Breast Cancer

My research on breast cancer screening among older Hispanic women has been funded by the AARP's Andrus Foundation, the University of Arizona Cancer Center, the Centers for Disease Control, and the National Cancer Institute.

First we conducted large scale surveys of knowledge, attitudes, and practices of breast cancer screening in the Hispanic community in Arizona, Texas, and California. Then we designed a community-based program to increase screening in Tucson. Finally, we have created a multi-media workshop to stimulate acceptance of breast cancer screening in the community in El Paso and Long Beach.

My latest project is to investigate the organizational characteristics that contribute to the success of new public-private-non-profit breast cancer collaboratives in LA and Orange Counties.

Longman, A., M. Saint-Germain, and M. Modiano. "Utilization of Breast Cancer Screening by Older Hispanic Women." Public Health Nursing 9 (2) June 1992: 118-124.

Saint-Germain, M., and A. Longman. "Preventive Health Care for Older Women: The Case of Breast Cancer Screening." In M. K. Mills and R. Blank, eds., Risk, Allocation and Equity: Health Insurance and Public Policy. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1992, 173-191.

Fajardo L., M. Saint-Germain, C. Rose, and B. Hillman. "Factors Associated with the Use of Screening Mammography." Radiology 184 (1) July 1992: 59-63.

Saint-Germain, M. and A. Longman. "Breast Cancer Screening among Older Hispanic Women: Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices." Health Education Quarterly 20(4), Winter 1993.

Saint-Germain, M. and A. Longman. "Resignation and Resourcefulness: Older Hispanic Women's Responses to Breast Cancer." In S. E. Cayleff and B. Bair, eds., Wings of Gauze: Women of Color and the Experience of Health and Illness. Detroit: Wayne State University Press, 1993, pp.257-272.

Saint-Germain, M. "A Methodological Comparison of Focus Group Interviews and Survey Interviews." EGAD Quarterly 1993.

Saint-Germain, M., T. Bassford, and G. Montano. "Focus Groups and Surveys in Health Research with Older Hispanic Women." Qualitative Health Research 3(3), 1993:341-367.

Saint-Germain, M. "The Effects of a Multi-Media Workshop on Older Hispanic Women's Perceptions of Breast Cancer Screening." Under review by the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.

Used Oil Recycling

Working with Jeff A. Camera (MPA student), we are undertaking a comprehensive analysis of the system of oil purchase, use, and disposal by boat owners in the Long Beach area. We are conducting surveys of boat owners' awareness and practice of oil recycling. We are also determining what public and private opportunities there are for used motor boat oil recycling. We will be making recommendations to improve the rate of recycling by boaters. This project is funded by the California Integrated Waste Management Board.

Central America

For the past 10 years I have been interviewing women who are elected to the national legislatures in five Central American republics--Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. This research has been supported by the Tinker Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the University of Arizona, the University of Texas at El Paso, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. I am currently working on a book based on the lives of these women.

Saint-Germain, M. "Nicaragua: Economic Policies and Measures to Confront the World Economic Crisis and the Aggression," A report written for presentation to the XV Meeting of the Latin American Center for Development Administration, Lima, Peru, 1985.

Saint-Germain, M. "Women in Politics in Nicaragua." International Directory of Women Political Leaders. University of Maryland, 1991.

Saint-Germain, M., and M. Morgan. "Equality: Costa Rican Women Demand 'The Real Thing.'" Women & Politics 11(3) Fall 1991:23-74.

Saint-Germain, M. "Women in Power in Nicaragua: Myth and Reality." In M. Genovese, ed., Women Heads of State. Newbury Park: Sage, 1993: pp.70-102.

Saint-Germain, M. "Women's Paths to Power in the National Legislatures of Costa Rica and Nicaragua." Women's Studies International Forum 16, No. 2, 1993: 119-138.

Saint-Germain, M. "A Mother of the Country: Central American Women Legislators." Proceedings of the V International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women, San Jose, Costa Rica: February 1993.

Saint-Germain, M. "Female and Minority Representation in the National Legislatures of Costa Rica and Nicaragua." In W. Rule and J. F. Zimmerman, eds., Comparative Electoral Systems. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1994, pp.211-221.

Saint-Germain, M. "Review Article: Women and Democratization." Policy Sciences 27, 1994:269-276.

Saint-Germain, M. "Mujeres '94: Democratic Transition and the Women's Movement in El Salvador." Women & Politics 18(2), 1997:75-99.

Instructional Technology

For the past 5 years I have been working on developing new ways of teaching using new computer technology. This research has been supported by the University of Texas at El Paso and California State University Long Beach. I have developed an interactive tutorial for students to help them learn about the field of public policy and administration. You can try the tutorial at any time.

Saint-Germain, M. "A Three-Part Approach to Computer Literacy for MPA Graduates." In Education for the Public Service. New York: Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse University, 1985.

