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University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty Kathryn McDermott

McDermott Recipient of Spencer Foundation Mid-Career Grant

Kathryn McDermott (education and public policy) will spend 2016-17 investigating how social psychological research about racial bias might inform education policy.

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Ash, Badgett Featured in Boston Globe Article on UMass Economics

Professors of Economics and Public Policy Michael Ash and Lee Badgett discuss their work as heterodox economists in a recent issue of the Boston Globe.

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"Fighting for Democracy in the Digital Age" Explores Opportunities, Challenges

Do new media technologies enhance opportunities for citizen participation? On March 8, three experts--Candace Clement (Free Press), Brandi Collins (ColorOfChange), and Ethan Zuckerman (MIT) will weigh in on that question. Jane Fountain moderates.

Jane Fountain

Fountain Participates in World Government Summit in Dubai

Jane Fountain, Distinguished University Professor of Political Science and Public Policy, was an invited participant in the 4th World Government Summit held Feb. 8-10, 2016, meeting with leaders and policymakers from across the globe.

David Mednicoff

Mednicoff Featured in The Conversation

CPPA faculty member David Mednicoff's piece, "Five Years of War in Syria: Five Lessons Western Leaders Haven't Learned," is reaching audiences around the globe through The Conversation. 

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2016 Washington D.C. Trip Rewarding for CPPA Students

Each year CPPA graduate students visit Washington, DC as part of the Professional Development Seminar or Prosem. The Prosem has become an integral part of both the MPPA and MPP curriculum.

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Panel Series "Strategies for Change: Lessons from Springfield Leaders" to Start in February

Community leaders from the city of Springfield are coming to the UMass campus this semester for a series of four panels entitled "Strategies for Change: Lessons from Springfield Leaders." All panels will take place from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. on Thursdays in the Campus Center rooms 805-09. 

Brenda Bushouse

Bushouse Kicks off Spring 2016 Faculty Colloquium

Professor Brenda Bushouse will discuss "100 Years of Mobilizing for Children in the U.S." at CPPA's faculty colloquium on Monday, February 1, from 12:15-1:15 p.m. in Thompson 620. The event is free and open to the public.

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Badgett Publishes New Book on Public Engagement in Higher Ed

Badgett's book, The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World, will be celebrated at a reading and event on Wednesday, January 27, from 4-6 p.m. in the UMass Campus Center (Amherst Room, 10th Floor).

Joya Misra

Misra Named 2016-17 Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow

Joya Misra, professor of sociology and public policy, will spend her fellowship year examining academic and professional outcomes for UMass graduate students of color.