Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Student Profiles

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Riley Fink, MPA, BESR certificate

The work at the La Follette School really connects you to a lot of community members, especially through projects with external clients.

Thursday, March 4, 2021

Jack Connors, MPA

What I like most about my classes is that they are made up of close-knit, hands-on groups of students where the work is closely or directly related to real-world circumstances.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Matthew Hansen, MPA, JD

The La Follette School has a been a great academic complement to the law program and has provided me with insights in cost-benefit analysis, policymaking, public budgeting, and economics that my fellow law students don’t currently have. I feel that on top of painting a clearer picture of how well-run governments function, the La Follette School makes me highly marketable and grants me invaluable skills.

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Lew Blank, MPA

I have developed a stronger understanding through my coursework of the inner workings of US government, our global energy systems, and new statistical tools. I’ve also learned a lot outside of class, specifically from some casual conversations I’ve had about politics with members of my cohort. More broadly, the program has helped me identify areas of politics I want more knowledge and experience in, which has guided the work projects I’ve focused on and the political books I’ve read recently.

Wednesday, February 17, 2021

Emma Stutzman, MPA

To me, the idea of studying policy is more than theoretical knowledge. It’s learning how to make good decisions that help people. Everything I’ve learned, from policy options for increasing access to school lunches to the importance of environmental justice, is something that I’ll take out of class and apply to real-world situations.

Thursday, February 11, 2021

William Keenan, MPA

I was part of the first graduating class of Undergraduate Certificate in Public Policy students, which allowed me to take classes from La Follette faculty, including Lindsay Jacobs and Geoffrey Wallace. Developing these relationships, as well as the small cohort size drew me to the La Follette School. As someone interested in environmental policy, I was also drawn to the research and work of Greg Nemet and Manuel Teodoro.

Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Liz Duffie, MPA

Working in homeless services in Seattle, I had an ability to impact the specific policies of the program I managed, but I often felt constrained by a larger system of regulations and grant requirements. I wanted to better understand how policies that shape community welfare are developed and to have a hand in trying to shape thoughtful, effective, and equitable policies.
Monday, October 19, 2020

Victor Escalona, MPA

At the La Follette School, you are going to find a ton of very good people – staff and faculty members trying to help you along with a whole community trying to improve this world.

Friday, October 16, 2020

Anna Barry, MPA

The accelerated program was a perfect fit for me because I was initially excited to enter the job market with my undergraduate degree but unsure of what to do. The La Follette MPA program has offered so many new possibilities and has helped me narrow my path for a future career.

Monday, October 5, 2020

Victoria Casola, MPA

Coming from a political science background, the La Follette School made me realize that there is more to policy than partisan debate and antics. We look at a policy from an objective point of view and review the evidence in front of us to make the judgment call if the policy is “good” or not.

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