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Your support of UNC Public Policy plays a crucial role in funding our highest priorities—recruiting and retaining faculty, deepening academic excellence, achieving domestic and global impact and enhancing student engagement. Help continue the tradition of distinguished research, teaching, and service by making a gift to support our UNC Public Policy Fund [104822].

UNC Public Policy is currently working to endow several priorities.

The Carolina Forum creates a new space and a place for discussion and debate on big domestic and global policy challenges. The Forum hosts leaders in policy and politics, higher education, and the private and non-profit sector. The Forum fosters non-partisan discussion and deliberation. Its mission is to educate and to engage students in a dialogue about key policy issues in the U.S. and around the globe. This fund allows us to host speakers on campus. Carolina Forum on Public Policy Fund [104519]

UNC Public Policy offers the Ph.D. degree to students who aim to contribute new knowledge and address major domestic and global policy problems. The Ph.D. in Public Policy combines core foundations in theory, empirical and normative analysis and a policy field area. The curriculum is designed to help each doctoral student develop and use appropriate theoretical and analytical approaches to solve problems in policy areas such as education, innovation and entrepreneurship, labor markets, health and social policy, immigration, environment, national security, international development and global health and environment. This fund support graduate student research assistantships during the summer months. The Ph.D. in Public Policy Excellence Fund [104517]

The Honors Seminar on Public Policy and Global Affairs offers Carolina undergraduates a unique learning, living, and internship opportunity in our nation’s capital. The seminar provides students first-hand engagement with the actors and organizations that influence domestic and global affairs in Washington, D.C. It aims to expose students to a range of public policies that influence U.S. economic prosperity, national security, and its role in the broader global community. This fund offers need-based scholarships to students. The Public Policy in Washington D.C. Fund [104518]

The UNC Health & Human Rights Lecture seeks to elaborate the human rights principles that frame health policy. In considering human rights under international law as a basis for public health, this annual lecture has shifted the analysis of global health debates from social justice to legal accountability, elevating human rights from principle to practice. The UNC Health & Human Rights Distinguished Lecture Series in Public Policy [104417]

The Hardin Fund for Undergraduate Excellence in Public Policy supports the work of undergraduate public policy students.  Examples include, but are not limited to, senior capstone projects, summer internships, and conference attendance with a preference for those working in the field of social entrepreneurship.  The Hardin Fund for Undergraduate Excellence in Public Policy [104565]

UNC Public Policy collaborates with the Shuford Program in Entrepreneurship to support students with interests in social entrepreneurship. The UNC Public Policy Social Entrepreneurship Fund [100073]


The following endowed funds help support research, teaching, service, and/or student engagement.

In a celebrated career as lawyer, chief of staff to a member of Congress, N.C. superior court judge, Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation executive director and a private and public higher education leader in North Carolina, Thomas W. Ross has shown how one person can make a difference. To honor his accomplishments and inspire the next generation of leaders, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is seeking to raise funds to create the Thomas W. Ross North Carolina Leaders Fellows Program. This exciting new initiative will honor Ross’ distinguished career by supporting UNC College of Arts & Sciences public policy undergraduates pursuing public service opportunities in the State of North Carolina during the summer.

Ross Leadership Fellows will recognize passionate and accomplished students who want to work within any sector (public, higher education, philanthropy, non-profit) and seek to advance ideas that improve the quality of life for North Carolinians. In consultation with a prospective mentor at a host organization, Ross Leadership Fellows will propose a plan of action that addresses a challenge or problem facing North Carolina. Ross Leadership Fellows will develop their professional skills in a public service environment while deepening their academic learning through hands-on experience.The Thomas W. Ross North Carolina Leadership Fellows Program [104625]

The Duncan MacRae ’09 and Rebecca Kyle MacRae Professorship of Public Policy Analysis was established in 1987 by their son, Duncan MacRae Jr., a former William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of political science and sociology, and his wife, Edith K. MacRae, a UNC-CH professor of cell biology and anatomy.

