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Professor Steve Hemelt publishes about the move to online education on Brookings

July 8, 2020

Professor Hemelt and his co-author examine why the move to online instruction won’t reduce college costs.


Professor Carmen Gutierrez’s research is highlighted on “This Week Tonight” with John Oliver

July 7, 2020

Professor Gutierrez’s article Jury Pool Underrepresentation in the Modern Era: Evidence from Federal Courts is sited (at about 2:20) on Oliver’s August 16th show shedding light on the discriminatory practices of jury selection.


Professor Doug MacKay publishes in the journal of Philosophy and Public Affairs

July 6, 2020

Professor MacKay examines the ethics of randomized controlled tests in policy making.


Professor Cassandra Davis to lead a COVID-19 research team

July 5, 2020

Among the many issues faced by students due to the pandemic, Professor Davis focuses on college persistence in first-generation college students.


Professor Douglas MacKay and PhD student Katherine Saylor participated in research examining “controlled human infection” studies

July 4, 2020

The research team recently published on the ethics of using humans to accelerate the development of a vaccine to prevent COVID-19 in Science. The article develops an ethical framework to evaluate the justifiability of such studies, which involve the deliberate exposure of healthy volunteers to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.


Professor Ben Meier interviewed for Focus Carolina

June 20, 2020

Professor Meier discusses his research into the spread of the novel coronavirus and the role of public policy during the pandemic.


Professor Steve Hemelt recognized as Outstanding Reviewer for 2019

April 24, 2020

The American Educational Research Association (AERA) and Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis awarded Professor Hemelt the honor for outstanding professional service to AERA journals, the association itself, and to education research.


Cassandra Davis reflects on her disaster research in the age of COVID 19

April 20, 2020

Education researcher Davis notes similarities in schools’ challenges from natural disasters and the coronavirus pandemic in an EdNC op-ed.


Carolina Public Humanities Presents Warfare, Society, & the Military

March 4, 2020

Professor Sullivan will be giving a talk on Lethal Aid: Security Assistance & Human Security on February 20. For details, visit:


Public Policy Alum Seve Gaskin ‘14 in the Spotlight

March 3, 2020

Seve is profiled in Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy’s Masters of Public Policy program.


Public Policy Alum Sandy Alkoutami ’18 in the Spotlight

December 19, 2019

Sandy Alkoutami earns prestigious Schwarzman Scholarship


Professor Maryann Feldman Invited to Testify Before Congress

December 10, 2019

The Subcommittee on Research and Technology in the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology has invited Professor Feldman to testify in a hearing titled “America’s Seed Fund: A Review of SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) and STTR (Small Business Technology Transfer)” in order to review the role of the programs in helping to move the results of Federally funded research into commercial development and generating new economic growth, as well as in assisting federal science agencies in meeting their respective missions.


Professor Doug MacKay and PhD student Kate Saylor publish “Four Faces of Fair Subject Selection,” in The American Journal of Bioethics.

December 8, 2019

MacKay and Saylor provide ethical guidance to policymakers and researchers regarding the fair selection of research participants in the context of clinical research.


UNC Public Policy Welcome Back Reception

August 12, 2019

Thursday, August 22nd from 4:00-6:00 PM | FedEx Global Education Center, 4th Floor – UNC Public Policy and the Public Policy Majors Union will host a reception to celebrate the start of a new academic year. Stop by anytime to meet public policy majors and faculty. All students are welcome! Kindly click on “Read More” to RSVP.


Public Policy major Allie Omens wins Three Zeros Student Leadership Award

August 7, 2019

Allie focuses on waste reduction policy and is currently completing an Honors Thesis in Public Policy focused on surplus food redistribution in New York City.