Stanford Public Policy

Stanford Public Policy Stanford Public Policy degree programs include an undergraduate major, a coterminal MA, a 1 year MA degree, a 2 year professional MPP and a certificate in Policy Analysis.
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The Stanford interdisciplinary program in Public Policy has been a strong undergraduate major since 1980. The program now offers an M.P.P. (a two-year professional degree) and an M.A. in Public Policy (a one-year degree). Both master's programs are open only to Stanford graduate students, recent Stanford alumni (2009-present) and graduating Stanford seniors. In addition, the program began accepting applications for a coterminal MA degree in Autumn 2009. The graduate and undergraduate programs share common educational goals: rigorous training in public policy research and analysis.

Congratulations to the co-winners of the Bruce M. Owen award for Outstanding Public Policy Graduate Student 2021. The wi...
06/15/2021

Congratulations to the co-winners of the Bruce M. Owen award for Outstanding Public Policy Graduate Student 2021.

The winners are Sevda Memet, MBA/MPP and Fernando Rodriguez Silva Santisteban MS&E/MPP. Fernando and Sevda were the Graduate Council reps to the program this year. Thank you for all your contributions, wishing you all the best in your futures.

06/13/2021

Class of 2021

Congratulations to our graduate students upon conferring your degree
You persevered in a year that wasn’t what you thought it would be

Some of you were here for two years and some just for one
After so many quarters of zoom classes you are finally now done

It seemed with the virtual year there were many highs and lows
With ever evolving rules and guidelines you kept us on our toes

From core classes and starting your graduate projects it was a busy fall
You contributed from around the globe and triumphed through it all

This year there were two practicum projects and you produced great reports
With various skills and interests, the teams were made up of many sorts

There are 16 graduating students who come from many places
Please come back to visit so we can see your smiling faces

Sevda, Valerie, David and Nitisha were the inaugural Knight Hennessy Scholars
With three years of funding you made the most of your tuition dollars

As for the standalone MPP students, this year there were two
Pedro from Brazil and Maria Marta from Peru

Abdie came from the Law School and Yoon-Chan from the GSE
Plus, Kaushik representing the B. School and Fernando getting his MS&E

And last, there were our coterms, six graduating in this memorable year
Alex, Matt, Chris, Thebe, Paolo and Max, each ready to embark on your career

In a world faced with challenges your new skills give you a strong base
We put our faith in you to solve the problems we all face

But first, go forth and celebrate your accomplishments - the Class of 2021
Never forget your days on the farm in the warm California sun

Calling alumni! Public Policy recently relaunched our website and we are moving our theses and practicum presentations t...
04/30/2021
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Calling alumni! Public Policy recently relaunched our website and we are moving our theses and practicum presentations to Stanford's digital repository. If you would like your thesis or practicum published in the repository reach out to [email protected] and we'll get it started. Here is the link for the masters theses so you can see what it will look like. Both undergraduate and graduate alumni are encouraged to submit. https://searchworks.stanford.edu/catalog?utf8=%E2%9C%93&search_field=search&q=Stanford+University%2C+Public+Policy+Program%2C+Masters+Theses+and+Practicum+Projects

Stanford Libraries' official online search tool for books, media, journals, databases, government documents and more.

Happy Holidays to the Public Policy Community and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!
12/12/2020

Happy Holidays to the Public Policy Community and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!

10/10/2020

Our very own Greg Rosston is on “The Digital Divide: Pandemic Lessons and Solutions from Around the World” panel at TPI Aspen Virtual Forum.

The Forum is a place for experts to gather and
discuss the most pressing tech policy issues. For a full description of Greg’s panel and register, see
tpiaspenforum.tech.

10/22, 11:00 am -12:15 pm EDT

Congratulations to Jordan Payne, selected as the Outstanding Public Policy Senior for 2020.
07/21/2020

Congratulations to Jordan Payne, selected as the Outstanding Public Policy Senior for 2020.

