2020 Fall Conference

#2020APPAM Virtual Fall Conference Registration Open

The 2020 Fall Research Conference is fully virtual this year, with substantially reduced registration rates. Register now!

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Introducing the 2020 APPAM Equity & Inclusion Fellows

Find out who our 20 Fellows are, and how the Fellowship is different during the Virtual Fall Conference

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The 2020 Mentoring Program: Mentees Wanted

Are you a student interested in being mentored? Applications for mentees are now open!

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Racial Justice Event

Racial Justice and Graduate Education: What Are You Doing and What Could You Do?

On October 7th, APPAM will host a special virtual event with Institutional Members and Students to discuss inequality initiatives and much more

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Northwestern University's Kirabo Jackson awarded 2020 Kershaw Prize

The award seeks to recognize original contributions to research-based knowledge that have advanced the design, implementation, and evaluation of public policies. Dr. Jackson will be honored at the 2020 APPAM Fall Research Conference

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Introducing A New Podcast from APPAM

The "Let's Grab a Coffee" Podcast, spearheaded by the Student Activities Committee highlights the person behind the research. Episode 1, out now!

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APPAM 2020 Virtual Professional Development Series

2020 Virtual Professional Development Series

Learn more about APPAM's brand new Professional Development Series, spanning several months, with dozens of panelists and issues

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APPAM Mission

APPAM is dedicated to improving public policy and management by fostering excellence in research, analysis and education.

Conferences & Events

  • ask_the_experts
    (05:00 PM - 06:00 PM)
    September 30, 2020

    Ask the Experts

    All members will have the opportunity to register for this final meeting. This session, set in a speed dating manner, will provide an opportunity for small groups (three to four individuals) to interact with a single policy professional/researcher at a time and ask their most pressing questions.
  • Racial_Justice_Event
    (01:00 PM - 03:15 PM)
    October 07, 2020

    Virtual Event: Racial Justice and Graduate Education: What Are You Doing and What Could You Do?

    On Wednesday, October 7, 1:00PM - 3:15PM EST, APPAM will host a virtual event entitled Racial Justice and Graduate Education: What Are You Doing and What Could You Do?
  • FC_events
    (All Day Event)
    November 12, 2020-November 14, 2020
    Location: Marriott Wardman Park , Washington, DC -20008

    42nd APPAM Fall Research Conference

    As our 42nd annual meeting, the APPAM 2020 Fall Research Conference will be a multi-disciplinary research conference attracting the highest quality research on a wide variety of important current and emerging policy and management issues


APPAM formally was created at a May 1979 conference at Duke University by representatives of 15 policy schools and research institutes. Within a few years, APPAM evolved into a unique association of both individual and institutional members with an elected leadership and Policy Council (the Association's board of directors). The first APPAM Fall Research Conference occurred in 1979 in Chicago.


Latest News

  • racial_justice_news
    9/9/2020 8:30:00 AM

    10/07 Virtual Event: Racial Justice and Graduate Education: What Are You Doing and What Could You Do?

    Recent events have placed racial inequality at the forefront for all academic institutions. We want to offer a place for APPAM institutional representatives to discuss what inequality initiatives they have implemented in their own schools, hear from students about what they would like to see happen in their programs and, most importantly, we want to give an opportunity for program directors and faculty to network, discuss their experiences and get some good ideas for the future.

What Members Say


The annual APPAM Conference is a gathering of accomplished scholars, practitioners, and students with a goal of disseminating and cross-pollinating cutting-edge research in relevant public policy topics. If you are interested in learning about and presenting your research on public policy topics, it is a must-go conference. Count me in!

Abe Song, PhD Student, George Mason University