School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy prepares students to solve problems for the common good and become leaders in the nonprofit, public, and private sectors.

The UMass Amherst School of Public Policy offers one- and two-year graduate degrees in public policy and administration, as well as dual-degree programs in higher education, regional planning, public health, and business administration.

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12/24/2020
Another 2020 highlight at the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst: the incredible lineup of policy experts, researc...
12/24/2020

Another 2020 highlight at the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst: the incredible lineup of policy experts, researchers & political leaders who Zoomed in to speak to the SPP students & community, including former MA Gov. Deval Patrick, voting rights expert Gilda Daniels, Author, social justice/policing policy expert Brandi Blessett & State Representative Mindy Domb. We're grateful to them & all our guests this year!

Today's 2020 SPP highlight: hosting a beta NASPAA/Batten Student Simulation Competition last winter. The exciting daylon...
12/23/2020
School of Public Policy Hosts Sustainability Competition | School of Public Policy (SPP) | UMass Amherst

Today's 2020 SPP highlight: hosting a beta NASPAA/Batten Student Simulation Competition last winter. The exciting daylong event brought together students from across UMass Amherst to use their creativity to develop sustainable transportation policy.
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Students from across UMass Amherst campus spent a day tackling the crucial question of how to create sustainable cities during a recent beta test of the NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition, hosted by the School of Public Policy.

SPP Student of the Day: Devinne Melecki, MPPA/MPR, Amherst, MAWhy I’m studying public policy: I want to contribute to a ...
12/23/2020

SPP Student of the Day: Devinne Melecki, MPPA/MPR, Amherst, MA
Why I’m studying public policy: I want to contribute to a more just, equitable, & sustainable world. In my experience, one good way to facilitate change is to first learn the rules of the game before seeking to bend or re-write them.
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"Important elements of Trumpism will continue to have political force in coming years. Attempts by the Biden administrat...
12/22/2020
Dysfunction by Design: Trumpism as Administrative Doctrine by Donald Moynihan, Alasdair S. Roberts :: SSRN

"Important elements of Trumpism will continue to have political force in coming years. Attempts by the Biden administration to restore administrative capabilities will be constrained by these political realities."
From a new paper coauthored by School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Director Alasdair Roberts.
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The administration of President Donald Trump caused widespread damage to administrative capabilities of the American federal government. Actions of the adminis

"The right of girls and women to compete on sports teams has endured 50 years of policy debate. With more young people n...
12/22/2020
How high school sports became the latest battleground over transgender rights

"The right of girls and women to compete on sports teams has endured 50 years of policy debate. With more young people now identifying as transgender, whether transgender girls can compete on girls high school teams has risen to the forefront of these discussions. The expansion of competitive sports for girls and women – both internationally and in the U.S. – has heightened scrutiny of who 'belongs' on girls and women’s teams."
From a new article by Prof. Elizabeth Sharrow of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst & UMass Department of History, in The Conversation US.
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New legislative proposals want to allow 'sex testing' of girl athletes through genital exams and genetic and hormone testing.

Another 2020 highlight at the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst: a reorganization plan that brought us 5 new facu...
12/22/2020

Another 2020 highlight at the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst: a reorganization plan that brought us 5 new faculty members — Juniper Katz, Thad Miller, Libby Sharrow, Vivian Wu and Ethan Zuckerman — and saw several long-time members moving their tenure homes into SPP, bringing our total to 20 faculty!
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We don't need to tell you that 2020 has been ... challenging. But as the year comes to an end, we're also feeling gratef...
12/21/2020

We don't need to tell you that 2020 has been ... challenging. But as the year comes to an end, we're also feeling grateful for the many things wonderful things that have happened here at SPP. Today's good thing: Exciting research collaborations that are bringing students, alums and faculty together to study the effects of the pandemic.
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Prof. Katie McDermott of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst & College of Education UMass Amherst & colleagues ...
12/21/2020
How the Biden Administration Can Restore Civil Rights in Ed. Policy (Opinion)

Prof. Katie McDermott of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst & College of Education UMass Amherst & colleagues look at rollbacks to civil-rights education policies under the Trump administration and offer policy recommendation for the Biden administration, in a new article in Education Week.
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Reversing Trump administration cuts to civil rights protections should be a top priority for President-elect Joe Biden, write five researchers.

