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Iseul Choi

Iseul Choi
Iseul Choi is pursuing her Ph.D. in Public Administration from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs at the University at Albany.

What brought you to the Center for Technology in Government?
In the fall I will be a second year Public Administration Ph.D. student, focusing on performance management in government for my research. Last semester (Spring 2015), I had the great opportunity to take a Government Information Strategy and Management class taught by Professor Theresa Pardo, who is also the director of CTG. It was a relatively new concept to me and it gave me a lot of insight about how technology and IT strategies could be closely related to government performance. As I have known that CTG has done great empirical research, I knew that working at CTG would help me expand my research areas and do research in terms of linking government performance and IT strategies.

What did you do prior to coming to CTG?
I was majoring in English Literature and Economics at Seoul National University in South Korea. After that, I came to the US to pursue my Master’s Degree in Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, with a focus on public management. While obtaining my MPA, I did a couple of empirical research projects with my colleagues such as cost-benefit analysis of online voter registration system (prepared for Wisconsin Government Accountability Board) and Madison community carbon inventory (prepared for the City of Madison).

What are your plans/goals for the future?
My academic goals involve doing valuable research in public management, especially finding a better way to enhance performance in government agencies. After finishing my Ph.D., I would like to research and teach public management/administration at a college.

How can CTG help you reach your goal for the future?
I am hoping to learn research skills and get empirical experience from CTG. In particular, CTG has valuable resources and a high level of expertise in research, so it will give me some practical insights of how technology in government could affect government performance. From my perspectives as a social scientist, I also hope to see links between these practical insights and public administration theories that I have learned.