Ph.D.

Dissertation Topics

Levin College Ph.D. Program

Students in the Ph.D. Program in Urban Studies and Public Affairs write dissertations in a wide range of topic areas:

Public Adminstration
Al-Habil, Wasim. 2008. Occupations, a diaspora, and the design of local governments for a Palestinian state.
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Almajali, Mutasem A.W. 2003. How are we doing? Assessing public security of Jordan using data envelopment analysis and cross-sectional regression analysis (two-year case study).
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Alsarraf, Hani. 2008. Policy administration and political rights: The experiences of high-level women in the Kuwaiti government.
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Benavides, Abraham D. 2002. New public management's administrative technologies and procedural due process: Searching for justice.
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Brennan, John. 2006. An intellectual history of metropolitan government in the United States.
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Burrows, Melissa K. 2004. Service delivery in the administrative state: Faith-based organizations as a client satisfaction alternative.
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DeHart, Armetia. 2003. Institutional leadership in higher education: An inquiry into perspectives and roles of college and university presidents in public institutions.
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Dunn, Ronnie A. 2004. Spatial profiling: To what extent do the Cleveland Police Department's traffic ticketing patterns target blacks?
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Eubanks, Gail K. 2002. Overcoming adversity: Narrative construction in autobiographies of border crossings.
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Farrell, Paula G. 2004. A framework for understanding the use of IT in public organizations.
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Fornaro, Michael A. 2004. The return to city movement by the multiple-choice generation: A case study of the Saint Hyacinth neighborhood.
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Ghaffari, Masoud. 2000. Intelligence: E pluribus unum. An ontological and epistemological inquiry.
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Holland, Vincent. 2014. Reform Where Is Thy Victory? : A Study of the Reform Efforts in Summit, Allegheny and Cuyahoga Counties.
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Molina, Anthony D. 2004. Practical knowledge, citizenship, and virtue: An Aristotelian approach to public administration.
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Momen, Mehnaaz. 2002. On becoming marginal: The state and the citizen.
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Moss, Antoine. 2011. Generation Y ; An Exploratory Study of Worker Experiences, Values and Attitudes in the Federal Government.
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Mothusi, Bashi. 2008. Public Sector Reforms and Managing Change in Botswana;the Case of Performance Management System (Pms).
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Peffer, Shelly. 2008. Tenuous Legitimacy;the Administrative State, the Antigovernment Movement, and the Stability of the United States Constitutional Democracy.
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Piccorelli, Justin. 2014. The Aesthetic Experience and Artful Public Administration.​​​​​​​
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Salmi, Steven. 2010. To Reframe a Constitution: Public Service in a Consumptive State.​​​​​​​
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Slone, Wendy J. 2006. Discretion and the administrator: The case of child care reform in Ohio.
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Thomas, Lisa. 2008. Catharine Macaulay and the Liberal and Republican Origins of American Public Administration.​​​​​​​
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White, Hope E. 2004. Active citizenship and welfare reform at the local level.
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Wickstrom, Craig. 2017.  A Post-Critical Science of Administration: Toward a Society of Explorers.
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Urban PLANNING AND dEVELOPMENT
Alexander, Serena. 2016. From planning to action: An evaluation of state level climate action plans.
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Andrew James, McMillan. 2013. Multifamily Units in the Dispersed City: Measuring Infill and Development by Neighborhood Type in the Kansas City Region.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​
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Choi, Eugene. 2010. Adaptive reuse of religious buildings in the U.S.: Determinants of project outcomes and the role of tax credits.
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Clouse, Candice Marie. 2017. The Role of Place Image in Business Location Decisions.​​​​​​​
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Deborah, Riemann. 2013. The Impact Of Plans, Policies And Practices Of Metropolitan Planning Organizations On The Design And Implementation Of Streets For All Users.​​​​​​​
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El Jaouhari, Abdellaziz. 2004. Urban primacy and the role of trade openness.
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Gurney, Karen. 2012. The Local Economic Growth Impact of Broadband Infrastructure 1998 to 2008.​​​​​​​
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Hong, Chansun. 2018. The Spatial Spillover Impact of Land Bank Properties on Nearby Home Sale Values in Cleveland, OH
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Ijla, Akram. 2008. The impact of local historical designation on residential property value: An analysis of three slow-growth and three fast-growth central cities in the United States.
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Joo, Mijin. 2011. Are amenities important for the migration of highly educated workers? The role of built-amenities in the migration of highly educated workers.
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Jung, Hyejin. 2015. The impact of entrepreneurship in regional resilience: A spatial analysis of the Gulf Coast region.
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Kang, Hoje. 2004. Detecting dynamic processes of agglomeration in the product life cycle and sudden changes using space-time clustering analyses.
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Kim, Songpyo. 2011. Inventive thought in endogenous economic development: An empirical comparison of Darwinian and Lamarckian approaches. 
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Kinahan, Kelly. 2016. Neighborhood revitalization and historic preservation in U.S. legacy cities.
