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Maxwell announces new chair appointments

The Maxwell School has appointed new chairs for the departments of anthropology, economics, history, international relations (undergraduate), political science and sociology, as well as an interim chair of social science. 

November 1, 2017

Bifulco study on synthetic controls to evaluate unique interventions published in Evaluation Review

Robert Bifulco, Ross Rubenstein & Hosung Sohn
October 31, 2017

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Lutz writes for Huffington Post on immigrants serving in the U.S. military

"The United States has a long tradition of enlisting immigrants. Immigrants make up an important part of the U.S. military, and have since the formation of the United States. Our country should not make it difficult for them to serve," writes Amy Lutz, associate professor of sociology.

October 30, 2017

Maxwell School Lerner Chair Shannon Monnat and team secure NIJ grant

Shannon Monnat, associate professor of sociology and Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion, and her team secured a grant from the National Institute of Justice to conduct a study that will provide recommendations to law enforcement agencies on how to maximize the efficiency of disrupting the supply of opiates into communities and develop a model for use in other jurisdictions.

October 26, 2017

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Yinger selected as APPAM's 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient

John Yinger was selected as the 2017 Steven D. Gold Award recipient by the Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM). The award recognizes significant contributions to public financial management in intergovernmental relations and state and local finance.
October 18, 2017

Colleen Heflin examines the intersection of food security, welfare policy, and health

"Typically people who qualify for higher SNAP benefits are in the worst health, so this suggests there is something really protective about the SNAP benefits," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs.

October 6, 2017

Colleen Heflin examines the intersection of food security, welfare policy and health

"Typically people who qualify for higher SNAP benefits are in the worst health, so this suggests there is something really protective about the SNAP benefits," says Colleen Heflin, professor of public administration and international affairs.

October 5, 2017

Burman economic study cited in Forbes article on corporate tax reform

A paper co-authored by Leonard Burman, professor of public administration and international affairs, found that the taxable share of U.S. corporate stock had fallen from 80 percent in 1965 to a mere 24 percent in 2015. The explanation for the sharp decline lies in the proportion of shares held by tax-exempt retirement accounts or by foreigners, who generally escape U.S. tax on dividends.

October 3, 2017

Popp study on tech R&D portfolios under uncertainty published in JAERE

Mort Webster, Karen Fisher-Vanden, David Popp & Nidhi Santen
October 2, 2017

See related: Climate Change

Monnat cited in MinnPost article on deaths of despair

"In the places with high rates of drug, alcohol and suicide mortality, economic distress has been building and social and family networks have been breaking down for several decades," says Shannon Monnat, Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion.

September 25, 2017

Schwartz research on education, summer jobs programs cited in Politico

Amy Ellen Schwartz, Daniel Patrick Moynihan Chair in Public Affairs, and her co-authors found that from 2005 to 2008, high school students who joined New York City’s summer jobs program were more likely to take, pass and earn higher scores on the Regents exams.

September 22, 2017

Monnat article on despair and the 2016 election published in Journal of Rural Studies

Shannon M. Monnat & David L. Brown
September 21, 2017

See related: U.S. Elections

Joseph Boskovski ’14 MPA helps governments make effective policy

Alumnus Joseph Boskovski co-founded Maxwell X Lab with Professor Len Lopoo, director of the Center for Policy Research, to help governments and non-profits make better policies by applying scientific standards for testing their proposed interventions. Through randomized controlled trials (RCTs), policymakers can discern the outcome of various "nudges" on actual human behavior rather than assuming how people might respond.
September 16, 2017

Maxwell names Montgomery Gruber Professor, O'Hanley Faculty Scholars

Andrew Wender Cohen, professor of history, has been announced as the recipient of the Montgomery Gruber Professorship. Additionally, the O’Hanley Faculty Endowed Fund for Faculty Excellence, which serves to help recognize, reward and retain excellent teachers at the school, announced three new scholars: Azra Hromadžić, associate professor of anthropology; Natalie Koch, associate professor of geography; and Rebecca Schewe, assistant professor of sociology. 

September 14, 2017

Shannon Monnat named Lerner Chair for Public Health Promotion

“Shannon Monnat is committed to disciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship that informs, benefits, and influences public policy and the public good,” says David M. Van Slyke, dean of the Maxwell School. “She brings timely and important research, a public orientation and unbounded energy to the intellectual leadership of the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion."

September 12, 2017

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CANCELLED: Jerry Miner Lecture: Susanna Loeb

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Susanna Loeb will be this year's speaker. Professor Loeb is Director of the Annenberg Institute and Professor of Education & International and Public Affairs at Brown University. Her research focuses broadly on education policy and its role in improving educational opportunities for students.

The annual Jerry Miner Lecture is sponsored by EFAP and named in honor of Emeritus Professor, Jerry Miner. Professor Miner is an Education Finance and Accountability Program (EFAP) faculty associate who is widely known for his research in public finance and education finance. He is one of very few scholars who understands the New York State Education aid formulas. 

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