It’s Our Birthday!
The Maxwell School held its first classes in the fall of 1924. This year, we mark our 90th anniversary with a School-wide array of special events and observances. Read more .
It’s Our Birthday!
We're in Washington
We have a new home at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where we offer classes, coordinate internships, and cultivate faculty and student collaborations in the nation's capital. Read more.
We're in Washington
Benefit from Experience
Our professors are great teachers and well-known in their disciplines. And many have had distinguished public-service careers before Maxwell. Read more.
Benefit from Experience
Fast-track Careers
Our graduates are problem-solvers, with a reputation for insight, savvy, and innovation. They get the jobs that launch great careers. Read more.
Fast-track Careers
Global Perspective
Our students and faculty reflect the diversity of the world they study, and bring ideas and perspectives that enrich the Maxwell experience for everyone. Read more.
Global Perspective
Leaders in Public Affairs
Our alumni hold positions of influence throughout public life – Cabinet secretaries, agency heads, NGO directors, top consultants, and more. Read more.
Leaders in Public Affairs
Theory, Policy, and Practice
Maxwell mixes professional MPA and IR degrees with strong social science disciplines and public affairs scholarship, creating rich interdisciplinary opportunities for all. Read more.
Theory, Policy, and Practice
Overseas Experience
From Istanbul to Accra, Singapore to Seoul, Maxwell offers academic and practicum experiences at sites in nearly 20 countries on five continents — including, by the way, the site pictured here: Chile. Read more.
Overseas Experience
Lifelong Connections
Our alumni are famously loyal – to Maxwell, to one another, and to the idea that well-educated public servants change the world. Read more.
Lifelong Connections
The Undergrad Connection
Syracuse University students majoring, minoring, and pursuing liberal arts electives in the social sciences do so in Maxwell – same professors, same facilities, same traditions. Read more.
The Undergrad Connection
It All Adds Up
Great faculty, diverse students, interdisciplinary programming, devoted alumni – no wonder U.S. News calls Maxwell America’s top graduate program for public affairs. Read more.
It All Adds Up

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New and Noteworthy

Atwood announced as Maxwell graduate convocation speaker
Atwood announced as Maxwell graduate convocation speaker
J. Brian Atwood, former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the Maxwell School's graduate convocation address on May 8.  Read more.
Maxwell to Present Third Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship
Maxwell to Present Third Annual Celebration of Undergraduate Scholarship

The research efforts of social sciences majors at Syracuse University will be on display Wednesday, April 29. The two-part event will kick off at 3 p.m. with a poster session, showcasing research by more than 40 students and will be followed an awards ceremony at 4:30 p.m.

Barrett named associate dean for strategic communications and external affairs
Barrett named associate dean for strategic communications and external affairs

Dean James Steinberg is pleased to announce that Scott Barrett has been named associate dean for strategic communications and external affairs at Maxwell.  He will assume his new position on May 8, 2015. Read more.

Coplin on "Excessive Testing Must End"
Coplin on "Excessive Testing Must End"

Professor William Coplin wrote a recent article for the Times Union about excessive testing. Coplin argues that "we need to restore a chain of command in which teachers have the freedom to adapt to their students, and principals have the major responsibility for evaluating the teachers." Read more.

Syracuse Takes Top Honors at National Model UN Conference
Syracuse Takes Top Honors at National Model UN Conference

A team of 21 students from Maxwell and the College of Arts and Sciences recently took top honors at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, where they were named an "Outstanding Delegation." The theme of the conference was “Impact.” Read more.

Diem awarded two prestigious honors
Diem awarded two prestigious honors
Albrecht Diem has been awarded two major academic honors.  He will join the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as a member for the academic year 2015-2016; he has also been named a 2015 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. Read more.
"Stamping out Hunger"
"Stamping out Hunger"

Professor Catherine Bertini, former director of the World Food Programme, talks about hunger in our communities and around the world -- and the programs that are helping. Read the article and watch the video.

Hagenloh named American Council on Education Fellow
Hagenloh named American Council on Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that Paul Hagenloh, associate professor of history and chair of the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement, has been named an ACE Fellow for the academic year 2015-16. Read more.

