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Looking to the Future

The profound price we pay for shutdowns and other dysfunction in government might be the young professionals who opt to go elsewhere.

August 6, 2019

Interdisciplinary Model

James Ajello ’76 M.P.A. is the recently retired executive vice president and CFO of Hawaiian Electric Industries. He recently made a $250,000 gift to create a professorship and support interdisciplinary research in energy and environmental policy at the Maxwell School.

August 6, 2019

Consumer Desire

"At SparkCharge, our mission is to reduce CO2 emissions coming from gasoline generating vehicles by putting more electric vehicles on the road. We’re doing that by removing barriers to owning electric vehicles and improving ease of use," says Josh Aviv ’15 B.A. (Econ), founder and president of the company.

August 6, 2019

Business Model

"The most forward-thinking companies integrate a sustainability approach into their corporate strategy and how they operate. Their employees, customers, supply chains, and even their investors are watching closely and demanding progress," says Kenneth Pontarelli '92 B.S. (Econ), a former Goldman Sachs executive who funds a Maxwell-based professorship in environmental sustainability and finance.

August 6, 2019

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Global Perspective

"I have found it easier to approach climate change through the lens of local issues, such as air pollution, traffic congestion, waste management and sanitation, etc. There are near-term, tangible benefits that citizens and governments seek, and in addressing them in smart ways we would also be addressing the longer-term climate change response agenda," says Pradeep Tharakan ’03 M.P.A., a principal energy specialist with the Asian Development Bank.

August 6, 2019

Local Collaboration: Melanie Littlejohn

Melanie Littlejohn, who holds an MBA from Syracuse University, is regional executive director, focused on Upstate New York, for the utility National Grid.
August 6, 2019

Different Viewpoints, Better Solutions

The Northeast Residential Energy Use Pilot Study is an interdisciplinary project between students and faculty in the Maxwell School, SU College of Law, SU’s iSchool, and the SU College of Engineering and Computer Science. The study will employ high resolution metering for long-term monitoring of electricity usage of individual households.

August 6, 2019


In the Indian Health Service, Jennifer Cooper helps assure that programs benefit from local control.
June 21, 2019

Deep-Seated Sense of Justice

Business success enables Marvin Lender to support the causes that matter to him most. And few matter more than social justice — the focus of a new Syracuse University center bearing the Lender name.

June 20, 2019

See related: Giving, Social Justice

First Class

Maxwell always served undergraduate social science students. But, for this fall’s incoming class, admission to Maxwell is direct and the “Maxwell freshman” is official.

June 1, 2019

Alumni Spotlight: Looking for Maria Duval

Melanie Hicken and her CNN reporting partner detail a massive, decades-long scam that cost many their life savings. It’s all described in the reporters’ new book.

June 1, 2019

Climate Change in the Classroom

New courses and a new major meet University-wide student interest in the challenges of energy, environment, and sustainability.

June 1, 2019

Mary Daly’s Crooked Path

From family-life struggles in her teens that nearly doomed her career, to a pinnacle of American economic thinking, San Francisco Fed president Mary Daly discusses finding her “North Star” and the inequalities that afflict the American economy.
June 1, 2019

Free Speech Worldwide

An ambitious project assessing courts across the globe and their approaches to protected speech also provides opportunities for student research.

April 23, 2019

Who Makes the Rules?

That will be just one question considered when a new Syracuse University institute, housed at Maxwell, addresses the policy issues and social impacts associated with drones, self-driving cars, and other autonomous systems.

February 1, 2019

Voices at the Table

The inaugural Policy Camp introduced undergraduate students of color to career options in policy — and to the impact bolstered racial and cultural diversity can have across the public sector.

January 1, 2019

One Big Weekend in the Adirondacks: The Future of Public Administration

This summer, Maxwell convened Minnowbrook at 50, an anniversary conference on the same hallowed ground. For most who attended, the times seemed no less volatile, and deciding how public administrators and scholars meet an era’s challenges proved anything but simple.

September 1, 2018

Where You Live

“Our life expectancy is increasingly being shaped by where we live in the U.S.,” says Jennifer Karas Montez, Gerald B. Cramer Faculty Scholar of Aging Studies at Maxwell. It’s tempting to blame lifestyle-related behaviors, but “lifestyle behaviors are not root causes. They are symptoms of the environment and the social and economic deprivation that many parts of the country endure, thanks to decades of policy decisions.”

August 8, 2018

Deeper Connections

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) program's reputation and Washington location provide Maxwell students and faculty regular access to a range of leaders and practitioners—to an extent not feasible in Syracuse,” says University Professor and Phanstiel Chair Sean O’Keefe ’78 M.P.A., who is charged with developing opportunities to further nurture Maxwell/CSIS collaboration.

August 8, 2018

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Travel Plans

Thanks to the generosity of one “citizen of the world,” dozens of budding scholars have chased far-flung intellectual goals.

August 8, 2018

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