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Kobie, Timothy. 2010. Residential foreclosures' impact on nearby single-family residential properties: A new approach to the spatial and temporal dimensions.
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Kumar, Mukesh. 2004. Employment centers as self-organizing complex systems: An empirical evaluation.
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Lee, Eun. 2016. Green Buildings: Lease Structure, Productivity, and Regional Economic Impacts.​​​​​​​
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Lendel, Iryna. 2008. The influence of research universities on technology-based regional economic development.
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Lim, Taekyoung. 2017. Multilevel Governmental Efforts for Energy Efficiency: Policy Adoption, Implemenation, and Evaluation under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
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Matheny, Erica. 2012. A survey of the structural determinants of local emergency planning committee compliance and proactivity: Towards an applied theory of precaution in emergency management.
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Park, Gil-Hwan. 2009. Economic and social networks: Impacts on regional economic outcomes and concentrations.
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Park, Mi Seon. 2010. Housing choice voucher program: Patterns and factors of spatial concentration in Cleveland.
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Piazza, Merissa. 2018. Catching the Gazelle: Antecedents and Outcomes of High Growth Firms.
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Ramadan, Wael. 2009. The Influence of Organizational Culture on Sustainable Competitive Advantage of Small and Medium Sized Establishments, Best Business Practices for Achieving World-Class Status, the Link Between Business & Region.
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Saginor, Jesse. 2006. Eminent domain and its use as an economic development tool.
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Shelton, Jon. 2011. Three essays on innovation and regional economic development.
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Shroitman-Sarig, Tamar. 2006. Downtown characteristics and regional economic performance.
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Stewart, Lillian. 2015. The job of human capital: What occupational data reveal about skill sets, economic growth and regional competitiveness.
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Vincent, Vinola. 2014. Vehicle fuel economy and vehicle miles traveled: An empirical investigation of Jevons' paradox.
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Yeom, Minkyu. 2018. Identifying, explaining, and rethinking gentrification.
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Nonprofit Administration
Groble, Patricia A. 2018. Who's in charge here? Exercising authority in the organization-volunteer relationship.
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Ilhan, Habibe. 2006. Islamic nonprofit organizations in the post 9/11 era: A qualitative case study to investigate the effects of national security measures on Islamic nonprofit organizations in Cleveland.
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Nank, Renee D. 2004. The practice of partnership: A study of a government-nonprofit contract.
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Environmental Affairs
Guasp, Edwin. 2006. A water utility framework to analyze the distribution of water quality services: A case study analysis on water disinfectant levels in Cuyahoga county, Ohio.
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Laverne, Robert. 2016. Loss of urban forest canopy and the related effects on soundscape and human directed attention.
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Park, Sunjoo. 2013. The Influence of State-Level Renewable Energy Policy Instruments on Electricity Generation in the United States: a Cross-Sectional Time Series Analysis.
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Samanta, Aritree. 2017. "Policy Is What We Make of It": an Interpretive Study of Governance in an Urban Watershed.
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Schaberg, Beth. 2007. The influence of scientific claims on an emerging environmental issue.
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Song, Chang-Shik. 2013. Effects of spatial structure on air quality level in U.S. metropolitan areas.
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Winson-Geideman, Kimberly K. 2003. The effects of contamination on post-remediation residential property values.
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Other Topics
An, Da Young. 2013. A meta-analysis of the effectiveness of STEM-programs in the United States.
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Burton, Heather. 2007. The black church as a mediating structure: Case studies of critical incidents in Cleveland, Ohio.
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Haynes, Marie. 2010. Urban college graduates: Their investments in and returns for strong quantitative skills, social capital skills, and soft skills.
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Johnson, Terri. 2015. What has faith got to do with it? Developing a theoretical model for the emerging faith-based organization: A case analysis.
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Kandula, Uday. 2012. Do the causes of poverty vary by neighborhood type?
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Khoramshahi, Reza. 2013. Factors That Contribute to Effectiveness of Foster Care Networks in Securing Permanency for Children: An Exploration of Network Participants' Perceptions in Urban and Rural Settings.​​​​​​​
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Liao, Hsin-Chung. 2010. The association of spatial accessibility to health care services with health utilization and health status among people with disabilities.
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Seo, Youngme. 2009. Who cares about school quality? The role of school quality in household preference, school district choice, and willingness to pay.
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Stuart, Glen. 2009. A benefit/cost analysis of three student enrollment behaviors at a community college: Dropout, transfer, and completion of an Associate's degree/certificate.
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Swetkis, Doreen. 2009. Residential property tax abatement: Testing a model of neighborhood impact.
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Weisblat, Gina, 2006. Neighborhood leadership training: Does it impact neighborhood social capital capacity?
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