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Saba Siddiki

Saba Siddiki

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426 Eggers Hall

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By Appointment

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Davor Mondom


Saba Siddiki

Associate Professor and Director of the M.P.A. Program, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy

Director, Center for Policy Design and Governance

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Senior Research Associate, Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

Senior Research Associate, Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute


Fall 2023

Not teaching

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver, 2011


Saba’s research focuses on policy design, collaborative policymaking, institutional theory and analysis, and regulatory implementation and compliance. She has studied these topics in the contexts of food and environmental policy. Her research has been published in leading public affairs journals, including the Policy Studies Journal, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Public Administration, among others. She is also the author or editor of multiple books, including "Understanding and Analyzing Public Policy Design" (Cambridge University Press) and "Institutional Grammar: Foundations and Applications for Institutional Analysis"(Palgrave Macmillan).

Siddiki received a Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011. She currently serves as associate editor for Policy Design and Practice.

Areas of Expertise

Policy design, implementation, and compliance; collaborative policymaking; institutional analysis; sustainability technology and behavior; environmental policy; food policy

Research Grant Awards and Projects

Saba is the Co-Director of two research initiatives, both of which are affiliated with the Center for Policy Design and Governance. The Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI) convenes scholars from around the world who are interested in the study and practice of institutional analysis. Core foci of the IGRI are theoretical and methodological advancements of the Institutional Grammar, proposed by Sue Crawford and Elinor Ostrom (1995). IGRI affiliates are currently engaged in research that addresses one or more of the following themes: (1) Computational text analysis with the Institutional Grammar; (2) Evaluating institutional performance; and (3) Leveraging the Institutional Grammar to study simulated and actual behavior. The Computational Institutional Science Lab is an international hub for developing and applying computational methods to study how societies are governed.

Saba is also the co-managing editor of the Collaborative Governance Case Database. The Collaborative Governance Case Database provides a free common pool resource for researchers to share high-quality case studies, enabling them to share, collect, and analyze larger numbers of case studies.

Saba is currently working on projects relating to the following awards.

Co-Principal Investigator. "INFEWS: Sustainable Urban Food Actions at the Food-Energy-Water Nexus –Linking Distributed Agriculture, New Technologies, and Behavioral Nudges." Funded by the United States Department of Agriculture (Reviewed through the National Science Foundation). 2019-2022.

Principal Investigator. "A Research Coordination Network Dedicated to Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design." Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 2019-2023.


Frantz, Christopher and Saba Siddiki. 2022. Institutional Grammar: Foundations and Applications for Institutional Analysis. London, United Kingdom: Palgrave Macmillan.

Siddiki, Saba and Cali Curley. 2022. "Conceptualizing Policy Design." Policy & Politics 50 (1): 117-135.

Siddiki, Saba and Christopher K. Frantz. 2022. "The Institutional Grammar in Policy Process Research." Policy Studies Journal 50 (2): 299-314.

Koski, Chris and Saba Siddiki. 2021. "Linking Policy Design, Change, and Outputs: Policy Responsiveness in American State Electricity Policy." Policy Studies Journal. Online first.

Rice, Douglas, Saba Siddiki, Seth Frey, Hyoung (Jay) Kwon*, and Adam Sawyer*. 2021. "Machine Coding with the Institutional Grammar." Public Administration 99 (2): 248-262.

Ansell, Christopher, Carey Doberstein, Hayley Henderson, Saba Siddiki, and Paul ‘t Hart. 2020. "Understanding Inclusion in Collaborative Governance: A Mixed Methods Approach." Policy and Society 39 (4): 570-591.

Presentations and Events

Politecnico Milano School of Management. 2021. "Policy Design." Virtual.

Programme on Ecosystem Change and Society (PECS). 2021. "Evolving Institutional Analysis Methods for Studying Environmental Governance." Virtual.

University of Pittsburgh Center for Governance and Markets. 2021. "Growing a Knowledge Commons for Advancing Institutional Analysis." Virtual.

Siddiki, Saba and Christopher K. Frantz. "Understanding Regulation Using the Institutional Grammar 2.0." Political Studies Association, Virtual. 10-13 April 2022.

Siddiki, Saba and Graham Ambrose. "Evaluating Change in Representation and Coordination in Collaborative Governance Over Time: A Study of Environmental Justice Councils." Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management, Austin, TX. 27-29 March 2022.