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Student Led Internship Panel

In a recent panel discussion, we had the privilege of hearing firsthand accounts from our accomplished Public Policy students who completed policy internships in Summer 2023 with financial support from William & Mary Public Policy and the Schroeder Center for Health Policy.

The Supreme Court Preview

Over the past few weeks, first-year MPP students took to McGlothlin Courtroom to argue and judge four upcoming Supreme Court cases as part of the required Law and Policy class.

Schroeder Center for Health Policy Hosts Dr. Doug Staiger

On October 2nd, the Schroeder Center for Health Policy hosted with W&M Economics the second of three panels, "Strengthening the Current and Future Nursing Workforce," to continue celebrating its 20th anniversary.

The Past, Present and Future on Gun Policy

Few topics prompt more intense debate these days than gun policy. For that reason the Public Policy Program was pleased to recently welcome Prof. Robert Spitzer, a national and international expert on the subject, to help make sense of the current policy landscape and tensions between gun rights advocates and people favoring stronger gun control.

Summer 2023 Internship Fellows

This year, we were proud to award four W&M undergraduates Summer 2023 fellowships for internships with the Commonwealth Attorney’s office in Portsmouth; on Capitol Hill; and in Paris, France with the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Below are some reflections on their experience.

BA+MPP Student Marley Fishburn Honored

The Public Policy Program is so proud of Marley Fishburn, an undergraduate Public Policy major and also a Master's in Public Policy candidate in our accelerated degree track, for her work on student voting.

Meet the MPP Class of 2025

As orientation week kicked off for the Master’s in Public Policy program in August, the program and its associated departments welcomed eighteen new MPP candidates.

W&M Public Policy at the NATO Youth Summit

The W&M Public Policy Program was a proud co-sponsor of this year’s NATO Youth Summit, jointly organized by William & Mary and NATO.

Another Case Competition Prize for MPP Students

For the second year in a row, Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) students in the 1st year cohort distinguished themselves with an outstanding performance in their policy case competition.

Public Policy Celebrates the Class of 2023

It was a beautiful day in May for the 2023 W&M Public Policy Program diploma ceremony. This was quite a switch from last year when record high temperatures forced the event indoors.

Manna on Principal Turnover in US Schools

Teacher turnover has been a major area of interest and concern for policymakers and practitioners focused on K-12 education policy, especially amidst the COVID pandemic.

Case Competition Students Learn from the Experts

As part of their Policy Case Competition class, MPP students traveled to the nation's capital to learn about energy and climate policy from professionals that included William & Mary alumni and previous MPP graduates.

Who Cares? Q&A with Professor Howard on his New Book

The Public Policy Program at William & Mary has many great professors who study a wide range of fields. Recently, Public Policy faculty member Professor Chris Howard, a leading national expert on domestic social policy, released a new book on poverty policy in the United States entitled Who Cares? The Social Safety Net in America.

Smith (’22) Presents Telehealth Research at National Primary Care Conference

David Smith (BA, Economics, ’22), a recent premed graduate of William & Mary, had the unique opportunity to use his research from an independent economics course to present a poster at the 50th annual meeting of the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) in Phoenix, Arizona.

Shining the Spotlight on Professor S.P. Harish

William & Mary’s Public Policy program has many great professors and faculty, but today we want to shine the spotlight on just one: Professor S.P. Harish.

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Howard Discusses New Book on Social Safety Nets

Chris Howard, Harriman Professor of Government and Public Policy, recently spoke to William & Mary students about “Social Safety Nets for Food and Medical Care.” 

Health Policy Interns Share Their Experiences

W&M students discuss their health policy summer internships at Healthsperien, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), American Institutes for Research, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Welcome Ruth and Sigrid!

Each week W&M Public Policy profiles two new MPP students. This week we are pleased to welcome Ruth Bekele and Sigrid Lampe to the program.

