The Public Policy and Management Center (PPMC) employs several graduate research assistants each year. These are students working on their Master of Public Administration degrees who benefit from applied learning opportunities as they work alongside PPMC staff members on projects that advance public service.

James Cox 

James was born in Fort Scott, Kansas, and holds a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Pittsburg State University. He began WSU's Master of Public Administration (MPA) program in 2020.  While obtaining his bachelor's, he interned for the city of Pittsburg and came to like government work, particularly economic development.  He has been politically active and has experience in legislative relations.  Upon completion of his MPA, James would like to work in economic development to help build the cities of the future and to show that there is more to economic development than tax breaks.  Eventually, he would like to lead a state or federal economic development agency.
Emily Thon 

Emily is a Wichita native with a Bachelor’s degree in Field Studies Psychology that encompasses Psychology, Sociology, and Women’s Studies with a Minor in Human Resource Management from Wichita State University. During her undergraduate education, Emily served in Team building roles through her sorority and becoming invested in Animal rights and Animal Rescue Non-Profits and has since volunteered for 6 years through them. She has also worked professionally for a year in Human Resources for the Wichita Public Schools Administration office before graduating in 2020. Emily is now pursuing her Master of Public Administration degree at WSU, and joined the PPMC as a graduate research assistant in 2020.

Zoe Sisco 

Zoe is a Wichita native with a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Emporia State University. During her undergraduate education, Zoe focused on federal and state policy, as well as geopolitical law. She has invested much of her time to the community through volunteer efforts at the VA hospital and United Methodist Open door, a homeless shelter in Wichita. After graduating from Emporia State University in May of 2020, Zoe jumped right into graduate school to work on her Masters degree in Public Administration with an emphasis on Nonprofit Management and City/County Management. Zoe is working her way through school as a graduate assistant and is planning on graduating in May of 2022.