The La Follette School of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin–Madison welcomed 57 first-year students and one new faculty member to start the 2016–17 academic year. Assistant Professor Yang Wang, a 2003 alumna of the La Follette School, returned to campus after seven years at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.
Wang received her doctorate degree in economics from Duke University, and her primary research interests are in applied microeconomics, health economics, and applied econometrics. Her research has been published in several high-profile publications, including the American Economic Journal: Applied Economics, the International Economic Review, and Health Economics.
In addition, she is the co-author of a chapter on The Double Burden of Malnutrition in The Oxford Handbook of Economics and Human Biology (2016).
Of the 57 first-year students, 38 are pursuing master’s degrees in public affairs (MPA), and 19 are seeking master’s degrees in international public affairs (MIPA). Second-year student Chris Stassel, president of the La Follette School Student Association, and several other returning students welcomed the new cohort during Orientation on September 1.
That evening, Professor Don Moynihan, the school’s new director, and Brian Bell (MPA ’10) greeted attendees at the annual Hill Fest celebration overlooking Lake Mendota. Bell, who has served with the U.S. Army in Iraq and Afghanistan, recently was appointed administrator of the new Wisconsin Ethics Commission. Madison Mayor Paul Soglin, who has taught graduate seminars at the La Follette School, joined the 120-plus faculty, students, alumni, and staff at the picnic.