Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Class of 2016

The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomes the creation of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since its creation in 1983, the La Follette School has blended nonpartisan rigor in scholarship with a direct application of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.

Rob Meyer’s commitment to improving K-12 students’ academic success spans three decades. As an educator and researcher, he has shared his passion with students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and school leaders across the country.

Former Gov. Tommy Thompson shared his commitment to The Wisconsin Idea – the principle that the university is intricately tied to the state – in the most recent issue of Public Administration Review (PAR).

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has published several papers written by Alisha Bower (MPA ’16) while she was an international agriculture intern in Lima, Peru. The papers focus on biotechnology, climate change, and trade issues related to Peru’s agricultural industries as the country’s new president – Pedro Pablo Kuczynski – assumed office.

September 30, 2016

Demetri Vincze (MPA '16)

My La Follette experience has enabled me to see how data can drive policy as well as consider its implications for program evaluation and performance management.

September 8, 2016

Adam Johnson (MPA '16)

Working with real world clients in the Capstone and Program Evaluation courses was a highlight of the program for me.

La Follette School Professor Maria Cancian was featured in the College of Letters & Science’s 2015–16 Annual Review along with alumnus Colin Higgins.

Christopher Russell (MIPA/JD ’16) has been awarded a Fulbright Program grant to work in Ukraine’s Ministry of Justice through the Clinton Public Policy Fellowship.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson was right at home Sunday, May 15, when he addressed the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs’ Class of 2016 at the state Capitol. A two-time graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Thompson began his political career in the Wisconsin Assembly Chamber – the same room where 35 of the La Follette School’s 38 graduates received their diplomas.

Second-year students at the La Follette School of Public Affairs will present practice versions of their culminating projects for the Workshop in Public Affairs and the Workshop in International Public Affairs – the capstone courses for the School’s two master’s degree programs – Friday, April 29.

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