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University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) director Alasdair Roberts

Centre for Public Impact interviews Alasdair Roberts about upcoming book

The Centre for Public Impact (CPI) recently spoke with SPP Director Alasdair Roberts about his upcoming book, Can Government Do Anything Right?, on its podcast. Speaking with CPI's Katie Rose, Roberts explains the reason for the book, and how governments are able to make an impact.

"It's a reaction to the wave of writing about the apparent crisis of government in Western democracies particularly, and it's intended to be a bit of a reality check," explains Roberts.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

Fountain Speaks on Information Technology and Innovation at the World Bank

Jane Fountain, distinguished university professor of political science and public policy, and department chair of political science, delivered an invited lecture, “Using Technology to Change Public Administration,” at the World Bank in Washington, D.C. on November 8, 2017.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy hiring Communications Manager

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is accepting applications for a full-time communications manager. The chosen candidate will be responsible for management of School of Public Policy's external communications and alumni relations and for writing for a variety of media, both printed and electronic, including feature stories for SPP publications such as newsletters, brochures, annual reports and the SPP website and social media.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) alum Kyle Wedberg

Alum Kyle Wedberg ’00 (MPA) honored with national award for his work leading arts training center in New Orleans

The Arts School Network (ASN), which is the largest professional organization of arts schools, is honoring Kyle Wedberg ’00 (Masters of Public Administration) with the Jeffrey Lawrence Award. Wedberg is the President and CEO of the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), a performing and visual arts high school for students from across Louisiana. NOCCA counts many notable artists among its alums, including jazz musicians Wynton and Branford Marsalis, Harry Connick, Jr., and Terence Blanchard.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

Spotlight Scholar M.V. Lee Badgett fights for LGBT rights and measures the cost of discrimination

When economist M.V. Lee Badgett published her 1995 study on the wage gap faced by gay men and lesbians, there was nothing like it in the field. In fact, conventional wisdom held just the opposite.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Jane Fountain

Jane Fountain elected to Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration

Photo credit: John Solem for UMass Amherst

Jane Fountain, distinguished university professor of political science and public policy and chair of the Department of Political Science, has been elected to the Board of Directors of the National Academy of Public Administration.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty David Mednicoff speaks about Iran Nuclear Deal

This Week at the School of Public Policy

Faculty at the UMass School of Public Policy are undertaking vital research to offer solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. These faculty are avid writers and researchers who are often called upon by press for their expertise. Below is a summary of recent publications and interviews of our faculty.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students met with alum Rebecca Richards

Alum Rebecca Richards ’84 (Political Science) visits campus, speaks with class about working at the National Security Agency

From left: SPP students and Rebecca Richards during a question and answer session.
Photo Credits: Matthew Medeiros / University of Massachusetts Amherst

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) Professor Lee Badgett

Badgett among faculty honored by university at convocation

Courtesy of University of Massachusetts Office of External Relations and University Events

Professor M.V. Lee Badgett, who holds a joint position in Economics and the School of Public Policy will be honored along with seven others at the University’s Faculty Convocation at 2 pm on October 11, in the Campus Center Auditorium.

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is located in Thompson Hall

School of Public Policy returns to Thompson Hall

The School of Public Policy (SPP) at the University of Massachusetts Amherst has moved to Thompson Hall from its former spaces across campus in Gordon Hall. All of SPP’s core faculty and staff are now located on the second floor of Thompson. SPP began there in 1998, when what was then called the Center for Public Policy and Administration was established.

“This move will strengthen our relationships with departments located nearby,” explains SPP Director Alasdair Roberts. “Our work is interdisciplinary, so everything the school does is focused on collaboration."

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