Stephanie Puello, MA
Hello and thank you for visiting my website! I am a PhD candidate (ABD) at the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs.
My emerging research agenda seeks to interpret and help address how public policy and administration shape the political capital and civic standing and identity of targeted groups. I am interested in how such mechanisms inform patterns of engagement and political participation, perceptions of citizenship and social belonging, public trust, and collective action. I am also interested in questions concerning macro public administration, political representation, Black politics, and radical conceptions of justice.
My research areas of interest include:
Civic/political participation and activism
Voting rights and election administration
Administrative and racialized burdens
Public opinion and policy
Public sector ethics
Social and higher education policy
Political and bureaucratic representation
Dissertation Research in Progress
My dissertation examines how state voting rights restoration laws for formerly incarcerated citizens are interpreted among their beneficiaries in Florida and Kentucky, and the extent to which they mobilize proximal (neighborhood) voter turnout. I also explore how perceptions vary among local election officials with respect to their role, levels of administrative burden, and views on policy merit and effectiveness. I seek to understand how these perceptions relate to their public engagement efforts in response to policy change.
My dissertation is directed by Dr. Mary E. Guy. This research is supported by the MIT Election Data and Science Lab's (MEDSL) Evolving Election Administration Landscape Project and the National Civic League's (NCL) Pforzheimer Fellows Program.
Doctor of Philosophy - Public Affairs (Expected 2023)
University of Colorado Denver, School of Public Affairs
Certificate - Quantitative Methods in Social Research (ICPSR Program)
University of Michigan, Institute for Social Research
Master of Arts - Higher Education Administration
University of Denver, Morgridge College of Education
Bachelor of Arts - Political Science
Florida International University, School of International & Public Affairs
Minor: Criminal Justice
Undergraduate Certificate - Law, Ethics, and Society
Florida International University, College of Arts, Sciences, and Education
Selected Presentations & Panel Discussions
Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration Conference (NASPAA) - October 2023 (Pittsburgh, PA)
Educating to Advance Inclusion in Public Authority: How Women’s Initiatives Promote Equity and Justice and How They Can Do Better
Institutionalized Backlash: The Academic and Training Experiences of Public Affairs Graduate Students
Linking Public Administration Pedagogy to Contemporary Culture: Recognizing Emerging Public Service Needs, Challenges, and Opportunities in the Digital Workplace and Diversity-Conscious Society