International Update — Fall 2017

Students in Barcelona

Here is your SPA international news update for fall 2017. A number of faculty and some Ph.D. students are engaged in international work, the number of international students is increasing, and visiting scholars are engaged in interesting work with SPA faculty and Ph.D. students. Please email ideas and suggestions to Scott Steinbrecher.

Faculty Updates

Deserai Crow
Dr. Crow has a paper under review with Policy Studies Journal with her co-author from Canada, Andrea Lawlor. The paper is titled “Policy Narratives of Wildfire and Drought Risk in Canada and the U.S.”

Angela Gover
During July 2017, 13 University of Colorado Denver students participated in the study abroad class “Comparative Perspectives on Gender-Based Violence” through the School of Public Affairs, directed by Professor Angela Gover in Barcelona, Spain. Nora Scanlon, Undergraduate Criminal Justice Advisor and Program Coordinator, also accompanied CU Denver students on the trip.

The course examined the complicated nature and dynamics of gender-based violence (i.e., human trafficking, intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and prostitution) in the U.S. and Spain. The course looked at the scope of gender-based violence, different forms of gender-based violence, and national trends and practices regarding the issue. It sought to understand the roles of government, non-governmental organizations, and individual actors in addressing the problem of gender-based violence.

While the students were in Barcelona the class engaged in multiple agency visits; attend lectures with experts on gender-based violence, sexual assault, prostitution, and human trafficking; took a guided tour of Barcelona’s Raval neighborhood and spoke with legal and social service practitioners serving sex workers; and visited a Center/Institute focused on issues related to gender-based violence. During the trip, the group also took a guided tour of La Sagrada Familia and visited several historical and cultural landmarks such as the Gothic Quarter, the Magic Fountain, and the beaches of Sitges. They also visited Cavas Codorniu for a tour and wine tasting, attend a Catalan cooking class, and saw a Flamenco show.

According to Dr. Gover, “It was the most amazing teaching experience of my entire career. The course content, the pace of the class, the site visits, our guest speakers, the beautiful setting, the student bonding, the laughter, our daily exhaustion, but determination to keep going… unforgettable.”

According to students who took the class:

“This trip was life changing and empowering. I learned more about myself and those around me, than I ever have before! This was a huge opportunity for personal growth and cultural awareness. Not only have I grown but my passion for Criminal Justice has skyrocketed. The trip was short and sweet but jam packed with knowledge and fun!”

“Studying abroad far exceeded my expectations in all areas. I really enjoyed the class and the opportunity to travel abroad. You will make amazing friends and learn new things that you won’t be able to learn staying here in the United States. At first, I was unsure if I should take the course or not because the financial and time commitments are large. I ended up taking the leap, working with the financial aid office, requesting time off work, and completely dedicating myself to the program and I had the best experience I could have had. Being able to learn about something you are passionate about in a brand new place where there is so much knowledge to obtain is an opportunity that will not always be there. The most memorable part of my trip was stepping out of my comfort zone in many ways, making new friends, and discovering things in Barcelona. I would 100 percent recommend studying abroad.”

Mary Guy
Dr. Guy’s international research project is ongoing, She has journal articles in press that are co-authored with a Chinese colleague and a Pakistani colleague, and was recently contacted by an Italian colleague, asking for permission to translate her book into Italian so that it can be used for training Italian public administrators.

She continues to lead an international team of scholars. The International Public Service Project has already gathered data in Pakistan, India, Taiwan, China, South Korea, U.S., U.K., Australia, and Rwanda, and is now beginning data collection in Bolivia and Italy. Based on analyses of the data, the team is collaborating on a book that captures the emotive aspects of public service around the globe. The team will convene in Denver this March in conjunction with the ASPA conference.


Xiaojun Lu and Mary E. Guy. In press. “Political Skill, Organizational Justice, and Career Success in Mainland China.” International Review of Administrative Sciences, DOI:  10.1177/0020852315619025

Mary E. Guy and Aisha Azhar. In press. “Emotional Labor Meanings, Gender, and Culture: A Comparative Assessment.” Administrative Theory & Praxis.

Her book, Emotional Labor: Putting the Service in Public Service (co-authored with Meredith A. Newman and Sharon H. Mastracci) has been translated into Chinese and is currently being translated into Italian.

Tanya Heikkila and Chris Weible
Drs. Heikkila and Weible traveled to Oslo to present research at the European Consortium on Political Research Annual Conference (Sept. 7-10).  Two SPA Ph.D. students, Kristin Olofsson and Jennifer Kagan, also presented at conference.  In addition, Jonathan Pierce, a SPA Ph.D. alumnus who is a professor at Seattle University, also was at this conference.

Lori Hughes
Dr. Hughes completed the first wave of data collection for a research project focused on violent conflict in Ukraine (with Antonaccio and Botchkovar).

