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  • Centers, Institutes, and Multidisciplinary Research Initiatives

    Maxwell’s unique strength derives from its multidisciplinary approach to the study of contemporary policy issues. Within the school’s research units, you will find faculty scholars and practitioners with expertise across the full spectrum of social sciences and public affairs specialties analyzing and problem solving alongside our students.

    From aging, population, and public health, to the environment, conflict resolution, and the governance of autonomous systems, Maxwell faculty and students engage in the sort of silo-busting work that is essential to developing solutions and educating tomorrow’s effective leaders.

    Aging Studies Institute

    Promoting aging-related research, training, and outreach. Co-sponsored with SU’s Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics.

    Autonomous Systems Policy Institute

    Advancing knowledge and teaching in the field of autonomous systems by exploring new frontiers in policy, law and governance of these fast-expanding technologies.

    Campbell Public Affairs Institute

    Serving a better understanding of contemporary challenges in democratic governance — particularly, the idea of citizenship, its evolution, and the conditions under which it thrives.

    Center for Environmental Policy and Administration

    Exploring environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects.

    Center for Policy Research

    A home for domestic policy concerns — among them health studies, econometrics, public education, public finance, social welfare, poverty and income security, and urban and regional studies.

    Institute for the Study of the Judiciary, Politics, and the Media

    Assessing the ways in which judicial independence is established and maintained. Co-sponsored with SU’s College of Law and with the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

    Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion

    Dedicated to creating public health programs that are motivating, sustainable, and effective replicated in community and national prevention programs.

    Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs

    Facilitating research on issues raised by an increasingly interdependent world and studies challenges to the quality of governance worldwide.

    Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration

    Dedicated to the enhancement of knowledge about social conflicts and to collaborative governance and collaborative problem solving.

    Syracuse University Infrastructure Institute

    Bringing together public and private sector groups and companies to plan, design and suggest ways to implement new infrastructures.

    Syracuse University Institute for Security Policy and Law

    Educating and inspiring the next generation of national security thought leaders and practitioners, through interdisciplinary research, teaching, public service, and policy analysis. Co-sponsored with the SU College of Law.
    Formerly known as the Institute for National Security and Counterterrorism (INSCT).

  • Research News

    PhD candidate Adrienne Atterberry receives Chancellor's Citation

    Adrienne Atterberry, a PhD candidate in sociology, received a 2020 Chancellor’s Citation for Excellence in Student Research as part of the One University Awards. The award is given to undergraduate and graduate students who, during their time at Syracuse University, have engaged in collaborative research that has the potential to make a deep and lasting impact on the greater society.

     

    Senior Kara Foley wins top undergraduate research prize

    Kara Foley, a senior majoring in international relations and policy studies, won the Maxwell School’s annual Ben and Marcia Baldanza Prize for top undergraduate research paper, as part of the School’s annual efforts to recognize exemplary undergraduate research. Xinzhi Lin, a senior history and international relations major, was awarded an honorable mention for his research paper. Francine D’Amico received the Ben and Marcia Baldanza Faculty Advisor of the Year Award.

     

    Gadarian discusses partisan divide around COVID-19 with CSM

    Shana Gadarian, associate professor of political science, discusses her March 2020 study illustrating that partisan affiliation—more than age, income, or education level—was a “huge divider” in people’s reported health behaviors. “People are taking their cues from political leadership and from doctors, and to the extent that those are different, people will turn to their more trusted sources,” she says. Gadarian's study was cited in the Christian Science Monitor article "COVID-19 isn't partisan. But it's intensifying America's red-blue divide."

     

    Schwartz, Rothbart study ties free school lunch to higher test scores

    "Let Them Eat Lunch: The Impact of Universal Free Meals on Student Performance," co-authored by Amy Ellen Schwartz and Michah Rothbart, was published in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Schwartz and Rothbart show that extending free lunch to all students, regardless of income, increases academic performance.

     

    Heflin receives two grants from UKCPR

    Colleen Heflin was awarded funding for two projects by the University of Kentucky’s Center for Poverty Research. Heflin received $49,889 for a project titled "Changing Patterns of Eligibility and Take up in SNAP and the Roles of Out of Pocket Medical Expenses." She is also part of a multi-institution team granted $250,000 for a project on  the role of SNAP receipt in medication underuse.

     
  • Faculty Experts

  • Our faculty are available to speak about a wide range of issues, including tax policy, trade, foreign affairs, immigration, education, social welfare, and the environment, among others.

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