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  Jan 22, 2018
 
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
  
2015-2016 Graduate Catalog

Public Policy and Public Affairs


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Faculty

Michael Ahn, PhD, Syracuse University

  • Public Management
  • Public Organizational Theory
  • E-Government/E-Democracy
  • Quantitative and Qualitative Methods
  • International Comparative Public Administration
  • Information Technology in the Public Sector

Randy Albelda (Department of Economics), PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Political Economy
  • Women’s Economic Status
  • Family Policies
  • Poverty

Ann Bookman, PhD, Harvard University

  • Women’s Issues
  • Work-Family Balance
  • Community Engagement

Christine Thurlow Brenner, PhD, University of Texas at Arlington

  • Immigrant Integration Policy
  • Immigration Policy
  • Urban Affairs

David Cash, PhD, Harvard University

  • Science and Policy
  • Energy and Environmental Policy

Connie S. Chan, PhD, Boston University

  • Mental Health Policy
  • Ethics
  • Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities

Susan R. Crandall, PhD, University of Washington

  • Workforce development
  • Low-wage Work
  • Labor Workforce Intermediaries
  • Talent Management Practices
  • Evaluation

Michael Johnson, PhD, Northwestern University

  • Management Science
  • Urban Affairs
  • Information Technology
  • Service Delivery
  • Housing Policy

David Levy (Department of Management), DBA, Harvard University

  • Organizational Theory
  • International Business
  • International Political Economy

Catherine Lynde (Department of Economics), PhD, University of California, Davis

  • Macroeconomic Policy
  • Productivity Growth
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Health Economics

Heather MacIndoe, PhD, University of Chicago

  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Philanthropy
  • Organizational Theory

Aroon P. Manoharan, PhD, Rutgers University - Newark

  • E-Government
  • Performance Measurement
  • Strategic Planning
  • Public Management
  • Comparative Public Administration

Francine Menashy (Department of Leadership in Education), PhD, University of Toronto

  • International Aid to Education
  • Private Sector Engagement in Education
  • Policymaking Processes
  • Ideological and Conceptual Foundations of Education Policy

Edward Miller (Department of Gerontology), PhD, University of Michigan

  • State Politics and Policy
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Organizational Theory
  • Program Evaluation and Implementation
  • Aging and Long-Term Care
  • Telemedicine and E-Health

Erin O’Brien (Department of Political Science), PhD, American University

  • Public Policy
  • Politics of Poverty and U.S. Social Welfare Policy
  • Stratification, Politics, and Policy
  • Political Behavior
  • Urban Politics
  • Research Methods and Epistemology
  • American Politics

Amit Patel, PhD, George Mason University

  • Urban Poverty
  • Health Disparities
  • Statistical and Simulation Methods
  • Geographic Information Systems

Frank Porell, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Health Policy
  • Long-Term Care Issues
  • Health Service Utilization

Amy E. Smith, PhD, State University of New York at Albany

  • Public Administration and Policy
  • Social Networks in Organizational Settings
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Scholarship and Inventive Activity

Peter Taylor (Critical and Creative Thinking Program), PhD, Harvard University

  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Social Analysis of Environmental and Health Research
  • Reflective Practice

Mark R. Warren, PhD, Harvard University

  • Community Organizing
  • Education Reform
  • Race and Racial Justice
  • Faith-based Initiatives
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Civic Engagement and Democratic Participation

Eben Weitzman (Dispute Resolution Program), PhD, Columbia University

  • Conflict Resolution in the Labor Movement
  • Computer-Aided Data Analysis in Qualitative Research

Christian Weller, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Private Pensions
  • Social Security
  • Retirement Income Security
  • Macroeconomics
  • Financial Markets and International Finance

Mengzhong Zhang, PhD, Rutgers University - Newark

  • Comparative Administration Reforms
  • Performance Measurement
  • Public Budgeting and Finance

Christopher Zurn (Philosophy Department), PhD, Northwestern University

  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Contemporary European Philosophy

Lecturers

Carolyn Arcand

  • Women’s Issues
  • Health Care Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Economic Development

Michael Berardino, MS, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Civic engagement
  • Education policy and standardized testing
  • School violence
  • Nonprofit organizations