She also published three cross-national studies:

Savolainen, Jukka, Steven F. Messner, Samantha E. Applin, Lorine A. Hughes, Bob Lytle, and Janne Kivivuori. (Forthcoming). “Is the Gender Gap in Delinquency Smaller in Less Patriarchal Countries? Evidence from an International Survey of Adolescents.” Criminology

Hughes, Lorine A., Ekaterina V. Botchkovar, and Olena Antonaccio. (2017).  “Neighborhoods, Individual Actors, and Instrumental Crime in Russia and Ukraine: A Multilevel Test of Merton’s Anomie Theory.” Journal of Quantitative Criminology, online.

Botchkovar, Ekaterina V., Olena Antonaccio, and Lorine A. Hughes. (2017).  “Neighborhood Disorder, Collective Sentiments, and Strain: Bringing Neighborhood Context into General Strain Theory.” British Journal of Criminology, online.

​Dr. Hughes completed data collection for Understanding and Preventing Youth Crime, which is the U.S. component of the third wave of the International Self-Report Delinquency Study (Marshall et al.).​

Christine Martell
Mologaziev, Tima, Salvador Espinosa, and Christine R. Martell. “Information Capacity and Subnational Capital Market Development,” Public Finance Review, April 2017.

“Subnational credit regulatory experiences: advantages and limits of market and fiscal rules.” Inter-American Development Bank International Forum Fiscal Autonomy and Coordination for Effective Decentralization, Washington, D.C. (Aug. 31-Sept. 1, 2017).

Robin Mobbs
“Collaborating to improve societal outcomes: Results from cross-sector collaboration in Hong Kong.” ARNOVA Asia Conference, June 2017, Renmin University, Beijing, China.

“Resolving conflict and creating value.” Guest lecture for NGOs and Governance (POLI 8014 ), University of Hong Kong Department of Politics and Public Administration, 2017, Hong Kong.

Mark Pogrebin
Dr. Pogrebin presented a paper at the Qualitative meeting at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada.

John Ronquillo
In July Dr. Ronquillo was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Innovation Research at the University of Kiel in Germany. He is working with Dr. Carsten Schultz, Dr. Petra Dickel, and Dr. Andrea Popa, respectively, on three different manuscripts.

Following his time in Germany, he presented a paper on tribal enterprises (co-authored with Ph.D. student Nuri Heckler) at the 6th EMES International Research Conference on Social Enterprise in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium.

Study Abroad

Students: it’s not too early to start thinking about study abroad in 2018. Start planning now for funding options, applicability of a particular course to your academic program, and other considerations for a trip abroad. Contact Scott for information.

Visiting Scholar and International Student Updates

New Students

SPA is pleased to welcome the following students:

  • Amal As-Saffar- Fulbright from Bahrain
  • Patricia Diaz Gomex is an IREX (intl research exchange) nonprofit non-degree student for the 17/18 academic year.

SPA has five new Korean AMPA’s this fall:

  • Jinho Park, Jin-hee Lee, Inseung Choi, Doyeon Kwon, and Hong Chul Park

Jong Chul Park is a new Korean student in the regular MPA program, and Qingchun Wang from China is in the regular MPA program.

We have two first-year international Ph.D. students: SoJeong Kim is from Korea and Alex Osei-Kojo is from Ghana.

We anticipate new students arriving in December as part of the Korean Development Institute/SPA dual-degree program.

SPA is also home to over 20 international Criminal Justice students. Those students are mainly from the Middle East, with one from South Africa.

New Visiting Scholars

SPA is hosting two new Chinese Visiting Scholars this fall who are here for one year. The first is Shengyu Li from Renmin University in China. He will work with Dr. Guy. Renmin University is considered one of the top Public Administration programs in China.

The second is Peng Dong from China’s Northeastern University. Mr. Dong will work with Dr. Weible.

Ryan Wong from Australia will be here for the month October engaged in dissertation research related to Policy Process frameworks. Mr. Wong is a Ph.D. candidate at the RegNet School of Regulation and Global Governance.

Last April Maria Nagawa arrived from Uganda and she has been engaged in a variety of research activities during her stay.


On September 26, Dr. Weible organized and hosted a seminar on policy studies in China.

This panel featured two distinguished Chinese scholars: Dr. Hongtao Yi of The University of Ohio and Dr. Fang Chen of Xiamen University.  Drs. Yi and Chen are experts on Chinese policy scholarship. This panel featured short presentations from both on public policy research in China and a Q&A session which touched upon issues related to the globalization of policy process scholarship and the challenges of comparative research.  The seminar had a good turnout, with roughly 25 attendees, including six faculty, Dean Teske, four visiting scholars, five international PhD students, six domestic PhD students, and one Executive MPA student. Attendees enjoyed lunch, excellent information/questions from the speakers and audience, and a stimulating environment to consider the globalization of the policy process. Stay tuned for similar programs in the future.

~Post by Scott Steinbrecher

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