Maxwell has strong representation in 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Program
Maxwell has strong representation in 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Program

The Maxwell School is proud to announce that six of its current and former students have been selected for the highly competitive 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF).  Read more.

"Force of the Future"
"Force of the Future"

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke at SU on March 31 about a range of issues, from the value of public service to his vision and plans for building the "force of the future."  He also took questions during a Q&A period. Carter's appearance at SU was also featured in an SU News story.

2015 Orange Circle Awards
2015 Orange Circle Awards

Three members of the Maxwell School Community were honored with Orange Circle Awards during SU's 2015 Philanthropy Week celebration:  Ruth Schlesinger Sherman '73 BA (PSc),  Public Diplomacy student Timi Komonibo '15 , and Anthropology graduate student Alexis Morris. The awards honor those who have done extraordinary things in the service of others.

Nabatchi featured in Daily Orange story
Nabatchi featured in Daily Orange story

Associate Professor Tina Nabatchi assisted curriculum coordination for “Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development?” a Massive Open Online Course on citizen engagement organized by the World Bank Group.The course, and Nabatchi's involvement, are featured in The Daily Orange.

"Our Immigration Policy"
"Our Immigration Policy"

In a letter published in Sunday's New York Times, Associate Professor of Political Science Elizabeth Cohen says "Slow action on immigration reform does not originate with a hostile citizenry but rather with a flailing, polarized Congress."  Read more.

"A fitting tribute to a liberal lion"
"A fitting tribute to a liberal lion"

Professor David Bennett co-authored a recent op-ed piece for The Washington Post. In the article, the authors propose to rechristen the Russell Senate Office Building as the Edward Moore Kennedy Senate Office Building.

New Allport book published
New Allport book published

Alan Allport, assistant professor of history, has written a new book entitled Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 (Yale University Press). Read more.

