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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 Highlights the International Economics of Homophobia and Transphobia

CPPA Director M.V. Lee Badgett, will kick off the Fall 2014 Faculty Colloquium Series on Monday, Sept. 22 at 12:15 p.m. with a talk titled “From the County Clerk to the World Bank: Internationalizing the Economic Cost of Homophobia and Transphobia.”

Fountain Gives Keynote at Conference in Brazil

Distinguished Professor Jane Fountain (political science and public policy), gave the keynote address at the opening of Brazil’s first national digital government conference, I Simpósio Internacional em Inovação e Governança Digital, held at the University of Brazil in Brasilia on September 1-2, 2014.

Through Internships, Students Embody CPPA's Mission Around the Globe

In Bangladesh, China and Washington, D.C., three CPPA students worked this summer to make the world a cleaner, safer and fairer place. Along the way, they learned a lot and embodied CPPA's mission.