Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Federal

The depth and breadth of La Follette coursework gave me the confidence to feel that I can tackle any assignment handed to me.

Gillian Tett, the U.S. Managing Editor of the Financial Times, and Peter Hall, the Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard University, will provide keynote presentations during “Europe in Crisis: The Future of the EU and Trans-Atlantic Relations” at the University of Wisconsin–Madison on Thursday, April 6.

La Follette School Professor Pam Herd and three colleagues received funding from AARP’s Innovation Challenge to identify policy solutions for strengthening Social Security. Their proposal would create a new Minimum Benefit Plan (MBP) for low-income retirees that examines sufficiency of retirement income in lieu of calculating years of low earnings.

La Follette School student Beth Miller is a finalist for the prestigious Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program, which places recent graduates with federal agencies for two-year assignments.

An overflow audience of more than 280 people asked a wide range of questions about the 2016 presidential election during a panel discussion November 15 sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and the Election Research Center at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.

More than 60 people attended each of four recent Town Hall meetings on key election issues with University of Wisconsin–Madison faculty members. The meetings in Appleton, Madison, Milwaukee, and suburban St. Paul, Minnesota, were sponsored by UW–Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association.

November 1, 2016

Matt Smalley, MIPA

I chose the La Follette School for the emphasis on policy-making skills (quantitative analysis courses and in-depth policy-analysis), the quality of instruction in economics/political science, and the flexibility to tailor a program that best suits me with electives in the MIPA program.

Why the La Follette School? Expertise in social policy and interest in attending UW-Madison.

Dan Leopold (MPA ’03) recently was promoted to the chief intelligence officer for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) in Chicago.

September 21, 2016

Austin Frerick (MPA ’14)

At the moment, I am in the midst of three vastly different and exciting research projects. I am looking at pharmaceutical corporate charitable giving, executive compensation, and income sources for those living on and off Native American tribal lands.

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