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Joya Misra’s Article in The Conversation on Paid Parental Leave and Child Care in the U.S. is Updated with Recent Data and Republished

An article originally published in The Conversation on April 19, 2018 by Provost Professor of Sociology and Public Policy Joya Misra was updated with more recent data. Misra’s article discusses the lack of paid parental leave and child care in the U.S. and how it may explain the growing gender gap in labor force participation rates and why the U.S. is no longer a leader in women’s workforce participation. Her extensive research on the topic indicates that when governments invest in child care and maternity leave, it fosters a more productive, healthy and creative workforce.

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Boston Film Festival Features Documentary with Professor Sharrow

The Herricanes, a documentary detailing the history of the first women's full tackle football league in the 1970s, screened at the Boston Film Festival on May 5th. Professor Libby Sharrow (SPP & History) is featured as an expert on Title IX in the film and appeared in a post-screening Q&A. The documentary has been featured at dozens of film festivals around the country and has won many juried prizes.

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Ethan Zuckerman Publishes NY Times Guest Essay on Third Party Extensions, Online Civic Life, and Meta Lawsuit

Ethan Zuckerman, associate professor of public policy, communication, and information, published a guest essay in the New York Times titled, “I Love Facebook. That’s Why I’m Suing Meta.” In the May 5, 2024 essay, Zuckerman argues for a more public-minded internet infrastructure through the use of different browser extensions.

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SPP Top Ranked in Public Affairs among Massachusetts Public Universities, Third Overall in New England

The School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is again in the top 20% of public affairs programs in the United States, according to the newly released U.S. News & World Report Public Affairs Graduate School rankings. SPP ranks No. 1 among public affairs programs at public universities in Massachusetts, No. 2 overall in the Commonwealth, and is No. 3 among all programs in New England.

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SPP and UMass iCons Collaborate on New Policy Option for Undergraduates

In fall 2023, the UMass iCons Program introduced a new policy option for the 3rd-year “laboratory” requirement. In collaboration with the School of Public Policy (SPP), iCons students were eligible to take SPP 312 – Making a Difference: Policies and Strategies for Social Change. This course provided an opportunity for iCons students to explore policy and societal impact on problems related to the two iCons tracks of Biomedicine or Renewable Energy. This collaboration emphasizes the intersection of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) with policy, paving the way for a diverse generation of change-makers.

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Brad Riley appointed to the Advisory Commission on Local Government for the Healey Administration

Brad Riley, MPPA ’22, was recently appointed as an advisor to the Advisory Commission on Local Government for the Healey Administration. He will represent the cities within Franklin, Hampshire, Hampden, and Berkshire counties while on the commission. In addition to his new role, Brad is a Senior Research Associate with the Center for Intergovernmental Partnerships at the National Academy of Public Administration and serves as a City Councilor At-Large for the City of Easthampton, Massachusetts.

We caught up with Brad recently to learn more about his passion for and experience in local government, his work for the commission, and tips he has for students looking to make an impact in this area.

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Juniper Katz Named 2024 Roosevelt Institute Climate Policy Fellow

Juniper Katz, Assistant Professor in the School of Public Policy, has been named Climate Policy Fellow at the Roosevelt Institute’s policy research think tank in recognition and support of her expertise and contributions on community engagement in relation to land use and conservation and challenges of the renewable energy transition. Affiliated with the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library and Museum, the think tank addresses issues including labor and wages, corporate and public power, and the economics of gender and race inequality. 

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MPPA Alum and MassDOT Manager of Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Activities Derek Krevat Featured in New England Public Media Story

Derek Krevat, MPPA-MRP alumni, was recently interviewed on New England Public Media on MassDOT’s vision for the future of transportation in Massachusetts in 2050.

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Libby Sharrow Awarded Outstanding Book Award for Equality Unfulfilled: How Title IX’s Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports

Elizabeth Sharrow, Associate Professor of Public Policy and History at the School of Public Policy, University of Massachusetts Amherst, and James Druckman, Payson S. Wild Professor at Northwestern University have received a 2024 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award for Equality Unfulfilled. How Title IX’s Policy Design Undermines Change to College Sports (Cambridge University Press, 2023).

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Brenda K. Bushouse Slated to Give a Talk at the Urban Institute

Associate professor Brenda K. Bushouse will give a talk at the Urban Institute in Washington D.C. on Friday, April 19 at The Future of Nonprofit Regulation in the United States Symposium. Bushouse and Political Science Ph.D. student Santiago Virguëz will present on the topic of data and research tools for regulatory analysis.