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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.


UMass Invites Applications for Inaugural Director of School of Public Policy

The University of Massachusetts Amherst invites applications for the position of inaugural director of a new School of Public Policy (SPP), effective September 2016.

Boutcher Consults with Strategic Litigation Group in South Africa

This summer Assistant Professor Steven Boutcher got to see in action the very matters he researches, when he served as a consultant to the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa, in Johannesburg, South Africa.

CPPA Announces Fall 2015 Faculty Colloquium Series

The fall 2015 CPPA Faculty Colloquium Series offers an exciting lineup of accomplished researchers who will speak on a diversity of topics that have significant policy implications.