Saint-Germain, M. "Creating Interactive Case Studies for Public Administration." In Proceedings of the 19th Annual Conference on Teaching Public Administration." Savannah, GA., 1996.

Saint-Germain, M. "Integrating Hyper-Media into Classroom Instruction: Developing a Non-Linear Teaching Style." In Proceedings of the 20th Annual Conference on Teaching Public Administration. Richmond, VA, March 6-8, 1997.

Saint-Germain, M. "Transforming Case Study Methodology with Interactive, Multi-Media Software." Journal of Public Administration Education 3(2), 1977:297-292. In Special Issues Section on Experiential Teaching and Learning in Public Administration Education.

Saint-Germain, M. "Does New Media Software Improve MPA Student Performance?" Manuscript accepted for publication by Public Productivity and Management Review.

US-Mexico Border

I interviewed public managers who work on the border in cities in the United States and in Mexico. This project was supported by the University of Arizona, the University of Texas at El Paso, and by the Fulbright Border Lecturer Program. I found many similarities but also crucial differences in public management between U.S. and Mexican municipal managers. I have taught courses in Spanish at the Nicaraguan Institute of Public Administration and the Universidad Aut¢noma de Ciudad Juarez in comparative U.S.- Mexican public administration and public policy.

Saint-Germain, M., J. G. de Zapien, and C. A. Denman Ch. "Estratgias de atenci¢n a hijos de obreras de las plantas asembladoras de la frontera." Revista de El Colegio de Sonora A¤o IV, Vol. 1, N£m, 5, 1993:77-93.

Saint-Germain, M. "Problems and Opportunities for Cooperation among Public Managers on the U.S.- Mexico Border." American Review of Public Administration 25(2), June 1995:93-117.

Saint-Germain, M. "So Near and Yet So Far? Similarities and Differences among Public Managers on the U.S.- Mexico Border." Public Administration Review 55(6), November/December 1995:507-516.

Saint-Germain, M. "Re-presenting the Public Interest on the U.S.- Mexico Border." In K. Staudt and David Spener, eds., The U.S.- Mexico Border: Transcending Divisions, Contesting Identities. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner Publishers (forthcoming, 1998).


I have worked at several universities to encourage women and minority students to major in math, science and engineering. At the University of Arizona we started a mentoring program to improve retention rates for women students. We were funded by the Eisenhower Math and Science Funds to train middle school science teachers to use "Family Science" to increase female and minority participation in science. And I have participated in the annual "Expanding Your Horizons" Conference to bring 7th grade girls to see science programs at universities.

Another interest is the impact of women on public policy. I studied the different in public policy enacted in the Arizona Legislature over a 20-year period, to determine whether increasing percentages of women produced any changes. We also conducted a comprehensive study of women and health care in Arizona for the Soroptomist International club.

Stiehm, J., with Saint-Germain, M. Men, Women and State Violence: Government and the Military. Washington, D.C.: American Political Science Association, 1983.

Ahn, K. and Saint-Germain, M. "Public Administration Education and the Status of Women." American Review of Public Administration: 18, 1988: 297-307.

Saint-Germain, M. "Does Their Difference Make a Difference? The Impact of Women on Public Policy in the Arizona Legislature." Social Science Quarterly 70(4) 1989:956-958.

Marston, S. and M. Saint-Germain. "The Impact of Women in Neighborhood Organizations on Urban Planning." Geoforum 22(2) 1991:223-236.

R. M. Kelly, M. Saint-Germain, and J. Horn. "Female Public Officials: A Different Voice?" Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 515, May 1991:77-87.

Saint-Germain, M. "Patterns of Legislative Opportunity in Arizona: Sex, Race, and Ethnicity." In W. Rule and J. F. Zimmerman, eds., The Impact of U.S. Electoral Systems on Minorities and Women. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1992, 119-128.

Public Policy

Saint-Germain, M. and R. Calamia. "Three Strikes and You're In: A Streams and Windows Model of Incremental Policy Change." Journal of Criminal Justice 24(1), 1996:1-14.

Saint-Germain, M. "Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System." In Mark Daniels, ed., Medicaid and the American States: The Politics of Managed Care. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing/Auburn House (forthcoming, 1998).

MPA Programs

MPA programs must be re-accredited every seven years. I have worked on the producers to obtain accreditation at the University of Texas at El Paso. At Cal State Long Beach, I have worked on the curriculum revision that will take effect in Fall 1998. And I helped to design a new MPA Program at the Nicaraguan Institute of Public Administration.

Saint-Germain, M. "Programa de Formaci¢n de Cuadros en Organizaci¢n y Planificaci¢n Administrativa." Curriculum for graduate study at the Nicaraguan Institute of Public Administration, 1985.

Saint-Germain, M. Self-Study Report of the Master in Public Administration Program at the University of Texas at El Paso, September 1, 1994. Submitted to the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration for the Committee on Peer Review and Accreditation.