Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Social Policy

A team of La Follette students presented their analysis of policy alternatives to increase equitable child care access in La Crosse County to legislators and legislative staff members at the annual UW–Madison Day at the Capitol.

On April 14, Princeton University Professor Anne Case will address the recent decline in life expectancy in the U.S. and the social and economic factors that are making life harder for the working class.

Legislators and early care and education stakeholders from across the state participated in the 40th Wisconsin Family Impact Seminar, the La Follette School’s signature event for the State Legislature.

Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Sarah Nesci, MPA

I spent a year working at a rural homeless shelter in Colorado. This experience sparked my desire to work in policy, specifically housing and welfare policy. I am hoping to use my MPA to help make housing more accessible for everyone. 

I am a research assistant at the Institute for Research on Poverty. Through that work, I have gained qualitative and quantitative research experience, examining how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted child support practice and family outcomes in Wisconsin.

Wednesday, November 24, 2021

Ian Pearson, MPA

"A La Follette School alumnus connected me with an internship at Madison College, where I worked on higher education policy challenges."

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Barnes focuses on sexual violence research

Mariel Barnes joins the La Follette School as an assistant professor of public affairs this fall. Her primary research agenda examines everyday forms of violence against women, gender, and the politics of the welfare state with a specific focus on highly industrialized countries.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Molly Gallagher, MPA

Several years of working in classrooms, research labs, and other educational arenas shaped my understanding of the shortcomings within education systems. This motivated me to improve learning outcomes for populations left at the margins of education.

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.

What do broadband access, green spaces, and stable housing have in common? They all influence a person’s health. Together, they have a greater impact on health than medical care or health behaviors such as going to the gym. The La Follette School convened legislators and staff to discuss how these social, economic, and physical environment factors—often called social determinants of health—affect Wisconsin families’ health.

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