Spotlight: Pepperdine University
The School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University offers a Master of Public Policy (MPP) degree built on a distinctive philosophy of nurturing leaders to use the tools of analysis and policy design to effect successful implementation and real change. This requires critical insights balanced with personal moral certainties that only a broad exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders can encourage. It prepares graduates for careers as leaders and seeks also to strengthen the institutions which lie between the federal government and the individual, including the family, religious organizations, volunteer associations, local, regional and state government, and nonprofit organizations. The School enrolls approximately 100 students and offers joint degree programs including the MPP/JD degree and the MPP/MDR degree in conjunction with the School of Law and the MPP/MBA degree in conjunction with the Graziadio School of Business and Management.
The School of Public Policy takes a fresh, innovative, and student-centered approach to the increasingly important interdisciplinary field of public policy. Pepperdine’s program is built on a unique philosophy that impacts the study and application of public policy in several important respects:
Public policy is not limited to the study of government solutions, but is broadened to embrace a full range of community-based and free-market approaches to public policy challenges.
Effective public policy solutions are rooted in the classic literature of history, philosophy, and economics and are guided by moral and ethical principles best captured in the lives of great leaders.
The teaching of public policy goes beyond the theoretical survey of problems, highlighting policy applications that have proven to be effective.
Many policy challenges are best resolved at state and local levels and through partnerships with private and nonprofit actors. Southern California and Los Angeles provide an ideal laboratory in which to study such issues.
Pepperdine School of Public Policy graduates have a keen understanding of the study of government solutions, and embrace a full range of community-based and free-market approaches to public policy challenges. Their skill set goes beyond the theoretical survey of problems, highlighting policy applications that have proven to be effective grounded in the moral, ethical, and spiritual paradigm that the founding mission and enduring philosophy of Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy encourages.
Graduates of Pepperdine equally pursue careers in all three major sectors: private, public, and nonprofit. Areas of policy range from healthcare, education, public finance and organizational consulting to national security, diplomacy, governance and democracy. Although their graduates span globally from the Republic of Georgia to various parts of Africa, the majority pursue careers in California and Washington, D.C. Alumni have served in such distinguished roles as elected officials in state and local governments, as Cabinet members of state governments and Presidential appointees in the federal government, Directors and Assistant Directors of high-profile nonprofit organizations and think tanks, and respected owners/officers/leaders of private firms. Two alumni have served senior roles in the White House: one as a Presidential speech writer and another as the Director of Television. SPP alumni consistently fare well in the select competitive public leadership programs such as the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows program.
The Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy equips local government officials to solve public problems by engaging their citizens in decision making through trainings for municipal government staff on the public engagement process; consultations with city and county governments to develop and facilitate legitimate public engagement; grant making to support California cities, counties, special districts; and civic organizations as they endeavor to engage their residents on a variety of issues. The institute also supports SPP students by hosting lectures, connecting students with municipal government research projects and internships, and spearheading the annual City Manager in Residence Program.
The Master of Public Policy (MPP) at Pepperdine requires 64 units of course work with four four-unit courses taken each semester for two academic years (four semesters). The first year is primarily composed of core courses and provides a foundation for the student's specialization courses, most of which are taken in the second year. Specializations can be in American politics, economics, international relations, and state and local policy.
Early public policy programs traditionally trained students to be analysts, helping to design effective government programs. While devoting significant attention to such analysis, Pepperdine is committed to nurturing leaders who can use these tools to effect real change, not only in government agencies, but also in the private and nonprofit sectors.
Beyond useful tools, this requires critical insights produced only by a broad understanding of the history and philosophy undergirding free institutions and an exposure to great ideas, courageous thinkers, and extraordinary leaders. It is based on the conviction that culture and personal moral certainties are also the valid concern of higher education—in fact, an important foundation for analysis. This significant and unique perspective is reflected in the core curriculum, unashamedly setting it apart from many other public policy programs.
The Pepperdine School of Public Policy consists of seven nationally-recognized core faculty comprised of leading academics and practitioners in the various fields of public policy who have been carefully chosen not only for their expertise, but for their alignment with the mission of the school and their ability to translate their respective academic disciplines into prevailing policy terms. The School also welcomes a distinguished visiting professor during each academic term to be in residence while leading a class or seminar, devote significant time as a resident mentor to student scholars, and lead community presentations.
In February 2014, the School of Public Policy will be honoring James Q. Wilson, the former Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at the School of Public Policy, in a national conference entitled Character and the Moral Sense: James Q. Wilson and the Future of Public Policy. This two-day conference in Malibu, California, will focus on Wilson’s historic book, The Moral Sense, and his emphasis on the rediscovery of character as valid concerns of policy education in a democracy.
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Angela Hawken teaches graduate classes in research methods, statistics, applied methods for policy analysis, crime, and social policy. Her research interests are primarily in drugs, crime, and corruption. At RAND, she conducted research on early education, sentencing, and tort reform. Hawken conducted the statewide cost-benefit analysis of California's Proposition 36, and led the randomized controlled trial of Hawaii's Opportunity Probation with Enforcement (HOPE), a swift-and-certain-sanctions model to manage high-risk probationers. Drug Czar Gil Kerlikowske, identified HOPE as the most promising initiative that "not only prevents recidivism, but also actively assists individuals to transition to productive lives." President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2014 provides $10 million for HOPE probation. With $1 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Justice, Hawken is leading the first large-scale mainland implementation of HOPE in four states, and is working with several others: jurisdictions in at least 17 states are implementing HOPE probation.
