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An Interview with Theda Skocpol on American Political Polarization

Deep divisions have led the US to a “very dangerous” political moment, the Harvard sociologist and political scientist said in a School of Public Policy podcast interview.

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School of Public Policy Launches Beacon Hill Project

The program brings students on monthly trips to Boston where they meet with legislators, government officials, and advocacy groups and gain an inside look at the policymaking process. 

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Alumni Profile: Jake Hawkesworth, MPP 2013

"The School of Public Policy has a fantastic alumni network, and it is likely to be one of the most important aspects of the degree. Participate as early and as fully as you can!"

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SPP Kicks Off New Year with Chancellor, Rep. Kulik and Tapestry's Zoll

“The School of Public Policy is preparing future generations for leadership roles in the public and private sectors, both across the commonwealth and around the globe,” said UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

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Fellowship Program Bridges Gap between Food Policy and Science

The only program of its kind in the US, the Food Science Policy Fellowship offers students invaluable experiences and industry connections.

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Fountain Named Among 100 Most Influential in Field of Digital Government

The list, by the global policy platform Apolitical, recognizes people for their influence on the transition to digital governments, whether through policymaking, research, advocacy, or other means.

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Alumni Profile: Liana Ascolese

"SPP’s classes were broadly applicable to many different policy areas. A policy degree opens a lot of doors, and you may not know you have a certain interest until you actually start working, so keep all your options open."

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Rep. Kulik, Tapestry CEO Zoll to Speak at School of Public Policy Kick-off Event

The luncheon event, open to the UMass Amherst community, will also include a welcome from Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy.

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Tropp to Speak at Teaching Tolerance Summit

Teaching Tolerance, a project of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will honor educators at the event.

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Badgett Coauthors Study on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination

The researchers found that the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission provides necessary protections in states without anti-discrimination laws.

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