Public Policy alum and board member Christian Bale on media and the First Amendment

Christian Bale, a Public Policy alum (BA and MPP) and a new member of the program's Board of Advisors, recently co-authored an article in the NYU Law Review Forum that examines how media censorship by public officials prevents citizens from engaging with their government and exercising their First Amendment rights.

Welcome Rosemary and Malcolm!

Each week W&M Public Policy profiles two new MPP students. This week we are pleased to welcome Rosemary Ketron and Malcolm Baytop to the program.

Welcome Aarushi and Matthew!

Each week W&M Public Policy profiles two new MPP students. This week we are pleased to welcome Aarushi Desai and Matthew Nwaneri to the program.

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Public Policy Supports Summer Human Rights Intern Fellowships

This past summer, the W&M Public Policy Program joined forces with other units on campus to support five undergraduate students who went abroad to Argentina to work with that nation's well-known Comisión Provincial por la Memoria (Memory Commission).

Joosse’s expertise on networks shines at GRI China conference

Public Policy Senior Lecturer Alexandra “Alex” Joosse and collaborators recently presented research using network analysis to study China’s Belt and Road Initiative, a global set of infrastructure investments that has become a key instrument of Chinese foreign policy.

Public Policy celebrates Commencement 2022

Despite record hot temperatures, Public Policy faculty and students enjoyed a fantastic diploma ceremony last month as the program graduated 54 students during Commencement Weekend.

W&M MPP Students are Finalists in NYU Policy Case Competition

The Public Policy Program is proud to announce that three Master’s in Public Policy (MPP) students, Maddy Humphries, BA/MPP ’23, Jennifer Hundley, BA/MPP ’23, and Lilly Potter, JD/MPP ’23, won honorable mention as 2022 finalists in the New York University Policy Case Competition.

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National expert on school choice and race visits Public Policy

William & Mary’s Public Policy Program and the School of Education recently partnered in welcoming to campus Professor Deven Carlson, the Associate Director for Education at the National Institute for Risk and Resilience and Presidential Research Professor at the University of Oklahoma.

Prof. Jennifer Mellor Educating Students and Policymakers on Health Policy

Professor Jennifer Mellor wears many hats at William & Mary. She's a Public Policy faculty affiliate, Director of Graduate Studies for Public Policy, Director of the Schroeder Center for Health Policy, and member of the Economics Department. Recently, she was profiled in the W&M campus newspaper, The Flat Hat, for her wide ranging contributions to health policy research and teaching.

Public Policy alum Jeff Lunardi Returns to Discuss State Mental Health Policy

The Schroeder Center for Health Policy, a close partner of the Public Policy Program, recently invited Jeff Lunardi, a Public Policy (BA '05) and Mason School of Business (MBA '07) alum, back to campus as part of its Fall speaker series on "State Policy on Mental Health and Substance Abuse."

Christian Bale on Military Assets and Good Government

Public Policy alum Christian Bale (BA '14, MPP '15) published a recent article in the Monkey Cage Blog at the Washington Post analyzing the challenges the U.S. military confronts in keeping track of its numerous assets scattered across all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world.

Kennedy on Army leadership

Prof. Alan Kennedy, Lecturer of Public Policy, recently published a co-authored piece with his colleague Kevin J. O'Neil, in the U.S. Army peer-reviewed publication The Army Lawyer.

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One Tribe One Day

The Public Policy Program is pleased to participate in the 2021 One Tribe One Day program on April 13. 

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Jamelah Jacob '21 receives Monroe Prize

Jamelah Jacob '21 has been awarded the 2021 James Monroe Prize in Civic Leadership, which goes to “a student who has demonstrated sustained leadership of an unusual quality, leadership combined with initiative, character and an unfailing commitment to leveraging the assets of the William & Mary community to address the needs of our society.”

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Meet the 2021 Alumni Medallion recipients

The Alumni Medallion is the highest award the Alumni Association can bestow on a graduate of William & Mary.