ASU Ph.D. candidate selected as emerging scholar in Public Policy, Affairs and Administration


Bryce Newberry

ASU School of Public Affairs Ph.D. student Federica Fusi will be honored as the 2017 Emerging Scholar by the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, also known as NASPAA. 

Fusi will be presented with a $350 stipend and have her travel expenses covered to attend the October NSPPAA conference in Washington, D.C.

“Federica is one of the most talented Ph.D. students I have had the privilege to work with,” said Public Affairs professor Mary Feeney. “She is a creative, skilled researcher and most deserving of this award.”

At the conference, Fusi will give a 10-minute presentation on her work before deans and school directors who could potentially hire her, a fact not lost on the Ph.D. candidate. 

“This is an exciting opportunity to showcase my research and discuss it with leaders from other U.S. universities,” Fusi said. “It’s also a way to learn about opportunities to pursue my research interests after completing my Ph.D. here at ASU.“ 

She credits her professors and the School of Public Affairs for their part in helping her receive the honor.

“The faculty in the School of Public Affairs has played a fundamental role in developing my research interests and encouraging me to move them forward into actual research projects,” said Fusi. “At this early career stage, guidance from faculty is fundamental. At ASU I found a very collaborative environment, where it is easy to interact with faculty on a regular basis and receive support for your own research.”

Fusi has been involved with the School of Public Affair’s Center for Science, Technology and Environmental Policy Studies, conducting research on technology use in local governments, the role of open government, material sharing and scientific networks.

Her dissertation research focuses on data access and sharing in medium and small size US cities. Fusi has published articles in The American Review of Public Administration and Global Food Security.  

Former Vice President Joe Biden will address the audience as the keynote speaker at the conference.