Check out the latest accomplishments from our fantastic College of Public Affairs students and alumni…

Shilesha Bamberg, soon-to-be graduate of the M.S. in Negotiations and Conflict Management program, has been selected as the student speaker at the spring 2017 commencement ceremony, to be held on Wednesday, May 24 at the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric. For more information on spring graduation, visit www.ubalt.edu/commencement.


Brandee Izquierdo, B.A. ’16, recently accepted a position with Behavioral Health System Baltimore as Associate Director for Special Populations. “I’m excited to face new challenges and change, utilize my skills that I have been acquiring through my education, and hope to make a positive impact on the City of Baltimore,” Brandee said. Brandee is currently a student in the M.P.A. program, which she started as an undergraduate Government and Public Policy major through UB’s accelerated bachelor’s to master’s learning option.

Carlie Ortiz, a UB at the Universities at Shady Grove graduate student studying Health Systems Management, was selected as one of the recipients of the Academic and Community Excellence Award for graduate and professional students at USG. Carlie was recommended for the award by her program director, Tina DiFranco, who submitted a glowing letter of recommendation detailing Carlie’s many commitments to the program and to her community. Carlie and her fellow award recipients will be recognized at USG’s Graduation Gala on Friday, May 12.

William Resh, M.P.A. ’07, was named co-winner of the 2015 Book of the Year award by the American Society of Public Administration (ASPA) Section of Public Administration Research for his publication, Rethinking the Administrative Presidency: Trust, Intellectual Capital, and Appointee-Careerist Relations in the George W. Bush Administration. After graduating from UB, William went on to earn his Ph.D. at American University in Washington, D.C. He is now an assistant professor in the University of Southern California’s Sol Price School of Public Policy.

Erika Rodriguez, a student in the Global Affairs and Human Security graduate program, was recently awarded a $500 stipend through the CPA Dean’s Student Professional Development Fund to participate in a Human Rights Delegation traveling to Bogotá and Medellin, Colombia this summer. Participating in the delegation will be an opportunity for Erika to learn firsthand about the decades-long conflict through meetings with government officials, community experts, and human rights officials.

Erika’s interest in the conflict in Colombia started when she taught English there in 2014, prior to beginning her master’s program at UB. Since then, she has tailored her studies toward peacebuilding and post-conflict Colombia in the hopes of using her knowledge to one day work for an organization that has that same mission.

Lauren Samuelsen, M.A. ’15, a graduate of the Global Affairs and Human Security program, recently landed a position as a Research Assistant at the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) Center at the University of Maryland. The START Center maintains a prominent terrorism database that is widely regarded as the gold standard in terrorism incident collection. Lauren is currently working on a project involving the threat of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear materials falling into the wrong hands.


Faculty Accolades

Sezgin Ayabakan, assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, had his manuscript titled “The Impact of Health Information Sharing on Duplicate Testing” accepted for publication in the MIS Quarterly. MISQ is a peer-reviewed journal that covers issues affecting the information systems field. This will be Asst. Prof. Ayabakan’s second paper to be published in MISQ.


Alan Lyles, professor in the School of Health and Human Services and the School of Public and International Affairs, had his article titled “Pharmacy Benefit Management Companies: Do They Create Value in the US Healthcare System?” published in PharmacoEconomics, a peer-reviewed journal focused on the application of pharmacoeconomics and quality-of-life assessment to optimum drug therapy and health outcomes.


Tara Richards, assistant professor in the School of Criminal Justice, and her colleagues published an article in the January 31, 2017 issue of Annals of Internal Medicine. The article is titled, “The Relationships Among Exposure to Violence, Psychological Distress, and Gun Carrying Among Male Adolescents Found Guilty of Serious Legal Offenses: A Longitudinal Cohort Study.” Annals is an academic medical journal published by the American College of Physicians.


