Professor Maryann Feldman and colleagues awarded Urban Land Institute Prize
Professor Feldman’s paper – The economic value of local social networks – was selected as the best paper published in the Journal of Economic Geography in 2015 by Oxford University Press and the Urban Land Institute, UK. Read more.
Professor Jeremy Moulton and colleagues receive the 2016 Excellence in Research on Military and Veteran Families Award
Research exploring the World War II GI Bill, marriage and socioeconomic outcomes earns Mouton and his co-authors recognition from Military Family Research Institute at Purdue. Read more.
UNC Public Policy major and scholar-athlete defends honors thesis entitled “Measuring the Human Right to Food: A U.S. Policy Perspective”
Phi Beta Kappa member, field hockey player, and Public Policy major Sam Night successfully balances scholastics and athletics as a Tarheel. Read more.
NYT Journalist and UNC President visit Public Policy
New York Times journalist Frank Bruni and President Margaret Spellings visited Policy 101 to discuss the election, faith in the democratic process, and education reform for the state of North Carolina. Read more.
The Carolina Covenant puts Public Policy major Andrea Barnes ’18 first — she’s UNC-Chapel Hill’s first Mount Vernon Leadership Fellow, as well as the first in her family to go to college and to travel abroad. Read more.
UNC policy major Josh Smith writes N&O op ed
“I’m a college senior, a black man from inner city Atlanta, and I spent the summer riding the backroads of Orange County as an intern with the Sheriff’s Office.” Read more.
Doug Mackay and Alexandra Robinson investigate the ethics of governmental policies’ use of nudges to affect organ donor registration rates (American Journal of Bioethics). Read more.
Professor Ashu Handa weighs in on the value of unconditional cash transfers
Professor Handa and colleague Amber Peterman make the case for “cash without strings” as an effective agent in economic development policy. Read more.
President Spellings and The Education Trust CEO Haycock found some common ground during the Carolina Forum on September 22. Read more.
UNC Public Policy Major Josh Smith is Making His Mark
With a compelling story and a willingness to share it, Josh is inspiring both his classmates and faculty during his time at Carolina. And with an internship developed especially for him in the Orange County Sherriff’s Office, he’s spreading that inspiration out to the community. Read more.
Hodding Carter Public Policy Fellow Diane Li Researches the Role Banking Plays in Poverty in the Mid-South
Branch banking, an early innovation in North Carolina that led to significant economic development in the first part of the 20th century, is on the decline in many parts of the South. Li’s work in analyzing branch bank closures sheds light on the challenges such closures present to high-poverty communities. Read more.
Professor Brigitte Zimmerman’s Work in African Elections Sheds Light on Voter Attitudes
African voters may actually have a negative response to elected officials who promote action on climate change according to research conducted by Brigitte Zimmerman and colleague Nick Obradovich. Read more.
Professor Pam Jagger is the principal Investigator of a recently awarded $1.5 million + NSF grant that will seek to investigate linkages between the use of biomass energy in Southern Africa and its coupled impacts on human, terrestrial, and atmospheric systems. Read more.
2016 Lambeth Lecture “Reforming Our Criminal Justice System”
The Lambeth Lecture series is very pleased to present the Honorable Alex Kozinski and the Honorable Tom Ross in conversation about reforms needed in the American criminal justice system. The event is free and open to the public. Read more.
CEO of the Education Trust Kati Haycock and UNC President Margaret Spellings will discuss “Making Every Child Succeed” for the next Carolina Forum on September 22, at 6pm in the Great Hall. Read more.
After winning an SELI Fellowship, Kara Mitchell is interning for 8 weeks at Texas Appleseed in Austin Texas, conducting research on how the school-to-prison pipeline is impacting students in Texas this summer and strategies for improving discipline policies and practices. Read more.
Tiffany Marie Cox, a member of the class of 2016 majoring in Public Policy and Global Studies, has been selected for the distinguished Thomas R. Pickering Foreign Affairs Fellowship. Read more.
PhD candidate Nicole Ross and Professor Doug MacKay argue that in reforming the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, eliminating the ability to purchase sugary beverages through the program makes good public health sense and should be tested. Read more.
Andrea Barnes, a second year student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, has been selected as the University’s first recipient of the Mount Vernon Leadership Fellows program, a competitive, five and a half week leadership development program for rising college juniors who want to make a difference. Read more.
Spring 2016 Carolina Forum: A Tale of Two Trailblazers
A Tale of Two Trailblazers showcased the rich experiences of distinguished North Carolinians Eva M. Clayton and Harvey
Gantt. Read more.
