Saba Siddiki

Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs


Saba Siddiki is an assistant professor and a Senior Research Associate at the Center for Policy Research. Her research interests span a broad range of issues pertaining to the link between policy design and implementation outcomes, the role of collaborative governance in policy design and implementation, and policy and individual drivers of sustainability related technology and behavior adoption. Topically, she specializes in environmental and food system governance. Examples of topics she has studied in her previous work, include: how policy design structures implementation and resultant compliance outcomes; the conceptual and theoretical value of using institutional analyses as a basis for examining linkages between policy design and implementation outcomes;  how policies structure who participates in collaborative groups and resultant impacts on collaborative performance; the role of government actors in affecting relationship building and learning among diverse sets of participants in collaborative groups;  group and individual level determinants of knowledge acquisition and policy belief change; and the intersection of science and politics in shaping policy design and outcomes.

Professor Siddiki's work has been published in a range of leading public affairs journals, including the Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, and Review of Policy Research, among others. She has received funding for her research from a variety of sources, including the National Science Foundation. In the Maxwell School, Professor Siddiki teaches the Executive MPA capstone course and public policy process in both the Executive and traditional MPA programs. In 2017, she received a Distinguished Professor Award from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Executive Education Program, in which she formally taught. Professor Siddiki currently serves as Associate Editor for Policy Design and Practice. She received her Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011.

Selected Publications

“Using Network Analysis to Identify Key Actors in Collaborative Policymaking.”  Carboni, Julia, Saba Siddiki, Chris Koski, and Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, Nonprofit Policy Forum,  Vol. 8, No. 2 (2017), pp. 133-145.

“Representation in Collaborative Governance: A Case Study of a Food Policy Council.” Chris Koski, Saba Siddiki, Abdul-Akeem Sadiq, and Julia Carboni, The American Review of Public Administration, Vol. 77, No. 6 (2017), pp. 863-874.

“Linking Diversity of Collaborative Policymaking Venues with Procedural Justice Perceptions: A Study of U.S. Marine Aquaculture Partnerships.” Jangmin Kim and Saba Siddiki, The American Review of Public Administration (2016).

“Assessing Nonprofit Rule Interpretation and Compliance Based on an Application of Crawford and Ostrom’s Institutional Grammar.” Saba Siddiki and Suzann Lupton, Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Vol. 45, No. 4 (2016), pp.156S-174S.

“Plug-In Electric Vehicle Readiness: Rating Cities in the United States.” Kyle Clark-Sutton, Saba Siddiki, Sanya Carley, Celeste Wanner, John Rupp, and John D. Graham, The Electricity Journal Vol. 29, No. 1 (2016), pp. 30-40. [Invited paper; editor reviewed].

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Research Grants and Awards

“Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design,” Principal Investigator. Funded by Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program.  5/1/18 - 4/30/18.

National Science Foundation. “Toward the Diffusion of Sustainable Technologies: The Case of Electric Vehicles.” Co-PI Saba Siddiki with Sanya Carley (PI) and Sean Nicholson-Crotty (Co-PI). 2016-2018.

School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Executive Education Program. 2017. Distinguished Professor Award.