Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs
Thursday, March 25, 2021

Logan Pearlman, MIPA

Logan Pearlman, MIPA

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Evanston, IL

Undergraduate education
Bachelor’s degree in economics and political science, UW–Madison 2020

Professional/research interests
International organizations and economics

Expected graduation date
May 2021

Why a MIPA?
I really wanted to get involved with public policy and government, but I wasn’t interested in law school. Public affairs was a great middle ground. I also love how practical the MIPA program is, I feel like this is hands-on learning in a way that other grad programs might not offer.

Why the La Follette School?
That’s easy: the Accelerated program. Already being in Madison drew me to the La Follette School. I had TAs then friends who were students, and so it was always in the back of my mind. When it came time to apply, I jumped at the opportunity.

Career goals
I want to work somewhere government-adjacent for now. I want to stay involved in the policy world but not in government yet.

How has the La Follette School set you on the path to meeting your career goals?
The practical nature of the coursework, especially Cost-Benefit Analysis (PA 881) and Workshop in International Public Affairs (PA 860), where project teams get to work with real clients have been awesome for building career skills. These really run a gamut from simple but easy-to-overlook things like how to behave in a client meeting to teamwork and project management. I learned a lot about how to work in these classes. This is important for an Accelerated student who has not had a ‘real’ job yet. It also showed me what kind of work I like to do and just as importantly what kind of work I do not like to do. Knowing this has really helped me focus my job search.

I was a TA for Intro to Political Theory (PS 160) in the Department of Political Science. It was a lot of fun to teach a class I had taken as an undergrad. My TA in that course had been a MIPA so it felt like I was continuing a cycle. I found it super fulfilling, and I learned a lot about the material and teaching.

Advice for prospective La Follette School students
Go for it! I almost talked myself out of it because I wasn’t sure I met the application requirements, but it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.

The Wisconsin Idea
The opportunities to work with Wisconsin government on both the state and local level has been the embodiment of spreading the University’s expertise throughout the state. Helping officials in Brown County determine if removal of harmful blue green algae in Green Bay would have net costs or benefits really felt like an apt application of the Wisconsin Idea. Helping to determine if the water quality could be improved would have a direct impact on many Wisconsinites.

People would be surprised if they knew that I …
used to get scolded by teachers for reading novels under my desk in middle school.