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Op-Ed by Public Policy Alumnae Featured in Raleigh News and Observer

   November 30, 2018

Assistant Professor of Political Science and Public Policy at Salem College and UNCC Public Policy Alumnae Elizabeth Wemlinger wrote an Op-Ed which was published in the Raleigh News and Observer this week. Her commentary entitled "My female students don’t want to run for office. That needs to change." describes how recent events, including the 2018 midterm election,...

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Christina Danis represents Public Policy Program at 3 Minute Thesis Competition

   November 14, 2018

Three Minute Thesis is professional international research communication competition where participants are challenged to clearly and engagingly communicate their research to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes with one, static, slide.  Public Policy student Christina Danis, advanced to the final competition, which was held on Friday, November 9...

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Funded Positions to Study Public Policy

   November 4, 2018

The Public Policy Program is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Ph.D. Student Cohort. Join our faculty and students who study a range of important policy issues in the areas of education, elections, social and economic inequality, health, governance, crime, security, justice, economic development, transportation, energy, urban and regional development. Faculty and students also study...

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Talking Policy In the Queen City - 2018

The Public Policy Program holds its first-annual Talking Policy in the Queen City Symposium
   October 12, 2018

The event Talking Policy in the Queen City: Managing Conventions, Elections, and Mobilizing Voters  was an evening of community engagement and networking with two short panels of thought-provoking flash talks and panel discussions with time for networking and conversation after each. The first panel explored the importance of public perceptions of event management...

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Graduate Student Research Focuses On Lessons of 1918 Flu Epidemic

   October 5, 2018

Flu season is upon us once again. Taking the necessary precautions, such as getting the proper immunizations, can help prevent the spread of this dangerous — and at times deadly — disease. This October marked the 100th anniversary of the Influenza Epidemic (Spanish Flu) of 1918 in North Carolina, and we can learn lessons from the historic event.

Lauren Austin ’18,...

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Public Policy Research Collaboration Featured in Medium

   October 1, 2018

Zachary Mohr, Martha Kropf, JoEllen Pope, Mary Jo Shepherd, and Madison Esterle recently presented a paper at the 2018 ESRA conference entitled, “Election Administration Spending in Local Election Jurisdictions: Results from a Nationwide Data Collection Project.” In an article by the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, a group which " helps highlight new research and...

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Graduate Award Announcement!

   July 3, 2018

The Public Policy Program is delighted to announce that Dr. Eleonora Davalos has won the Graduate Dean's Dissertation Award for 2018! Her dissertation is entitled "Strategies, Incentives, and Decisions: Illicit Crop Control in Colombia."  The judges noted that her topic was rarely studied, her findings were surprising, and the work “adds a great deal to the discipline.”...

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Researcher Offers Insights As Legislation Considers Town Charter Schools

   June 11, 2018

UNC Charlotte researcher Roslyn Mickelson is providing context for a debate about legislation to allow towns near Charlotte to create charter schools. She is drawing from her decades’ long research into segregation and re-segregation of schools and commenting in local and national media accounts. Those include:

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Congratulations to Faith Butta - The 2018 winner of the Fidelity Investments Best Graduate Paper Award

   March 1, 2018

The North Carolina Political Science Association, congratulates Faith Butta as the 2018 winner of the Fidelity Investments Best Graduate Paper Award for her paper titled “Life after the uniform: Women veterans and voter turnout in presidential elections” presented in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in March. ...

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Students Showcase Research at Conferences

   January 3, 2018

Public Policy Ph.D. students were active researchers this past year, presenting their work at regional and national meetings on a wide range of topics. JoEllen Pope and Kristine Canales were invited to present their collaborative research “Recovering Public Opinions from Social Media Data in the Wake of Catastrophic Natural Disasters: Blame and Hurricane Sandy” at a focused multi-day...

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