Saba Siddiki

Associate Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Saba Siddiki

Contact Information

426 Eggers Hall
(315) 443-4589
Office Hours:
Mo 12:15-1:15 (Virtually)

Staff Support
Emily Minnoe
(315) 443-3114

Curriculum Vitae
Saba Siddiki CV

Senior Research Associate, Center for Policy Research


Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver, 2011


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


Spring 2021

PAI 785.001 Policy Implementation, Mo 9:30-12:15, Falk 275


Saba is an Associate Professor of Public Administration and International Affairs and a Senior Research Associate in the Center for Policy Research. Prior to joining the Maxwell School, Professor Siddiki was an Assistant Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Her research focuses on policy design, collaborative policy making, and regulatory implementation and compliance. She has studied these topics in the contexts of food, transportation, and energy 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, and Review of Policy Research, among others. Siddiki received her Ph.D. in public affairs from the University of Colorado Denver in 2011. She currently serves as Associate Editor for Policy Design and PracticeFull Biography


Selected Papers

Research 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. 

Research Grants and Awards

Principal Investigator. “A Research Coordination Network Dedicated to Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design,” with Edella Schlager, Charlie Schweik, Seth Frey, Doug Rice, Chris Weible, Tanya Heikkila, and Brenda Bushouse. Funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). 2019-2022.

Principal Investigator. “Coordinating and Advancing Analytical Approaches for Policy Design.” Funded by Collaboration for Unprecedented Success and Excellence (CUSE) Grant Program. 2018.

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

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

Recent Invited Lectures

Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis. 2016. Presentation: “Designing Effective Policy.”

DeMontfort University, Leicester, United Kingdom. 2016. Presentation: “Methods for Institutional Analysis.”