Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

The 2021 recipients of the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition are La Follette School faculty members Yang Wang, Barbara Wolfe, Manuel P. Teodoro, and Mark Copelovitch. The Kohl Competition supports nonpartisan research that informs critical public policy and governance debates and advances evidence-based decision-making.

Reed Lei, assistant professor of public affairs and political science, received the Jerry and Mary Cotter Faculty Fellow award this spring.

La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and Kavita Surana of the University of Maryland School of Public Policy received funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to support their research on the interactions between corporations and cleantech start-ups.

UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, a La Follette School faculty member, has been named a 2021 Distinguished Fellow by the American Economic Association, one of four economists to receive the honor this year.

La Follette School faculty members Jason Fletcher, Yang Wang, and Christine Durrance received funding to support their research from UW–Madison’s Understanding and Reducing Inequalities Initiative. Their projects were among only 15 selected from 73 proposals.

La Follette School Director Susan Webb Yackee will moderate a livestreamed panel discussion about the 2021–2023 state budget at noon Friday, May 7. State Sens. Joe Erpenbach and Dale Kooyenga will participate along with Jason Stein, research director at the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

Want to spend a fun and interesting 45 minutes with some amazing La Follette School professors? Tune into 1050 Bascom, the Department of Political Science podcast produced by Director of Undergraduate Engagement Amy Gangl and hosted by students Adam Wigger and Sam Buisman.

La Follette School Professor Philipp Koellinger recently received a Daniel Louis and Genevieve Rustvold Goldy Faculty Fellow award to fund his research about how genes influence economic behavior and how insights into the genetic architecture of behavioral outcomes can inform social and medical research.

Wednesday, March 10, 2021

New Faculty Focus: Christine Durrance

I chose to be in an interdisciplinary unit because I am interested in research that has the potential to change policy and thereby change outcomes. For me, this means asking research questions that matter to policymakers and communities. It also means collaborating with researchers in other disciplines and learning from one another to best answer the questions that matter to our state and our nation.

The Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis selected Professor Dave Weimer's research on the value of statistical dog life as its best original article for 2020.

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