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Public Policy major Lamar Richards selected for Eva Clayton Fellowship program by North Carolina Democratic Party

July 15, 2021

The fellowship, named after the first African American woman to represent North Carolina in congress, allows college students to learn the intricacies of policy, organizational leadership, and strategy using North Carolina politics. Lamar plans to learn more about the inner workings of the North Carolina Democratic Party and applicable strategy and policy skills that could be useful in Law School.


Professor Rebecca Kreitzer Receives Gender and Political Psychology Network 2020 Early Career Research Award

June 27, 2021

The awarding committee was impressed by Dr. Kreitzer’s outstanding research record and thought that her current and future work aims to make important contributions in the study of gender, political psychology, and public policy. Congratulations, Professor Kreitzer!


UNC Public Policy Major Rachel Jones Awarded 2021 Weaver-James-Corrigan Postgraduate Scholarship Award

March 24, 2021

Rachel is one of only three Tar Heels receiving the award for ACC student-athletes intending to pursue graduate school.


Professor Doug MacKay Weighs in on Universal Basic Income (UBI)

March 20, 2021

Durham is proposing a pilot project to provide formerly incarcerated individuals with $500 per month, one example of a basic income policy. Professor MacKay discusses various aspects of UBI along with a colleague from UNC’s philosophy, politics & economics program in The Well.


Professors Cassandra Davis and Joaquin Rubalcaba co-author “Distance Learning and Parental Mental Health During COVID-19”

December 15, 2020

Appearing in Educational Researcher, their research shows that parents with children who struggled with distance learning experience elevated levels of mental distress.


Carolina Graduate Certificate in Innovation

November 28, 2020

The nine-credit program, co-sponsored by UNC Public Policy, will launch in spring 2021, teaching design thinking skills for solving complex problems across diverse fields of research and practice.


Standard evaluations of teaching suffer from known biases highlighted in Inside Higher Ed.

November 27, 2020

Professor Rebecca Kreitzer’s research shows that standard evaluations don’t measure teaching well and can be biased against already marginalized faculty. “This research is some of the work I’m most proud of because it has such direct policy relevance. In this paper, we make 6 policy recommendations on how to improve SETs that are easy to implement and have the potential to make a big impact for a lot of people,” she said.


Professor Ben Meier publishes Foundations of Global Health and Human Rights

November 26, 2020

Hanna Huffstetler, Tamira Daniely, Hannah Rice, and Nikky Soni worked with Professor Meier on the piece which examines health and human rights through the lens of the current pandemic. From the publication: “The COVID-19 pandemic has provided an important opportunity to cultivate a practice of human rights advocacy, but these skills will serve us beyond the current moment and remain important for the rest of our lives.”


Graduate student Elc Estrera selected for Equity & Inclusion Fellowship

November 25, 2020

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) awarded the prestigious fellowship to just 20 students this year, with the goal of introducing recipients to the world of public policy and APPAM and foster a lifelong affiliation and engagement with both.


Recent Public Policy graduate Sarah Mackenzie awarded Rhodes Scholarship

November 23, 2020

A very warm congratulations to Sarah, who plans to study for a MPhil in Social Policy and Intervention at Oxford


Professor MacKay answers tough questions about pandemic ethics.

September 25, 2020

In an interview with UNC’s “The Well,” Professor MacKay addresses the politicized issue of mask wearing from an ethical standpoint.


Recent alums deliver press conference on the Impact of COVID 19 on North Carolina

July 20, 2020

A group of recent graduates analyzed current data and presented their findings at a Zoom press conference with support from UNC Public Policy. A recording of the conference and detailed data are linked on this website.


Graduate student Dillan Bono-Lunn publishes “Hungry Children: The Increasing Demand for Free and Reduced Price Lunch in North Carolina

July 18, 2020

Bono-Lunn and Carolina Demography colleague Rebecca Tippett take a look at unfortunate recent trends in NC school children qualifying for the program.


Professor Ben Meier publishes Foundations of Global Health and Human Rights

July 16, 2020

The book, published under the Oxford University Press, systematically examines the impact of human rights across public health challenges.


Professor Cassandra Davis publishes more work on COVID-19 and first-generation college students.

July 10, 2020

Professor Davis and her collaborators discuss the urgent need to identify the unique needs of first-generation college goers as the pandemic continues to cause major disruptions.