Policy Analysis and Management (PAM)
A major for students interested in current and pressing public policy issues in America
Policy Analysis and Management has more than 30 faculty members with expertise in a variety of disciplines, including economics, sociology, demography, political science, public health, and public policy. You can explore the faculty's research and publications. Our expertise covers diverse topics in public policy including, but not limited to, medical care organizations, health promotion and disease prevention, aging and disability, welfare reform and the well-being of children and families, educational policy, crime and crime prevention, and market regulation.
PAM’s faculty research generally falls into one of three thematic areas: family and social welfare, health, and consumer policy.
PAM has many strengths as a department including content knowledge experts in a variety of fields. However, the most valuable element of my education was not the specific content knowledge, but the problem-solving framework instilled in nearly every class. In my role, I am typically making decisions with little to no precedent. An ability to analyze and conceptualize new problems and anticipate consequences is essential. My first exposure to this type of thinking came in my PAM classes.
Exploring and Shaping Public Policy
by Rosemary Avery
PAM faculty conduct rigorous, applied research on policy-relevant topics and use the results of their work to inform the formulation, implementation and management of policies and programs at the local, state and national levels. We seek to contribute to the well-being of citizens by applying knowledge gained through careful research studies to address real challenges in our communities.
Our Research Programs
The following centers and programs are administered through the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, or have a strong affiliation with one of our faculty members as a principal researcher or Director.