Policy Studies Leadership, Staff, and Faculty

Contact Policy Studies

Have questions about our Policy Studies major?

We'd love to hear from you and answer your questions.

Contact Angela Ward at acward@maxwell.syr.edu or (315) 443-2348.

Leadership and Staff

Leadership and Staff
Dr. Bill Coplin

Dr. Bill Coplin, Chair and Professor

wdcoplin@maxwell.syr.edu; (315) 443-2348

Bill Coplin has devoted most of his recent teaching, research and service to changing undergraduate and high school education so that the fundamental skills required for career and citizenship success occupy a central place in the curriculum. More than 40,000 students have taken his course, PAF 101: Introduction to the Analysis of Public Policy at Syracuse University and more than 50 high schools in the northeast since 1977. Based on the highly successful Policy Studies Major he introduced in 1977 and managed since then, Bill has promoted the idea that the key to skill development is experience outside the formal classroom. He published 10 Things Employers Want You to Learn in College in 2003, which carries the same message. A revised edition was published in 2012.

His book Public Policy: Skills in Action: A Pragmatic Introduction is the textbook for his popular PST 101 course.

His latest book published in 2019, The Happy Professor: How to Teach Undergraduates and Feel Good About It, is a self-help book for professors who want to incorporate his successful practices in their teaching.

Bill received his B.A. in Social Science from Johns Hopkins University in 1960, and his M.A (1962) and Ph.D. (1964) in International Relations from American University. He has been the Director and Professor of the Policy Studies Program of the Maxwell School  and College of Arts and Sciences at Syracuse University since 1976. He has published more than 115 books and articles in the fields of international relations, public policy, political risk analysis, education and citizenship, and has won most of the teaching and advising awards offered by Syracuse University.

To set up an appointment with Dr. Coplin, email him at the address above.

He is available on Mondays from 9:00 - 11:00 AM and 3:00 - 4:45 PM , on Wednesdays from 9:00 - 11:00 AM and 2:00 - 3:00 PM , and on Fridays from 9:00-11:00 AM and 2:00 - 5:00 PM.

Office hours are arranged through email only.

For more information about Dr. Coplin:

Frank Lazarski  Frank Lazarski, Instructor - Policy Studies

M.P.A., Syracuse University, 1984

B.A., Stonehill College, 1971

President, United Way of Central New York, 2003-2017

Michelle Walker

Michelle Walker, Director of Community Programs

mawalker@maxwell.syr.edu; (315) 443-4683 

Michelle Walker

Angela Ward, Administrative Assistant

acward@maxwell.syr.edu; (315) 443-2348

Policy Studies Teaching Faculty

Bill Coplin

Bill Coplin
Professor and Chair, Policy Studies
Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professor for Teaching Excellence
Ph.D., American University, 1964
Higher education, citizenship and urban education, public policy analysis, pedagogical partners with undergraduates


Allan C. Mazur
Professor Emeritus, Policy Studies
Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 1969
Biosociology, sciences, and technology

Kristen Patel faculty pg

Kristen Patel
Professor, Policy Studies Program
Donald P. and Margaret Curry Gregg Professor of Practice in Korean and East Asian Affairs
B.A. Syracuse University, M.A. Duke University 

Austin Zwick

Austin Zwick
Assistant Teaching Professor, Policy Studies
Assistant Director, Policy Studies
Director of Honors, Policy Studies
Ph.D., University of Toronto, 2018 
Smart Cities, Platform Economy, Autonomous systems, Urban and regional planning, and quantitative methods