Team

Two years after launching in 2016, the Idaho Policy Institute, housed within Boise State University’s School of Public Service, has completed over three dozen projects encompassing every geographic region of the State. It has grown its staff from three to eight full-time employees, three graduate students and a student intern. Get to know the team below.

Faculty and Staff

  • Gregory Hill

    Greg Hill, PhD

    Executive Director

    Greg earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2006. Hill has extensive research and  survey experience in the academic, public, and private sectors, including producing and analyzing data for the many of Boise State’s public policy surveys. His interests center on public management, administration and policy theory and immigration policy. He is an avid baseball fan and has twice been invited to present his baseball-related research at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

    Greg earned his PhD from Texas A&M University in 2006. Hill has extensive research and  survey experience in the academic, public, and private sectors, including producing and analyzing data for the many of Boise State’s public policy surveys. His interests center on public management, administration and policy theory and immigration policy. He is an avid baseball fan and has twice been invited to present his baseball-related research at the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

  • Vanessa Fry, IPI Research Director

    Vanessa Fry, PhD

    Research Director

    Vanessa’s research and teaching focus on the role of multi-sector, evidenced-based solutions in addressing persistent social, environmental, and economic issues. Much of her recent research has focused on housing and homelessness. Before moving to Boise to earn her PhD at Boise State, Vanessa lived in the Wood River Valley and worked with a number of nonprofit organizations.  As a co-founder and chair of Sustain Blaine (now Sun Valley Economic Development), Vanessa collaborated with stakeholders across the community to create a regional economic development strategy for all of Blaine County.

    Vanessa’s research and teaching focus on the role of multi-sector, evidenced-based solutions in addressing persistent social, environmental, and economic issues. Much of her recent research has focused on housing and homelessness. Before moving to Boise to earn her PhD at Boise State, Vanessa lived in the Wood River Valley and worked with a number of nonprofit organizations.  As a co-founder and chair of Sustain Blaine (now Sun Valley Economic Development), Vanessa collaborated with stakeholders across the community to create a regional economic development strategy for all of Blaine County.

  • Tasha Smagula

    Tasha Smagula

    Administrative Assistant II

    Tasha is a proud Boise State Alumni and received her undergraduate degree from the School of Public Service. An experienced Administrative Assistant, Tasha enjoys professional development, planning meetings and making sure everything is running smoothly. When she’s not supporting the Idaho Policy team, she likes to hit up the gym, go hiking with her dog Beavis, canoe or tend to an apiary of honeybees.

    Tasha is a proud Boise State Alumni and received her undergraduate degree from the School of Public Service. An experienced Administrative Assistant, Tasha enjoys professional development, planning meetings and making sure everything is running smoothly. When she’s not supporting the Idaho Policy team, she likes to hit up the gym, go hiking with her dog Beavis, canoe or tend to an apiary of honeybees.

  • Cheongsin Kim, Public Policy and Administration, Studio Portrait

    Cheong Kim, PhD

    Assistant Research Professor

    Cheong studied at both Korea University and Seoul National University, where he won an academic top honors award at graduation. He received his PhD in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California with a specialization in public management. Drawing on institutional theory, he studies various areas of public administration, including fiscal politics, service delivery and environmental policy.

    Cheong studied at both Korea University and Seoul National University, where he won an academic top honors award at graduation. He received his PhD in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California with a specialization in public management. Drawing on institutional theory, he studies various areas of public administration, including fiscal politics, service delivery and environmental policy.

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    Matthew May, PhD

    Senior Research Associate

    Matthew May’s research interests include elections, electoral policy and the legislative process, with particular attention paid to the implications of Idaho’s recent shift to a closed primary system. He has extensive experience with survey design and quantitative analysis and during his time at IPI has worked on projects dealing with public policy in education, health and welfare, agricultural issues and public safety, among others. In his spare time, Matthew is an avid reader and enjoys writing, photography and baseball.

    Matthew May’s research interests include elections, electoral policy and the legislative process, with particular attention paid to the implications of Idaho’s recent shift to a closed primary system. He has extensive experience with survey design and quantitative analysis and during his time at IPI has worked on projects dealing with public policy in education, health and welfare, agricultural issues and public safety, among others. In his spare time, Matthew is an avid reader and enjoys writing, photography and baseball.

  • Benjamin Larsen, SPS, Idaho Policy Institute, Faculty/Staff

    Benjamin Larsen, PhD

    Research Associate

    Ben’s research interests include social movements, policy change, LGBT studies and legislative behavior. Ben has taught a wide range of courses, including American government, quantitative techniques, comparative politics, international relations and research methods. Ben interned at the Fenway Institute, a leading LGBT research facility in Boston where he conducted research about LGBT health and wellness survey techniques.

    Ben’s research interests include social movements, policy change, LGBT studies and legislative behavior. Ben has taught a wide range of courses, including American government, quantitative techniques, comparative politics, international relations and research methods. Ben interned at the Fenway Institute, a leading LGBT research facility in Boston where he conducted research about LGBT health and wellness survey techniques.

  • Lantz McGinnis-Brown, Idaho Policy Institute, portrait, Allison Corona photo.

