Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Politics

Two alumni and an adjunct professor won their election bids in April's election.

Mark Cassell, La Follette class of 1992, has published Mission Expansion in the Federal Home Loan Bank System.

Alum Katie Croake helps strengthen and expand democracy in the Middle East and North Africa as a program manager with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs.

Alum Katie Croake, program manager with the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs, will discuss recent events in Egypt in a presentation Tuesday, March 29, noon to 1 p.m. in the La Follette School conference room.
Federal health-care reform, poverty in Wisconsin, and voting procedures are topics explored in the spring 2011 La Follette Policy Report just released by the La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Articles in the Wall Street Journal and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel have included comments from international finance expert professor Menzie Chinn, whose Econbrowser blog was ranked in the top 25 financial blogs by Time.com.
The public policy implications of Wisconsin's budget legislation were explored at a La Follette School forum. Three La Follette School faculty members joined a political scientist, an alum practitioner and the university's director of state relations in commenting.

When Melissa Gavin arrived in Madison in 2004, she knew she wanted to do environmental work. So she took her résumé around to organizations in town and landed an entry-level job as an office manager for the State Environmental Leadership Project, knowing it was a way to get her foot in the door.

Through her internship experience with the governmental aspect of policymaking, student Monica Wedgewood came to realize her interest in state policy and the legislative process.

2010 has been a very good year for 1985 alum Christopher Z. Mooney, a professor of political science with a joint appointment in the Institute of Government and Public Affairs at the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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