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#2021APPAM Spotlight: University of Southern California, Price School of Public Policy


The #2021APPAM Fall Research Conference will feature some fantastic sponsors from across the policy research spectrum. Today we're shining a spotlight on Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs.



What types of programs does your school offer?

Our featured programs include:

- PhD in Public Policy

- Master of Public Administration
- Master of Public Policy
- MS in Urban Informatics
- MS in Urban Planning and Policy
- MS in Environmental Science and Policy
- MA in International Affairs
- MS in Security and Resilience Studies

- Human Services Program

What would you list as your school's greatest accomplishments in the last 5-10 years?

In 2019, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of our Master of Public Administration (MPA) program, the flagship program of our school! Throughout the past few years, we have been growing steadily – we’ve hired amazing new faculty with a focus on social justice, racial justice, and economic justice.

Why should potential students choose your school or program?

The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs provides students with
- Diverse, intensive classroom experiences
- Experiential learning, professional internships, and research opportunities
- Cooperative education in business, nonprofits, and government across Boston, the United States, and the world

Students collaborate with faculty on use-inspired research crossing disciplinary boundaries and shaping the world. Our research centers promote engagement with policymakers and diverse communities, and our Boston location offers exciting opportunities within a thriving urban environment.

If you are hiring, what makes your school a great place to work?

The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is hiring! We are a networked community with a commitment to centering social, racial, and environmental justice in every aspect of our teaching, research, campus relationships, and community engagement. Faculty and staff have the chance to leverage and support the growing opportunities our university has to offer to engage in innovative research and teaching.

We are in the heart of Boston and part of a global university system with campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver.

What is your teaching/research divide?

Our research and teaching are intricately linked.

We are a hub for innovative, interdisciplinary research that informs policy-making and community priorities integrating issues of pressing concern to society at local, state, national, and international levels – from transportation, housing, and community development to social and environmental justice, resilience, and sustainability. Our research centers include the Boston Area Research Initiative and Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy and we work closely with other research centers at Northeastern.

What is your undergraduate/graduate divide?

We have 300 graduate and doctoral students and 200 students in our undergraduate programs including our Human Services program, minors in Law and Public Policy, Food Systems Sustainability, Health, and Equity, and Urban Studies.

Is there any other information you'd like us to include in your Spotlight?

We are committed to countering oppression and centering social and racial justice in every aspect of our teaching, research, campus relationships, and community engagement.

What is an interesting, unique, or fun fact about your school?

The School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs hosts the Myra Kraft Open Classroom, a semester-long seminar series for the Northeastern community and the general public focused on social justice. The series seeks to invite diverse audiences to converge around a central theme and generate conversations about current topics relevant to our local and national communities. This semester’s Open Classroom series is “Power to the People: Community Voices in Urban Decision-Making.”

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