Institutes & Centers

Center for Policy Research

The Maxwell School Center for Policy Research (CPR) conducts a broad range of interdisciplinary research and other activities related to public policy, involving graduate students as assistants and junior colleagues. Faculty consult regularly with government agencies and other institutions concerning the issues they are studying.

The Center includes faculty from several departments within the Maxwell School, mainly Economics, Public Administration, and Sociology. This collection of specialists brings a depth of experience and skill to research and offers students a wealth of opportunity for discussion and advice on their own research, as well as the possibility of research assistantships on projects directed by the faculty. The Center provides a base for visiting scholars from the United States and abroad. CPR also publishes working papers and policy briefs.

CPR is the home of the Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) which was established in 2001. EFAP promotes research, education, and debate surrounding fundamental issues in the system of elementary and secondary education in the United States. Along with other education issues, the central focus of the program is on the tax and state aid programs that fund this system and on policies to promote efficiency and accountability in school districts. The central activity at EFAP is scholarly research. Many graduate students participate in the activities of EFAP, as graduate education is one of the program’s main concerns. 

The Center houses the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion. The Lerner Center applies the best practices of marketing and science to create public health programs that are motivating and sustainable. The Center is a laboratory for the development strategies that can be replicated in community and national prevention programs. They work in partnership with citizens, students, researchers and public health professionals to identify needs, develop programming and deploy collaborative initiatives. 

CPR accommodates over 65 faculty, staff, and graduate students on the fourth floor of Eggers Hall. A full complement of staff provide extensive project assistance to the Center.

For more information about CPR programs and research projects, contact Peggy Austin or Katrina Fiacchi. You may also obtain general information about CPR by calling +1 315-443-3114, or by sending an email to

The Moynihan Institute

Group of faculty and students discussing research.The Moynihan Institute was created to integrate and focus Maxwell's international programs, research, service and training activities in an interdisciplinary setting that promotes global awareness. The Institute supports interdisciplinary programs, such as the South Asia Center, and various research projects, such as the Programs and Research on Latin America (PROLA), within the School.

Alan K. Campbell Public Affairs Institute

Campbell Institute is an interdisciplinary research organization dedicated to linking the worlds of scholarship and public affairs. The Institute supports the study and analysis of public programs and actions, citizenship and participation, public management and public administration, policy processes, governance, civil society, the politics and history of public policy creation, and public affairs research in general.

Center For Environmental Policy Administration

CEPA is an interdisciplinary center within Syracuse University's Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. CEPA explores environmental issues from an integrated perspective that considers technical, social, and humanistic aspects of environmental matters and prepares leaders who can blend those dimensions as they confront the world’s complex environmental challenges. It brings together faculty and graduate students from a range of Maxwell departments including Anthropology, Economics, Geography, Political Science, Public Administration, Policy Studies, and Sociology.

Libraries at Syracuse University

Professor lecturing in front of a classroom full of students.The University Library system includes the E.S. Bird Library (social sciences, including government publications, humanities, fine arts, media, special collections) the Science and Technology and Mathematics libraries in Carnegie, separate Geology and Physics libraries and the Belfer Audio Archive.

Access is also available to the Law School library, which is separately administered, and to the Moon Library at the College of Environmental Science and Forestry (State University of New York, SUNY). Separate access and circulation policies are in effect at these two libraries. Records of their holdings are available in SUMMIT, the S.U. Library's on-line catalog. The SUNY Health Science Center Library, nearby, is also available as a resource, although its collections are not listed in SUMMIT. Graduate students who present a letter of introduction from a faculty member may borrow materials from the Health Center Library.

Syracuse University Library holds 2.4 million volumes and almost 12,000 periodicals, several hundred of which are economic journals. In addition to its collections, the library offers an array of library services, including interlibrary loan, reference, reserves, access to on- and off- site electronic resources, and instruction in the use of library resources for classes. The Center for Policy Research has its own reading room. This collection includes a selection of major journals. National Bureau of Economic Research Working Papers, and reference works in Economics, as well as a few hundred monographs.