Alumni Profiles

Some of Our Public Policy PhD Graduates at UMass Boston


Public Policy PhD Alumna Heike BoeltzigHeike Boeltzig, PhD works as a senior research associate at the Institute for Community Inclusion (ICI) and adjunct faculty at the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston. Her key research interests are disability, employment, and information and communication technology. At the ICI, Boeltzig has been directing research activities under the Vocational Rehabilitation Research and Training Center (VR-RRTC), a project jointly funded by the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR) and the Rehabilitation Services Administration (RSA). Read More


Public Policy PhD Alumna Mary SpoonerMary Spooner, PhD holds the position of research assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Her expertise is in family violence, children and adult mental health, and systems outcomes management. Her dissertation, “Women Under Subjection of the Law: A Study of the Legal Responses to Women’s Abuse in the English-speaking Caribbean," for which she received a Woodrow Wilson Johnson & Johnson Women’s Health Fellowship in 2000, represents the culmination of her course work and provided the foundation for her work with children and families from underserved communities. Read More


Public Policy PhD Udaya WagleUdaya R. Wagle, PhD is an assistant professor and doctoral program director for the School of Public Affairs and Administration at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. A graduate of the class of 2009, Udaya wrote his dissertation on economic disparities in Katmandu titled "A Multi-Dimensional Approach to Poverty: Economic Well-Being, Prosperity and Social Inclusion in the City of Katmandu."


Public Policy PhD Alumnus Randall WilsonRandall Wilson, PhD is a senior project manager in the Building Economic Opportunities Group at Jobs for the Future, a national nonprofit organization located in Boston focusing on employment and economic development issues.  Wilson's dissertation was titled: "Finding the Will and Way: Applying the Framework of Community and Capacity to the Implementation of Career Ladders in the Long-Term Care Sector." Read More


Public Policy PhD Alumna Emily DouglasEmily Douglas, PhD is an assistant professor of social work at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Massachusetts. Her scholarship focuses on child and family well-being, the connection between social science and policy, and how programming and policy action can affect overall family functioning. Read More