Allison Becker
B.A. '13 and M.A. '15 - Experienced and published media policy researcher.
 
 
Alex Greer
M.S. '12 and Ph.D. '15 - Experience in quick response fieldwork, teaching emergency management.
 
 
Andrew Haines
MPA '03 – An accomplished local government leader and appointed official.
 
 
Angela Gladwell
M.A. ’98 – Instrumental in environmental planning and federal emergency management decision making.
 
 
Elizabeth Burland
M.A. '15 - Studying for a doctoral degree in Sociology and Public Policy at the University of Michigan.
 
 
Chunjing Liu
M.S. '14 – On the front lines of marine disaster mitigation through effective policy planning in China.
 
 
Cimone Philpotts
MPA '13 - Assistantship and Legislative Fellows experiences enrich doctoral student's blossoming career
 
 
Savannah Edwards
MPA '17 - Planning for sustainable and complete communities in Delaware and Maryland.
 
 
Scott Murphy Eisenhart
MPA '17 - Legislative aide credits SPPA experience for helping him excel in the world of politics and policy.
 
 
Taylor Hawk
MPA '17 - Graduate oversees every stage of policy development for Senate Majority Caucus.
 
 
Gwen Angalet
Ph.D. '00 - Ensuring programmatic and research opportunities for the promotion of children's health.
 
 
Hira Rashid
M.A. '15, Ph.D. '20 – Fulbright scholar who studied global health economics and urbanization.
 
 
Katelyn Andrews (Hosey)
MPA '16 - Research assistant and Legislative Fellow experience help inform grad's career trajectory.
 
 
Hsien-Ho (Ray) Chang
Ph.D. '15 - Utilizing his knowledge of disaster science to educate students on fire and emergency management.
 
 
James B. Goetschius
Ph.D. '14 - Serves in the U.S. Army improving health care facilities in the eastern United States.
 
 
Jenna Ahner
B.A. '12 and MPA '14 - Manages strategic priorities and provides legislative analysis
 
 
Jissell Martinez
MPA '10 - Manages fiscal affairs and serves as a liaison for the Dept of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
 
 
John Carney
MPA '86 – Governor of the State of Delaware
 
 
Kelsey Edmond
M.S. '14 - OCL program prepared her for success in the MPA program in pursuit of an interdisciplinary career.
 
 
Kirsten Jones
M.A. '16 - Contributing to policies that strengthen transportation and trade in New York and New Jersey.
 
 
Laura Keeley
Laura Keeley found success working as an Architectural Historian after graduating from the Public Planning and
 
 
Lindsey Interlante
MPA '07 - Advocates for enriched, hands-on learning experiences at higher education institutions.
 
 
Mark D Stevens
MPA '09 – Integral in the leadership and financial management of federal agencies.
 
 
Matthew Garlipp
B.A. '13 - Enabling organizational accountability via performance metrics, evaluation, and strategic planning
 
 
Megan Wakelee
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership in a corporate setting.
 
 
Meredith Rubin
B.A. '11 - Practicing leadership and collaboration in the financial services sector.
 
 
Merritt Burke IV
MPA '98 - Various experiences in town management and community involvement.
 
 
Evan Miller
MPA '17 - Local Government Management Fellowship kickstarts graduate's professional career.
 
 
Natasha R. Nau
MPA '12 - Advocating for efficient resource allocation and streamlined service delivery in local government.
 
 
Emma Odren
MPA '18 - From IPA fellow to research analyst, grad attributes workplace success to grad school experience.
 
 
Paige Gugerty
B.A. '15 - Coordinating electronic connections between healthcare providers and resources.
 
 
Paul Ruiz
B.A. and M.A. '13 - Advocating for alternative fuels and reducing America's dependence on oil.
 
 
Ryan Burke
Ph.D. '15 - Vast experience with military strategy and conducting military research.
 
 
Scott Beale
MPA '07 - Successful nonprofit entrepreneur with experience in diplomacy and national politics.
 
 
Serita Porter
M.A. '15 - Continuing her behavioral health education at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Stephanie Ottino
B.S. '11 - Executing leadership skills in higher education.
 
 
Fratern Masika Tarimo
MPA '09 - Supports nonprofit efforts to help communities in many African countries.
 
 
Thomas Martin
Ph.D. '14 - Directing the M.S. in Health Informatics program in the College of Public Health at Temple Univ.
 
 
Elizabeth Lockman
M.A. '15 - Delaware state senator with roots in advocacy.
 
 
Tom DeWire
MPA '04 - Developing strategies for education systems to improve student achievement.
 
 
Vitaly Lee
MPA '97 - energy industry project development, regulatory and asset management
 
 
Yuliya Brel
M.A. '15 - Continuing her public policy education and assisting with research at the University of Delaware.
 
 
Zack Adinoff
M.S. '13 - Experience in coordinating public safety, logistics, planning, and general disaster continuity.
 
