Debra Borie-Holtz

Debra Borie-Holtz
Assistant Teaching Professor

B.A., Journalism & Urban Communications and Political Science, Rutgers University

Ph.D., M.P.A.P., Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy


Contact Information

Civic Square Building, Room 256

Phone (848) 932-2968

Fax (732) 932-6564

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Home Page: The Politics of Regulatory Reform


Senior Research Associate at Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations


Project Manager for Special Projects at Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling


Working Papers available at


Teaching and research interests

  • Policy formation and implementation
  • Legislative leadership and governing in the states
  • Federal rulemaking and the regulatory process in the states
  • Women in government and gendered leadership
  • Survey research planning, design, delivery, and data analysiss
  • Research methodology and evaluation


Graduate Courses

  • Methods 1
  • Public Policy Formation


Undergraduate Courses

  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods (Hybrid and Online)
  • Principles of Public Policy (Hybrid and Traditional)
  • Research in the Disciplines (The Environment)

Publications and Activities



Debra Borie-Holtz is an instructor at the Bloustein School and a senior research analyst for the School of Management and Labor Relations. Borie-Holtz received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics and her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School. She has been an instructor at Rutgers teaching writing, public policy, and method courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2006.


At SMLR, she is the co-principal investigator on a $1.8 million federal TAACCCT grant evaluating curriculum redesign focused on bridging the gap between workforce skills and unfilled jobs in Colorado's manufacturing sector. At The Eagleton Center for Public Interest Polling, she directs special survey research projects for clients ranging from local planning studies to national studies on attitudes about climate change.


Her academic research interests include policy formation, implementation and politics, legislative leadership and governing in the states, regulations and rulemaking processes, women in government and gendered leadership, as well as methods.


Prior to returning to graduate school in 2005, Borie-Holtz worked in federal and state government. She held a Presidential appointment as an agency director during the Clinton Administration and also served as New Jersey Assistant Secretary of State during the Florio Administration. In addition to her executive service, Borie-Holtz served as the chief of staff to the New Jersey Senate Majority Leader and chairman of the New Jersey Senate Energy and Environment Committee for more than a decade. 


Her executive and legislative areas of specialization focused on environmental and energy policies, as well as agriculture and conservation, education finance, labor/management relations, campaign finance and ethics reform and state and federal budgeting.


Borie-Holtz is also the co-author of The Politics of Regulatory Reform with Stuart Shapiro which was published October 2013 by Routledge Publishers.  Regulation has become a front-page topic recently, often referenced by politicians in conjunction with the current state of the U.S. economy. Yet despite regulation’s increased presence in current politics and media, The Politics of Regulatory Reform argues that the regulatory process and its influence on the economy is widely misunderstood by the public and policy-makers alike.  The research concludes that the politics of regulatory reform is much more about politics than it is about regulation.