The MacRae Professorship was the first endowed chair in the Curriculum in Public Policy Analysis. The curriculum’s undergraduate major was established in 1978, and MacRae Jr. served as its founding chair.

Duncan MacRae Sr. was born in Fayetteville in 1891. His father, James Cameron MacRae, was later dean of the law school. Duncan MacRae graduated from UNC with a B.S. in 1909. He received a Ph.D. in chemical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1917. He served as a chemist in the U.S. Army during World War I and later worked at Westinghouse Corp., and Guggenheim Brothers and served in the U.S. Army.

Duncan MacRae Jr. was born in Glen Ridge, N.J., in 1921. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.A. in chemistry and physics in 1942. He received his M.A. in electronic physics in 1943 and his Ph.D. in social psychology in 1950, both from Harvard University. He served as a staff member at the MIT Radiation Laboratory and taught at Princeton University, the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Chicago before joining UNC’s faculty in 1972.

MacRae Jr.’s major research interests were in the foundations of public policy analysis. He was the author or editor of nine books, including three on public policy analysis. In 1983, he received the Donald Campbell Award for innovative methods in public policy studies from the Policy Studies Organization.

He was a member of the American Political Science Association, the American Sociological Association, and the American Economic Association and was a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He died in 2008.

Edith Krugelis MacRae was born in Waterbury, Conn., in 1919. She graduated from Bates College in Maine with a B.S. in biology and chemistry in 1940. She earned an M.S. in 1941 and a Ph.D. in 1946, both in zoology from Columbia University.

Edith MacRae taught at Vassar College and served as a post doctoral fellow at the Carlsberg Laboratory in Copenhagen, Denmark, and at Yale University before joining the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was the first woman member of the biology faculty. She also taught at the University of Illinois School of Medicine and received a Guggenheim Fellowship for research at the University of California at Berkeley before joining the UNC faculty in 1972.

Her research dealt with cell biochemistry, invertebrate structure, the human blood system, and functions of blood and connective tissue cells. She also received teaching awards at the University of Illinois and at UNC.

After she retired in 1989, she developed interests in geology, water coloring, poetry and jewelry making. Edith MacRae died in 1995.

Duncan and Edith MacRae were married in 1950; they had one daughter, Amy (B.S. ’81).

Dan Gitterman, Professor and Chair, is currently the MacRae Professor.

The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Fund supports research opportunities and internship experiences for Public Policy majors through the Duncan MacRae Jr. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF), the Duncan MacRae Jr. Mentored Research Assistant Grant and the Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Internship Grant.

The Duncan MacRae Jr. Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) in Public Policy allows majors to carry out innovative policy-relevant research under the supervision of public policy faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Public Policy SURF aims to create an opportunity for majors to engage in independent research for at least 9 weeks with a minimum 20 hours/week during the summer.

The Duncan MacRae Jr. Mentored Research Assistant Grant aims to promote opportunities for undergraduates to engage in mentored research with full-time public policy faculty.

The Duncan MacRae Jr. Public Policy Internship Grant aims to support internship opportunities for public policy majors and to defer some of the costs associated with engaging in unpaid summer internships.

The MacRae Public Policy Analysis Fund [108025]

The Philip and Jane Hammer Fund for the Enrichment of the PhD Curriculum in Public Policy was established in 1991 by Jane R. Hammer. The fund aides in the recruitment and support of exceptional graduate students in the PhD program in public policy.  Click here for further information.

The Hodding Carter III Public Service Fellowship supports opportunities for UNC public policy undergraduates to engage in public service opportunities in our communities, the American south, the nation and around the globe.

Hodding Carter III is the Emeritus University Professor of Leadership and Public Policy. He was president and CEO of the Knight Foundation from February 1998 until his retirement in July 2005.

