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Former NC Secretary of Health and Human Services Dr. Mandy Cohen to deliver Lambeth Lecture

March 1, 2022

Please join UNC Public Policy for the 13th annual Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Lecture in Public Policy on Wednesday, March 23, 2022, at 5pm in Hill Hall. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)


Professor Steve Hemelt Emphasizes the Importance of Teacher Assistants

February 15, 2022

In a Brookings article, Professor Hemelt and colleagues address the essential function of teacher assistants as the education system manages the challenges of COVID disruptions.


Professor Ashu Handa named co-director of the African Studies Center

January 15, 2022

Professor Handa will help guide the center in its mission to sustain and strengthen teaching of African languages and to promote research, academic opportunities and artistic exchange related to the African continent.


Professor Carmen Gutierrez Interviewed on “Pod Save the People” Podcast

December 3, 2021

Professor Gutierrez speaks about health insurance complications for previously incarcerated persons (about minute 36).


U.S. Health Policy Class “People’s Choice” Podcast Winner Announced

December 2, 2021

For the Public Policy’s U.S. Health Policy class podcast project, student teams researched policies relevant to contemporary health and health care issues in the United States. Congratulations to Callan Hazeldine, Zainab Maniya, Lily Lehman, and Tejaswi Siripurapu for their award-winning podcast on the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion!


Capstone Students Make Impact

August 28, 2021

Public Policy students presented recommendations to the Rocky Mount City Council based on their capstone project, encouraging the council to leverage a community land trust to help create accessible and affordable housing and increase homeownership rates locally.


PILOT21 (Policy Innovation Leaders for Tomorrow 2021) project announced

August 27, 2021

NCSU’s Institute for Emerging Issues will be working with students from nine North Carolina universities to identify a big issue they want to think about, develop policies for, and seek opportunities to share their ideas with state and local leaders.


UNC Public Policy PhD Graduate to Receive APPAM Award

August 20, 2021

Sanya Carley ’10 has been selected to receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize for her contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management.


Professor Ashu Handa Publishes on the Future of UNICEF

August 18, 2021

As the executive director steps down, Professor Handa and his co-author have insights into how the agency can adapt and remain effective and relevant.


Professor Iheoma Iruka Named to The U.S. Census Bureau National Advisory Committee on Racial, Ethnic and Other Populations (NAC)

August 10, 2021

Professor Iruka will advise the Census Bureau when focusing “on the identification of new strategies for improved census operations, survey and data collection methods, including identifying cost-efficient ways to increase census participation” and reduce the undercount.


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.