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Dallas Elgin


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 BIOGRAPHY

 

Dallas J. Elgin is a Doctoral Candidate in Public Affairs with an emphasis in public policy. Dallas has more than six years of professional experience conducting policy analysis and program evaluation in the public and private sectors. Dallas is currently a Performance Management Analyst within the Colorado Department of Human Services (CDHS) where he is responsible for conducting policy analysis and program evaluation that is instrumental in informing policy and programming decisions made by CDHS management. His nonacademic pursuits include spending time with his wife and his ornery chocolate lab puppy, snowboarding, attending concerts and listening to music, watching football, and cooking. 

 

 RESEARCH

 

Dallas' research broadly focuses on energy and environmental policy, theories of the policy process, and policy analysis. He is currently completing his dissertation under the direction of his committee Chair, Dr. Chris Weible, and Drs. Tanya Heikkila, Paul Teske, and Michael Howlett. His dissertation, entitled “Examining the Role of Information-Based Resources and Strategies in the Policy Process: A Case Study of Colorado Climate and Energy Policy Issues”, provides an improved understanding of informational and analytical resource use and the political strategies employed by actors engaged in the policy process. The research design incorporates both quantitative and network analysis methodologies and utilizes a variety of theories and frameworks, including the Advocacy Coalition Framework, the Policy Analytical Capacity framework, Resource Dependence Theory, and the interest group and policy network literatures, to examine resource use and behavior among policy actors. Dallas' research has been published in the Review of Policy Research, Cityscape, the Canadian Political Science Review, and  the book  Culture, Politics and Climate Change: How Information Shapes Our Common Future.

 

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