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Stephanie Smith

Ph.D. Program Chair and Associate Professor, Center for Public Administration & Policy (CPAP)
Stephanie Smith
900 N Glebe Rd
Arlington, VA 22203
  • Ph.D., Public Administration, Syracuse University, 2009
  • MPA, San Francisco State University, 2004
  • B.A., Rhetoric and Communication, University of California at Davis, 1994
  • Health priorities and policy implementation globally and in low- and middle-income countries
  • PAPA 5014: Concepts and Approaches in Public Administration
  • PAPA 6014: Public Administration Context and Theory
  • PAPA 6214: Public Policy Processes and Analytical Approaches
  • PAPA 6254: Advanced Topics
  • Smith, S.L., & Shiffman, J. (2018). The politics of global health agenda setting. In C. McInnes, K. Lee & J. Youde (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Global Health Politics. Oxford University Press. DOI: 10.1093/oxfordhb/9780190456818.013.20
  • Smith, S.L., & Rodriguez M.A. (2016). Agenda setting for maternal survival: the power of global health networks and norms. Health Policy and Planning, 31(Suppl.1), i48–i59. doi:10.1093/heapol/czu114 
  • Smith, S.L. (2014). Political contexts and maternal health policy: insights from a comparison of south Indian states. Social Science & Medicine, 100, 46-53. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2013.10.029
  • Smith, S.L., & Neupane, S. (2011). Factors in health initiative success: learning from Nepal’s newborn survival initiative. Social Science & Medicine, 72(4), 568-575. doi:10.1016/j.socscimed.2010.11.022
  • Shiffman, J., & Smith, S. (2007). Generation of political priority for global health initiatives: a framework and case study of maternal mortality. The Lancet, 370(9595), 1370-1379. doi:10.1016/S0140-6736(07)61579-7

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on agenda setting dynamics in the global health arena and in low- and middle-income countries. She is currently developing a framework for understanding and measuring the agenda status of global health issues. The Comparative Global Health Agendas Project is informed by several related projects, including comparative studies assessing: the agenda status of diabetes and oral health (representing high-burden noncommunicable diseases); publication trends in the public health research arena; and the status of a range of issues on the agenda of the World Health Assembly.

  • Global health agenda setting
  • Health policy and implementation in low- and middle-income countries
  • Public health policy and management networks
  • Civil society and nonprofit roles in the policy process