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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.

Krevat Evaluating Big Picture for Arts in America

Derek Krevat likes to see the big picture. It’s fitting, then, that as an intern at Americans for the Arts, Krevat is learning how pictures — and paintings, sculpture, drama and music — fit into the country’s complex economic and educational landscape.