Archive of Articles from Previous Issues

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Pondering the Big Questions in Public Administration
It had been 50 years since Maxwell hosted Minnowbrook, an influential conference of public administration faculty who explored dilemmas in the volatile 1960s. This summer, Maxwell convened an anniversary conference on the same hallowed ground.
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Message from the Dean: Uniquely Qualified (Winter 2019)
Minnowbrook a very important example of the many ways public administration looks to Maxwell when exploring its path forward.

Deep-Seated Sense of Justice (Winter 2019)
Few causes matter more to Marvin Lender than social justice — the focus of a new Syracuse University center bearing the Lender name. Also . . . The Bagel Boom. How Lender’s Bagels became a household name.

Voices at the Table (Winter 2019)
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.

Global Focus (Winter 2019)
The innovative IR/PR master’s degree, meant to serve careers in public diplomacy, is now 10 years old.

Summer Plans (Winter 2019)
Funding from Jon Ben Snow Foundation helps CCE students advance their Action Plans during the months between the semesters.

Honoring Astrid (Winter 2019)
Economist Mary Lovely is based in Washington, serving as Maxwell’s first Merget Fellow. She is also a China-trade expert whose insights are suddenly much in demand.

Bill Duncombe’s Notes (Winter 2019)
Though he is gone, a respected and much-loved public administration professor lives on in a published compilation of his legendary lecture notes.

Student Profile: Realistic Solutions
Laditka Scholar Connor Muldoon connects to policy studies.

Student Profile: Keep It Local (Winter 2019)
Bretschneider Scholar Austin Roney plans to apply his MPA in Central New York.

Alumna Profile: Bringing Leaders Together (Winter 2019)
Nancy Jacobson created No Labels to help representatives chart a path out of the partisan “morass” in Washington.

Alumnus Profile: Rebuilding an Industry (Winter 2019)
Mark Lamarre, who has spent his life in shipbuilding, is leading a Canadian shipyard in an era of great growth.

Alumnus Profile: Understanding People (Winter 2019)
Michael Fox applied the research methods of his sociology major to a career in audience analysis.

Alumnus Profile: Sexual Identity in Africa (Winter 2019)
Kwame Edwin Otu studies complexities of LGBT life in Ghana.

Alumna Profile: Money to Good Use (Winter 2019)
Maria Rendon works to optimize the role of innovation in USAID investment projects.

Making Connections: “I Love My Job” (Winter 2019)
Chris Pulliam’s pursuit of his dream job at a major think tank benefited from the direct interest taken in him by a senior professor who once worked there himself.

Journalism and Ideals of Democracy (Spring 2018)
We reached out to nine journalists with degrees from Maxwell. With their public affairs education, they understand as well as any journalists what the vigor of the press means to us all.

  • A Different Path to Journalism (Spring 2018)
    At Maxwell, Megyn Kelly gained what any future journalist discovers in a public affairs education: political know-how, the tools of critical thinking, and appreciation of the press’s role in an open democracy.
  • Shared Goals and Higher Callings (Spring 2018)
    The deans of Syracuse University’s journalism and public affairs schools reflect on how a healthy democracy depends on a vigorous press. . . . and how a combined education in their two schools supports that.

Win-Win-Win Situation (Spring 2018)
The X Lab benefits government and nonprofits, in turn helping the clients they serve, while creating a sandbox in which to study real-world policy challenges.

Travel Plans (Spring 2018)
Thanks to the generosity of one “citizen of the world,” dozens of budding scholars have chased far-flung intellectual goals.

It All Started Here (Spring 2018)
Ninety years ago, a one-year-only faculty member turned a top-of-the-head idea into a student exercise in diplomacy — and basically invented Model UN.

Where You Live (Spring 2018)
Maxwell’s new Carnegie Fellow studies how state policies influence population health.

Deeper Connections (Spring 2018)
In Washington, Maxwell and the think tank CSIS have entered a phase of enhanced collaboration, exemplified by the new EMIR degree offered there.

The Investor (Spring 2018)
Gerry Cramer was the perfect friend of the Maxwell School — generous, visionary, involved, and ultimately trusting.

What Ralph Ketcham Meant to Maxwell (Winter 2018)
Ralph Ketcham championed an approach to citizenship education that virtually defines the Maxwell School.

Substantial Difference (Winter 2018)
For a surprisingly large percentage of Maxwell undergraduates, research is part of the program.
Also available: Baldanza Challenge Will Fund Undergrad Research

Despair and Addiction (Winter 2018)
Sociologist Shannon Monnat is the new Lerner Chair, applying her interest in rural public wellness to the nation’s burgeoning opioid epidemic.

Online and Intense (Winter 2018)
Maxwell’s new online EMPA is structured to meet the demands of the highly experienced, ambitious students it attracts.

Citizens of the World (Winter 2018)
Students of the Maxwell School hail from around the planet, which assures a global experience not only for them, but for everyone who enters a classroom.

Battle Tested (Winter 2018)
As Syracuse University's first Tillman Scholar and a PA student focused on national security studies, Ryan Gross brings real life to the classroom.

Crazy, Mixed Up World. (Spring 2017) Faculty members focused on international relations and the affairs of foreign nations seek to bring scholarly analysis and reason to global-affairs headlines

  • Crossing Borders
    Faculty experts on immigration and refugees remind us that, in many senses, this has all happened before.
  • Partners No More
    The Brexit vote reflects deeper anti-unity inclinations in Europe.
  • China: It’s Complicated
    The web of relationships and mutual benefits between America and China is too complex to dismiss with campaign rhetoric.
  • Fragile States
    Sound scholarship helps us understand what sometimes seems unknowable: North Africa and the Middle East.
  • The Enemy Online
    While the term terrorism still conjures up images of bombs and snipers, the frightening future of terrorism resides across the Internet.
  • Putin the Meddler
    As ever, to understand Russia you must know the man in charge.
  • Beyond Anyone’s Control
    In international "black spots," the usual rules don’t apply.
  • Helping Hand
    At a time when America is sorting out its larger role in the world, experts remind us that U.S. aid is of-ten much appreciated.

Free Speech Worldwide (Spring 2017)
An ambitious project assessing courts across the globe and their approaches to protected speech also provides opportunities for student research.

Shared Priorities (Spring 2017)
Former Federal Reserve chairman Paul Volcker maintains a long-standing association with Maxwell because he thinks Maxwell does public service right.

Quicken the Sense of Public Duty (Fall 2016)
Maxwell’s new dean, David M. Van Slyke, takes the Athenian Oath very seriously. And he views the Maxwell School — with all its complexity and plurality and disciplinary cross-currents — as uniquely prepared to uphold it.

School Policies and Healthy Kids (Spring 2016)
Moynihan Professor Amy Ellen Schwartz is exploring whether public intervention on the nutrition and fitness of students is well-applied and effective.
Related: Culture of Health. Maxwell’s Lerner Center is working with local government to encourage exercise and good snacking habits by students.

Madam Secretary (Spring 2016)
Visiting campus in April, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright shared insights from her storied career with students and the University community.