Why Public Engagement?

As citizens and as scholars, we have an interest in today’s debates about public policy, conversations about the state of the world, and imagining a different future. Read more about the Public Engagement Projects' Mission and Vision

Upcoming Events

March 10, 3-4 PM

Place: ISSR Lab, Bartlett 107


Learn how to write about your research for The Conversation, a digital publication for the general public that publishes commentary and analyses written by academics.  
In this one hour-training, you will learn how to pitch and start writing stories for the Conversation, which reaches millions of readers each month.


Join PEP Fellow Miliann Kang at John Hopkins University on February 17th, 2016!

The US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies invites you to attend a discussion on gender, work and family in South Korea. The panel will provide an overview of gender research on South Korea as well as presentations of in-depth case studies on transnational parenting focused on elite education and gendered politics in the South Korean labor movement.

With presentations from:

Miliann Kang,  Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director,
Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, Sociology and Asian/Asian American Studies, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Gender Inequality and Feminist Research in South Korea

For more information please visit: http://uskoreainstitute.org/events/gender/


PEP Steering Committee Member Linda Tropp Conducts Research on Racially Diverse Schools

Linda Tropp, PEP Steering Committee Member, was mentioned in an article, "3 Ways White Kids Benefit Most From Racially Diverse Schools", published in Mother Jones on January 15th, 2016. Tropp has conducted research on racially diverse schools and has found that skills like cross-cultural collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving, effective communication, reduced racial prejudice, and empathy are best fostered in diverse classrooms. She argues that we need to expand our definition of academic advantages to include these important skills. 

2015 Fellow Paul Collins is quoted in article addressing Ted Cruz's nine trips to the Supreme Court

Paul M. Collins, director of Legal Studies at the University of Massachusetts, was mentioned in an article, "In Nine Trips to Supreme Court, Ted Cruz Saw Mixed Results", published by the Texas Tribune on January 24, 2016. Collins stated that it is very rare for lawyers to argue in front of the Supreme Court, much less to do it nine times. He also adds that arguing a case to the Supreme Court is more of answering many questions so you have to be very sharp on your toes.