Under his leadership, the Knight Foundation made $15 million in grants in recent years to further freedom-of-information projects and initiatives. Recipients included the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, the National Security Archive, the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Radio-Television News Directors Association and several investigative reporters groups, including Investigative Reporters and Editors. The Foundation also funded Sunshine Week, an annual effort sponsored by journalism advocacy and civil society organizations to promote values of open government, freedom of information, and public participation.

Carter held the Knight Chair in Journalism at the University of Maryland College of Journalism and from 1965-66 he was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. He worked on two presidential campaigns – for Lyndon Johnson and Jimmy Carter. In January 1977, Carter became spokesman of the Department of State and Assistant Secretary of State for Public Affairs, serving until 1980. Carter’s wife, Patricia Murphy “Patt” Derian is a United States civil and human rights activist, who served as Assistant Secretary of State for Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs from 1977 to 1981.

Hodding Carter went on to a national career in the media as television commentator and newspaper correspondent on public affairs, working with ABC, NBC, CNN, PBS, BBC, and The New York Times, among other leading media, and in the process earning four national Emmy Awards and the Edward R. Murrow Award for his documentaries. In 2013, Carter received with The Giduz Award for Public Service by the Harvard Club of the Research Triangle – “presented annually to an outstanding citizen who is committed to public service in our community, country and the world.”

Carter’s father was a newspaper publisher and editor in the South whose editorials on racial and religious tolerance for the family-owned Greenville, Miss., Delta Democrat-Times won the Pulitzer Prize in 1946. Born in New Orleans and raised in Greenville, Mississippi, Hodding Carter III graduated summa cum laude in June 1957 with a bachelor’s degree from Princeton University. After serving in the military, he returned to Greenville in 1959, where he spent nearly 18 years as reporter-editorial writer, managing editor and editor and associate publisher of the Delta Democrat-Times.  The Hodding Carter III Student Fellowship in Public Service [104372]

The Kathy Taft Education Policy Award was established in 2010 in honor of Kathy Taft, a longtime member of the NC State School Board. The purpose of the Kathy Taft Award is to recognize a rising or graduating senior majoring in public policy with an interest in and dedication to education policy.

The Undergraduate Affairs Committee selects a candidate based on evidence of a dedication to education policy that has been sustained over a candidate’s college career and is expected to continue into the future. Factors to be considered when deciding the recipient of the Taft Award are:

Dedication. An interest in and dedication to education policy may be demonstrated by the completion of course work on education; participation in student groups, community groups, or other non-profit organizations with a primary goal of promoting high school completion or higher education; or volunteer work aimed at mentoring students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Nominees should also identify future plans to promote education and improve education policy in the US or abroad.

Accomplishment. The record of a strong candidate should include evidence of innovation, leadership, and advocacy in promoting educational attainment of youth and the development of educational programs and resources. Recipients should also demonstrate evidence of strong academic achievement with a GPA of approximately 3.0 in the public policy major.

Service. Strong candidates will also demonstrate service to students interested in education policy at UNC-Chapel Hill by participation in the public policy majors union, representation of student interests to the faculty, and engagement in recruiting and mentoring new public policy majors. The Kathy A. Taft Award in Public Policy [100243]

The Nancy Stegman Fellowship is awarded annually to recruit an outstanding incoming doctoral student.

Nancy attended Midwood High School in Brooklyn, where she met her future husband, Emeritus Professor of Public Policy, Michael Allen Stegman. She attended Cornell University, majoring in English and earning a Bachelor of Science in human ecology in 1962. After a long-distance courtship between Cornell University and Brooklyn College, she and Michael embarked on a marriage of 48 years.

