Alasdair Roberts Named Director of the UMass School of Public Policy

Following a national search, renowned scholar Alasdair Roberts will become the inaugural director of the UMass School of Public Policy effective September 1, 2017.

Tropp Research on Intergroup Contact Featured at April 3rd SPP Faculty Colloquium

Tropp’s talk, “Are We Stronger Together? How Contact Between Groups Transforms Attitudes and Social Relations,” will draw on her years of research examining how contact between groups shapes people’s understandings of social relations and perspectives on social justice.

Fountain Delivers Keynote at E-Governance Conference in India

Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Jane Fountain's keynote, "Political Priorities and Administrative Performance: Building Cross-Agency Capacity," was presented at the 10th International Conference on the Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance. 

SPP Co-Sponsors Talk by MA State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump

Massachusetts State Auditor Suzanne M. Bump will speak at UMass Amherst on Friday March 3rd, 2017 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in S340 Life Science Laboratories (LSL).

Schmidt Discusses Johnson Amendment in The Conversation

SPP Professor of Practice Elizabeth (Betsy) Schmidt's opinion piece, "How much does the Johnson Amendment curtail church freedom?," appeared in the Feb. 19, 2017, issue of The Conversation, an online site that disseminates research by academic experts. 

SPP Student Pamela Dutta '17 Named to Task Force

Dutta, associate director of the UMass Student Legal Services Office, will serve on the Chancellor's Federal Action Task Force to coordinate campus responses to presidential executive orders and related federal policies.

SPP Goes to the Big Apple!

For the first time ever, SPP students went to New York City as part of their annual Professional Development Seminar, visiting the UN, municipal agencies, and various NGOs.

School of Public Policy Collaborating on Science, Technology, and Policy Workshop Series

In this Spring 2017 series of workshops, students will work in interdisciplinary teams to understand the interactions between science and the policy process. 

SPP Lecturer Obed Pasha's Research to be Featured in Two Publications

Pasha's research on performance management systems will be featured in two forthcoming publications.

Badgett, Boutcher Awarded DOL Grant

M.V. Lee Badgett (economics) and Steve Boutcher (sociology and public policy) will use the $249,967 grant to investigate gender identity and sexual orientation discrimination among federal contractors.