Ph.D. - Urban Planning
University of California - 1978
M.A. - Urban Planning
University of California - 1973
University of British Columbia - 1970
Interests span a variety of policy themes, including education, economic development, justice,
and substance abuse. Current research focus is on population growth and environmental
degradation, the evolution of modern pawn broking, effectiveness of drug and mental health
courts, and exploration of meanings that people attach to sacred structures.
Chad: Governance by the Grassroots, with G. Desloovere, Local Governance in Africa: The Challenges of Democratic Decentralization, Oluwu, D. and Wunsch, J. (eds), Lynne Rienner, Boulder, CO. 2005. 155-180 2005 - Publication
Where Have All the Hot Goods Gone? The Role of Pawnshops, with J. Francis, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Vol. 1, No. 2, May 2004. 156-179 2004 - Publication
Getting Tough on Juvenile Crime: An Analysis of Costs and Benefits, with C-R. Pi, Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. Vol. 39, No. 4, November 2002. 363-399 2002 - Publication
Fast Food, in Leary, M., Dermody, B. and Markusen, A. (eds.) Envisioning Cities and Regions, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN. 2000. 145-161 2000 - Publication
Surviving in the Informal Sector, in Arthur, C. and Dash, M. (eds.), A Haiti Anthology: libte, Marcus Weiner Publishers, Princeton NJ. 2000. 129-130 2000 - Publication
Survivre, Les Editions du CIDIHCA, Montreal. 1992. 450 pages. 1999 - Publication
Food Insecurity in Haiti, Crosslines, Vol. 4(8), No. 6. November 1996. 20-22 1996 - Publication
Fast Food in Development, World Development , Vol. 23, No. 9. September 1995. 1555-73. 1995 - Publication
The Sociology of Truth and Its Consequences, The Democratic Imagination, Rist, R.C. (ed.). Transaction Publishers, New Brunswick N.J. 1994. 225-48. 1994 - Publication
Water and Poverty: Implications for Water Planning, Water Resources Research, Vol. 29, No.7. July. 1993. 1975-81. 1993 - Publication
University of Texas at Dallas [1988–Present]
United States Agency for International Development [1980–1980]
University of Minnesota [1980–1988]
World Bank [1979–1979]
Asian Development Bank [1978–1979]
World Bank [1977–1977]
Haitian Ministry of Finance [1976–1976]
Inter-American Institute of Agricultural Sciences / Inter-American Development Bank [1976–1976]
UN Centre for Human Settlements-Habitat [1974–1976]
Southern California Association of Governments [1973–1973]
Focussing on the Family: The Key to Development Success
2018–2018 speech, National Research Council Luncheon Seminar, National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C., March 1993.
The Political Economy of Education in West Africa
1991–1991 paper, 8th Annual IEES (Incentives to Improve the Efficiency of Educational Systems) International Conference, Nov. 2-4, 1991, Alexandria, Virginia
Cost-Benefit Analysis of Dispositions in the Juvenile Justice System
2000–2000 Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) National Conference, December 12-14, 2000, Washington, D.C.
Social Policy Planning: Problems Looking for Solutions or Solutions Looking for Problems?
2018–2018 paper, 30th Annual Conference of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning, October, 1988, Buffalo, New York.
Decentralization and Democracy in Chad
1994–1994 paper, Workshop on Civil Society, Democracy and Development in Africa, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace Conference Center, June 9-10, 1994, Washington D.C.
