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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.


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.