The Maxwell School Center for Policy Research (CPR), established in 1994, encompasses its precursor, the Metropolitan Studies Program of the Maxwell School, which was established in 1961. It is also the administrative home of the Center for Environmental Policy and Administration, Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) and the Lerner Center.
The Center, including its predecessor, the Metropolitan Studies Program, has had nine directors.
Alan K. Campbell 1961-1968. Campbell was a professor of political science when he established the Metropolitan Studies Program in 1961. He served as Dean of the Maxwell School from 1968 to 1973.
Guthrie S. Birkhead 1968-1973. Birkhead was a professor emeritus of political science and public administration. He served as Dean of the Maxwell School from 1977 to 1988.
Roy W. Bahl 1973-1985. Bahl was a professor of economics and public administration while serving as Director of the Program and Director of the Program's Jamaica Tax Structure Examination Project. He then became the Maxwell Professor
of Political Economy. In 2007, he retired as Dean of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University.
Larry D. Schroeder 1985-1987. Schroeder is a professor of public administration and economics and Maxwell Professor of Teaching Excellence. He served as Associate Director of the Program from 1983 to 1985, Director of the Program's
Local Revenue Administration Project from 1985 to 1988, and Director of the Decentralization Finance and Management Project from 1987 to 1994.
David Greytak 1987-1993. Greytak was a professor of economics and served as Associate Director of the Program from 1973 to 1987. He also served as Director of the Fiscal Administration Studies project in Ecuador.
Timothy M. Smeeding 1994-2008. Smeeding was Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Administration. Until September 2006, he was also director of the Luxembourg Income Study Project, which he founded in 1983.
Douglas A. Wolf 2008-2009 (Interim Director). Wolf is the Gerald B. Cramer Professor of Aging Studies, professor of public administration, and Director of the Center for Aging and Policy Studies (CAPS).
Christine L. Himes 2009-2012. Himes is a Maxwell Professor of Sociology, and was Interim Associate Dean of the Maxwell School (2010-2011).
Leonard M. Lopoo 2012-Present. Lopoo is a professor of public administration and international affairs. He is also currently the social policy co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, and is the recipient of numerous awards for his research and teaching, including the Birkhead-Burkhead Teaching Excellence Award, a Meredith Professors Recognition Award, and the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Prize.