The faculty and staff of the Scrivner Institute are defined by their passion, expertise and dedication to using public policy as a tool to create a more just, equitable and healthy world. Learn more about them and how they're advancing positive public policy solutions below.

Scrivner Institute Team

Naazneen Barma

Naaz Barma

Naazneen H. Barma is Director of the Doug and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy, Scrivner Chair, and Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. She is a political scientist whose work spans topics including peacebuilding, foreign aid, the political economy of development, and global governance. She is currently working on a collaborative project that aims to develop a principled and pragmatic roadmap for a modern global liberalism. She is author of The Peacebuilding Puzzle: Political Order in Post-Conflict States (Cambridge University Press 2017), co-author of Rents to Riches? The Political Economy of Natural Resource-Led Development (World Bank, 2011), and co-editor of Institutions Taking Root: Building State Capacity in Challenging Contexts (World Bank, 2014) and The Political Economy Reader: Markets as Institutions (Routledge, 2008). Prior to joining the Korbel School faculty, she was Associate Professor of National Security Affairs at the Naval Postgraduate School from 2000–2010 and previously worked from 1998–2001 and 2007–2010 as a development practitioner at the World Bank.

Katie Aker

Katie Aker

Katie Aker is the Program Manager for the Scrivner Institute of Public Policy. She has a Master of Public Administration and a Master of Arts in International Education Management from the Middlebury Institute of International Studies. Katie has previously worked as a program manager and coordinator for several social impact initiatives, including programs related to university-community engaged research, ocean conservation and social enterprise, and sustainable agriculture action research. Prior to graduate school, Katie served as a community economic development volunteer with the Peace Corps in Peru and completed her undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Spanish at Colorado State University.

Scrivner Affiliated Faculty

Lapo Salucci
Lapo Salucci

Lapo Salucci is a native of Florence, Italy, where he obtained his Political Science BA degree. He also graduated from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University with a MA in International Relations. He obtained his PhD from the University of Colorado at Boulder, with a specialization in comparative politics and a thesis on the electoral effects of immigration in cities in three European countries: England, Italy and Austria. He has been teaching public policy at the University of Denver since 2009. His teaching concentrates on methods (quantitative and qualitative), urban policy, American government and public policy in general. He has published in Urban Affairs Review and his research focuses mainly on the determinants and the effects of mobility in US cities.

Ajenai Clemmons
Ajenai Clemmons

Ajenai Clemmons is finishing her PhD in Public Policy with a concentration in Political Science at Duke University. Her ongoing research stems from in-depth interviews she conducted with members of two heavily policed populations—young Black men in East Durham and young Muslim men of Bangladeshi descent in East London. Currently, Ajenai is engaged in a two-year consultative project with the co-chairs of the Community Task Force for Safety and Wellness for the City and County of Durham. Previously, Ajenai worked for the City and County of Denver as an Ombudsman, while she completed her master’s degree in Public Policy at the University of Denver. She helped establish a new government agency, the Office of the Independent Monitor, that oversees investigations of police and sheriff misconduct. Ajenai then served as Policy Director for a national professional association of Black state legislators in Washington, D.C. Ajenai is thrilled to be joining Korbel and the Scrivner Institute. She is particularly excited for the opportunity to help equip bright and passionate students to advance meaningful and equitable policies across the world after graduation, and to collaborate with world-renowned faculty on cutting-edge research in justice and equity.

Tamra d'Estrée
Tamra D'Estree

Tamra Pearson d’Estrée is Henry R. Luce Professor of Conflict Resolution in the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, where she co-directs the interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution Institute. Her research areas include identity dimensions of social and ethnic conflict, intergroup conciliation and reconciliation, and the evaluation of international, community and environmental conflict resolution. In addition to numerous book chapters and journal articles, she is co-author, with Bonnie G. Colby, of Braving the Currents: Evaluating Conflict Resolution in the River Basins of the American West (Springer), co-editor, with Ruth Parsons, of Cultural Encounters and Emergent Practices in Conflict Resolution Capacity-Building (Palgrave Macmillan), and editor of New Directions in Peacebuilding Evaluation (Rowman & Littlefield). Her work in protracted conflict contexts includes conflict resolution training, academic program development, and “second track diplomacy” interactive problem-solving workshops. She has a PhD in Social Psychology from Harvard University.

Martin Rhodes
MArtin Rhodes

Martin Rhodes is Distinguished University Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. His research interests are in European Union Studies, comparative welfare systems, banking politics and public policy. His most recent publications cover Britain and the EU (Brexit) and regional and international policy responses to Covid-19.

Frank Laird
Frank Laird

Frank N. Laird is an Associate Professor at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies. Dr. Laird’s research focuses on renewable energy policy, climate change policy, the interactions between the public and governments over environmental issues, and the history and institutions of science and technology policy. He has analyzed the opportunities and challenges for an energy transition away from fossil fuels and has questioned the simplistic assumptions that underlie many discussions of energy transitions. He has also analyzed the difficulties confronting the government funding of scientific and technological research. His publications include Solar Energy, Technology Policy, and Institutional Values (Cambridge University Press, 2001), numerous book chapters, and articles in academic and professional journals, such as Minerva, Journal of Public Policy, Issues in Science and Technology, Energy Policy, and Review of Policy Research. He has received three research grants from the NSF in support of his work. He has a BA in physics from Middlebury College, a PhD in political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and did post-doctoral work in environmental policy at Harvard University.

Hinckley Jones-Sanpei
Hinckley Jones Sanpei

Hinckley Jones-Sanpei's research focuses on applied ethics in public institutions and communities. In addition to her research, Dr. Jones works in community program evaluation, facilitating local government organizations in establishing data feedback systems to inform their mission-driven decisionmaking. She has taught public policy courses at the masters and undergraduate level for over fifteen years, including decision-making and statistics using Excel, regulatory policy, cost benefit analysis, and public ethics. Since 2010, she has supervised student projects for community organizations in public policy areas such as substance abuse and criminal justice, public education, health care policy, and refugee programs.

Faculty Advisory Committee

Our Faculty Advisory Committee helps guide our research, education and programming, and comprises faculty from across the University. Their wide-ranging expertise ensures we approach all aspects of our work from an interdisciplinary perspective, which is imperative for developing effective policy solutions.

Member Listing

Ex Officio

Naazneen Barma
Director, Scrivner Institute of Public Policy

Fritz Mayer
Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Advisory Committee

Gregg Kvistad, chair
Provost Emeritus and Professor

Apryl Alexander
Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Deborah Avant
Korbel School of International Studies

Rachel Epstein
Korbel School of International Studies

Andrew Goetz
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Jennifer Greenfield
Graduate School of Social Work

Rafael Ioris
Dept. of History, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Frank Laird
Korbel School of International Studies

Mike Nguyen
Morgridge College of Education

Tricia Olsen
Daniels College of Business

Govind Persad
Sturm College of Law

Chiara Piovani
Dept. of Economics, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences

Martin Rhodes
Korbel School of International Studies

Kimon Valavanis
Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science

Ellen Winiarczyk
University College


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