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Professor Angela Hawken Explores "Research for Policy and Practice" for the School of Public Policy Summer Lecture Series

Angela Hawken

On Wednesday, May 21, School of Public Policy professor Angela Hawken will discuss how policy research differs from traditional academic research. Check-in will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the talk will take place at the Drescher Graduate Campus in room L138 (GSBM Level 1). 

Hawken will use examples from her extensive work in public policy throughout the lecture, the first in the School of Public Policy's summer lecture series aimed at developing interest from prospective students in public policy. Shortly following the lecture, Hawken will lead a question-and-answer session, and students will have the option to take a campus tour or meet with admissions staff.

Hawken is associate professor of economics and policy analysis at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University. She teaches graduate classes in research methods, statistics, applied methods for policy analysis, crime, and social policy. Her research interests are primarily in drugs, crime, and corruption.

She hails from South Africa, where she taught undergraduate and graduate econometrics and microeconomics before moving to Los Angeles in 1998 to complete a PhD in policy analysis at the RAND Graduate School. At RAND, she conducted research on early education, sentencing, and tort reform. Hawken conducted the statewide cost-benefit analysis of California's Proposition 36, and led the randomized controlled trial of Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a swift-and-certain-sanctions model to manage high-risk probationers. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske identified HOPE as the most promising initiative that "not only prevents recidivism, but also actively assists individuals to transition to productive lives."

Hawken consults regularly for the UN and the State Department. She advised a State Department-supported think tank in Georgia. She is developing measurement instruments to study corruption and gender issues in the Asia-Pacific region, for the UN regional office, and her work is featured regularly in the UN Human Development Reports.

She has visited Afghanistan twice, and is co-author of the Afghanistan corruption-monitoring system used by the UN and State Department to track public-sector corruption. She is also working on counternarcotics policy for Afghanistan, for the State Department. Hawken actively includes students in fieldwork for her research and in writing projects. She involved a dozen School of Public Policy students in the HOPE evaluation, and has placed over two dozen students in international internships.

For more information about this event, visit the School of Public Policy website.

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