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Samantha Larson


 

 Biography

 

Samantha June Larson is a Ph.D. student and research assistant in the School of Public Affairs. She has published and presented at national and international conferences, and her recent honors include the American Society for Public Administration (ASPA) Founders’ Fellowship and the Society on Women in Public Administration Scholarship.

Sam received her M.S. in Sociology from North Dakota State University in 2011, where she held research assistantships on such projects as an NSF ADVANCE grant to recruit and retain STEM faculty women. Sam also earned a College Teaching Certificate at NDSU and has been an instructor and teaching assistant at the undergraduate and graduate level. She graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in Social Science from the University of North Dakota in 2005.

Sam has more than 10 years of practical public service and nonprofit experience. She is currently a Research Analyst for the Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) Grant Program. Sam also serves as the Vice Chair of the City of Lakewood’s Advisory Commission for an Inclusive Community (ACIC).

 

 Research

 

Sam’s research focuses on public management, social equity, community resilience, and the impact of policy and implementation on women and minorities. Her dissertation examines how transit agencies measure access to public transportation, the extent to which access impacts economic and social outcomes, and how performance measurement tools are used to ensure accountability of transportation equity.

She and Dr. Benoy Jacob also received ASPA’s Center for Accountability and Performance (CAP) Fellowship and are currently completing a research project on the organizational processes associated with social equity measures in local government agencies.

 

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