kirk, along with Dr. Michael Kaiser (Ph.D., 2010) and Ph.D. student Lucas Glos, received honorable mention for their paper, "Potential and realized access among middle-aged and older adults with disabilities," presented at the 2011 American Public Health Association annual meeting.

New book on terrorism by C. Mustafa Unal

Posted on December 23, 2011 10:09 AM |Permalink

Dr. C. Mustafa Unal (Ph.D., 2009) has published a book, Counterterrorism in Turkey: Policy Choices and Policy Effects toward the Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) (Routledge, 2011). The book, based on Dr. Unal's dissertation, examined counterterrorism policies from the perspectives of the government and the PKK. He evaluated whether the Turkish government's policy choices so far have been effective (and in what circumstances), and how they have affected both the level and nature of terrorist violence in Turkey.

Steven Hemelt receives New Scholars Award

Posted on May 7, 2012 2:55 PM |Permalink

Dr. Steven Hemelt (Ph.D., 2009) received the 2012 New Scholars Award from the Association for Education Finance and Policy (AEFP). He was presented with the award, which includes a $2,000 honorarium, at the AEFP Annual Meeting in March. Dr. Hemelt is currently a post doctoral research fellow at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan.

Rebecca Missell selected one of New York Jewish Week's 36 Under 36

Posted on May 23, 2012 2:18 PM |Permalink

Rebecca Missel (MPP, 2006) has been selected as one of New York Jewish Week's "36 Under 36." The magazine selected 36 up-and-coming young Jews who are innovators in Jewish arts, philanthropy, media, social justice, the rabbinate and community life. Rebecca was selected for organizing the group Jersey Tribe, which serves young adults in New Jersey.

Sherece West-Scantlebury is UMBC Alumna of the Year

Posted on September 27, 2013 10:54 AM |Permalink

The UMBC Alumni Association selected Sherece West-Scantlebury (Ph.D., '07) as the Outstanding Alumni of the Year in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. Dr. West-Scantlebury is president and CEO of the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation. Her professional career includes nearly 25 years of experience in community development, public policy and advocacy, and public service. Sherece is the third Public Policy alumni selected for this campus-wide honor, joining Dr. Renato DiPentima (Ph.D., '84) in 2005, and Delegate Jon Cardin (M.P.P., '96) in 2009.