 
Mary Kuna
M.A. '12 - Among the youngest women in PA governement to hold her level position
 
 
Dan Henne
MPA, ’19 – Anticipates and analyzes critical events that could impact worldwide operations
 
 
Wanja Thuku
MPA, ’19 – Expanding the reach of the BDT across the nation through strategic partnerships
 
 
Alexandra Tarantino
Alexandra Tarantino is a University of Delaware Alumni who graduated from the Historic Preservation Master's p
 
 
Jeremy Rothwell
M.A. '14, HP Cert '15 - Technical review of all city site-plans, subdivision and building permit applications.
 
 
Courtney Mogavero
B.S. '12 – Translating leadership education into a successful early career path in major tech corporations.
 
 
Janet Sheridan
M.A. '07 - Providing heritage preservation services, and cultural landscape research in southern New Jersey.
 
 
Melanie Ross Levin
B.A. and MPA '05 – Developing education and advocacy campaigns on public policy relating to women's issues.
 
 
Dená Brummer
MPA '05 – Successful private sector business partner drawing upon public sector experiences.
 
 
Eric Anthony Johnson
Ph.D. '03 – Revitalizing a community through the application of theory and practical experience.
 
 
David Rudder
Ph.D. '03 – Practicing effective leadership to academic programs that promote service to the community.
 
 
Erin Kennedy
MPA '06 – Drives health care organizations towards improving quality of patient care and clinical outcomes.
 
 
Tom Friedman
MPA '07 – Manages government relations, strategic & financial plan, and policy analysis for State Health Plan.
 
 
Mike Morton
MPA '86 – Oversees budgetary analysis and legislative information systems for the Delaware General Assembly.
 
 
Jonathan Kirch
MPA '07 – Advocating for public policy that promotes better health for all Americans.
 
 
Albert Shields
MPA '07 – Developing strategies to best communicate Governor Carney's positions on diverse policy issues.
 
 
Kim Gomes
MPA '04 – Strategically lobbying for client interests on a number of policy issues.
 
 
Erika Farris
M.A. '09 – Developing policies to better manage water drainage and promote environmental sustainability.
 
 
Mike Fortner
MPA '02 – Overseeing city planning for housing, land use, economic development, and transportation.
 
 
Emily Gonce
MPA '02 – Leading lobbying efforts to show members of Congress the value of life insurance to constituents.
 
 
Bill Clark
MPA '03 – Supervising a team of consultants to support projects for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
 
 
Barrett Edwards
MPA '06 – Assisting municipalities with legal issues including planning, human resources, and finance.
 
 
Benjamin Attia
MEEP'16 - Research and consulting on market trends in solar photovoltaics in Africa and the Middle East
 
 
Anastasia Kuzmina
MPA '02 – Supporting two general managers with product and employee management in 14 countries.
 
 
Wei-Ming Chen
Conducting renewable energy and electricity market researches
 
 
Michelle Kung
PHDUAPP'14 - Promoting innovation and technology through mentoring and investing technology startups
 
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Choosing a Thesis Topic, Thesis Advisor, and Thesis Committee

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You should select a topic that you care deeply about, will find interesting to research and write about, and for which you can find a faculty thesis advisor who shares your interest in exploring the topic. We expect that the topic will be one in which you have developed an interest through previous courses and/or project work, or possibly through an internship.

It is acceptable (even recommended) that you use papers written for other courses or your internship, as a starting point for your thesis.

Clearly state a research question

  • Identify available professional and academic literature
  • Identify a methodological approach, data sources for your work, and approach to analysis
  • Receive the approval of your thesis advisor

Sample theses

One of your preliminary steps should be to review other theses written in your interest area. Your advisor or other faculty members can direct you to these. In addition CHAD maintains an institutional repository of past Historic Preservation theses (available summer 2006, but they have hard copies on hand).

Choosing a thesis advisor and committee

In choosing a thesis advisor, it is important to talk to potential advisors no later than the second semester of your first year. Once you identify a potential topic, begin conversations with faculty whose research interests mesh with what you want to do. Ask a faculty person to serve as your thesis advisor.

The thesis advisor will chair the thesis committee and will work with you throughout the thesis process. In the Historic Preservation concentration, it is encouraged that your thesis advisor and academic advisor are the same person because your advisor may suggest courses that will help with your thesis preparation. (Use the UAPP Change of Advisor Form or MPA Change of Advisor Formif necessary.)

At least two other readers must serve on the thesis committee along with your thesis advisor. It is recommended that the third reader be a practitioner in the area you investigate. Consult your thesis advisor before selecting your readers.

Consult your thesis chair about the nature of the input and processes involved with your readers. For example, readers may be involved in approving the topic and general approach to the thesis early in the process, and might provide substantive input throughout the development of the thesis. Readers must approve the final thesis and participate in the defense of the thesis. (Participation on the defense can be by teleconference if logistics require this accommodation.) Readers should be selected who have content expertise and an interest in the thesis topic. They may be members of the School faculty, but they may also be practitioners, faculty members from other departments, or other people who can help the student research and analyze the topic in question.

The thesis Advisor and thesis Committee will be advocates for your success throughout the process. Their questions, critiques, and advice should be viewed as constructive efforts to help you produce the best thesis possible.

Work with the Writing Center

In the second semester of your first year, set up an appointment at the Writing Center for critiques of your academic writing skills and begin working on those issues immediately. Schedule your appointment early to avoid busy times around the middle and end of the semester.

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