The Maxwell School is Syracuse University's home for master's and PhD programs in the social sciences. Roughly 400 students are progressing toward degree at any one time, including the 150 or so who have completed coursework and are researching and writing.
Most are building toward faculty careers. They are trained as innovative scholars and superb teachers, well grounded in the social, cultural, and historical aspects of their fields. Many of them participate in SU's Future Professoriate Program, an award-winning regimen preparing students now for the special challenges they will face in their eventual first faculty appointment; completion of this program paves the eventual path to tenure.
However, Maxwell being Maxwell, many students are focused instead on careers in government, NGOs, and the policy sector. It is a reflection of Maxwell's melding of professional and scholarly disciplines that so many students in the social sciences graduate to careers in public management, policy research, and the like.
The Maxwell School offers residential master's and doctoral degrees in these social science fields:
’91 MPhil (Econ) / ’94 PhD (Econ)
Daly is executive vice president and director of economic research for the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. A 20-year veteran of the Fed, she also serves on the U.S. Congressional Budget Office's Panel of Economic Advisers.
'04 MA (Econ)/ '06 PhD (Econ)
Liu is an associate professor of economics at Kennesaw State University, studying international trade and Chinese economy. He is also an associate of the China Research Center in Atlanta and a consultant to the World Bank Group.
’68 BA (PSc) / ’71 MA (PSc) / ’75 PhD (PSc)
Richard is trustee professor emerita of political science at Ohio University and the recent co-author of Latin American Political Culture: Public Opinion and Democracy (CQ Press/Sage Publications). Her research spans democracy, public opinion, political culture, elections, and reproductive rights.
’89 PhD (SSc) / ’94 MRP
'86 MA (Geog) / '92 PhD (Geog)
Roberts is a geography professor and recently appointed associate provost for internationalization at the University of Kentucky. Her research is in political and economic geography and she is co-editor of the journal Progress in Human Geography.
'85 MA (Hist)
Deal, an associate professor of American history and director of graduate studies at Marshall University, wrote The Law of the Whale Hunt: Dispute Resolution, Property Law, and American Whalers, 1780-1880, recently published by Cambridge University Press.
'79 MA Geog/'82 PhD Geog
'09 MA (Econ) / 13 PhD (Econ)
Cao is a senior associate in risk management at Discover Financial Services, where she specializes in credit risk strategies and policies for student loans.
'07 MA (PSc)/'11 PhD (PSc)
Swedlund, an assistant professor at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, wrote The Development Dance, which analyzes mechanisms of delivering foreign aid in varying political environments.
Maxwell also offers a PhD in Public Administration for future scholars in the field. The program is based in Public Administration and
International Affairs (which also offers the School’s highly regarded professional master’s degrees in those fields).
The limited-residency Master of Social Science is a midcareer, distance-learning degree that uses discussion of current public affairs challenges to undergird an interdisciplinary approach to broad social problems.