Faculty and Student Collaborations


Dr. Suzanne Leland (Professor, Public Policy program ; Professor, Department of Political Science and Public Administration), JoEllen Pope (Public Policy Ph.D. Student), and Dr. Dustin C. Read (Public Policy Alumni).

Read, D. C., Leland, S., & Pope, J. (2019). Views from the Field: Economic Development Practitioners’ Perceptions About Public-Private Real Estate Partnerships. Urban Affairs Review.


Dr. Arthur Zillante (Professor, Public Policy, Interim Senior Associate Dean of Belk College of Business and Associate Professor, Economics), Dr. Peter M. Schwarz (Professor, Public Policy ; Professor, Economics), and Dr. Dustin C. Read (Public Policy Alumni).

2014. "Land Aggregation Using Contingent and Guaranteed Payments," Southern Economic Journal, Southern Economic Association, vol. 80(3), pages 702-727, January.   


2018    Bottia, Martha, Elizabeth Stearns, Roslyn Mickelson, and Stephanie Moller. “Boosting the numbers of STEM majors? The role of high schools with a STEM program.” Science Education 102: 85-107.  https://doi.org/10.1002/sce.21318


2018    Bottia, Martha, Roslyn Mickelson, Jason Giersch, Elizabeth Stearns, Stephanie Moller.  “The role of high school racial composition and opportunities to learn in students’ STEM college participation.” Journal of Research in Science Teaching 55:446-476. https://doi.org/10.1002/tea.21426


2017    Jha, Nandan and Elizabeth Stearns.  “Race-specific high school course intensity and students’ post-secondary educational attainment.” Research in Higher Education 59: 765-791.10.1007/s11162-017-9484-9


2017    Banerjee, Neena, Elizabeth Stearns, Stephanie Moller, and Roslyn Mickelson. "Teacher Job Satisfaction and Student Achievement: The Roles of Teacher Professional Community and Teacher Collaboration in Schools." American Journal of Education 123: 203-241.


2016    Bottia, Martha, Lauren Valentino, Stephanie Moller, Roslyn Mickelson, and Elizabeth Stearns.  “Teacher Collaboration and Latinos’ Mathematics Achievement Trajectories.” American Journal of Education 122: 505-535.  


2016    Giersch, Jason, Martha Bottia, Roslyn Mickelson, and Elizabeth Stearns.  “Exposure to School and Classroom Racial Segregation in Charlotte-Mecklenburg High Schools and Students’ College Achievement.”  Education Policy Analysis Archives 24(32) http://dx.doi.org/10.14507/epaa.v24.2123


2016    Stearns, Elizabeth, Martha Bottia, Eleonora Davalos, Roslyn Mickelson, Stephanie Moller, and Lauren Valentino.  “Demographic Characteristics of High School Math and Science Teachers and Girls’ Success in STEM.” Social Problems 63: 87-110.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/socpro/spv027


2015    Bottia, Martha, Jason Giersch, Roslyn Mickelson, Elizabeth Stearns, and Stephanie Moller.  “Distributive Justice Antecedents of Race and Gender Disparities in First Year College Performance.” Social Justice Research 29(1): 35-72. http://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11211-015-0242-x 


2015    Martha Bottia, Elizabeth Stearns, Ashley Parker, Roslyn Mickelson, and Stephanie Moller.  “The Relationships among High School STEM Learning Experiences and Students’ Intent to Declare and Declaration of a STEM Major in College.”  Teachers College Record 117(4).

    Discussed in Christian Science Monitor here


2015     Martha Bottia, Elizabeth Stearns, Roslyn Mickelson, Stephanie Moller, and Lauren Valentino.  “Growing the Roots of STEM Majors: Female Math and Science High School Faculty and the Participation of Students in STEM.” Economics of Education Review 45 (2015): 14-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.econedurev.2015.01.002

        Discussed in U.S. News and World Report here


2015    Stearns, Elizabeth, Neena Banerjee, Stephanie Moller, and Roslyn Mickelson.  "Collective Pedagogical Teacher Culture and Teacher Satisfaction." Teachers College Record 117(8).    


2014    Moller, Stephanie, Neena Banerjee, Martha Bottia, Elizabeth Stearns, Roslyn Mickelson, Melissa Dancy, Eric Wright, and Lauren Valentino.  “Moving Latino/a Students into STEM Fields: The Role of Teachers and Professional Communities in Secondary Schools.” Journal of Hispanic Higher Education  1-31. http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1538192714540533


2014    Moller, Stephanie, Elizabeth Stearns, Roslyn Arlyn Mickelson, Martha Cecilia Bottia, and Neena Banerjee.  "Is Academic Engagement the Panacea for Achievement in Mathematics across Racial/Ethnic Groups?  Assessing the Role of Teacher Culture." Social Forces 92(4): 1513-1544. doi: 10.1093/sf/sou018.   


2014    Bottia, Martha, Stephanie Moller, Roslyn Mickelson, and Elizabeth Stearns.  “Foundations of Mathematics Achievement: Instructional Practices and Diverse Kindergarten Students.” Elementary School Journal 115(1): 124-150.