In 2015, UB’s Schaefer Center for Public Policy partnered with the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Control to evaluate the Maryland Million Hearts program and the successes and barriers of its key partners. The following CPA faculty members—who are also Schaefer Center Faculty Fellows—played a key role in the collection and analysis of the data included in the final report:

  • Sezgin Ayabakan, assistant professor, School of Public and International Affairs
  • John Callahan, emeritus executive in residence, School of Health and Human Services
  • Tina DiFranco, executive director, School of Health and Human Services
  • Carol Molinari, professor, School of Health and Human Services
  • Ryan Fredriksson, M.P.A. ’16, who works as a research analyst at the Schaefer Center, was also part of the research team.

Learn more about the Schaefer Center’s projects and publications.

Debra Stanley, executive director of the School of Criminal Justice, was invited to write the manuscript for a new book about the Maryland criminal justice system, and she, in turn, invited the following SCJ faculty members to help her co-author the book:

  • Andrea Cantora, assistant professor
  • Patricia Hall, adjunct faculty
  • Heather Pfeifer, associate professor
  • Jeffrey Ian Ross, professor
  • Renita Seabrook, associate professor
  • Charles Tumosa, professor of the practice
  • Gabriela Wasileski, assistant professor
  • Benjamin Wright, associate professor

Maryland’s Criminal Justice System is now available for purchase through Carolina Academic Press.

To learn more about our faculty’s latest scholarship, join us for the Dean’s Speaker Series where CPA faculty members share their current research with the UB community. The next event is scheduled for Thursday, March 2. Details below.

Student Accolades

Congrats to these CPA students on their recent accomplishments!

Negotiations and Conflict Management graduate student Shilesha Bamberg has been named a 2017 Congressional Fellow on Women and Public Policy by Women’s Policy, Inc., a D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan organization dedicated to issues of importance to women and their families. For her fellowship, Shilesha was offered a placement in the office of Senator Sherrod Brown (OH) and her work will focus on human trafficking and gender-based violence. Shilesha’s fellowship is already underway and will continue through August 2017.

Learn more about the Congressional Fellowships on Women and Public Policy.

Wes Cooper, a student in the Global Affairs and Human Security graduate program, recently had his paper titled, “The Dark Side of the Economy: A Comparative Analysis of the Islamic State’s Revenue Streams” published in Journal of Terrorism Research, a highly regarded peer-reviewed journal focused on the study of terrorism.

Read the article.

Kolu Ziama, a senior in the Government and Public Policy program, is the recipient of a newly created assistantship offered by the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism (GOSV) in partnership with the College of Public Affairs. The assistantship is a 20-hour per week position that includes a monthly stipend, a tuition scholarship, and a one-time $200 contribution to Kolu’s transportation expenses. As a graduate assistant with GOSV, Kolu’s responsibilities will include providing support for the planning of events for AmeriCorps Week and National Volunteer Month, collaborating with the Special Initiatives Coordinator on outreach efforts, and conducting online and telephone-based research.

Learn more about the Governor’s Office on Service and Volunteerism.

Got good news to share? Don’t be shy! Send your accomplishments to mqueen@ubalt.edu.

UB at USG students participate in leadership event with fellow USM students

In late January, UB at the Universities at Shady Grove health systems management students Gloria Adu, Anmer Ayala and Rebecca Yobouet, participated in a Leadership Simulation at USG. The event, hosted by USG’s Committee for Interprofessional and Interdisciplinary Education Strategies (CIPES), brought together students from the USM partner institutions to learn to lead through practice, identify core values and write their own leadership philosophy. The students were selected to participate based on their academic achievement and leadership experience. Anmer and Gloria are both Kendall Scholars at USG, while Rebecca serves as a USG student ambassador.


Gloria Adu (center)


Rebecca Yobouet (second from right)


Anmer Ayala (center)


group shot of all of the CIPES Leadership Simulation participants

Learn more about UB at the Universities at Shady Grove.

2017 is off to a great start for CPA!

Welcome back CPA students and faculty! We hope you enjoyed your winter break and are rested and ready for another great semester. 2017 is already off to a great start for the College of Public Affairs. Check out what’s happened so far and what’s coming up!

1) The College of Public Affairs Dean’s Speaker Series gets underway for the spring semester.