Nancy began her career as an English teacher at Darby Township Junior High while helping to pay for Michael’s graduate study at nearby University of Pennsylvania. Nancy and Michael moved to Chapel Hill in 1965 after Michael accepted a position on the faculty of the University of North Carolina. Shortly after arriving in Chapel Hill with a newborn daughter, Nancy enrolled as a part-time student in the graduate program in computer science at UNC, from which she earned a Master of Science in computer science in 1976. She was among the first women to hold such a degree at that time. She then began a more than two-decade career in computer technology as a contractor to and career employee of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in Research Triangle Park, N.C., where, at her retirement in 2008, she held the position of chief information officer and chief of the computer technology branch.  The Nancy W. Stegman Fellowship in Public Policy [107861]

This fund will support a competitive award to a rising senior major in public policy, environmental studies or environmental sciences engaged in research and/or service on solutions to local, state, national and/or global environmental policy challenges.

Andrews is a 1966 graduate of Yale University, and he earned both the professional master’s degree in regional planning and the Ph.D. in environmental policy and planning from Carolina. Prior to joining the UNC faculty in 1981, he served for nine years on the faculty of the University of Michigan, and previously as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Nepal.

Andrews is widely recognized as one of the leading researchers and scholars of U.S. environmental policy, and has compiled a distinguished record of scholarship on the history of American environmental policy and on the effectiveness and limitations of public policy incentives for preventing and correcting environmental damage and preserving natural resources and ecosystems. Over the forty years of his career at UNC and the University of Michigan, Andrews has had great influence in this area of public policy scholarship. Andrews teaching is marked by his creative use of “teachable moments” on current public policy issues, and engaging students directly with policy-makers and advocates on different sides of important issues.

Andrews, who held the inaugural Thomas Willis Lambeth Distinguished Chair in Public Policy, has helped bring UNC through critical moments of identity formation and has been unswervingly committed to helping UNC fulfill its mission as the “University of the People.” Pete served with distinction as Chair of the Faculty through a particularly challenging period, including not least the transitions of three chancellors, nine new deans, and a new president of the university. In this role, he championed the implementation of the faculty’s recommendations on improving the UNC’s intellectual climate, and the creation of a Priorities and Budget Committee to engage faculty, staff and students as well as administrators in deliberations over budget priorities. He was an effective voice for the faculty both internally and publicly in UNC’s transition to a more strongly need-based tuition and financial aid policy, and in persuading the General Assembly to increase financial support for graduate students.  Richard N. L. (Pete) Environmental Policy Fund [104466]

The Lambeth Lectureship was established in 2006 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill by the generous gift of an anonymous donor. Presented annually, its purpose is to bring to campus distinguished speakers who are practitioners or scholars of public policy, particularly those whose work touches on the fields of education, ethics, democratic institutions, and civic engagement. The lectureship is administered by the Lambeth Lecture Committee, composed of faculty members, students, and distinguished individuals engaged in public policy, in collaboration with UNC Public Policy.

The Lecture honors Thomas Willis Lambeth, who led the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation as its executive director for more than two decades until his retirement in 2000. Born in Clayton, North Carolina, Lambeth graduated from UNC Chapel Hill in 1957 with a bachelor’s degree in history, and served as administrative assistant to Governor Terry Sanford and to U.S. Representative Richardson Preyer before being named to lead the Foundation in 1978.  Described by one journalist as “the state’s do-gooder-in-chief,” Lambeth throughout his career has exemplified the qualities of personal integrity, a passionate devotion to education, democracy, and civic engagement, and wholehearted pursuit of the ideals of the public good and of progressive and innovative ways of achieving it. During his tenure, the Reynolds Foundation awarded grants totaling more than $260 million to address many of North Carolina’s most pressing public policy issues, particularly social justice and equity, governance  and civic engagement, community-building and economic development, education, and protection of the state’s natural environment. Tom Lambeth also has made a strong personal impact on many key public policy issues in North Carolina and nationally, including leadership of the Public School Forum of North Carolina, Leadership North Carolina, the North Carolina Rural Center, and a task force of the national Institute of Medicine on the problems of people who lack medical insurance. He also has been a national leader in improving the management and effectiveness of family philanthropic foundations themselves.  The Thomas W. Lambeth ’57 Distinguished Lectureship Fund [108183]


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