Anirudh V. S. Ruhil (Ph.D.: Stony Brook University) is the Associate Director of Research & Graduate Programs and an Associate Professor at Ohio University's Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs. He also serves alongside Sara L. Boyd as the Co-Director of the Honors Tutorial College/Voinovich Scholars Program (a rewarding applied research program enrolling some of Ohio University's most promising students with a zest for leadership and public affairs), as the Ohio Education Research Center's (OERC) Co-Principal Investigator/Co-Site Lead at Ohio University, and on the Student Growth Measures Advisory Group for the Ohio Department of Education. Ani teaches quantitative research methods, policy analysis, and (occasionally) program evaluation for the Voinovich School's Master of Public Administration(MPA/OEMPA) academic programs, and serves as a lead quantitative research methodologist/applied statistician for the School.
Since joining Ohio University in 2005 Ani has worked on several evaluations of value-added pilot programs (for Battelle for Kids), a multi-year study of post-secondary access and success in Appalachia (led by Marsha S. Lewis), public health surveys and reports targeting diabetes in multiple Appalachian counties of the state, and several other projects. His experience and insights has led to ongoing service on an advisory group helping the Ohio Department of Education continually improve how value-added data are utilized in the state's school accountability framework, as well as on the Student Growth Measures Advisory Group for the Ohio Department of Education.
Ani's current research portfolio is dominated by the following:
· Co-leading (with Marsha S. Lewis) a study of Student Growth Measures – an integral component of the upcoming teacher evaluation system in Ohio.
· Serving as the lead quantitative methodologist (with Cindy Poole and Sara L. Boyd) on a health analytics/predictive modeling collaborative venture with OhioHealth Corp.
· Assisting Stephanie Howe with a US DOE-funded major future-use and site-repurposing project involving the former Portsmouth Gaseous Diffusion Plant in Portsmouth, Ohio.
· Collaborating with colleagues from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and Rice University on the pioneering Local Elections in America Project (LEAP). When the LEAP study is completed researchers and practitioners will have access to a unique precinct-level database of local elections.
In addition to the reports he has co-authored for the aforementioned projects Dr. Ruhil has also published widely on issues of race and representation in local America, state politics and policy, and on urban governance more generally. His published work appears in the pages of the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, Journal of Politics, State Politics and Policy Quarterly, Policy Studies Journal, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Social Science Quarterly, and the Journal of Rural Health.