Public Policy Institute
Consultant, European Commission Joint Research Center, Institute for Energy 2009
Assistant in Corporate Finance, Landesbank Saar (SaarLB), Metz, France 2004/2005
Research Department Intern, ifo - Institut für Wirtschaftsforschung, Munich, Germany 2004
Years with Indiana University: 2 years
Dr. Grommon joined the IUPUI-SPEA faculty in 2012. His interests include research methods; program, policy, and operational evaluation; corrections; and community crime prevention. Dr. Grommon served as a project manager for grant-funded research and evaluations on prisoner reentry, sex offender residency restrictions, and strategic firearm violence and gang interventions prior to joining SPEA. He has also worked for the state Statistical Analysis Centers of Michigan and Illinois.
Laura Littlepage, a senior researcher with the IU Public Policy Institute, is also a member of the faculty at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs and Lilly School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.
Previous projects have included serving as co-investigator of several national evaluations for the Points of Light Foundation. She has designed and conducted evaluations of all stages of programs, from needs assessments to process evaluations to outcome evaluations for clients that include several state and city agencies as well as several nonprofits.
Littlepage is the principal author of numerous institute publications and several journal articles, and she has presented her work at national and international meetings and conferences. She holds a master of public affairs degree from New York University and a bachelor’s degree in public affairs from the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU Bloomington.
Dr. Deanna Malatesta joined the Public Affairs faculty at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs in 2007. She received her Master’s in Public Administration from Rutgers University-Camden and her doctorate in Public Administration from the University of Georgia. She has published numerous works on contracting, public management, and governance, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and professional reports. She is the recipient of the 2011 William E. Mosher and Frederick C. Mosher Award for the best article by an academician in Public Administration Review, the field’s flagship journal.
Dr. Malatesta also has an extensive professional background in regulation and cable television franchising procedures. She has served as a telecommunications consultant for several municipalities in New Jersey and for the City of Philadelphia. She currently serves on Mayor Ballard’s High Performance Governance Team for the City of Indianapolis.
Dr. Malatesta teaches Public Management (V502, V263), Public Program Management & Contracting (V654), and Research Methods and Statistical Modeling (V370).
Seth Payton is an assistant professor in the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indianapolis. As a policy analyst for the Indiana University Center for Urban Policy and the Environment for 11 years, he has served as a principal investigator and consulted on several program and policy evaluations for government agencies and nonprofit organizations. His current focus areas include local government finance, housing policy, human settlement patterns, and the urban forest valuation.
Before joining the Center, Dr. Payton was a grants analyst for the Indianapolis Division of Community Development and Financial Services where his primary responsibilities included strategic analyses and making recommendations for the use of Community Development Block Grant funds. Project participation included analyses for the Indianapolis Homeownership Zone, Mark to Market Program, and the Annual Consolidated Plan.
Kenna Quinet joined the SPEA faculty in 1992. Her research focuses on various aspects of homicide including serial and mass homicides, missing persons, unclaimed and unidentified dead and prostitutes as serial homicide victims. She teaches courses on homicide, criminological theory, serial and mass murder and animal welfare. Quinet has won 13 teaching awards since she came to IUPUI. She is co-author (with Jamie Fox and Jack Levin) of the popular homicide textbook, The Will To Kill: Making Sense of Senseless Murder, and most recently, she is a co-author of Who Are the Unclaimed Dead? with Sam Nunn and Alfarena Ballew in the Journal of Forensic Sciences (November 2015).
Dr. Abdul-Akeem Sadiq joined the SPEA faculty in fall 2010. After completing his joint Ph.D. in Public Policy at Georgia State University and Georgia Institute of Technology in May 2009, he served as a lecturer in the Emergency Administration and Planning program at University of North Texas (UNT). In 2010, Dr. Sadiq, along with Dr. David McEntire and Kailash Gupta, conducted research in Haiti after the 2010 devastating earthquake. This research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation, focused on understanding mass fatality management issues following the earthquake. Currently, Dr. Sadiq is conducting a study on Chemical Anti-Terrorism Standards (CFATS). He hopes to understand the impediments to the implementation of CFATS.
Jim White joined SPEA IUPUI in 2002 as an adjunct professor and became a clinical lecturer in the public safety management program in 2006. He is a retired member of the Indiana State Police and former Deputy Director of the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy.
His extensive public safety background includes over 37 years of military service with duty in Iraq in 2004 and assignments as a security planner for the 1993 World University Games, the 1994 World Cup Championships, the 1995 World Rowing Championships, the 1996 Atlanta Centennial Olympics and the 2003 National Governor's Conference. Prior to joining the faculty, White served as the Director of Emergency Management for the City of Indianapolis and Marion County.