Arthur Bowes, CAGS, Northeastern University

  • Human Resource Management
  • Labor Relations
  • Health Care Management

Kathy Fallon, MSPA, University of Massachusetts Boston

  • Public Budgeting

Frank F. Herron, MA, Syracuse University

  • Political Science
  • Communication Studies
  • Susan Jeghelian, JD, Boston College
  • Institutional planning
  • Policy and budget development
  • Fundraising
  • Outreach
  • Programs and initiatives serving public agencies, legislators, courts, and communities

Cathy Judd-Stein, JD, Harvard University Law School

  • Government
  • Government ethics
  • Child welfare

John McGah, MSPA

  • Homelessness

Madhawa Palihapitiya, MA, Brandeis University

  • Violence prevention
  • Program design and evaluation

Elena Stone, PhD

  • Gender, Leadership, and Public Policy

Michael Ward, MPP, Harvard University

  • Regionalization and service-sharing work
  • Performance management

Affiliated Faculty

Randy Albelda, (Department of Economics), PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Political Economy
  • Women’s Economic Status
  • Family Policies
  • Poverty

Edward Miller, (Department of Gerontology), PhD

  • State Politics and Policy
  • Intergovernmental Relations
  • Organizational Theory
  • Program Evaluation and Implementation
  • Aging and Long-Term Care
  • Telemedicine and E-Health

Erin O’Brien, (Department of Political Science), PhD, American University

  • Public Policy
  • Politics of Poverty and U.S. Social Welfare Policy
  • Stratification, Politics, and Policy
  • Political Behavior
  • Urban Politics
  • Research Methods and Epistemology
  • American Politics

Frank Porell, PhD, Carnegie Mellon University

  • Health Policy
  • Long-Term Care Issues
  • Health Service Utilization

Peter Taylor, (Critical and Creative Thinking Program), PhD, Harvard University

  • Science, Technology, and Society
  • Social Analysis of Environmental and Health Research
  • Reflective Practice

David Terkla, (Department of Economics; Dean, College of Liberal Arts), PhD, University of California, Berkeley

  • Environmental and Marine Resource Economics
  • Regional Economic Development
  • Public Finance

Christopher F. Zurn, (Philosophy Department), PhD, Northwestern University

  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Contemporary European Philosophy

 

The Program

The PhD program in public policy, located within the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies, is designed to educate students in methods and approaches to public policy analysis in a variety of policy areas. The program provides interdisciplinary study at both the theoretical and applied levels, drawing on a broad variety of academic disciplines. The program’s curriculum offers students a solid grounding in a wide range of political, sociological, and economic philosophies and theories of public policy and emphasizes a commitment to urban issues and multicultural perspectives, with a focus on state and local policy. In addition, students acquire intensive experience in a range of research methods and in techniques of both quantitative and qualitative analysis.

UMass Boston’s public policy graduates will play important roles in 21st century public policy making in the following research areas:

  • Community and Regional Economic Development
  • Disability Rights and Policy
  • Dispute Resolution
  • Education Policy
  • Environmental Policy
  • Financial Markets
  • Gender Issues
  • Health Care Policy
  • Homelessness and Housing
  • Immigration Policies
  • Labor Policy
  • Law and Public Policy
  • Mental Health Policy
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Pensions and Income Security
  • Poverty Reduction
  • Public Management
  • Race and Ethnic Studies
  • Welfare Reform

Full-time study is normally required during the first two years of enrollment, and full-time students are generally expected to complete the degree in five years.

Financial support, including tuition waivers and graduate assistantships, is typically available for full-time students for the first two years of study; partial support may be available in years three and four.

Students may petition for award of an en route master of science degree in public policy upon successful completion of the core courses and a two-part comprehensive exam.

Facilities and Professional Collaborations

The PhD program in public policy resides in the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. The program has its own classrooms, computer laboratory, and student lounge and works closely with the university’s most prominent research centers and public policy institutes: the Center for Social Development and Education, the Center for Social Policy, the Center for Survey Research, the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy, the Mauricio Gastón Institute for Latino Community Development and Public Policy, the Gerontology Institute, the Institute for Asian American Studies, the Institute for Community Inclusion, the Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences, the New England Resource Center for Higher Education, the William Monroe Trotter Institute for the Study of Black Culture, the Institute for New England Native American Studies, and the Urban Harbors Institute. These nationally and internationally known research centers provide students with opportunities for jobs, internships, and other types of assistance.

Programs

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