SAVE THE DATE: School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Info Session, Thursday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m on ZoomMeet current stude...
12/19/2020

SAVE THE DATE: School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Info Session, Thursday, Jan. 21, 4 p.m on Zoom
Meet current students & admissions staff & learn about our one- & two-year master's programs. Grants available. Full- & part-time options. GRE not required.
RSVP: http://bit.ly/sppinfosessionJan21

"While his mother recalls the sheriff from 2012 with some gratitude for his understanding that day, he cannot manage to ...
12/18/2020
Is There Such a Thing as a Humane Eviction?

"While his mother recalls the sheriff from 2012 with some gratitude for his understanding that day, he cannot manage to see it that way. The sheriff, Mr. Scalona said, is executing a system that is targeting and harming poor people. 'The person I associate with delivering that eviction notice wasn’t the mortgage company,' he said. 'It was the sheriff.'”
SPP grad student Tim Scalona is featured in a The New York Times article about the eviction crisis during the COVID-19 pandemic. Tim, the campus student rep to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees, is an advocate for low-income students and families, drawing on his own family's experiences.
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As a bulge of evictions looms, a Massachusetts sheriff is searching for ways to soften the blow.

Congratulations to our fabulous School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst summer & fall semester graduates! And welcome t...
12/17/2020

Congratulations to our fabulous School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst summer & fall semester graduates! And welcome to the SPP alumni community!

• Matthew Brown, MPPA
• Yiho Choi, MPP
• Michael Crowley, MPP
• Julia Engel, MPP
• Isabella Epshtein, MPP
• Kate Fletcher, MPP
• Kaleigh Kennedy, MPP
• Elizabeth Murphy, MPP
• Tobiah Passett, MPP
• Maureen Peterson, MPP
• Samuel Rusling-Flynn, MPP
• Erin Shea, MPP
• Alexander Shum, MPP
• Heather Wilder, MPP
• Emma Zack, MPP

#SPPPride #WeAreSPP

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SPP Student of the Day: Rachel Mann, 4+1 MPP, Leverett, MA.Why I’m studying public policy: To help facilitate the disman...
12/17/2020

SPP Student of the Day: Rachel Mann, 4+1 MPP, Leverett, MA.
Why I’m studying public policy: To help facilitate the dismantling of global white supremacy!
My policy interests are: Foreign aid in Sub-Saharan Africa, education in USA, anti-racist policy.
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12/16/2020

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12/15/2020
Frongillo for Franklin

We ❤️ this video of School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst alum Cobi Frongillo, class of '19, being sworn in as the newest member of the #FranklinMA Town Council!
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Tonight, we celebrate. Thankful.

12/15/2020

We ❤️ this video of School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst alum Cobi Frongillo, class of '19, being sworn in as the newest member of the #FranklinMA Town Council!
#SPPPride

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Congratulations to alum Fran Hutchins (SPP '13), newly named executive director of Equality Federation! We're so proud o...
12/15/2020
Equality Federation Names Fran Hutchins as New Executive Director - Equality Federation

Congratulations to alum Fran Hutchins (SPP '13), newly named executive director of Equality Federation! We're so proud of alums like Fran who are dedicated to social justice & equity! #WeAreSPP #SPPPride
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Today, Equality Federation announced that Fran Hutchins, the organization’s current Deputy Director, will lead the organization as Executive Director starting January 1, 2021.

ICYMI: A Star Tribune op-ed by Prof. Libby Sharrow of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst & UMass Department of...
12/14/2020
OPINION EXCHANGE | Pitting men's and women's sports against each other at the U is wrong

ICYMI: A Star Tribune op-ed by Prof. Libby Sharrow of the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst & UMass Department of History, on tensions at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities over the pandemic's effects on its sport programs. Sharrow, an alum and former student athlete at the university, has done extensive research on Title IX and gender equity in sports.
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Mark Coyle is hiding behind this claim, pitting men's and women's sports against each other.

