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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.


EEOC Head to Address Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination Laws

On Thursday, March 12, Chai Feldblum, commissioner of the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, will present a talk titled “Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Discrimination: Revisiting Sex Discrimination Law.”

Brandt Named 2015-2016 Family Research Scholar

Associate Professor Sylvia Brandt (resource economics and public policy) is one of six UMass Amherst faculty members chosen to be a Family Research Scholar at the Center for Research on Families.

Francis to Address Racialized Tracking in High Schools

The upcoming Faculty Colloquium features Assistant Professor Dania Francis on March 2 at 12:15 p.m. in Thompson 620.