Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Faculty

La Follette School faculty members have selected Professor Susan Yackee as the school’s next director.

Thanks to technological advances, researchers know more about the human microbiome, a person’s genetic makeup, and the human brain than anyone could have imagined decades earlier. This knowledge brings with it great potential but also challenges for policy.

More than a dozen of the nation’s top scholars on regulatory review participated in a daylong workshop sponsored by the La Follette School of Public Affairs and UW–Madison’s Law School on Friday, March 23.

More than 40 prospective students received a warm welcome from numerous La Follette School faculty members, staff, current students, and alumni March 19 during the school’s annual Visit Day.

The La Follette School of Public Affairs placed highly in new research-based rankings of public policy schools in the United States. Authors Elliott Ash and Miguel Urquiola used bibliographic databases to gather measures of the quality and quantity of publication output for approximately 5,000 faculty members at 44 of the top U.S. policy schools, including the La Follette School.

After 13 years at UW–Madison, Professors Pam Herd and Don Moynihan are leaving to take positions at Georgetown University. Moynihan is the director of the La Follette School of Public Affairs, while Herd is a professor at the La Follette School and in the Department of Sociology.

The Society of Benefit Cost Analysis (SBCA) honored La Follette School Professor Dave Weimer with its Outstanding Achievement Award on March 16. Weimer, the Edwin E. Witte Professor of Political Economy, was recognized for his significant contributions to the field of benefit cost analysis.

As the first participant in UW–Madison’s Provost Fellow Program, La Follette School Professor Susan Yackee has appreciated the opportunity to build relationships with campus leaders.

Four La Follette School faculty members have received funding from the Herb Kohl Public Service Research Competition’s third round of awards.

La Follette School faculty affiliates Mike Massoglia and Cecelia Klingele are among the participants in the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership’s Criminal Justice Reform conference.

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