Congratulations to Garrett Jensen, selected as the Outstanding Public Policy Graduate Student for 2020. Here, Garrett po...
07/21/2020

Congratulations to Garrett Jensen, selected as the Outstanding Public Policy Graduate Student for 2020. Here, Garrett poses in his Public Policy hat with his plaque.

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06/16/2020

Stanford Public Policy

06/13/2020

Congratulations to the Graduate Students from the Class of 2020!

Today we celebrate you, the Class of 2020
What a year it’s been, you’ve certainly been through plenty

We started the year with a move to Encina Hall.
With classes in full swing it was a glorious fall.

You took to the Grad Lounge making it a place where you could rest
Or hold office hours, do Pub Pol Talks, or quietly study for a test

The coterms cruised along already knowing what to do.
Especially our Pub Pol Undergrads: Charlie, Justin and Andrew

Then there were our Econ majors - Catherine, Andrew, Kayley and Long
Plus Ryan, Cody and Reagan, all of whom were strong

The GSE students numbered five and all were a great choice
Adding much to their cohort were Koki, Chloe, Emily, Garrett and Joyce

The MSx students were Sheetal, Nick, Felipe, Jeff and Moutaz
All had to write a thesis on their most important policy cause

Juan Pablo hailed from the law school and earned his JD
After three intense years of academics he’s ready to be free

The same with our students also earning difficult technical degrees
There was Max from CEE and Hernan with a joint MS&E

Winter quarter started off as usual, so much potential in the air
With practicums and theses to write, there was no time to spare

February brought sunshine and many activities students thought were neat
From the winter quarter dinner to cooking Persian food to a Las Vegas retreat

And let’s not forget the impressive first intramural dodgeball team
They surprised themselves with a win, never losing any steam

We all had high hopes for a spring break trip to Washington D.C.
Kim, Sheetal and Diana worked hard planning it, alas it wasn’t meant to be

In March everything changed and we all had to adapt to the new norm
Sheltering and remote learning with Zoom while you weathered the storm

Finally we have come to the culmination of this most unforgettable year
Now go out and solve big problems and remember that we are always here

A New Strategy for Bringing People Back to Work During COVID-19It’s imperative that we responsibly restore the economy w...
04/17/2020
A New Strategy for Bringing People Back to Work During COVID-19

A New Strategy for Bringing People Back to Work During COVID-19
It’s imperative that we responsibly restore the economy while working to flatten the coronavirus curve.
Co-authored by Public Policy professor Lanhee Chen

It’s imperative that we responsibly restore the economy while working to flatten the coronavirus curve.

Thank you to Public Policy and Education student Joyce Tagal and other Stanford students for creating a map of where kid...
03/22/2020
Map: Where in the Bay Area to get free school lunches during coronavirus closures

Thank you to Public Policy and Education student Joyce Tagal and other Stanford students for creating a map of where kids who depend on lunch can continue to go for free lunches during school closures.

A new map developed by Stanford students who wanted to help lets families find the closest free school lunch site in the Bay Area.

Public Policy graduate students enjoyed learning how to make Persian food and cooking a meal together at the home of Kel...
03/04/2020

Public Policy graduate students enjoyed learning how to make Persian food and cooking a meal together at the home of Kelly Walsh. A great time was had by all!

Public Policy graduate students enjoyed learning how to make Persian food and cooking a meal together at the home of Kelly Walsh. A great time was had by all!

Public Policy 154 goes to Sacramento
02/29/2020

Public Policy 154 goes to Sacramento

Public Policy 154 goes to Sacramento

Pub Pol Grad Students (plus a few friends) win the first ever intramural Dodgeball tournament in January.
02/18/2020

Pub Pol Grad Students (plus a few friends) win the first ever intramural Dodgeball tournament in January.

Grad students celebrating Valentines Day with a a Scandinavian party.
02/15/2020

Grad students celebrating Valentines Day with a a Scandinavian party.

