Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

The Wisconsin Ideas Conference is back for its second year, bringing students interested in government and public policy a unique opportunity to publish and refine their ideas, participate in lively discussions, and earn scholarships. Applications for the conference, April 12–14 at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, are due Saturday, January 26 at 11:59 p.m. (CST).

The Midwest Public Administration Caucus (MPAC) has selected La Follette School Director and Professor Susan Webb Yackee as the 2019 Herbert A. Simon Career Contribution Award recipient. Given on behalf of the Midwest Political Science Association (MPSA), it is the highest award in the field of political science for the study of bureaucracy and public administration.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs and Department of Political Science at UW–Madison along with the Wisconsin Alumni Association (WAA) are hosting a series of Real Town Hall events in preparation for the 2018 midterm elections.  

Dave Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy at UW–Madison, received the 2017 Excellence in Mentoring Award in the Field of Public Policy from the American Political Science Association.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs welcomes the creation of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Since its creation in 1983, the La Follette School has blended nonpartisan rigor in scholarship with a direct application of the Wisconsin Idea in practice.

La Follette School Professor David Weimer will receive the prestigious Hilldale Award in the Social Studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Faculty Senate meeting April 3. The honor recognizes excellence in teaching, research, and service in four divisions: biological sciences, physical sciences, arts and humanities, and social studies.