Your faculty are accomplished professionals in public service, working in the areas of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Program, the Massachusetts Department of Social Services, and the Senate. Others are researching topics that include public safety, public budgeting, labor law, and education policy.
Brenda Bond, chair of the Institute for Public Service, has spent 20 years researching community-police relations. She's now working with the Lowell Police Department to examine the relationship between police and community and test models for improvement.
How is public money allocated? It’s a question that drives Professor Snow’s research. And it’s a topic that’s central to many MPA classes.Whether Professor Snow is studying rainy day funds or the budgeting strategies of local schools, his research provides a wealth of examples and cases that add depth to class discussions.
Professor Williamson's research spans many areas, ranging from organizational change and administrative reform to leadership. Recently, she has studied the the crisis management of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and edited abstracts on the public response to the Boston Marathon Bombings.