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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.

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."

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) students

UMass School of Public Policy welcomes diverse and accomplished class for 2017-18

The University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) is welcoming another large class for this academic year, with forty-three students newly registered in its accelerated and two-year master’s programs. Combined with other full- and part-time enrollment, the SPP community now includes almost 70 student members.

The University of Massachusetts welcomes Gina McCarthy to campus Sept. 10, 2017

Former EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy to speak on campus on Sept. 10

-- Via UMass News & Media Relations

Gina McCarthy, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under former President Barack Obama, will give the keynote address to the North East Graduate Student Water Symposium (NEGSWS) on Sunday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. in the Engineering Lab II auditorium at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The event is free and open to the public.

Governor Charlie Baker signing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act into law

UMass School of Public Policy alum celebrates passage of legislation that originated from her graduate studies

Laura Sylvester, MPPA/MPH ’16, traveled to the Massachusetts State House in Boston on July 27 to celebrate Governor Baker signing a bill she helped create and shape as a graduate student -- the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act.

Elena Kvochko '10 climbs on Mount Everest for charity

She traveled to Kathmandu, Nepal and onward up the Nepali side of Mount Everest as part of a charity challenge to raise awareness for Refugees International

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