The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Boltwood Project Welcomes Policy Undergraduates

The Boltwood Project is a civic engagement and leadership program led by UMass Amherst students. The organization provides positive, enriching activities for adults and children with intellectual or physically diverse abilities.

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Alumni Keshecki at SXSW 2023

At this year's South by Southwest, Tamara Keshecki MPP ’20 was a panelist at a session on the Economic Impact of Live Entertainment.

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Social Justice through Education Policy

Rachel Khanna MPP ’23 has a passion for education policy. Her experience in the sector includes service as a legislative specialist for the Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) and as a policy intern for Senator Jo Comerford focusing primarily on funding and equity policies related to the pandemic.

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Zuckerman in Prospect on AI's Impact on the Internet

In a recent article for Prospect Magazine, SPP's Ethan Zuckerman dives into the grim future of the internet where artificial intelligence makes the web's notorious issue worse: junk.

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SPP Faculty at the Helm of the Institute for Social Science Research

One of SPP's key strengths lies in the research excellence of its faculty.

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Goldberg Works Toward Equitable Policy in Boston

Clara Goldberg MPP ’23 has served as a legislative aide to Boston City Councilor Kendra Lara in the 6th congressional district for nearly a year.

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SPP Alumni Profile: Michael Duffy

Title: Consultant

Noteworthy Past Positions:
Deputy Assistant Secretary/Chief Information Officer, U.S. Department of the Treasury
Chief Operating Officer, DRT Strategies, Inc.

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Tropp Featured in the Psychologist on Social Policy Impact

In an article published this month in The Psychologist, SPP Faculty Associate Linda Tropp tackles the application of psychology research to social policy. Tropp questions why researchers in her field have had limited "real-world" social relevance despite the work's potentially meaningful impact.

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Ann Harvey Brings Counseling Background to Policy Education

Ann Harvey MPPA ’23 has cared about mental wellness, especially for young people, for many years.

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Shoub on Policing Evaluation

In a recent paper, Kelsey Shoub and coauthors question how the public evaluates police departments across a variety of metrics—including degrees of diversity. They find that, at the extremes, diversity can influence evaluations but effects are muted compared to policy and performance.