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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.


Boutcher to Address Pro Bono Trends in Corporate Law Firms

Assistant Professor Steven Boutcher (sociology and public policy) will present a talk titled “Status and Conformity Revisited: Corporate Law Firms and Isomorphism in Pro Bono Ties.”

Brandt Named Public Engagement Faculty Fellow

Associate Professor Sylvia Brandt (resource economics and public policy) is one of the inaugural members of the Public Engagement Faculty Fellows program.

McCarthy to Address Human Trafficking Laws in Russia

Assistant Professor Lauren McCarthy (political science) presents her recent research in a talk titled “Ancient Horrors, New Laws: Human Trafficking in Russia.”