Keck's new book published
Keck's new book published
In Judicial Politics in Polarized Times, Professor Thomas Keck reviews several widespread narratives about contemporary courts and argues that, while all of these stories capture the significance of judicial politics in polarized times, each one, in and of itself, can be misleading. Read more.
"Is it fair to tax capital gains at lower rates than earned income?"
"Is it fair to tax capital gains at lower rates than earned income?"
In a new Wall Street Journal column, Professor Len Burman says "no," that doing so "misdirects resources and hurts tax progressivity."
Mitra appears on Bloomberg TV India
Mitra appears on Bloomberg TV India
Professor Devashish Mitra recently appeared on Bloomberg TV India where he answered the question "What can India's Finance Minister do to spur investments and create jobs in the country?"
"Let’s Make the Deal with Iran"
"Let’s Make the Deal with Iran"
University Professor and Phanstiel Chair Sean O'Keefe recently co-authored an op-ed piece for Politico Magazine. In the piece, the authors argue that lawmakers must put aside partisan infighting or else "America may lose an important opportunity to enhance its security and influence world history for the better."
Humphrey Fellows to visit the Maxwell School
Humphrey Fellows to visit the Maxwell School
Beginning on February 23, Syracuse University's Maxwell School will welcome 38 Humphrey Fellows from 27 countries and 14 U.S. host campuses for a week-long workshop, Leadership and Governance During Times of Crisis.
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Coplin featured in New York Times article on collegiate athletes and academics
Coplin featured in New York Times article on collegiate athletes and academics
Professor William Coplin was featured in the New York Times article, "Football Major, Basketball Minor?" In the article, Coplin argues that the skills learned through sports are more valuable to employers than classroom knowledge.
Hou publishes edited volume on local government budget stabilization
Hou publishes edited volume on local government budget stabilization
Yilin Hou, professor of public administration and international affairs, has published an edited volume, Local Government Budget Stabilization: Explorations and Evidence, a sequel to Hou's (2013) authored book State Government Budget Stabilization: Policy, Tools, and Impacts.Read more.
New York State Health Foundation Healthy Neighborhood Funds Initiative
New York State Health Foundation Healthy Neighborhood Funds Initiative
The Near Westside of Syracuse is one of six communities selected to participate in the New York State Health Foundation's (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Funds initiative. The initiative will provide funding and support to help the communities become healthier, more active places for residents. Read more.
Van Hollen to speak at maternal health conference in Nepal
Van Hollen to speak at maternal health conference in Nepal
Cecilia Van Hollen, associate professor of anthropology, has been invited by Oxfam India to participate in the South Asia Consultation on Maternal Health: Regional Dialogue and Way Forward conference in early February in Kathmandu, Nepal.  Read more.
SU recognized with prestigious honor
SU recognized with prestigious honor
Syracuse University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction for the 2013-14 academic year, one of only 12 institutions in New York State. The University has been on the Honor Roll with Distinction every year since the award was first created in 2006. Read more.
"Billionaires battle for the Internet in space"
"Billionaires battle for the Internet in space"
University Professor and Phanstiel Chair Sean O'Keefe was quoted in a recent CNN article that investigates the race to launch hundreds of Internet-signal satellites into space. O'Keefe says "the big catch has always been the capital cost necessary to build the infrastructure and get it up there."
Faricy on the State of the Union Address
Faricy on the State of the Union Address
Christoper Faricy, assistant professor of political science, discussed Obama's second-to-last State of the Union speech with SU News.
Banks appears on NPR
Banks appears on NPR
INSCT Director William Banks recently appeared on Wisconsin Public Radio discussing "The State of Terrorism Today," and explains how national security agencies are adapting to ever-changing threats.
"How the Paris attacks change our political conversation"
"How the Paris attacks change our political conversation"
In a CNBC story, Dean Steinberg predicts that the terrorist attacks in Paris "will slow momentum for curbs on the NSA and the FBI."
"World-Class Partnership"
"World-Class Partnership"
Maxwell's partnership with the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), a D.C.-based nonprofit think tank that is regarded as one of the world's preeminent international policy institutions, was featured in the Fall/Winter 2014 edition of Syracuse University Magazine.
"Give and trade"
"Give and trade"
In a recent op-ed piece for The Indian Express, Professor Devashish Mitra explores the recently approved Trade Facilitation Agreement (TFA), which aims to remove red tape in customs procedures in all 160 World Trade Organization member countries.
Elman op-ed on academic freedom and hate speech
Elman op-ed on academic freedom and hate speech
Appearing under the Editors' title "Moving on from Controversy, " The News-Gazette of Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, has published an op-ed by Miriam F. Elman. The op-ed was featured in print as a Guest Commentary in the newspaper's Sunday December 21 issue, and was also posted to the newspaper's online edition. Read more.
Maxwell faculty, students play role in creation of Harriet Tubman National Park
Maxwell faculty, students play role in creation of Harriet Tubman National Park
A recent Syracuse University news story details the role that Anthropology Professor Douglas Armstrong and his students have played over the past decade in studying the archeology and history of Tubman's residence, farm and the Home for the Aged. Read more.
Mitra recognized as influential scholar
