The University of Massachusetts Amherst


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SPP Current Graduate Student Q&A: Darby Larkin

First & Last Name: 

Darby Larkin

SPP Grad Year:

May 2023!

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SPP Top Ranked in Massachusetts among Public Universities, Second Overall in New England in Latest Rankings

The School of Public Policy at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the university’s flagship campus, is in the top 20% of public affairs programs in the United States. SPP is ranked No. 1 among public affairs programs at public universities in Massachusetts and tied at No. 2 among all programs, at public or private universities, across New England according to the latest U.S. News & World Report Public Affairs Graduate School rankings.

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SPP Alumni Profile: Jada Harris

Title: Analyst, Strategic Research

Employer: EAB

Degree & graduation year: Master of Public Policy, 2021

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Undergraduates learn how to make change

Professor Betsy Schmidt will teach Making a Difference (SPP390MD) this fall 2023.

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Zuckerman quoted in the New York Times

Ethan Zuckerman, Associate Professor of Public Policy, Communication, and Information and Computer Sciences, was quoted in last week’s article in the New York Times titled “The Future of Social Media Is a Lot Less Social.” The article, authored by Brian X. Chen in the Tech Fix column, discusses the evolution of major social media platforms towards commercialization and the possibilities of a smaller, more decentralized social media environment centering on smaller communities.

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Katie McDermott appears on podcast about educational testing

Katie McDermott, professor of education and public policy, recently was a featured guest on an episode of the "Have You Heard" podcast.

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Katz Invited to Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civic Society

In May, SPP’s Juniper Katz will attend the first annual Civil Society and Sustainability conference hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society in partnership with the Doerr School of Sustainability.

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Viviana Chiu Sik Wu and Kelsey Shoub Named Institute for Social Science Research Scholars

With support from ISSR and their departments, this year's Scholars will participate in a year-long biweekly seminar that helps each of them develop a strong research grant proposal. 

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Undergraduate Spotlight: Conor de Leeuw

Conor de Leeuw ’25 loves music and wants to ensure there is a future for artists to thrive. As a student in the Public Policy undergraduate program, the hope is to do just that.

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SPP Alumni Profile: Michael Hamel

Title: Chief Information Officer

Employer: City of Worcester, MA

Degree & graduation year: Master of Public Policy and Administration, 2007