Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

The La Follette School of Public Affairs placed highly in new research-based rankings of public policy schools in the United States. Authors Elliott Ash and Miguel Urquiola used bibliographic databases to gather measures of the quality and quantity of publication output for approximately 5,000 faculty members at 44 of the top U.S. policy schools, including the La Follette School.

After 13 years at UW–Madison, Professors Pam Herd and Don Moynihan are leaving to take positions at Georgetown University. Moynihan is the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, while Herd is a professor at the La Follette School and in the Department of Sociology.

The Society of Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA) honored La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer with its Outstanding Achievement Award on March 16. Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of benefit cost analysis.

As the first participant in UW–Madison’s Provost Fellow Program, La Follette School Professor Susan Yackee has appreciated the opportunity to build relationships with campus leaders.

Four La Follette School faculty members have received funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition’s third round of awards.

La Follette School faculty affiliates Mike Massoglia and Cecelia Klingele are among the participants in the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership’s Criminal Justice Reform conference.

La Follette School Director and Professor Don Moynihan is one of five panelists participating in a public discussion about free speech on college campuses Wednesday, March 14.

Matthew Yglesias, a founder of, will join two La Follette School faculty members for the discussion “Trump as Policymaker: A First-Year Report Card” on Monday, March 19.

A selection of innovative anti-poverty policy proposals by leading social scientists, including some from UW–Madison's La Follette School of Public Affairs, explores alternatives to shrinking federal programs.

Student-loan borrowers nudged to view their FICO Score had on average fewer past due accounts and a higher FICO Score one year later, a study by La Follette School Assistant Professor Rourke O’Brien and colleagues shows.

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