Two years with the Houston Advanced Research Center, a non-profit think tank, and a bachelor’s degree in economics and international relations helped prime Dan Matisoff for SPEA’s master’s and doctoral degree programs.
Dan’s bachelor’s thesis, focusing on the United States’ decision not to support the Kyoto Protocol, paired two of his favorite topics – environmental policy and the business implications of environmental protection. His Ph.D. dissertation, which included a series of interviews with European firms, compares the effectiveness and efficiency of different methods used to address climate change. While at SPEA, Dan has also published a journal article on climate change policies in the Review of Policy Research.
“The accessibility of SPEA faculty is particularly high,” explained Dan, originally from Cleveland, Ohio. “That’s rare at other programs, but here, it’s the norm.”
Positive feedback from several sources and mentors sealed Dan’s decision to enroll in SPEA in 2004, and he hasn’t looked back. Slated to join the faculty of Georgia Tech University in January 2010, Dan emphasizes SPEA’s track record in both program rankings and Ph.D. student placement as two of the school’s strongest advantages.