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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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Emily Minnoe


Saba Siddiki

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Research Affiliate, Autonomous Systems Policy Institute


Summer 2022
Not teaching

Highest degree earned

Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver, 2011


Saba is an associate professor of public administration and international affairs and a senior research associate in the Center for Policy Research. Her 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).

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.


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 organizer of the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative (IGRI). The 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 advancement 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.

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.

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 National Science Foundation/United States Department of Agriculture. 2019-2021

Principal Investigator. “A Research Coordination Network Dedicated to Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design.” Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 2019-2022.


Siddiki, Saba. 2020. Understanding and Analyzing Public Policy Design. Cambridge, United Kingdom: Cambridge University Press.

Koski, Chris and Saba Siddiki. Forthcoming. “Linking Policy Design, Change, and Outputs: Policy Responsiveness in American State Electricity Policy.” Policy Studies Journal.

Rice, Douglas, Saba Siddiki, Seth Frey, Hyoung (Jay) Kwon, Adam Sawyer. 2021. “Machine Coding with the Institutional Grammar.” Public Administration.

Christopher K. Frantz and Saba Siddiki. 2021. “Institutional Grammar 2.0: A Refined Specification for Encoding and Analyzing Institutional Design.” Public Administration

Smith, Kathleen, Chris Koski, and Saba Siddiki. 2021. “Regulating Net Metering in the United States: A Landscape Overview of States’ Net Metering Policies and Outcomes.” The Electricity Journal 34 (2): 106901.

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

King’s College London. 2021. Presentation. “Reorienting Analysis of Policy Design.” Virtual.

Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas. 2020. Webinar. “Institutional Grammar: An Introduction.” Virtual.

ETH Zurich. 2019. Presentation “Examining the Effectiveness of Technology Diffusion Policies: The Case of Transportation Electrification in the United States.” Zurich, Switzerland.

Universidad de Concepcion. 2019. Presentation “Marine Aquaculture in the United States: Summary of Research Findings and Policy Recommendations.” Concepcion, Chile.