Hawken also consults regularly for the United Nations and the State Department. She advised a State Department-supported think tank in Georgia. She is developing measurement instruments to study corruption and gender issues in the Asia-Pacific region, for the UN regional office, and her work is featured regularly in the UN Human Development Reports. She has visited Afghanistan twice and is coauthor of the Afghanistan corruption-monitoring system used by the UN and State Department to track public-sector corruption. She is also working on a counternarcotics policy for Afghanistan and for the State Department.
Hawken actively includes students in fieldwork for her research and in writing projects. She involved a dozen SPP students in the HOPE evaluation, and has placed over two dozen students in international internships. She is the coauthor of Drugs and Drug Policy: What Everyone Needs to Know and Marijuana Legalization: What Everyone Needs to Know. She received her Ph.D. and M.Phil. from RAND Graduate School and her M.A. at the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa.
Professor of Public Policy
Robert G. Kaufman is a political scientist specializing in American foreign policy, national security, international relations, and various aspects of American politics. Kaufman has written frequently for scholarly journals and popular publications, including The Weekly Standard, Policy Review, The Washington Times, the Baltimore Sun, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He is the author of three books; the most recent being In Defense of the Bush Doctrine. Kaufman received the Emil and Katherine Sick Award for the best book on the history of the Pacific Northwest with the publication of Henry M Jackson: A Life in Politics. His first book, Arms Control During the Prenuclear Era, studied the interwar naval treaties and their linkage to the outbreak of World War II in the Pacific. Kaufman also assisted President Richard M. Nixon in the research and writing of Nixon's final book, Beyond Peace. He is currently in the research phase of a biography of President Ronald Reagan, focusing on his quest for the presidency and his terms in the Oval Office. Kaufman is also conducting research for a forthcoming book contrasting the political visions of Ronald Reagan and Barack Obama.
Kaufman is a former Bradley Scholar and current adjunct scholar at the Heritage Foundation. He has taught at Colgate University, The Naval War College, and the University of Vermont. Kaufman received his Ph.D., M. Phil., and M.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Georgetown.
Associate Professor of Public Policy
Michael Shires primary areas of teaching and research include state, regional, and local policy; technology and democracy; higher education policy; strategic, political, and organizational issues in public policy; and quantitative analysis. Shires has been active as a consultant to local and state government on issues related to finance, education policy, and governance. His published titles in higher education include: Alternative Approaches to Funding Higher Education in California, The Future of Public Undergraduate Education in California, and The Redesign of Governance in Higher Education. He is one of the state’s leading experts on state and local finance and has published extensively on the effects, benefits, and costs of California’s landmark property tax initiative—Proposition 13.
Shires' economic development work has focused on building new opportunities in the Los Angeles region, especially the San Fernando Valley. He currently co-directs the California Business Roundtable-Pepperdine School of Public Policy California Policy Poll and authors the Best Places for Jobs series featured annually on NewGeography.com and forbes.com with Joel Kotkin. He has published work examining how K-12 school monies are actually spent in California.
Previously a research fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California, Shires was also a doctoral fellow at RAND's Graduate School of Policy Studies, concentrating on domestic education policy, California fiscal policy, economic development and international trade policy. Shires recived his Ph.D. and M.Phil. from RAND and his M.B.A. from the University of California, Los Angeles.
Spring 2013 William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor
Steven F. Hayward, is currently the Thomas Smith Distinguished Fellow at the John M. Ashbrook Center at Ashland University, where he directs the Ashbrook Center's new program in political economy. For the last decade he was the F.K. Weyerhaeuser Fellow in Law and Economics at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington, D.C., and a Senior Fellow at the Pacific Research Institute in San Francisco.
Hayward writes daily on the popular PowerLineBlog.com, and frequently serves as a guest host for Bill Bennett's national radio show "Morning in America" on the Salem Broadcasting Network. He writes on a wide range of current topics, including environmentalism, law, economics, and public policy for publications including National Review, Reason, The Weekly Standard, The American Spectator, The Public Interest, the Claremont Review of Books, and Policy Review. His newspaper articles have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Chicago Tribune, and dozens of other daily newspapers.
Hayward is the author of Index of Leading Environmental Indicators, published in 14 editions, and its successor, the Almanac of Environmental Trends. He wrote a two-volume narrative history of Ronald Reagan and his effect on American political life, The Age of Reagan: The Fall of the Old Liberal Order, 1964-1980, and The Age of Reagan: The Conservative Counter-Revolution, 1980-1989. His other books include Mere Environmentalism: A Biblical Perspective on Humans and the Natural World; Churchill on Leadership, and Greatness: Reagan Churchill, and the Making of Modern Statesmen.
Hayward received his Ph.D. and his M.A. from Claremont Graduate School.
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