Public Policy Program in the News
Looking for WIFI in Palo Alto? The hotspot in Cogswell Plaza goes live today! Thank you to a group of Public Policy graduate students for your vision and hard work over the last two years, and to the supporters and community members that helped to bring this project to fruition; a new model of community-directed public-private partnerships IS possible.
Read more about it in the city press release.
Stanford’s Graduate School of Education and the Public Policy Program have launched an accelerated two-year program in education policy leading to both MA and MPP degrees.
The new joint degree program will allow students to simultaneously pursue an MA at the Graduate School of Education and an MPP at the Public Policy Program through the School of Humanities and Sciences. Aimed at students who have dual interests in education policy and leadership, the full-time degree program will equip students with the tools and perspectives of policy analysis and in-depth knowledge of education policy, organizations, and practice. The new joint degree was approved by the Faculty Senate on May 30.
May 13, 2013 2013 MPP Practicum Reports Now Available
An important component of the Stanford MPP Degree is the Practicum Project, which students begin during their second year after completing core courses. Multidisciplinary student teams apply their skills to a contemporary problem in a major policy exercise with a public sector client.
The 2013 final reports have been published, and they cover such diverse topics as California teacher performance, resource acquisition between China and Latin America, and security and energy needs in the Arctic.
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Ryan is a third-year graduate student simultaneously pursuing a Ph.D. in Sociology and an M.P.P. His research tends to focus on Fiscal & Economic Sociology, Crime, and Inequality. Ryan's past research projects include an examination of punitive punishment cycles in U.S. law and millionaire migration as a response to tax increases, interests informed by his years working at a death penalty appeals firm and pre-grad work in the financial sector. For the Public Policy Graduate Practicum, he is currently conducting an examination of tax credits in California. Meawhile, Ryan is also working on an investigation of economic growth and religion and researching the creation of fiscal policy as it relates to wealth inequality. Being in the Public Policy Program, and at Stanford in general, allows him mix his convictions with practical solutions informed by concrete empirical evidence, all the while getting to pass on his love of a well-written paper to his students. Aside from academics, Ryan enjoys working on endless half-finished artistic endeavors, playing farming, attempting to cook delicious meals, and simply being outside.