Dr. Deven Carlson

EPSCoR Research Focus: 
Observatory Network * Forecasting System
Assistant Professor
Department of Political Science
University of Oklahoma
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B.A. | Political Science and Economics | St. John's University | 2003
M.A. | Public Affairs | University of Wisconsin-Madison | 2007
M.A. | Political Science | University of Wisconsin-Madison | 2007
Research Interests: 

Oklahoma NSF EPSCoR Researchers:
Socio-Ecological Systems' Adaptation to Climate Variability

Dr. Deven Carlson's research agenda explores the operations of public policies and analyzes their effects on political, social, and economic outcomes of interest.  He is currently working on several projects, including analyses of:

  • The effects of Section 8 housing voucher receipt on a wide range of outcomes
  • Neighborhood contributions to student academic outcomes
  • The Milwaukee Parental Choice (private school voucher) program
  • The prospects for integrating the Common Core State Standards with existing accountability systems
  • The operations and effects of interdistrict open enrollment programs
  • Bilingual-bicultural education policies
  • The use of Twitter with respect to severe weather events.

Dr. Carlson's work on the Oklahoma EPSCoR RII award addresses two significant research objectives, including:

  1. Establishment of a first-of-its-kind, statewide, socio-ecological observatory;
  2. Development of a fully integrated socio-ecological modeling and prediction system that is designed to integrate qualitative and quantitative approaches and to systematically examine insights from both disciplinary and integrated perspectives.
Teaching Responsibilities: 
PSC 4220/5153: Current issues in Budget and Tax Policy
PSC 5950: MPA Research Paper Project
Key Publications: 
  • Carlson, Deven, Robert Haveman, Tom Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe. (2011). The Benefits and Costs of the Section 8 Housing Subsidy Program: A Framework and Estimates of First-Year Effects. Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 30(2): 233-255.
  • Carlson, Deven. (2011). Trends and Innovations in Public Policy Analysis. Policy Studies Journal 39(s1): 13-26.
  • Carlson, Deven, Geoffrey D. Borman, and Michelle Robinson. (2011). A Multi-State District-Level Cluster Randomized Trial of the Impact of Data-Driven Reform on Reading and Mathematics Achievement. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 33(3): 378-98.
  • Carlson, Deven, Robert Haveman, Tom Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe. (2012). Long-Term Earnings and Employment Effects of Housing Voucher Receipt. Journal of Urban Economics 71(1): 128-150.
  • Carlson, Deven, Robert Haveman, Tom Kaplan, and Barbara Wolfe. (2012). Long-Term Effects of Public Low-Income Housing Vouchers on Neighborhood Quality and Household Composition. Journal of Housing Economics 21(2): 101-120.
  • Carlson, Deven, Lesley Lavery, and John F. Witte. (2011). The Determinants of Interdistrict Open Enrollment Flows: Evidence from Two States. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis 33(1): 76-94.
  • Carlson, Deven and Michael Planty. (2012). The Ineffectiveness of High School Graduation Credit Requirement Reforms: A Story of Implementation and Enforcement? Educational Policy 26(4): 592-626.
  • Carlson, Deven, Lesley Lavery and John F. Witte. (2012). Charter School Authorizers and Student Achievement. Economics of Education Review 31(2): 254-267.
  • Carlson, Deven E., Joshua M. Cowen, and David J. Fleming. (Forthcoming). Life After Vouchers: What Happens to Students Who Leave Private Schools for the Traditional Public Sector? Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis.
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