Assistant Professor. Public Policy
Mir Usman Ali is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. His research revolves around building a theory of the conditions under which public managers and organizations can foster social equity-enhancing institutional change. His research has looked at a variety of topics such as citizen oversight of police, impact of body-worn cameras, and policies intended to curb domestic violence involving the use of firearms. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Affairs Indiana University-Bloomington, an M.S. in Statistics from Texas A&M University, College Station and MBA and BBA degrees from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. His research has been published in Public Administration Review and Public Performance and Management Review.
Ph.D., Public Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington, 2019
Major Fields: Public Management and Policy Analysis; Minor: Sociology
M.S., Statistics, Texas A&M University, 2009
M.B.A., Finance, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, 2005
B.B.A., Finance, Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, 2003
Ali, M. U. & Nicholson-Crotty, S. (2020). Examining the Accountability-Performance Link: The Case of Citizen Oversight of Police. Public Performance and Management Review. https://doi.org/10.1080/15309576.2020.1806086
Ali, M. U. & Pirog, M. (2019). Social Accountability and Institutional Change: The Case of Citizen Oversight of Police. Public Administration Review, 79(3), 411-426. https://doi.org/10.1111/puar.13055
Revise and Resubmit
Ali, M. U. The Adoption of Culturally Contentious Institutions: The Case of Citizen Oversight of Police.
Ali, M. U. & Wright II, J. E. Use of Performance Information and External Accountability: The Role of Citizen Oversight in Mitigating the Motivated Evaluation of Body-Worn Camera Evidence.
Ali, M. U., Edwards, L. H. & Wright II, J. E. (2022) Administrative Decentralization and the Role of Information: The Case of Intimate Partner Violence During the COVID-19 Pandemic.
Works in Progress
Ali, M. U. & Aponte, F. T. An Analysis of the Institutional Factors Influencing Local Public Health Department Preparedness for the Coronavirus Pandemic.
Awards and Honors
2019 Best Journal Article Award “Social Accountability and Institutional Change: The Case of Citizen Oversight of Police”, Academy of Management, Public and Nonprofit Division.
2019 Horowitz Foundation Scholarship for Social Policy Research
2018 Santosh Jain Endowed Memorial Scholarship, Indiana University
2018 Outstanding Teaching Award, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University
2017 President’s Scholarship, National Association for Civilian Oversight of Law Enforcement (NACOLE)
2013 Best Paper Award in Policy Analysis and Management, Association of SPEA PhD Student Conference
2011 Fellowship and Tuition Remission, Ph.D. Program, O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University Bloomington
2007 Fulbright Scholarship, Texas A&M University, College Station