On Wednesday, Feb. 1, Dean Hartley kicked off this semester’s Dean’s Speaker Series with talks from CPA faculty members Andrea Cantora (right), Ed Gibson (not pictured) and Kelechi Uzochukwu (left). The series gives our faculty members an opportunity to share their current research with the UB community, and will continue throughout the semester, alternating between the first Wednesday and the first Thursday of the month. Stay tuned for details about the next set of talks scheduled for Thursday, March 2.

2) Honoring the legacy of Johannes (Jannie) Botes.


As the UB community mourns the loss of beloved and respected colleague, retired professor Johannes (Jannie) Botes, who lost his two-year battle with ALS on Jan. 22, the College of Public Affairs is honored to memorialize Jannie—at the request of his wife Susan and their two children—through the establishment of The Johannes Botes Capstone Achievement Award in Negotiations and Conflict Management. Learn more about Jannie and the award honoring his legacy.

3) Health Systems Management grad student wins UB’s Laurence Short Academic Award for International Students. 

Ayesha Safdar, a Health Systems Management graduate student from Pakistan, was awarded the University’s Laurence Short Academic Award for 2016-17. The award recognizes academic excellence among international students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

4) Human Services Graduate featured on NBC series, NBCBLK28.



Verlando Brown, M.S. ’15, a graduate of CPA’s Human Services Administration master’s program, is featured on the NBC series, NBCBLK28, which celebrates black innovators and pioneers under the age of 28. Learn more about the NBCBLK28 series.


5) Summer 2017 study abroad opportunity: Barcelona, Spain.

The School of Criminal Justice will be offering another 3-credit global education course this summer. The course will focus on gender-based violence and will culminate in a ten-day trip to Barcelona, Spain. To learn more about the course and how to enroll, visit the Global Experiences in Criminal Justice website or email Asst. Prof. Tara Richards at trichards@ubalt.edu. NOTE: The deposit deadline is Feb. 15.


from the 2016 CJ Global Experiences trip to Czech Republic, Germany and the Netherlands

Stay tuned for more exciting CPA news and events throughout the semester!


Asst. Prof. Uzochukwu publishes two new articles


Check out the latest articles published by Kelechi Uzochukwu, assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs.

Read “The associations between neighborhood constructs, physical activity, and childhood obesity: Understanding race and income disparities.”

Read “Governing Civil Society in Nigeria and Zimbabwe: A Question of Policy Process and Non-State Actors’ Involvement.”

Learn more about Asst. Prof. Uzochukwu.

Health Systems Management alum co-authors new book

Catherine Stapleton, M.S. ’14 and her colleague, Casey Fenton, have co-authored a new book titled The Hospice Guide to Billing and Reimbursement: Durable Guidance and Strategy for a Shifting Payment Landscape . Stapleton is a graduate of the Health Systems Management graduate program and now works as a director at Precipio Health Strategies, a Washington, D.C.-based health-care advisory and consulting firm.


Catherine Stapleton, M.S. ’14

Students tour some of Baltimore’s Green Network Plan project sites

As Assistant Professor Kelechi Uzochukwu’s Urban Policy and Politics class (GVPP 326) neared the end of the semester, she sought an opportunity for her students to get out of the classroom to see how one policy initiative was implemented in Baltimore. Pictured below is Uzochukwu’s class during their tour of several of Baltimore’s Green Network Plan (GNP) project sites in East and Northeast Baltimore. The GNP projects are funded by the city of Baltimore, and they bring together city agencies, residents, neighborhood partners and Baltimore businesses to transform vacant properties into community assets like recreation areas and urban gardens. Jenny Katz of Civic Works, Inc., one of the GNP grantees, very graciously facilitated the tour.


Learn more about Asst. Prof. Uzochukwu.

CPA wins the “Bowphy” for the second year in a row!

The College of Public Affairs has done it again! Thanks to the many donations made by students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends on Giving Tuesday, CPA won UB’s 2016 #BowOnPoe competition, garnering the highest number of gifts out of all four schools and the library. Dean Hartley and the college are now two-time reigning champions, having won last year’s competition as well. Today, Dean Hartley was presented with the coveted 2016 “Bowphy,” in honor of the college’s big win. Thanks to the generosity and school spirit of everyone who contributed, we are now the proud owners of not one but two bowphies!