UNC public policy professor Ashu Handa leads the research team responsible for developing the Innocenti Report Card from UNICEF. The Report Card’s focus on rich countries serves as a reminder that there is still significant child poverty in the world’s wealthiest countries, and some of these countries do a much better job at addressing child poverty than others. Read more.
The Public Policy Capstone course, required for all policy majors, provides real-world experience as students apply the skills they have learned at Carolina to policy problems related to a wide range of topics. Working on projects for governmental and non-profit agencies around the region, participants enhance their analytical processes, put into practice the interdisciplinary skills they mastered at UNC, and gain a practical understanding of the way their knowledge will be used in the workplace. Read more.
Professor Sudhanshu Handa along with collaborators recently published their research on the Zambian Government’s Child Grant, an unconditional cash transfer to families with children under age 5, one of the first studies to assess both protective and productive impacts of a national unconditional cash transfer program. Using a wide range of conditions and outcomes, the project reveals it is unlikely that cash alone is not enough to solve all constraints faced by Zambia’s poor, rural households, though the program contributes positively to these families’ lives. Read More.
Improvement of K-12 public education through investments in early grade learning and quality teachers and school leaders are the focus of the Belk Foundation. Research and programs, including many from the University of North Carolina (UNC) system, inform the Foundation’s investments, partnerships, and advocacy. Read More.
Public Policy Professor Steve Hemelt has been named a Research Fellow by the Institute for the Study of Labor (IZA) in Bonn, Germany, a leading institute for research on all facets of labor economics and policy. Read more.
Public Policy Faculty and a Ph.D. student address the policy debate over “college for all” versus “college for some” in the United States and analyze the relationship between “some college” (as a formal education attainment category) and earnings. Read more. PDF download.
UNC’s Department of Public Policy is proud to announce seven of our majors have been inducted in the Alpha Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa spring 2016. Grayson Berger, Stephen Cone, Flora Feng, Joshua Green, Brianne Marino. These students have worked hard throughout their undergraduate careers and have accepted the prestigious offer to join Phi Beta Kappa. Read more.
Steve Hemelt recently collaborated with Dave Marcotte, director of the Washington Institute for Public Affairs Research at American University, on a project examining the cost of college for the majority of America’s students. Read about their findings in Marcotte’s Baltimore Sun article. Read more.
Dr. Shenggen Fan, who has been director general of the International Food Policy Research Institute since 2009, joined UNC in its Food for All theme at a public lecture on October 23, providing a broad overview of key issues related to the current state of food security, the critical policy issues and challenges facing a world seeking to feed a growing population, as well as highlight potential solutions and causes for hope. Read more.
Professor Krista Perreira co-authors Urban Institute Report Health and Social Service Needs of US-Citizen Children with Detained or Deported Immigrant Parents
Between 2003 and 2013, the US government deported 3.7 million immigrants to their home countries, over 90 percent of whom were unauthorized immigrants from Mexico or Central America. According to the most reliable estimates, parents of US-born children made up between one-fifth and one-quarter of this total. Read more.
Professor Dan Gitterman Weighs in on President Obama
Professor Dan Gitterman weighed in on President Obama’s use of executive orders to shape policy in a recent USA Today article. “Federal procurement is a powerful weapon by which American presidents attempt to expand their power and shape public policy in areas in which Congress has not acted or will not act,” he argues. For more on the “power of the purchaser,” see this article in Presidential Studies Quarterly. Read more.
Exposure to cookstove smoke from burning fuels such as wood and charcoal is the largest risk factor for disease and death in Rwanda.
Pam Jagger, associate professor of public policy and environment and ecology, discussed her research on the health and environmental dangers of cookstove smoke in sub-Saharan Africa during an August workshop for high school students in the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (LEAP). Read More.
The Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs (formerly The Burch Field Research Seminar on Domestic and International Affairs) offers Carolina undergraduates a unique learning, living and internship opportunity in our nation’s capital. The seminar offers students first-hand engagement with the actors and organizations that influence domestic international affairs in Washington, D.C. Read more.
The Andrew Carnegie Fellows are an exceptional group of established and emerging scholars, journalists, and authors whose work distills knowledge, enriches our culture, and equips leaders in the realms of science, law, business, public policy, and the arts. Sullivan’s project investigates the long term impacts of providing lethal assistance to non-state armed groups and the factors that mitigate or exacerbate the negative effects of state sponsored weapons flows into conflict zones. Read more.