Quantitative Methods I (56:824:702)

  • Semester: Fall 2016 and Fall 2015
  • Level: PhD Students
  • Description: This course is designed to prepare students for advanced quantitative methodology courses required of doctoral students. The course begins by reviewing descriptive statistics and data presentation techniques. In preparation for the study of inferential statistics, the next section of the course covers the basic of probability. A solid grounding in probability is necessary to understand how and why statistical techniques work. Building on that foundation, the heart of the course is a rigorous introduction to statistical inference: sampling theory, confidence intervals, and hypothesis testing. The final section of the course is an introduction to regression analysis, with an emphasis on interpretation of regression results.

Foundations of Policy Analysis (56:834:501)

  • Semester: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015, and Fall 2014
  • Level: MPA Students
  • Description: The logic of action, decision making, and belief; epistemological issues underlying scientific and policy research; causality, probability, statistics, and public policy; the role of problem definition, description, theory, model building, explanation, and prediction in policy research and decision making. Reviews major substantive theories of public choice and public policy-making and critically examines them from a logical and theoretical perspective.

Financial Management of Public Programs (56:834:553)

  • Semester: Summer 2017 (Online Version), Spring 2017, Summer 2016, Spring 2016, Spring 2015, and Fall 2014
  • Level: MPA Students
  • Description: Examines budgetary processes, municipal bonds, cash management, and intergovernmental fiscal relations as they apply to financial management of public programs. Topics include cost-benefit, cost-revenue, and cost-effectiveness analyses, as well as contemporary issues such as privatization and liability insurance.

Teaching Awards and Fellowships

  • Digital Teaching Fellow, Rutgers University-Camden (2017)
  • Jay A. Sigler Award for Department Professor of the Year, Rutgers University-Camden (2016)
  • Civic Engagement Faculty Fellow (2015)