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10 years of commitment to excellence and use-inspired research

At the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, we drive interdisciplinary thinking and problem solving on issues of pressing and emerging concern to society at local, state, national, and international levels.

Our degree and certificate programs, cutting-edge research centers, and international exchange experiences are putting into place the intellectual and institutional infrastructure required to create lasting solutions for social, economic and environmental challenges, and to generate positive impact in the classroom, city hall, boardroom, neighborhood, and around the world.


Faculty Research: A ‘perfect storm’ of policy interests

Professor Timothy Hoff co-edited The Healthcare Professional Workforce with the goal of addressing workforce issues—an area of health policy Hoff says is understudied. Published in September 2016 by Oxford University Press, the book is the first to codify transformations across health professions in the U.S. and to situate these changes within a larger context for healthcare and non-healthcare audiences…
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New SPPUA professor looks into climate adaptation, resilience

Laura Kuhl says she is thrilled to join the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs (SPPUA) this fall. The reason? The School’s interdisciplinary, use-inspired research on resilience that seeks solutions to real-world problems. “Faculty are working on really interesting and important issues, and I hope to find opportunities to collaborate with many of them,”…
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Professor Kowalcky brings commitment to public service, higher education to SPPUA

As a first-generation college student, Linda Kowalcky learned how higher education can change lives. She was introduced to a variety of ideas, and eventually pursued her two passions—belief in the transformative power of higher education and respect for public service. Throughout the years, she has held senior positions in government and academia. Now, Kowalcky joins…
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Aging and Diversity: A conversation with new Human Services professor

As a social worker, Lydia Ogden ended up working by chance with older adults with serious mental illnesses. That’s when she saw important gaps in the field, and decided to embrace aging and diversity as her specialty. “The many challenges in the work were exacerbated by the fact that there was very little research about…
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Ben Hoffman

M.S. in Urban Informatics

"For most of my life I have had to choose between a career that has meaning and one that pays the bills. This program represents an opportunity to find one that does both."

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Elizabeth Giardino

M.S. in Urban and Regional Policy

"I loved the idea of taking really rigorous research and analysis and applying this in a meaningful way to the problems metropolitan areas are facing right here and now."

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Michael Dukakis

Professor and former Massachusetts Governor

“The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs has been doing some of the best research anywhere on the key issues that face the Commonwealth and its communities.”

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