The AAAS EPI Center and Public Agenda, a nonpartisan research and public engagement organization, organized this session at the 2020 International City/County Management Association (ICMA) Unite Conference.
Sharad Goel, Assistant Professor at Stanford University and Executive Director of the Stanford Computational Policy Lab
Sharad Goel’s research brings a computational perspective to a diverse range of contemporary social issues. He started and directs the Stanford Computational Policy Lab, a team of researchers, data scientists, and journalists that addresses policy problems through technical innovation. Before joining the Stanford faculty, he completed a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics at Cornell University, and worked as a Senior Researcher at Microsoft.
Rebecca Goldstein, Assistant Professor of Law at the University of California Berkeley School of Law
Rebecca Goldstein’s research lies at the intersection of racial and ethnic politics, bureaucratic politics, and the politics of criminal justice policy. She uses quantitative analysis of criminal justice policy to illuminate how different racial and ethnic groups interact with the state, how and when public policy represents public preferences, and how governments distribute scarce resources. She is currently collaborating on a large randomized trial to evaluate the effects of relief from legal financial obligations for people convicted of misdemeanors in Oklahoma County, Oklahoma. Her work has appeared in the American Journal of Political Science and Urban Affairs Review. Before joining Berkeley Law, Goldstein completed her Ph.D. in Harvard University’s Department of Government.
Michael Sances, Assistant Professor at Temple University
Michael Sances studies representation and accountability through the lens of US state and local government. Recent research projects include the impact of the Affordable Care Act on political behavior, the causes and consequences of cities' use of fines and fees as a revenue source, and spatial voting in mayoral elections. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2014, and previously served as a postdoctoral scholar at Vanderbilt University and an Assistant Professor at the University of Memphis.
Moderated by Steve Newell, Project Director, AAAS EPI Center, and David Schleifer, Vice President, Director of Research at Public Agenda.
For additional resources on broader policing issues, see Policing, Public Safety, and Equity: Evidence and Insight for Better Policymaking.