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Leadership and Staff

Saba Siddiki

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

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.4589 | ssiddiki@syr.edu

Saba is founding director of the Center for Policy Design and Governance at the Maxwell School and its affiliated Policy Design Studio, is founding co-director of the Computational Institutional Science Lab, and founding director of the Institutional Grammar Research Initiative. The IGRI is a National Science Foundation-funded network of scholars from around the world who have a shared interest in institutional analysis. Saba is also a senior research associate in the Maxwell School's Center for Policy Research.

Saba joined the Maxwell School in 2017. She is currently the Chapple Family Professor of Citizenship and Democracy, an associate professor in the Public Administration and International Affairs Department, and director of its acclaimed master of public administration (M.P.A.) program. 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.

Davor Mondom

Center Coordinator, Center for Policy Research

Center Coordinator, Center for Policy Design and Governance

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.9362 | dmondom@syr.edu

Davor assists the director in the Center for Policy Design and Governance with planning, coordination, implementation and performance tracking of center activities and initiatives. He also schedules and coordinates events and meetings.

Faculty

Richard Barton

Richard Barton

Assistant Teaching Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Research Affiliate, Center for Policy Design and Governance


rcbarton@syr.edu

Richard Barton ’15 M.A. (PSc) is assistant teaching professor of public administration and international affairs. His research focuses on the American political economy and legislative institutions.

His published articles include “Upending the New Deal Regulatory Regime: Democratic Party Position Change on Financial Regulation” and “A Primary Threat: How Ideological Primary Challengers Exacerbate Polarization in Bill Sponsorship.” He has published op-eds in The Washington Post and CNN, among other outlets.

His research was supported by the Dirksen Congressional Center in 2020. He is a research fellow with the Scholars Strategy Network and the Unite America Institute, where he conducts research and thought leadership on the effects of primaries and alternative electoral institutions on governance.

Barton earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2022.

Students

Graham Ambrose

Graham Ambrose

Ph.D. Student, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Graduate Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Graduate Research Associate, Center for Policy Design and Governance

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.3114 | grambros@syr.edu

Graham is a Ph.D. student in the Public Administration and International Affairs Department. He studies decision making and conflict in the local food and environmental justice policy subsystems. His research focuses on measuring aspects of the formal and informal policy process as well as their output and outcomes. Graham's interest in the food system comes from earning a B.S. in applied plant sciences and summers working on multiple farms in the Midwest. After obtaining an M.S. in science, technology and environmental sciences, he spent time as a researcher at the University of Minnesota and Princeton University, where he focused on decision making, well-being and equitable food access in urban food systems. He is currently advised by Associate Professor Saba Siddiki.

Nicholas Oesterling

Nicholas Oesterling

Ph.D. Student, Public Administration and International Affairs Department

Graduate Research Associate, Center for Policy Research

Graduate Research Associate, Center for Policy Design and Governance

426 Eggers Hall
315.443.3114 | naoester@syr.edu

Nicholas Oesterling is a Ph.D. student in public administration and a graduate research associate in the Center for Policy Design and Governance at the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. His research focuses on policy design, collaborative governance and policy making, institutional theory and analysis, and regulatory implementation and compliance. He generally studies these topics in the domains of energy and environmental policy, and commonly in the contexts of policy making for climate change adaptation and mitigation.
Center for Policy Design and Governance
426 Eggers Hall