Pub Pol grad students enjoying bagels on a sunny, chilly, windy Sunday morning.
02/12/2020

Pub Pol grad students enjoying bagels on a sunny, chilly, windy Sunday morning.

Although Stanford students studying at the Bing Stanford in Washington Program have front-row seats to historic events, ...
01/31/2020
Students have a front-row seat to history at the Stanford in Washington Program | Stanford News

Although Stanford students studying at the Bing Stanford in Washington Program have front-row seats to historic events, their most substantive lessons may come from interactions with the people who make the U.S. government work day to day.

Although Stanford students studying at the Bing Stanford in Washington Program have front-row seats to historic events, their most substantive lessons may come from interactions with the people who make the U.S. government work day to day.

Grad students relaxing on Friday night at Shake Shack. This cohort knows how to have fun!
01/27/2020

Grad students relaxing on Friday night at Shake Shack. This cohort knows how to have fun!

Pub Pol grad students celebrating the end of the autumn quarter. Great cohort!
12/17/2019

Pub Pol grad students celebrating the end of the autumn quarter. Great cohort!

12/15/2019

Holiday Greetings to our Public Policy Students:

- The quarter is over, it's time to get away
Clear your head of all that data you learned - now go out & play

-Autumn quarter was fruitful, we hope you thought the same
With enlightening faculty & classes, & famous speakers who came

- 2020 will likely start off on a historical note
With election news mania until the November presidential vote

- By then you will be policy experts with many opinions to share
-In the meantime, Happy New year & please take good care!

Joint degree Ph.D/MPP student Kimberly Higuera got to meet Julian Castro, on campus today, talking about foreign policy ...
12/06/2019

Joint degree Ph.D/MPP student Kimberly Higuera got to meet Julian Castro, on campus today, talking about foreign policy and national security.

Congratulations to Garrett Jensen, a joint degree student in his second year of the MPP for receiving an award from the ...
12/05/2019

Congratulations to Garrett Jensen, a joint degree student in his second year of the MPP for receiving an award from the Touch-A-Life Foundation for his work with JDRF International and in the Bay Area community.

Academic Year 2019-20
10/31/2019

Academic Year 2019-20

Grad Student Happy Hour - cheers to a great new cohort for 2019-20!
10/18/2019

Grad Student Happy Hour - cheers to a great new cohort for 2019-20!

New graduate student cohort for 2019-20 at Orientation on a beautiful California Day.
09/24/2019

New graduate student cohort for 2019-20 at Orientation on a beautiful California Day.

This week, Facebook and a consortium of partners announced plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra. Here,  Sta...
06/21/2019
Stanford Law Professor Grundfest on Hurdles for Facebook’s Proposed Cryptocurrency Libra | Stanford Law School

This week, Facebook and a consortium of partners announced plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra. Here, Stanford Law School Professor Joseph Grundfest, an expert on capital markets, corporate governance, and securities litigation, discusses this latest news from the social media giant.

This week, Facebook and a consortium of partners announced plans to launch a new cryptocurrency called Libra. Here, Stanford Law School Professor Jo

Celebrating the Class of 2019!The annual poem for graduate students presented at the Celebration Dinner on May 20thIt’s ...
06/04/2019

Celebrating the Class of 2019!
The annual poem for graduate students presented at the Celebration Dinner on May 20th

It’s time for a graduation poem to the amazing students of Pub Pol
Seems like just yesterday we were greeting you in the fall

The MSx students were a force and numbered six this year
Good thing for them, electives at the GSB were near

They hailed from Brazil, Algeria, Austria, India and the US of A
They contributed robustly in colloquium, with always a lot to say

Thank you Robin, Adriano, Murilo, Djalil, Sheetal and Dave
You were models to your younger classmates on how one should behave

Another student hailed from the GSB whose name was Hansae
He was a core member of the practicum team as our sole MBA

Molly, Angela and John joined him rounding out the practicum team
With joint degrees in education and law, you’ve worked hard to achieve your dream

Then there were our coterms always keeping me on my toes
Where do those help tickets go anyway? Nobody really knows!

