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Jennifer Connolly


Jennifer Connolly is a Ph.D. candidate at the USC Price School of Public Policy. A fifth-year student in the Public Policy & Management program, Jennifer chose the Price School so she could study public management in an interdisciplinary environment – and enjoy the warm weather and close proximity to the beach. Her research interests include political institutions, public management, local government, and distributive public policy. Her most recent project connects the study of institutions with public management and public finance by examining how institutional variation between municipalities in terms of their management structure influences local fiscal health. Given the current fiscal stress facing many municipalities, she believes this research is particularly timely because it will allow us to better understand how public administrators are managing the increasingly limited resources entrusted to their care by taxpayers.

Jennifer completed a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Journalism and Political Science with a minor in International Relations from Elon University in Elon, NC. It was during her undergraduate years that she worked for a public opinion poll, sparking her interest in research and the power of using statistical methods to understand social problems. She completed one-year of graduate coursework in Political Science at the University of Georgia before beginning the PhD program in Public Policy and Management at USC. Jennifer has also consulted for several survey research firms, and she currently serves as the Editorial Assistant for the Journal of Public Policy. Jennifer takes tremendous pride in her role as an educator, both in the classroom as a veteran teaching assistant and through her work as a private tutor for students across Los Angeles. In the long-term, Jennifer hopes to research and teach about public management at the local level. Additional information about Jennifer’s research and professional interests is available on her website:

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