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Our Newest Faculty Members – 2017

While we look forward to welcoming our new students each summer and fall, it is also always a special treat to welcome new faculty to our PAIA Department and Maxwell’s overall scholarly community.

For the last few cycles of faculty recruiting, our Department has engaged in a method of “cluster hiring”.  It was determined that bringing in a cohesive group of faculty at once (in small clusters) would allow them to develop as a cohort and bring greater synergy to their academic and professional development.

Our new faculty hires are not only top scholars with excellent teaching records as individuals, but also, their research topics, methodology, and course offerings build upon on each other – adding to their overall strength as a group and providing opportunities for collaborative research.  This year, we are fortunate to welcome three new dynamic faculty with foundational strength in public management to the Department of Public Administration and International Affairs.


Professor Saba Siddiki

Saba Siddiki

PhD, Public Affairs, University of Colorado at Denver, 2011
MA, International Development, University of Denver, 2007
BA, International Political Economy, University of Puget Sound, 2005

We are delighted to welcome Saba to our faculty ranks. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the School of Public and Environmental Studies, Indiana University.  Her major fields of expertise include:

  • Policy design, Implementation, and compliance
  • Collaborative governance
  • Institutional analysis
  • Sustainability technology and behavior
  • Environmental policy
  • Food policy.

Saba has already co-authored work with one of our current faculty members, Julia Carboni, and has research connections with several other current faculty.   We expect that Saba will add great strength to our faculty, teaching courses in Public Policy Process and Implementation most immediately with a future planned course in the Management of Environmental Policy.


Matt Young

Professor Matt Young

PhD, Public Policy and Management, University of Southern California, expected May 2017
MPP, University of Southern California, 2012
BA, Political Science, University of California at Berkeley, 2002

Matt Young was also a key faculty hire for us this coming year.  He brings added strength to our research and coursework surrounding areas:

  • Public Sector Innovation and Technology
  • Public Management
  • Governance
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Justice
  • Methods (Econometric, Longitudinal, geospatial and network


Matt will add greatly to our teaching capacity in the core course offering Public Organizations and Management, as well as an elective course on Managing Information Technology and Innovation in the Public Sector.
Todd Dickey


Professor Todd Dickey

PhD, Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, expected 2017
MS, Industrial and Labor Relations, Cornell University, 2013
MA, Political Science, Syracuse University, 2009
BA, Political Science, Vassar College, 2004

Todd’s areas of study, much like Matt’s and Saba’s, are grounded in public management, but with an additional twist of looking at public sector labor relations and organization theory and change. His specific research examines:

  • Public Sector Labor and Employment Relations
  • Workplace Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Systems
  • Collective Bargaining and Organizing
  • Negotiation, Mediation and Arbitration
  • Labor and Employment Law

Todd has a natural research home in PARCC (Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration), and will teach courses in Human Resources Management and Managing Individual, Group and Systemic Conflict and Labor Relations.  Todd is currently serving as the academic chair of the Impact Working Group on the National Council on Federal Labor-Management Relations. He is working with federal agencies and unions to research innovation in the federal sector labor-management partnership and collaboration.  (NOTE: This project may delay his actual start date.)

this new cohort of faculty each bring their unique strengths to our department, but open up strong levels of collaboration in teaching and research among themselves and with our current faculty members.

We are delighted to welcome them to SyracusT this coming year !

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