Educating Tomorrow's Changemakers

A commitment to career-focused education and policy-relevant research in service to the public good

Located in Boston, the Northeastern University School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs is at the forefront of social and policy effect in a dynamic urban setting. Our degree programs, research centers and broad array of experiential learning opportunities enable our students to hone their skills and make positive impacts wherever their careers take them, from local town offices and nongovernmental organizations to national governments and international institutions.


Professor David Lazer: Technology and Democracy

Professor David Lazer, affiliate faculty in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, was recently named a 2019 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration. Lazer’s research explores the complex and oft-fraught relationship between technology and democracy and alternatives to the status quo, such as more interpersonal approaches for politicians to engage with their constituents,…
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Faculty in the Media: September 2019

David Lazer in News@Northeastern: David Lazer named 2019 Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration for his work on technology and Democracy James Alan Fox in The Charleston Gazette: Video games link to shootings is an old claim not backed by research Dan O’Brien in News@Northeastern: What the 311 system can tell us about…
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Student Spotlight: Jeanelle Angus

We’re excited to share a profile of MPA student Jeanelle Angus, who talks about how her involvement in on- and off-campus organizations enriches her Northeastern experience. Name: Jeanelle C.K. Angus Program: Master of Public Administration, Martin Luther King, Jr. (MLK) Fellow Hometown: West Palm Beach, FL What made you decide to pursue your MPA degree? Growing…
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Dukakis Center Director Ted Landsmark recognized by City of Boston

Congratulations to Dr. Ted Landsmark, director of the Dukakis Center, for his recent recognition by the City of Boston and Mayor Walsh. Dr. Landsmark was lauded for his decades of contributions to the city, including, but certainly not limited to, his dedication to organizations celebrating the arts, including the Museum of Fine Arts, and his…
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Faculty in the Media: Summer 2019

Alan Clayton-Matthews in News@Northeastern: The federal budget deficit is expected to reach $1 trillion by 2020. Here’s what that means. Alicia Sasser Modestino in News@Northeastern: Northeastern University researchers are designing the future of work, starting with collaborative robots for processing seafood Max Abrahms in Fox News: US and Taliban could be forced into awkward alliance…
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09/11/2019 - 12/04/2019

Myra Kraft Open Classroom: Fall 2019

A longstanding tradition in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs, the Myra Kraft Open Classroom is a semester-long seminar series for the Northeastern community and the general public, and is hosted by the School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs. The series seeks to invite diverse audiences to converge around a central theme…
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Dukakis Center Conference on Climate Resilience and Community Engagement

Turning Up the Heat: Climate Resilience and Community Engagement Climate resilience is rarely stated as a top priority by diverse urban communities struggling with issues of housing affordability, economic mobility, education, food deserts, crime, opioid addiction, homelessness, and youth employment and training. Yet community engagement with climate resilience opens pathways to STEAM education, youth employment…
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Call for Abstracts: Framing SNAP

Call for Abstracts Framing SNAP: Perspectives on the Nation’s Largest, Least-loved, and Most Enduring Food Assistance Program March 19-20, 2020 Northeastern University Boston The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is a means-tested entitlement authorized under the Food Stamp Act of 1964. However, the current system’s outlines go back…
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Jeanelle Angus, MPA Student

We’re excited to share a profile of MPA student Jeanelle Angus, who talks about how her involvement in on- and off-campus organizations enriches her Northeastern experience.   Name: Jeanelle C.K. Angus Program: Master of Public Administration, Mart...

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Why Study Public Policy?

The economy, education, health care, transportation, housing, the environment, energy, jobs — virtually every aspect of daily life is affected by public policy decisions at all levels of government activity. W Who makes important policy decisions, in what manner, and based on what evidence or c...

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