Mitra recognized as influential scholar
Economics Professor Devashish Mitra has been named by India Today as one of three scholars influencing the direction of the Indian economy. Read more.
New journal article from Andrew London looks at elderly Blacks and health insurance
New journal article from Andrew London looks at elderly Blacks and health insurance
Sociology Professor Andrew London's latest co-authored journal article "Falling Through the Cracks: Lack of Health Insurance Among Elderly Foreign- and Native-Born Blacks" has been published in the Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health. Read more.
"If Lincoln’s a metro area, then let’s study it that way"
"If Lincoln’s a metro area, then let’s study it that way"
In an op-ed published by the Lincoln, Nebraska, Journal Star, Geography Professor Anne Mosher takes issue with the 2014 Nebraska Metro Poll, saying that it may "actually mislead policymakers and planners who intend to use the information to legislate and institute change."
Banks quoted in Washington Post article
Banks quoted in Washington Post article
In the article "CIA unlikely to lose power in wake of interrogation report," INSCT Director William Banks argues that even in the face of alleged CIA abuses and dishonesty while dealing with terrorism suspects "nothing will change. The CIA is right there, in every place the United States is in," conducting lethal drones strikes and paramilitary operations and gathering intelligence.
Turkish women’s rights beyond Islamists and secularists
Turkish women’s rights beyond Islamists and secularists
Professor Yuksel Sezgin, director of the Middle East Studies Program, writes in the Washington Post that despite some positive legislative initiatives in Turkey, the country continues to be one of the worst places in the world to be a woman.
A Night for Maxwell
A Night for Maxwell
In honor of Maxwell's 90th anniversary the School recently hosted a gala event in Washington, celebrating our  history, unveiling plans for the coming decade, and awarding the Moynihan Spirit of Public Service Award to FEED founder Lauren Bush Lauren. Read more and see videos from the event
Van Hollen writes piece for World AIDS Day
Van Hollen writes piece for World AIDS Day
Cecilia Van Hollen wrote a piece entitled Closing the Gap in India for the Stanford University Press blog. In the post, Van Hollen discusses how shortages of antiretroviral therapies could jeopardize India's race to eradicate AIDS.
Maxwell alumna Kathleen Hochul is NY State lieutenant governor-elect
Maxwell alumna Kathleen Hochul is NY State lieutenant governor-elect
Kathy Hochul '80 BA (PSc), a former U.S. congresswoman who represented New York's 26th congressional district from 2011 to 2013, has been elected lieutenant governor of New York State.  She will take office on January 1, 2015. Read more .
New book from Thomas Keck explores judicial review and politics
New book from Thomas Keck explores judicial review and politics
Thomas Keck, associate professor of political science and Sawyer Chair of Constitutional Law and Politics, is the author of a new book, Judicial Politics in Polarized Times (University of Chicago Press, 2014). Read more .
O’Keefe ’78 MPA appointed University Professor, Phanstiel Chair
O’Keefe ’78 MPA appointed University Professor, Phanstiel Chair
Syracuse University Vice Chancellor and Provost Eric F. Spina has announced the appointment of Sean O’Keefe ’78 MPA as University Professor at Syracuse University and the Howard G. and S. Louise Phanstiel Chair in Strategic Management and Leadership at Maxwell.
Middle Eastern Studies Program names new director
Middle Eastern Studies Program names new director
Karin Ruhlandt, interim dean of The College of Arts and Sciences, and James Steinberg, dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, are pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Political Science Yüksel Sezgin has been named director of the Middle Eastern Studies Program (MESP) at Syracuse University. Read more.
South Asia Center receives major grant
South Asia Center receives major grant
The South Asia Center has been awarded a $1.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant renews the center’s designation as a National Resource Center and provides funding for graduate and undergraduate students, course development, Hindi language training, among others. Read more.
"Assessing Iranian Nuclear Negotiation Strategy" event covered by national media
"Assessing Iranian Nuclear Negotiation Strategy" event covered by national media
"Assessing Iranian Nuclear Negotiation Strategy," an address by Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy R. Sherman, was featured in numerous media outlets this past week. The event was hosted by Maxwell's Moynihan Institute and held at CSIS in Washington, D.C. on October 23. Read more.
Gadarian piece published in The Washington Post
Gadarian piece published in The Washington Post
Research from political scientist Shana Gadarian's forthcoming co-authored book, “Anxious Politics: Democratic Citizenship in a Threatening World," provides insight into the public's current anxiety over Ebola. Read more.
The Ebola Conspiracy Theories
The Ebola Conspiracy Theories
Professor Michael Barkun was quoted in a recent New York Times article on conspiracy theories about the ebola outbreak. In the article, Barkun says "Diseases in particular are suited to conspiracy because they are invisible and invisibly transmitted. Our senses can’t tell us exactly how the danger spreads. The theory has an answer for what mystifies and frightens.”
Purser wins award for new book about on-demand labor
Purser wins award for new book about on-demand labor
Gretchen Purser, assistant professor of sociology, has won the 2014 International Book Award from the California Series in Public Anthropology (University of California Press) for her manuscript Labor On Demand: Dispatching the Urban Poor. Read more.
Former Associate Dean passes away
Former Associate Dean passes away
Astrid Merget, a two-time Maxwell School alumna and a former associate dean of the School, died on Monday, October 13, after a long illness. Read more.
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