Profile: Debra Borie-Holtz

Senior Research Analyst


Dr. Debra Borie-Holtz is responsible for directing EERC’s quantitative evaluation of federally funded grants awarded to three college consortiums representing 22 colleges in 5 states.  The projects are focused on curricular redesign in order to help bridge the gap between workforce skills and unfilled jobs in new and expanding sectors of the U.S. economy.  Borie-Holtz designs quasi-experimental studies, student and stakeholder surveys, and various data analyses, while ensuring the quality control of data collection and validation processes.  She also prepares client deliverables and supports the qualitative evaluation team.  

Borie-Holtz is on the faculty at the Bloustein School for Planning and Public Policy.  She received her master’s degree in Public Affairs and Politics and her doctorate in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School. She has been an instructor at Rutgers teaching writing, public policy, and method courses at both the undergraduate and graduate level since 2006. 

Her academic research interests include policy formation and state legislative leadership, regulations, women in government and survey methodology.  Borie-Holtz’s dissertation examined state legislative leaders and their policy preferences, proposals, and products in the 50 legislatures under the direction of the late Dr. Alan Rosenthal.

Prior to receiving her doctorate, she held a Presidential appointment as an agency director during the Clinton Administration and served as New Jersey Assistant Secretary of State during the Florio Administration.   In addition to her executive service, Borie-Holtz served as the chief of staff to the New Jersey Senate Majority Leader and chairman of the New Jersey Senate Energy and Environment Committee for more than a decade.

Borie-Holtz is also the co-author of The Politics of Regulatory Reform with Stuart Shapiro published in October 2013 by Routledge Publishers.  Regulation has become a front-page topic recently, often referenced by politicians in conjunction with the current state of the U.S. economy. Yet despite regulation’s increased presence in current politics and media, The Politics of Regulatory Reform argues that the regulatory process and its influence on the economy are widely misunderstood by the public and policy-makers alike.  The research, which includes a longitudinal study of regulations coupled with a survey of elite business executives, concludes that the politics of regulatory reform is much more about politics than it is about regulation.

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