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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.


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.

Sept. 29 Panel Explores Politics and Process of Raising the Minimum Wage

The Center for Public Policy and Administration invites you to “Waging Democracy: The Politics and Process of Raising the Minimum Wage,” on Monday, Sept. 29 at 4 p.m. in Campus Center 168C.