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Christa Altenstetter
comparative public policy, health policy, policy-making in the European Union

Alan DiGaetano
public policy, comparative urbanism

John Goering
housing and neighborhood development, race and ethnic issues, urban policy

Janet Gornick
public policy, gender, comparative social welfare policy

Donna Kirchheimer
public policy

John Krinsky
Urban politics, the politics of social movements, and the politics of work, welfare and labor

James Levine
public policy, law, criminal justice

John Mollenkopf
urban politics, public policy, comparative urbanism

Joe Rollins
public law, gender and sexuality, and research methods


Public Policy

Public Policy (PP) equips students to engage with the complex problems facing government at every level and to master and apply quantitative and qualitative techniques that enable students to understand their sources and to craft meaningful solutions to them. This subfield ranges broadly from understanding the overall structure and dynamics of policy development, policy implementation, and policy change to the interaction between public, private, and constituency actors to plumbing the depths of organizational behavior and measuring the efficiency and effectiveness of specific programs. Emphasis is given to the urban, American, and cross-national perspectives, with substantive strengths in urban policy, social policy, community development, health, racial, ethnic, gender, and immigrant inequalities. Students have the opportunity to study policy in the extraordinarily challenging sphere of New York City politics, using the city as a laboratory for studying larger processes. Many students in the subfield have career interests in government, nonprofit organizations, and political advocacy in addition to academia and the subfield seeks to build their leadership and analytical skills as they prepare for academic and/or public positions.

This subfield features studies in these areas:

  • Theories of the policy process
  • American public policy
  • Comparative public policy
  • Urban policy/politics
  • Policy analytics
  • Substantive areas within public policy

In the substantive areas, students may select:

  • Urban
  • Social Welfare
  • Health
  • Housing
  • Community development
  • Immigrant integration

Or, with the permission of the Executive Officer, other policy areas.