We specialize in analyzing policy questions that most affect urban areas, often using the Charlotte area as our research laboratory. Our Ph.D. students specialize in urban policy, social policy, economic policy, education policy, and environmental policy, just to name a few.
Holly's interest focuses on urban studies and local government.
Leland, S.M. & Whisman, H. (2012). The promises of collaborative governance, in Kenton county together: A call to action.
Leland, S.M. & Whisman, H. (Forthcoming). Local Legislatures, in Oxford Handbook of State and Local Government. Edited by Haider-Markel, D.
Biographical Information: Holly's undergraduate and master's work were completed at the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs at Cleveland State University. While there, she worked with the Center for Public Management on projects related to county government reform and interlocal cooperation. Holly is currently working on her dissertation, which examines the work of regional councils and the state laws that govern such organizations. She also works as an analyst for Mecklenburg County, with responsibility for performance measurement, evaluation, and data analysis, in the Effective and Efficient Government Focus Area.