Dissertation Topic/Title: The Politics and Policy of Local Government Consolidation
Dissertation Advisor: Dr. Michael Lahr
Previous Degrees: M.A. in economics, Lerner College of Business and Economics, University of Delaware, 2006; B.A. in economics (minor in public policy analysis), College of Arts and Sciences, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2004
Link to personal Website: http://www.linkedin.com/in/bpgrady
My dissertation work is twofold. First, I study the effects fragmented governance has on the economic growth and sociospatial sustainability of metropolitan areas in the United States, primarily through econometric and other quantitative forms of analysis. Second, I examine the practical obstacles to enacting statutory changes needed to reduce fragmentation, most of which require public consent via referendum. To that end, I have traveled to multiple regions debating mergers of cities and/or counties to conduct interviews and gather documents to develop case studies that help to explain the political conflicts inherent in local government boundary reform.
Teaching and TA Experience:
- Lecturer in Local Economic Development (762:460), Spring 2010
- TA in Research Methods (762:395), Fall 2008 and Fall 2009