Thank you to all the alums, students, faculty, staff & friends who donated to the School of Public Policy at UMass Amher...
12/14/2020

Thank you to all the alums, students, faculty, staff & friends who donated to the School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst during #SBSTogether, helping us raise almost $4,300 for internship grants! Your support of SPP students means the world to us! And special thanks to Laura McHugh & alum Jeff Hofer '11, whose generous challenge gift helped inspire even more donations to SPP!
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What's it like to be a grad student at School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst? Jessica Avery, MPPA '22, offers a sneak...
12/14/2020

What's it like to be a grad student at School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst? Jessica Avery, MPPA '22, offers a sneak peek today on SPP's Instagram (spp_umass)!
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Internships help School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students envision their exciting futures in public service. Yo...
12/11/2020

Internships help School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students envision their exciting futures in public service. Your gift to SPP during #SBSTogether will go to internship funds, helping all students access the kind of opportunity Shannon had. To give: bit.ly/spp-together

SPP Student of the Day: Sophie Korpics, 4+1 MPP, Newburyport, MAWhy I’m studying public policy: I am hoping to help draf...
12/10/2020

SPP Student of the Day: Sophie Korpics, 4+1 MPP, Newburyport, MA
Why I’m studying public policy: I am hoping to help draft policy for individuals with disabilities, focusing on education.
In five years I hope to be: Working for an organization (private or public) that strives to improve equity in education.
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Internships open new worlds for School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students. Your gift to SPP during #SBSTogether ...
12/10/2020

Internships open new worlds for School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students. Your gift to SPP during #SBSTogether will provide internship grants to students like Nujhat. To give: bit.ly/spp-together

Internships allow School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students to enjoy incredible professional opportunities as th...
12/08/2020

Internships allow School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students to enjoy incredible professional opportunities as they plan their future careers. Your gift to SPP during #SBSTogether will go to internship grants, giving students like Jake these kinds of opportunities. To give: bit.ly/spp-together

Ten School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students join 20 other Umass-Amherst students in the United Nations Global ...
12/07/2020
SPP Partners with UN on Global Sustainability Course | School of Public Policy (SPP) | UMass Amherst

Ten School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students join 20 other Umass-Amherst students in the United Nations Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, focused on ecosystem-based climate adaptation.
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Ten UMass Amherst School of Public Policy students are taking part in the UN Global Sustainable Solutions Winter School, a ten-week course focused on ecosystem-based climate adaptation and disaster risk reduction that kicked off December 3, 2020.

Internships allow School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students to explore their interests & gain invaluable real-wo...
12/06/2020

Internships allow School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students to explore their interests & gain invaluable real-world experiences. Your gift to SPP during #SBSTogether will support internship grants, allowing students like Olivia these incredible opportunities. To give: bit.ly/spp-together

"As a product of two generations of Franklin public servants and an advanced student of public policy, I am actively com...
12/06/2020
23-year-old research analyst wins Franklin Town Council by a landslide

"As a product of two generations of Franklin public servants and an advanced student of public policy, I am actively committed to community engagement, protection of Franklin’s character and quality of life, and strategic planning around long-term sustainable development.”
Congratulations to Cobi Frongillo, SPP '19, on his election to the Franklin, MA, Town Council!
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In a four-way race for Franklin Town Council, the youngest candidate won the race by getting more than half of the votes cast.

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students use what they learn in the classroom & during internships & other prac...
12/04/2020

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst students use what they learn in the classroom & during internships & other practical experiences to make positive change for the common good. Your gift to SPP during #SBSTogether will provide internship grants to students like Ayla, ensuring they have these kinds of opportunities. To give: bit.ly/spp-together

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Prof. Thad Miller speaks on "Infrastructure as Knowledge Enterprises" at the In...
12/04/2020

School of Public Policy at UMass Amherst Prof. Thad Miller speaks on "Infrastructure as Knowledge Enterprises" at the Infrastructure & the Anthropocene Workshop, next Monday, Dec. 7.
Register: https://bit.ly/3pUzRUu

