Benjamin Y Clark (Ben), PhD
 Title: Associate Professor
 Dept: Urban Studies
 Office: UR 312
 Phone: 216-687-2497
 Fax: 216-687-9277
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. UR 312, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Public Budgeting/Finance, Public Management, Public Administration, Public Policy, Environmental Policy, coproduction of government, government crowdsourcing, 311, open311, gov2.0, government transparency, local government management, city management, Public Health Policy, Health Disparities, HIV/AIDS Policy, Science & Technology Policy (particularly collaboration in science).
Ph.D., Public Administration, University of Georgia, 2009
MPA, Public Administration, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 2000
B.A., Political Science, Indiana University, 1999
Brief Bio:
Benjamin Clark has been on the Levin College faculty since 2010. Ben earned his PhD in Public Administration in 2009 from the University of Georgia.  He comes to Cleveland State University from a career in public service.  Prior to his appointment at the Levin College of Urban Affairs, Ben was working as a budget analyst for the Unified Government of Athens-Clarke County (Athens, Georgia).  He has previously worked in a Washington, DC based public health consulting firm (Futures Group International) to assist foreign governments, multilateral organizations, and NGOs in the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS and reproductive health programs.  He is also a former Peace Corps Volunteer in the West African nation of Senegal.
Research Interests:
Ben's research spans a number of broad areas, which include: public policy, public management, and public budgeting/finance.  More specifically this research tends to look at issues at the intersection of local government management and budget/financial management. He has a secondary interest in public health--with a particular focus on health disparities (obesity/diabetes) and international HIV/AIDS policy.

His current research projects include the following:
*Crowdsourcing in government--how technology can enable governments to leverage the crowd;
*Government coproduction
*Financial health in persistently poor, economically distressed cities;
*The measurement of financial condition in local governments;
*The Role of Local Human Capital on Municipal Fiscal Health;
*Punctuated Equilibrium Theory and the Federal R&D Budgets;
*Neighborhood Food Availability's Effect on Juvenile Obesity and Diabetes
Teaching Areas:
Public Budgeting, Public Management, Public Policy, Environmental Health, and Quantitative Methods
Professional Affiliations:
American Society for Public Administration (ASPA)  

Public Management Research Association (PMRA)

Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM)
Professional Experience:
2007-2010: Athens-Clarke County Unified Government, Athens, GA. Budget Analyst
2002-2004: Futures Group International, Washington, DC. Research Associate (on USAID and US Dept. of Labor contracts)
2000-2001: Peace Corps, Senegal, West Africa. Small Enterprise Development Agent
University Service:
Levin College Petitions Committee

The Consortium of Eastern Ohio Master of Public Health (CEOMPH) Curriculum Committee
Professional Service:
Executive Committee Member for the Association for Budgeting and Financial Management (ABFM). Term 2013-2015.

Ad Hoc Reviewer for:
*Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory;
*Municipal Finance Journal;
*Policy Studies Journal;
*Review of Policy Research;
*Journal of Technology Transfer;
*Science & Public Policy;
*AIDS and Behavior
Community Service:
Community Partnership Committee Member. Case Center for Reducing Health Disparities, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH
Research Grants:
1) Principle Investigator, "Effects of Persistently Distressed Economic Conditions on Health Disparities." Junior Faculty Mini-Grant Program, supported by a NIH grant (P60 MD002265) through the MetroHealth/Case Western Reserve University Center for Reducing Health Disparities. 2013-2014. $5,000.

2) Principle Investigator, "Identifying Health Disparities Using Individual Electronic Medical Records (EMR)." Faculty Research Development Grant, Cleveland State University. 2013-2014. $23,343.

3) Principle Investigator, "Cleveland's Food Swamps." Levin College of Urban Affairs, Junior Faculty Mini-Grant Program, supported by a NIH grant (P60 MD002265) through the MetroHealth/Case Western Reserve University Center for Reducing Health Disparities. 2011-2012. $5,000.