In my research, I study how government reforms affect public employees and the people they serve, particularly with regard to social equity in access to public services and programs. I also work with public organizations to design and apply behavioral interventions to improve government effectiveness. Recently, I developed an interest in program evaluation and am currently the PI of an effort to link academic expertise with federal agencies to conduct impact evaluations of important social programs.
I received the Beryl Radin Award for the best article published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory (JPART). I am also co-editor of Experiments In Public Management Research: Challenges and Contributions (Cambridge University Press). In 2017, I co-founded the Journal of Behavioral Public Administration, a not-for-profit, open-access journal. I served as JBPA’s editor-in-chief until 2021.
Born in Germany, I received my master’s in public administration from Zeppelin University (Germany), and PhD from Erasmus University Rotterdam (the Netherlands). Prior to joining Georgetown, I was an assistant professor in the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Rutgers.
My Erdős Number is 6.