Massachusetts State House

Beacon Hill Project to Connect Students with State House

This fall, the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst launches the Beacon Hill Project, a new initiative that will bring SPP students to the Massachusetts State House for an inside look at the policymaking process.

Joya Misra

Misra and Colleagues Find Workplace “Motherhood Penalty” Persists in New Study

For decades, research has shown, mothers in the workforce have earned less than women without children. But as women have achieved higher levels of education and more extensive workplace experience, has that gap closed?

Jackie Brousseau-Pereira Community Salute

Alumna's Dedication to Campus and Region Earns Community Salute

School of Public Policy alumna Jackie Brousseau-Pereira, academic dean and director of first-year seminars at the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, has received a Community Salute in recognition of her positive contributions to campus and the greater western Massachusetts area.

Palista Kharel

SPP Student to Present Research on Technology and Education in Nepal at Conference

Palista Kharel, a UMass Amherst School of Public Policy graduate student, has been invited to present her capstone research project at an Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management (APPAM) conference.

New Policy Fellowships Available for MPP Students

The new Commonwealth Policy Fellowship program at the UMass Amherst School of Public Policy will award grants of $10,000 each to ten incoming students in the one-year Master of Public Policy program.

The fellowships will recognize students for academic excellence and demonstrated leadership potential.  

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) student Hadiya Williams

Accelerated master's student Hadiya Williams charts her journey with guidance from mentors

Hadiya Williams ’18 came to the University of Massachusetts to prepare for medical school, but she found a different path thanks to a network of inspiring mentors. She recently changed her minor in Anthropology to a major, and once she completes her undergraduate work she’ll continue at UMass another year to earn a master’s in public policy (MPP) through the accelerated master’s program.

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) 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.