University committees (recent)
member, Academic Senate Ad hoc Committee on online surveys, 2011
member, Faculty Senate 2010-2011
member, Institutional Review Board, 2007-2009
member, Committee on Education Policy, 2005-2007
member, University Safety Committee 2000-2002
School activities and committees (recent)
Coordinator, Graduate Certificate in Evaluation Research program, 2009-
member, PAFF Methods Qualifying Examination Committee, 2010-
member, NASPAA Accreditation preparation Committee, 2009-10
member, PPPE Methods Qualifying Examination Committee, 2004-10
member, EPPS Faculty Advisory Committee 2008-10
member, Committee on the MPA Program, 2000-2005
member, Quality Teaching Committee, 2000-2002
Courses developed (recent)
PA 7330 Research Design in Public Affairs, 2011
PA 5319 Management and Practice of International Development, 2009
ECO 4396 History of Economic Ideas, 2009
PA 6341 Urban Development, 2008
ECO 4396 Economics of Religion, 2006
ECO 3315 Economics of Sports 2004
Inadequate training, limited use of safety equipment and a lack of government oversight contribute to deaths and injuries among construction workers in the rapidly developing Arabian Gulf region, also known as the Persian Gulf, a UT Dallas study found.
Three School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
researchers analyzed a sample of 519 incidents and interviewed safety experts to understand the types and causes of construction accidents in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The study was published online in the journal Applied Ergonomics.
Beginning in fall 2017, the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences
(EPPS) will offer a new master’s degree in data analytics and research that focuses on the social sciences.
The interdisciplinary social data analytics and research
degree is designed to meet the demand for graduates who are highly skilled in methods of analysis and research in public, nonprofit and business organizations, said Dr. Simon Fass
, associate professor of public policy and director of the new program.
RICHARDSON, Texas (June 12, 2002) -- Dr. Simon Fass, associate professor of public administration and political economy in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), has been named to the prestigious Senior Specialists Roster of the Fulbright Scholar Program, the U.S. government's flagship program in international educational exchange.
As a result of his five-year appointment, Fass, whose work focuses on social, economic and political development in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, will visit universities overseas for periods of up to six weeks to lecture and conduct collaborative research in the fields of public administration and urban planning.
RICHARDSON, Texas (Dec. 3, 2003) - A professor at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) has received a federal grant to evaluate Dallas County's juvenile drug court program.
Dr. Simon Fass, associate professor of public affairs in UTD's School of Social Sciences, has won an award of $52,000 from the United States Department of Justice to study the effectiveness of the innovative drug court program in reducing juvenile delinquency. Fass' grant is part of a larger award of $500,000 that the Dallas County Juvenile Department will use to fund the court for the next three years.
Juvenile drug courts are intensive, judicially supervised treatment programs intended to reduce substance abuse and delinquency among youth and their families. Under the program, judges impose a range of sanctions and incentives to hold youth - who are subject to frequent drug testing - accountable for their actions. The court approach differs from standard judicial practice wherein a young person violating drug laws might simply get a warning for a first offense, be placed on probation for a second, and along the way receive limited or no counseling and treatment.
RICHARDSON, Texas (Jan. 27, 2004) — Dr. Kimberly Kempf-Leonard and Dr. Bruce Jacobs, two professors of criminology, sociology and political economy in the School of Social Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), have been awarded $72,000 by the state Criminal Justice Division to study how the juvenile justice system in Texas responds to the growing number of girls arrested. The funds are part of a larger federal challenge grant program from the U. S. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.
A goal of the research project will be to help ensure that female juvenile offenders (up to age 16) in the Dallas County Juvenile Justice System are treated equitably and effectively. Specifically, the UTD research will try to determine whether, how, and at which stages there may be differential processing based on gender and to assess current difficulties in the delivery of services for girls and ways in which modifications can make the system better.
Association of Public Policy and Management
National Association of Scholars
American Association of University Professors
Implementation and evaluation of Drug Court Parent Empowerment Program
$233,150 - U.S. Dept. of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Juvenile Accountability Block Grant [2007–2008]
Assessment of efficacy of program to prevent relapse among recovering addicts
$54,000 - U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, SAMHS Administration [2004–2007]
Evaluation of impact of Dallas County Juvenile Drug Court on recidivism
$52,000 - U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance [2003–2006]
Evaluation of effectiveness of substance abuse treatment programs
$27,000 - Dallas County Juvenile Department [2000–2000]
Cost-benefit analysis of juvenile justice system sentencing
$218,000 - U.S. Dept of Justice, National Institute of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention [1997–2000]