Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Cancian, Higgins highlighted in L&S Annual Review

Maria Cancian Maria Cancian Photo by Sarah Morton

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

Cancian, the former director of UW–Madison’s Institute for Research on Poverty, shared some thoughts on her recent role as deputy assistant secretary for policy at the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“It was an honor to serve in the federal government, and especially to be part of the Obama administration,” Cancian said in the article on page 27. “The focus on equity and improving opportunities for success, and on evidence-based policy-making and the use of data, made this a particularly exciting time to be in Washington.”

Higgins, meanwhile, was recognized for his on- and off-campus community engagement and as a 2016 Rhodes Scholar. A triple major, Higgins also received his master of public affairs degree in May as part of the La Follette School’s accelerated program.

While at Oxford University in England, Higgins is pursuing a master of philosophy degree in geography and the environment. He also plans to seek a doctorate in geography and a career bridging research and policy, the article on page 28 says.