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The Public Policy Doctoral Program has new options for professionals who would like to earn their doctorate part-time. Begin earning your Public Policy Ph.D. Fall 2020! The Public Policy Ph.D. Program seeks students with a background or interest in social science research, math, economics, or data analytics to join our program. Our students work with […]

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the Department of Political Science and Public Administration, and the Public Policy Program wish to honor the legacy of and commemorate the innumerable contributions of the late Professor Ken Godwin. Ken’s family and colleagues have come together to establish the R. Kenneth Godwin Memorial Fellowship, a fund that […]

The UNCC Public Policy Program, in Partnership with Gerald G. Fox Masters of Public Administration Program and the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, will hold its 2nd annual Talking Policy in the Queen City event on October 2nd from 6:00 – 8:30 PM at UNCC Center City. This year, guest speaker Dr. Erik Godwin will focus […]

By Tara Gomez, MA student in the Department of Communication Studies On April 9, Public Policy Ph.D. student Katelin Hudak successfully defended her dissertation titled “Nutrition and health among low-income children: Estimating the association with SNAP using a quasi-experimental approach”. Hudak’s research examined a variety of health outcomes that can occur across different youth subgroups […]

by Ercument Camadan, Public Policy PhD Program and Tara Gomez, Communications Masters Program Educating consumers about health issues is crucial to decreasing the level of individual health problems. Direct-to-consumer pharmaceutical advertising is one effective way to educate people about health issues. In 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) published recommendations for ways to reach […]

By Tara Gomez, M.A. student in the Department of Communication Studies How can a doctoral degree in Public Policy advance a career? Just ask Dr. Stephany De Scisciolo, who earned her doctorate from UNC Charlotte in 2014. She serves as the Vice President of Knowledge, Impact, & Strategy at Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., a nonprofit […]

By Tara Gomez, M.A. student in the Department of Communication Studies at UNC Charlotte On March 14, Public Policy Ph.D. student Chuck McShane defended his dissertation titled “Economic Prosperity, Population Growth and Local Spending in America’s Micropolitan Areas, 2002-2014.” Although people might expect isolated cities to have lower income growth than small towns neighboring major […]

Iván Flores Martínez (UNCC Public Policy student and Research Assistant for the Drug Policy Program, Centro de Investigación y Docencia Económicas) and Daniel Zizumbo-Colunga (Assistant Professor of Drug Policy, Centro de Investigación y Docencia, and Research Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University) recently wrote an article featured in “The Conversation”, an online nonprofit academic journalism organization. The […]

Three Minute Thesis is professional international research communication competition where participants are challenged to clearly and engagingly communicate their research to a non-specialist audience in just 3 minutes with one, static, slide. Public Policy student Christina Danis, advanced to the final competition, which was held on Friday, November 9 from 3:00-5:00pm, presenting her thesis on […]

The Public Policy Program is accepting applications for the Fall 2019 Ph.D. Student Cohort. Join our faculty and students who study a range of important policy issues in the areas of education, elections, social and economic inequality, health, governance, crime, security, justice, economic development, transportation, energy, urban and regional development. Faculty and students also study […]

The event Talking Policy in the Queen City: Managing Conventions, Elections, and Mobilizing Voters was an evening of community engagement and networking with two short panels of thought-provoking flash talks and panel discussions with time for networking and conversation after each. The first panel explored the importance of public perceptions of event management, and the […]

Flu season is upon us once again. Taking the necessary precautions, such as getting the proper immunizations, can help prevent the spread of this dangerous — and at times deadly — disease. This October marked the 100th anniversary of the Influenza Epidemic (Spanish Flu) of 1918 in North Carolina, and we can learn lessons from […]

Zachary Mohr, Martha Kropf, JoEllen Pope, Mary Jo Shepherd, and Madison Esterle recently presented a paper at the 2018 ESRA conference entitled, “Election Administration Spending in Local Election Jurisdictions: Results from a Nationwide Data Collection Project.” In an article by the MIT Election Data and Science Lab, a group which ” helps highlight new research […]

The Public Policy Program is delighted to announce that Dr. Eleonora Davalos has won the Graduate Dean’s Dissertation Award for 2018! Her dissertation is entitled “Strategies, Incentives, and Decisions: Illicit Crop Control in Colombia.” The judges noted that her topic was rarely studied, her findings were surprising, and the work “adds a great deal to […]

The North Carolina Political Science Association, congratulates Faith Butta as the 2018 winner of the Fidelity Investments Best Graduate Paper Award for her paper titled “Life after the uniform: Women veterans and voter turnout in presidential elections” presented in Rock Hill, South Carolina, in March. The award was presented during the 2018 conference to be […]

Public Policy Ph.D. students were active researchers this past year, presenting their work at regional and national meetings on a wide range of topics. JoEllen Pope and Kristine Canales were invited to present their collaborative research “Recovering Public Opinions from Social Media Data in the Wake of Catastrophic Natural Disasters: Blame and Hurricane Sandy” at […]