Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs

News: Student Profiles

October 17, 2018

Jonathan Harper, MPA

As a public school teacher, I became frustrated with how much policy constrained my work in the classroom and decided to work toward giving teachers a voice to advocate for their students’ needs. I want to work to close the divide between best practices and actual practices in the field of education.

On a near daily basis, I am in meetings that relate to a real-world version of grad school group work. Whether it is assisting in development of a new citywide housing policy, compiling information on digital innovations, or coming up with ideas for #cityhallselfie day, much of the work I’m engaged in involves a deep level of communication and collaboration.

October 11, 2018

Avneesh Chandra, MIPA

My time at La Follette has helped expose to me a wide variety of policy interests—our small community has students and professionals interested in everything, whether it’s health policy or issues in international finance.

September 18, 2018

Mikhaila Calice, MPA

Graduate school has been incredible in helping me find new areas of interest and connecting me with professionals and peers who have been instrumental in setting me on a path that I am confident about.

Rourke O’Brien’s course on Inequality, Race and Public Policy helped me develop an understanding of the policy-making process and how it is impacted by social factors. Mark Copelovitch’s course on International Governance also helped me learn about policy-making in intergovernmental institutions.

The analytical skills-based approach to teaching in coordination with the small class sizes have been hugely beneficial to my personal and professional career goals.

April 28, 2018

Nathaniel Haack, MPA

The La Follette School’s strong emphasis on development of analytical skills has made me a more intelligent consumer of information and increased my ability to use data to create evidence-based narratives framing public policy issues and solutions.

April 16, 2018

Sam Alhadeff, MIPA

The people at La Follette really make a difference. Each student I have met at this school exudes a level of friendship and willingness to help that you would be hard pressed to find at other schools, especially grad programs. La Follette captures everything amazing about UW-Madison with the added benefit of an exceptional policy school based in a state capital.

March 30, 2018

Morgan Pair, MPA

Before graduate school, I had no background in political science, economics, or policy so the La Follette School has been influential on my academic path and incredibly helpful to me. I gained a foundation of coursework in areas such as economics and statistics and expanded my skill set through courses such as Policy Analysis and Cost-Benefit Analysis. 

March 15, 2018

Isabelle Selep, MPA

I definitely try to use my education and experiences to benefit those who don’t have the opportunity to attend college. I am a vessel of knowledge that can leave the campus and bring with me the ideas I have learned during my time on campus.

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