Elizabeth Nisbet
Associate Professor
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Room 53332 Haaren Hall

Ph.D., Planning and Public Policy, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, The Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

M.A., Communication, University of Pennsylvania, Annenberg School for Communication

B.A., Political Science and French, Furman University


Elizabeth Nisbet is an Associate Professor of Public Policy at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY. She focuses on how public policy shapes inequality and inequities in labor markets and public services and establishes boundaries between the public and private sectors. Her research has examined whether and how cities regulate privately-funded organizations supporting public services; the influence of policy on employer behavior and work quality in the home care and agriculture sectors, and the use of framing in policy formation processes. Her work has been published in journals including Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, Public Management Review, Policy Studies, Economic Development Quarterly, and Administration and Society.

Prior to working at John Jay College, she was a postdoctoral associate at the Center for Women and Work at Rutgers University's School for Management and Labor Relations. She also had an extensive career in policy, programming, and research and evaluation for nonprofit organizations working in education, economic security, and health, including the Federation of Protestant Welfare Agencies, Sesame Workshop, and Helen Keller International. She began her career as a legislative assistant in the U.S. House of Representatives. Dr. Nisbet received a PhD in Planning and Policy from Rutgers University and an M.A. in Communication from the Annenberg School, University of Pennsylvania.

Scholarly Work

Schaller, S. and Nisbet, E. (2020). “Events on Urban Parkland: Scrutinizing Public Private Partnerships in Parks Governance Regimes.” In Mehta, V. and Palazzo, D. (eds), Companion to Public Space. London: Routledge.

Nisbet, E. and Schaller, S. (2019). “Philanthropic Partnerships in the Just City: Schools and Parks.” Urban Affairs Review, 1-37. doi: 10.1177/1078087419843186

Schaller, S. and Nisbet, E. (2019). “Regulating Private Support for Public Goods: De-Clubbing Public Schools.” Journal of Education Policy.

Nisbet, E. (2018). “Tied Farmworkers in Free Markets: Congressional Hearing Debates on the Roles of Market and State from 1995-2012.” Policy Studies. doi: 10.1080/01442872.2018.1501798.

Nisbet, E. (2018). “A Hands-On Hands-Off Approach: Limitations and Tensions in the De/Regulation of Medicaid-Funded Managed Long-Term Care in NY State.” Public Management Review, 20(6), 824-844. doi: 10.1080/14719037.2017.1340505.

Nisbet, E. (2018). “Local-level philanthropic partnerships in public education: dilemmas for equity and public responsibility.” Journal of Urban Affairs. doi: 10.1080/07352166.2017.1421432.

Nisbet, E. (2017). "“Where policy meets practice: Employer perspectives on scheduling and hours for home care aides.” Journal of Applied Gerontology. doi: 10.1177/0733464817739153.

Nisbet, E., McKay, H., Haviland, S. (2017). The Emergence of Local Practices in a Devolved Workforce Investment System: Barriers and Possibilities for Enhancing Degree Completion. Economic Development Quarterly, 31(3) 183–195.

Nisbet, E. (2015). Expanding the Field of View: The Role of Agricultural Employers and Workers in Street-Level Immigration Policy Implementation. Administration and Society, 1-28.

Haviland, S., Nisbet, E., & McKay, H. (2014). College Completion through the Workforce System: The Role of the Eligible Training Provider List in Training Choice. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Education and Employment Research Center.

Nisbet, E. and Rodgers, W.M. III. (2013). The Changing Wage Gap between Undocumented and Documented Farmworkers: 1990 to 2009. National Poverty Center Working Paper Series, #13-07.

Nisbet, E. (2013). “Minimum and Low-Wage Jobs.” In Smith, V. (Ed.). Sociology of Work. Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE.

White, K., Houser, L., and Nisbet, E. (2013). Policy in Action: New Jersey’s Family Leave Insurance Program at Age Three. New Brunswick: Center for Women and Work.

Houser, L., Nisbet, E., and White, K. (2012). Giving Voice to New Jersey’s Caregivers: The Union Experiences of Home-Based Child Care Providers. New Brunswick: Center for Women and Work.

McKay, H., & Nisbet, E. (2012). Close But No Degree: Removing Barriers to Degree Completion and Economic Advancement in New Jersey. New Brunswick: Center for Women and Work.

Nisbet, E. and Entmacher, J. (2012). “Minimum wage hike will create jobs.” The Star Ledger. May 23.

Nisbet, E. (2011). “Policy and Low-Wage Labor Supply: A Case Study of Policy and Farm Labor Markets in New York State.” Washington: Employment and Training Administration, U.S. Department of Labor.

Nisbet, E. and Rodgers, W.M. III. (2008). “Ronald L. Oaxaca.” In Darity, William A., Jr. (Ed.). International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, 2nd edition. 9 vols. Detroit: Macmillan Reference USA.