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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.


Badgett Assesses Economic Impact of SCOTUS Marriage Ruling

CPPA Director M.V. Lee Badgett has been quoted in several news articles in the wake of last week’s Supreme Court decision legalizing same-sex marriage nationwide.

In Germany and Morocco, Mednicoff Addresses Intersection of Religion and Politics

Assistant Professor David Mednicoff addressed the intersection of religion and legal politics in the Middle East during two international conferences last month.

Ashraf Does Her Part to Make Global Workplaces More Just

Aiza Ashraf would like to live in a world that is more just. She is doing her part this summer as a labor law and research intern at Verité, an organization that works with private-sector companies and government agencies to improve labor rights and standards around the globe.