Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

Research by La Follette School Assistant Professor Morgan Edwards and colleagues demonstrates how combining existing subnational climate action with expanded national strategies in the United States will be critical to reach scientifically informed climate goals.

The Center for Financial Security at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, as part of the Retirement and Disability Research Consortium (RDRC), has been awarded a third year of funding from the U.S. Social Security Administration (SSA).

La Follette School Associate Professor Christine Durrance will participate on a WisPolitics panel discussion about possible post-election changes to healthcare at noon Thursday, Nov. 12.

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

New Faculty Focus: Sam Trejo

My research explores how social, environmental, and genetic factors combine to shape human development and the implications for public policy, using a wide range of quantitative tools, including quasi-experimental, computational, and biosocial methods.

Hundreds of people from across the country participated in the first three events of the La Follette School series Election 2020: A Spotlight on Policy. More than 250 people also are registered for the next event in the series, Politics and Policy with Maggie Haberman of The New York Times on Thursday, Oct. 29.

La Follette School Professor Emeritus Dennis Dresang will discuss his latest book, Patrick J. Lucey: A Lasting Legacy, on Thursday, Nov. 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. Former Wisconsin Govs. Jim Doyle and Scott McCallum will join Dresang in a panel discussion.

Children in families characterized as minorities, those without health insurance, or those with low socioeconomic status experience less upward health mobility and greater downward health mobility relative to their more advantaged peers, according to research by La Follette School Professor Jason Fletcher and Katie Jajtner, a postdoctoral associate at UW–Madison’s Center for Demography of Health and Aging.

Monday, October 5, 2020

New Faculty Focus: Philipp Koellinger

How I got into behavioral genetics was a mixture of deep curiosity and luck in the form of opportunities that presented themselves over the years. I am deeply grateful that I had the opportunity to follow my curiosity rather than having to stick to narrowly defined disciplinary boundaries. I think this freedom has greatly benefited my work.

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, the La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science are partnering with the Wisconsin Alumni Association on a series of Real Town Hall discussions. The first, on the social impacts of COVID-19, is Wednesday, Sept. 30.

Four La Follette School faculty members will join President Jeff Mayers for Swing State Wisconsin: The Major Issues for Voters this November, an online panel discussion at noon Friday, October 2.

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