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

Political Science alum Rebecca Richards ’84 met with a full room of students from the University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) to discuss the policy implications of her work as Director of Civil Liberties and Privacy for the US National Security Agency (NSA). Richards' visit to campus on October 4 was sponsored by the Eleanor Bateman Alumni Scholar in Residence program.

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

Stetson ’18 (MPP) invited to speak at Massachusetts Democratic Convention

Earlier this year Stetson ran for one of the seats in the town of Amherst’s delegation, winning the race, and securing a seat at this year’s statewide gathering of Democratic activists.

Corrado '18 Authors Post About Pollinators

SPP Keel Fellow Danielle Corrado, a summer intern at the International Food Information Council Foundation, penned a piece in @FoodInsight about the importance of pollinators to our food system. Learn more.