Luke M. Shimek

Joint Public Policy Ph.D. Candidate

(314) 972-4902
IU Bloomington


SPEA 412
1315 E. Tenth Street
Bloomington, IN


  • Ph.D., School of Public and Environmental Affairs, Indiana University, (May 2018, expected)
  • M.A., Economics Department, Indiana University, 2011
  • B.S., Wheaton College, 2006

Courses Taught

  • V263 Introduction to Public Management
  • V236 Management Concepts and Applications I: Public and Private Organizations
  • V336 Management Concepts and Applications II: Public and Private Organizations

Selected Publications

    • Arnold, G. & L.M. Shimek. 2017. “Nodes and Links, Actors and Actions: Theoretical Clarity in the Study of Public Administration Networks.” In Frederickson, G. & E.C. Stazyk eds. The Handbook of American Public Administration. Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar (forthcoming).
    • Smyth, R., I. Soboleva, L. Shimek, and A. Sobolev. 2015. “Defining Common Ground: Collective Identity in Russia’s Post-Election Protests and Rallies.” In Ross, C. (Eds.). Civil Society Awakens? The Systemic and Non-Systemic Opposition in the Russian Federation: National and Regional Dimensions. Surrey, UK: Ashgate.
    • Epstein, G., J. Vogt, M. Cox, and L. Shimek. 2014. “Confronting Problems of Method in the Study of Sustainability.”Forest Policy and Economics, 42: 42-50.
    • Kolesnikova, N.K. and L.M. Shimek, 2008. “Community Colleges: Not so Junior Anymore.” Regional Economist, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, October.
    • Shimek, L.M. and Y. Wen. 2008. “Why do Chinese Households Save So Much?” International Economic Trends, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, August.

Research Interests

Comparative Public Administration, Institutional Analysis & Development, Comparative Political Economy, International Development, Formal Theory

Honors & Awards

  • Graduate Student Research Award, Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 2015
  • Summer Research Fellowship, Vincent and Elinor Ostrom Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 2013-14
  • John Sprague Award in Political Networks for “Strategic Rule Formation in a Game with a Negative Externality,” 2013
  • Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis Fellowship, Indiana University, 2011-12
  • Outstanding Economics Student Award and Fellowship, Wheaton College, 2004-05