On this last day of finals, let's hear it for our amazing SPP students, who took on this challenging semester with grace...
12/04/2020
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On this last day of finals, let's hear it for our amazing SPP students, who took on this challenging semester with grace, good humor, flexibility and, of course, their usual passion. We couldn't be prouder of you!
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SPP Professor Brenda Bushouse and alumna Tamara Keshecki are conducting a survey of NYC arts organizations to find out h...
12/03/2020
SPP Researchers Survey Arts Organizations | School of Public Policy (SPP) | UMass Amherst

SPP Professor Brenda Bushouse and alumna Tamara Keshecki are conducting a survey of NYC arts organizations to find out how they've been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. It's part of a research project that will assess the efficacy of federal relief programs for the arts sector.
The survey: https://bit.ly/NYCArtsSurvey
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The School of Public Policy has launched a survey of New York City-based arts organizations to document their experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Exciting news: SPP now leads all departments in fundraising during #SBSTogether—a testament to our wonderful supporters,...
12/03/2020

Exciting news: SPP now leads all departments in fundraising during #SBSTogether—a testament to our wonderful supporters, who so far have given more than $3,000 for internship grants for our students!
Let's keep it going! To give: bit.ly/spp-together

SPP Student of the Day: Erin Lynch, MPPA, Mansfield, MAWhy I’m studying public policy: An understanding of policy is imp...
12/03/2020

SPP Student of the Day: Erin Lynch, MPPA, Mansfield, MA
Why I’m studying public policy: An understanding of policy is important to supporting organizations that support vulnerable populations. I want to be able to be involved in change from an organizational and policy level.
Policy interests: Individuals with disabilities, those experiencing homelessness, food justice organizations & immigration.
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SPP Director Al Roberts recently spoke to Julie Miller about her new book, "Cry of Murder on Broadway: A Woman's Ruin an...
12/02/2020
Julie Miller speaks with Alasdair Roberts about her new book Cry of Murder on Broadway

SPP Director Al Roberts recently spoke to Julie Miller about her new book, "Cry of Murder on Broadway: A Woman's Ruin and Revenge in Old New York," as part of the Cornell University Press Cornell Authors Talk series.
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Learn more about Julie Miller's new book Cry of Murder on Broadway here:https://www.cornellpress.cornell.edu/book/9781501751486/cry-of-murder-on-broadway/Jul...

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Hi SPP! My Policy Methods research group and I are working on a project to understand the correlation between health education and e-cigarette usage. If you have any time, it would be really helpful to get your responses! The link is: https://forms.gle/hD99LJCTL35uhjs16 Thanks so much!
Hello Everyone! This is Dora, your union CoChair. Please share this online dues form so new UMass grads can join geo! The benefits ( tuition waiver, health insurance coverage, discounted parking, childcare reimbursement and so many more) we get as graduate employees do not com from vacuums, they are the result of the hard work our members put in in the past. We will only have the benefits that we do (and more) of we remain a strong union! Strength in numbers!
Izzy Rivera, candidate & current SPP student, and Tom Barrett, BA (Government) '69, MPA '75, candidate's campaign treasurer.
Remember when Bacon Hill Project spoke with Meghan- Well that was interesting but had we known he and other Suits for the school were going to cut themselves FAT bonuses, then i certainly would have taken a more critical perspective while questioning the man pledging to be the face of the University system- Screw the student - fatten our already hefty cost of living pay out to live in the State- freeze bonuses and raises when they hurt the students.....
Public Policy in its complimentary place in Regional and Urban Planning- Jane Jacobs-
Heading to DC soon - you might want to read this before you plan your day- If they are calling out sick finally without pay- then this might mean much longer waits.
I for one am deeply ashamed on the schools position on Nazi rhetoric and allowing them to have a safe space on campus. Your school your paying $17,000-$32,000 are letting Nazis feel welcomed
UMass believe we the school UMass Amherst should accept and welcome Nazi's..... Tell me 10 reasons why students in the School of Public Policy would and should have an issues with this position......... After all Nazi views are a freedom of speech but when they continuously cross lines targets black and brown bodies with a legacy of hate motivated crimes and killings... What not to love about them! Or thats what UMass Amherst wants us to believe.
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