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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
  • Global health agenda setting and networks globally and nationally
  • 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., & 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
  • Smith, S.L., & Gorantla, R. (2020). Analyzing the global health agenda: A comparison of priority for diabetes and oral diseases. Global Public Health. doi: 10.1080/17441692.2020.1814834
  • Smith, S.L., Huang, K., & Peng, S. (2020). Strategic orientation and relationship building among dyads in complex public management networks: perspectives from state asthma coalitions. Accepted for publication in Administration & Societyhttps://doi.org/10.1177/0095399720965556
  • Smith, S.L., & Shiffman, J. (2020). 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. (2019). Factoring civil society actors into health policy processes in low- and middle-income countries: A review of research articles, 2007-2016. Health Policy and Planning. 34(1), 67-77. https://doi.org/10.1093/heapol/czy109
  • Smith, S.L., & Hunsmann, M. (2019). Agenda setting for maternal survival in Ghana and Tanzania against the backdrop of the MDGs. Social Science & Medicine. 226, 135-142. doi.org/10.1016/j.socscimed.2019.02.049

Dr. Smith’s research focuses on agenda setting dynamics in the global health arena and in low- and middle-income countries. She is advancing ways in which the global health agenda is conceptualized and measured under the rubric of the Global Health Agendas Project. She is leading several exploratory studies assessing the status of COVID-19 in comparison to other
high-profile health issues, comparing the agenda status of diabetes and oral health (high-burden chronic conditions), analyzing research publications trends, and probing civil society priorities.

  • 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