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Welcome to the School of Public Policy

Formerly the Center for Public Policy and Administration

The School of Public Policy (SPP) is the hub of interdisciplinary public policy research, teaching and engagement at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. 

And SPP is hiring! Our current search is for an Assistant or Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Public Policy. Complete information about that position and application instructions are available here.

Are you a student interested in our graduate programs? Our classes are small, and the impact our students have on the world is big, so apply here!


Five College Team Among NASA “Smart City” Competition Finalists

Palista Kharel (MPPA/MBA '18) and SPP Interim Director Charlie Schweik participated in the project that ranked fifth in the NASA World Wind Europa Challenge competition to design solutions for "smart cities."

UMass Seeks Applicants for SPP Assistant/Associate Professor in Cybersecurity and Public Policy

An outstanding scholar and teacher is sought to join SPP as an assistant or associate professor with expertise in cybersecurity and public policy. Details and application information available here.

SPP Co-Sponsors Amherst Survival Center Oct. 26 Food Insecurity Event

“Fighting Hunger in Our Kitchens and in Our Congress” will feature author Leanne Brown, U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, and 93.9 FM The River host Monte Belmonte. The event, on Oct. 26 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Amherst Survival Center, is free and open to the public.

Mednicoff Publishes in MEI Rule of Law Series

The piece by SPP Professor David Mednicoff examines contested meanings of the rule of law in the Arab Gulf, and is one of several articles being published from a multi-year, $1.1 million grant-funded project on that topic. 

SPP Co-Sponsors Talk by Child Trafficking Expert

Eric Opoku Agyemang’s talk, “The Health and Social Implications of Child Trafficking in Ghana,” will take place on Friday, Oct. 28, from 1:30-3:00 p.m. in Thompson 620. Agyemang is an alumnus of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).