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:

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
Honors College
Minor: Criminal Justice

Undergraduate Certificate - Law, Ethics, and Society
Florida International University, College of Arts, Sciences, and Education

Selected Presentations & Panel Discussions

Election Officials' Perceptions, Mobilization, and Turnout

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Citizen-Legislator Congruence in Abortion Policy 

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Co-Authors: Jill Yordy and Anna Crawford

ASPA Panel: Student Perspectives on Social Justice

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Upcoming Presentations

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