2014    Stearns, Elizabeth, Neena Banerjee, Roslyn Mickelson, and Stephanie Moller.  “Collective Pedagogical Teacher Culture, Teacher-Student Ethno-racial Mismatch, and Teacher Job Satisfaction.” Social Science Research 45: 56-72.


2013    Mickelson, Roslyn, Jason Giersch, Elizabeth Stearns, and Stephanie Moller. “How (and Why) NCLB Failed to Close the Achievement Gap: Evidence from North Carolina, 1998- 2004.”  ECI Interdisciplinary Journal for Legal and Social Policy 3 (1); Article 1.  


2013    Moller, Stephanie, Elizabeth Stearns, Stephanie Southworth, and Stephanie Potochnick.  “Changing Course: The Gender Gap in College Selectivity and Opportunities to Learn in the High School Curriculum.” Gender and Education 25(7): 851-871.


2013    Stearns, Elizabeth, Nandan Jha, and Stephanie Potochnick.  “Race, Secondary School Course of Study, and College Type.” Social     Science Research 42: 789-803.   http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ssresearch.2013.01.007


2013    Moller, Stephanie, Roslyn Mickelson, Elizabeth Stearns, Neena Banerjee, and Martha Bottia.  "Collective Pedagogical Teacher Culture and Mathematics Achievement: Differences by Race, Ethnicity, and Socio-Economic Status."  Sociology of Education 86: 174-194.  


2011    Moller, Stephanie, Elizabeth Stearns, Stephanie Potochnick, and Stephanie Southworth.  “Student Achievement and College Selectivity: How Changes in Achievement during High School Affect the Selectivity of College Attended.” Youth and Society 43: 656-680.  


2010    Stearns, Elizabeth, Stephanie Potochnick, Stephanie Moller, and Stephanie Southworth.  “High School Course of Study and Post-Secondary Institutional Selectivity.”  Research in Higher Education 51: 366-395.  

Godwin, R.K., Leland, S.M., Baxter, A.D., & Southworth, S. (2006). Sinking Swann: Public school choice and the resegregation of Charlotte’s public schools. Review of Policy Research, 23(5), 983-997. DOI: 10.1111/j.1541-1338.2006.00246.x.


Wilson, D.C., Leland S., Godwin, K., Baxter, A., Levy, A., Smart, J.Jayakrishnan, A. (2009). SmartChoice: An online recommender system to support low-income families in public school choice. AI Magazine, 30(2), 46-58.


Leland, S., & Smirnova, O. (2008). Does government structure matter? A comparative analysis of urban bus transit efficiency. Journal of Public Transportation, 11(1), 63-83. DOI: 10.5038/2375-0901.11.1.4.


Leland, S., & Smirnova, O. (2009). Reassessing privatization 25 years later: Revisiting Perry and Babitsky’s comparative performance study of urban bus transit services. Public Administration Review, 69(5), 855-867. DOI: 10.1111/j.1540-6210.2009.02035.x.


Smirnova, O., Leland, S., & Johnson, G.A. (2008). Popular,…but more influential? A test of whether special purpose governments affect federal transit financing. Municipal Finance Journal, 28(4), 43-61.

Leland, S.M., Read, D.& Pope, E. 2019. Views from the Field: Economic Developer's Perceptions about the Formation of Public-Private Real Estate Development Partnerships. Urban Affairs Review. (1)


Read, D., & Leland, S.M. (2019). . A gendered perspective on local economic development: Differences in the perceived importance of public services in the business recruitment processes. Administration & Society. DOI: 10.1177/0095399715616837.


Read, D. C., & M. Leland, S. (2017). Toward Understanding Another Gender Gap: How Women in Economic Development Perceive Access to Capital. Journal of Women, Politics & Policy, 1-17.


Heberlig, E., Leland, S., & Read, D. (2014). Local politics, organized interests, and land-use policy: A research note analyzing the perceptions of urban planners working in city government. Urban Affairs Review, 50(6), 890-903. DOI: 10.1177/1078087414522411.


Leland, S., & Read, D. (2012). Stimulating real estate development through public-private partnerships: Assessing the perceived opportunities and challenges. Public Administration Quarterly, 36(3), 311-340.


Read, D.C., & Leland, S.M. (2011). Does sector matter? An analysis of planners’ attitudes regarding politics and competing interests in the planning process. The American Review of Public Administration, 41(6), 639-653. DOI: 10.1177/0275074010390031.


Read, D.C., & Leland, S. (2010). Balancing competing values in the sale redevelopment of publicly-owned real estate: A case study of the Charlotte Coliseum disposition. Journal of Real Estate Practice and Education, 13(1), 87-106. (He probably was a student when we started this one, I believe he graduate in 2009).


Smirnova, O. V., & Leland, S. M. (2014). Cutback management during the Great Recession: The case of transit agencies and contracting out. State and Local Government Review, 46(4), 272-281. DOI: 10.1177/0160323X14564777.


Smirnova, O., Yusuf, J-E., & Leland, S. (2016). Managing for performance: Measurement and monitoring of contracts in the transit industry.  Journal of Public Procurement, 16(2), 208-242. 


Smirnova, O. V., & Leland, S. M. (2014). Public transportation and contracting out.

Public Works Management & Policy19(4), 358-364. DOI: 10.1177/1087724x14545541.