    Lantz McGinnis-Brown

    Research Associate

    Lantz has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Policy and Administration. His research interests include nonprofit and local government policy, administration and management, research methodologies, public accountability and pretty much everything else related to applied policy and administration research.

    Lantz has a Master’s degree in Public Administration, a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology and is currently pursuing his PhD in Public Policy and Administration. His research interests include nonprofit and local government policy, administration and management, research methodologies, public accountability and pretty much everything else related to applied policy and administration research.

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    Gabe Osterhout

    Research Associate

    Gabe recently graduated with a master’s degree in International Relations from King’s College London. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from the College of Idaho, where he focused on state and local politics and the legislative process. Osterhout previously interned with a broad spectrum of Idaho elected officials, ranging from the Idaho Legislature to the U.S. Senate. As a Research Associate, Gabe is passionate about helping community leaders make evidence-based decisions.

    Gabe recently graduated with a master’s degree in International Relations from King’s College London. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Economy from the College of Idaho, where he focused on state and local politics and the legislative process. Osterhout previously interned with a broad spectrum of Idaho elected officials, ranging from the Idaho Legislature to the U.S. Senate. As a Research Associate, Gabe is passionate about helping community leaders make evidence-based decisions.

  • Portrait, Hall McAllister, photo by Madison Park

    McAllister Hall

    Graduate Research Assistant

    McAllister Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She is currently a student at Boise State University working toward a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction. McAllister has experience conducting and evaluating large scale survey research. She also spent two years teaching high school math in Idaho and Utah. McAllister joined the Idaho Policy Institute in August 2018 to assist with projects that involve educational research and policy.

    McAllister Hall holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Brigham Young University. She is currently a student at Boise State University working toward a Master of Arts in Education Curriculum and Instruction. McAllister has experience conducting and evaluating large scale survey research. She also spent two years teaching high school math in Idaho and Utah. McAllister joined the Idaho Policy Institute in August 2018 to assist with projects that involve educational research and policy.

  • Emily Pape

    Emily Pape

    Research Assistant

    Emily Pape is currently an undergraduate student at Boise State University majoring in Global Studies with minors in Economics and Spanish. She has experience interning with a political consulting firm, working in Idaho’s Governor’s office and assisting with research projects involving citizen participation and democratic processes. After graduating, Emily plans to pursue her master’s degree in public policy.

    Emily Pape is currently an undergraduate student at Boise State University majoring in Global Studies with minors in Economics and Spanish. She has experience interning with a political consulting firm, working in Idaho’s Governor’s office and assisting with research projects involving citizen participation and democratic processes. After graduating, Emily plans to pursue her master’s degree in public policy.

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    D'Andre Mathews

    Graduate Assistant

    D’Andre earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 2016 and a master’s degree from Idaho State University in 2018. He is currently a student at Boise State University and is working toward a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration. D’Andre has research interests in urban and rural policy, corporate governance, and policy surrounding college athletics. D’Andre brings experience from both the public and private sector and is passionate about helping organizations.

    D’Andre earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Utah in 2016 and a master’s degree from Idaho State University in 2018. He is currently a student at Boise State University and is working toward a Ph.D. in Public Policy & Administration. D’Andre has research interests in urban and rural policy, corporate governance, and policy surrounding college athletics. D’Andre brings experience from both the public and private sector and is passionate about helping organizations.

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    Mackenzie Moss

    Graduate Assistant

    Mackenzie Moss has a Bachelors in Social Work with a Spanish minor, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Boise State University. She spent 4 years on the National Championship Speech and Debate Team, The Talkin’ Broncos. She specialized in a format called Parliamentary Debate, which focuses heavily on the creation and testing of policy procedures. She has a variety of experiences in the public sector in Idaho, including work on various political campaigns and for non-profit organizations. It is her professional goal to couple her knowledge from the variety of ways that she has engaged policy in her past with her work as a master’s student in order to determine the most useful way that she can help address policy issues facing vulnerable populations in Idaho.

    Mackenzie Moss has a Bachelors in Social Work with a Spanish minor, and is currently pursuing a Master of Public Administration at Boise State University. She spent 4 years on the National Championship Speech and Debate Team, The Talkin’ Broncos. She specialized in a format called Parliamentary Debate, which focuses heavily on the creation and testing of policy procedures. She has a variety of experiences in the public sector in Idaho, including work on various political campaigns and for non-profit organizations. It is her professional goal to couple her knowledge from the variety of ways that she has engaged policy in her past with her work as a master’s student in order to determine the most useful way that she can help address policy issues facing vulnerable populations in Idaho.

  • Sarae Simpson

    Sarae Simpson

    Intern

    Sarae Simpson is currently an undergraduate student at Boise State majoring in History. She interned at Youth Solutions of Africa, an NGO in Cape Town, South Africa dedicated to providing food, shelter, and career coaching to homeless youths and women. After also studying post-Apartheid public policy and social justice, Sarae became interested pursuing a Masters degree in Public Issues after graduating.

    Sarae Simpson is currently an undergraduate student at Boise State majoring in History. She interned at Youth Solutions of Africa, an NGO in Cape Town, South Africa dedicated to providing food, shelter, and career coaching to homeless youths and women. After also studying post-Apartheid public policy and social justice, Sarae became interested pursuing a Masters degree in Public Issues after graduating.