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Welcome to the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The Center for Public Policy and Administration is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Our faculty teach and conduct rigorous research to realize social change and solve problems for the common good. Our classes are small, and the impact we have on our students and on the outside world is big.


Harper to Highlight Participatory Research Methods Used in Youth Food Justice Project

Associate Professor Krista Harper (anthropology and public policy) will present her recent research in a talk titled "Participatory Visual Research for Food Justice Youth Development."

Badgett Addresses LGBT Poverty During USAID Development Forum

CPPA Director M.V. Lee Badgett addressed how poverty affects the LGBT community during an international forum last week sponsored by the U.S. Agency for International Development.

Students Visit International Maker Faire Through UMass Partnership with Makers @ Amherst Media

Associate Professor Charles Schweik took a group of students last weekend to the international Maker Faire, an event that has been touted as the “greatest show and tell on earth.”