Our four Econ coterms were Diba, Michelle, Ben and Tim
Then there was Pub Pol Jimmy who studied abroad, so no one saw him

Lena was our only Track C coterm and came from MS&E
And last but not least, finishing her masters is ambitious Avani

Pub Pol Talks were new this year, with a chance to learn about each other
Not to mention free lunch and watching baby Bo with his mother

Spring break was a memorable time with a student trip to Washington DC
Thanks to our marvelous Tim, who executed on it flawlessly

And here’s a special shout out to Grad Council Rep Michelle
Who planned fun events all year long, and did it remarkably well

From dinners at Greg’s house to coffee and snacks in Room 131
We hope in your time here that you all learned a ton

So, here’s a toast to you, the graduates from the class of 2019
Raise your glasses and drink in this celebratory scene

The annual Zale lecture was held May 14, 2019 and honored Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. Pictured here are public p...
05/24/2019

The annual Zale lecture was held May 14, 2019 and honored Justice Mariano-Florentino Cuéllar. Pictured here are public policy coterminal student Justin Oetting and Program Director Greg Rosston.

Graduate Students in Washington DC for spring break 2019
04/26/2019

Graduate Students in Washington DC for spring break 2019

Graduate Students in Washington DC for spring break 2019

Spring has finally sprung. Here is a view in front of the Landau Economics building where Public Policy is located.
04/18/2019

Spring has finally sprung. Here is a view in front of the Landau Economics building where Public Policy is located.

Founded in 2008 as an early champion of the sharing economy by allowing people to rent homes, apartments, and rooms to o...
03/21/2019
Inside Airbnb's 'Guerrilla War' Against Local Governments

Founded in 2008 as an early champion of the sharing economy by allowing people to rent homes, apartments, and rooms to others, Airbnb has grown into a lodging colossus, offering more than 6 million places to stay in more than 191 countries. Its listings outnumber those of the top six hotel chains combined, helping the company reportedly generate more than $1 billion in revenue in the third quarter of 2018.

Airbnb, the nation's second-most-valuable startup, is battling cities from Boston to San Diego over collecting taxes and enforcing zoning rules.

Stanford GSB Professors are using data analytics and machine learning to make the war on poverty "smart." Read more here...
01/14/2019
Solving Poverty Using the Tools of Silicon Valley | Public Policy Program

Stanford GSB Professors are using data analytics and machine learning to make the war on poverty "smart." Read more here.

https://publicpolicy.stanford.edu/news/solving-poverty-using-tools-silicon-valley

U.S. poverty has been a persistent problem. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in 1937, suggested that the test of our progress as a country is “not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have little.” President Lyndon B. Johnson ...

NYT's Binyamin Applebaum covers the Federal Reserve's decision to pause on Interest Rate Increases. https://publicpolicy...
01/10/2019
Fed Ready to Pause on Interest Rate Increases | Public Policy Program

NYT's Binyamin Applebaum covers the Federal Reserve's decision to pause on Interest Rate Increases.

https://publicpolicy.stanford.edu/news/fed-ready-pause-interest-rate-increases

By Binyamin Appelbaum WASHINGTON — A pair of influential Federal Reserve officials said Wednesday that the central bank should pause to assess economic conditions before considering additional interest rate increases, reinforcing the message delivered last week by the Fed chairman, Jerome H. Powel...

Stanford Earth researchers discuss how recent droughts have caused increases in carbon dioxide emissions. https://public...
01/07/2019
Droughts boost emissions as hydropower dries up | Public Policy Program

Stanford Earth researchers discuss how recent droughts have caused increases in carbon dioxide emissions.
https://publicpolicy.stanford.edu/news/droughts-boost-emissions-hydropower-dries

Josie Garthwaite of the Stanford School of Earth, Energy, & Environmental Sciences discusses a recent study quantifying why recent droughts in western US states have led to increased carbon dioxide emissions and fossil fuel reliance.

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