L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs

L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs



New Doctoral Lecture Series Starts Sept. 18

August 28, 2018

By Pamela Stallsmith

The Wilder School Doctoral Lecture Series in Public Policy debuts on Tuesday, September 18, with a talk by Naim Kapucu, Ph.D., of the University of Central Florida.

The lecture series gives doctoral students the opportunity to learn from and engage with leading scholars in a variety of fields related to public policy. Four speakers will come to campus during the 2018-19 academic year, two in each semester. The lecture series is geared to graduate students, faculty and alumni of our Ph.D. program, and it is open to public.

All lectures will take place in the Raleigh Building, room B0001, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Kapucu, professor of public administration and policy and director of the School of Public Administration, will discuss, “Network Governance and Interorganizational Coordination Under Stress.” He is also the founding director of the Center for Public and Nonprofit Management (CPNM) at UCF. His main research interests are network governance and leadership, decision-making in complex environments, organizational learning and design, and social inquiry and public policy.

“This lecture series will expose students to contemporary issues and research practices used by prominent scholars,” said Elsie Harper-Anderson, Ph.D., director of the Wilder School’s doctoral program. “We’re excited to invite these thought leaders to the Wilder School.”

The other dates and speakers are:

  • Tuesday, October 30: Cindy Redcross, deputy director of MDRC’s Health and Barriers to Employment policy area. who will discuss, "Questioning Assumptions:  A Journey Through Building Evidence on Criminal Justice."
  • Monday, February 4: Brian Williams, Ph.D., visiting professor of public policy in the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, University of Virginia, who will discuss, “The Current State of Police-Community Relations: Opportunities Lost and Opportunity Costs.”
  • Monday, March 18, 2019: Teresa Cordova, Ph.D., director of the Great Cities Institute at the University of Illinois at Chicago, who will talk about “Research and the Shaping of Public Discourse: Joblessness and Violence in Chicago.”

For more information, contact Dr. Harper-Anderson at elharperande@vcu.edu.