Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

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Wisconsin Women in Government (WWIG) is accepting applications to its Leadership Seminar, a two-day professional development and knowledge-building opportunity offered in partnership with the La Follette School of Public Affairs. Applications are due December 10.

Jon Leibowitz, former chair of the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the La Follette School’s first ever Policymaker in Residence, covered a lot of ground during his campus visit October 18 to 20. Literally.

Ten faculty members will join the La Follette School in fall 2020, nearly doubling its roster. Several will teach core graduate-level courses, and others will bring exciting areas of expertise to the faculty.

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Denia Garcia

Assistant Professor of Public Affairs

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

PA 200 Contemporary Public Policy Issues (*)

The goal of this class is to offer a general primer on large-scale social, economic and other policies directed by federal and state governments, with specific examples in pressing policy areas. Students will gain a broad overall knowledge of how the majority of state and federal funding is both raised and spent, and the associated policy issues and outcomes. The class takes existing policies and the policy process as a given, explains a subset of them in detail, and puts a focus on a set of specific contemporary public policy questions of concern to policymakers and society. A student of this class will gain a broad overall knowledge of how the majority of state and federal funding is spent and the policy outcomes associated with that spending, including its impacts on society.

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Economic inequality has increased significantly in recent decades. In this course we explore the impact of public policies and programs on the distribution of income, wealth and opportunity in the United States with a particular focus on inequalities across racial and ethnic groups. The course begins with an introduction to key concepts in the measurement of inequality and poverty and an overview of recent trends within and between groups. We then turn to systematically analyze how public policy shapes inequality across a range of topical areas including labor markets, education, taxation, health, housing and criminal justice. The course will also include a critical examination of the role of race in shaping public opinion and public policymaking from key historical moments to the present.

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