John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies



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Our latest newsletter: 
"Was Plato wrong?"

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Points of Pride 2.0 and Faculty, Student, and Alumni Accomplishments (April 2015 Report)


We are the go-to school for an affordable, rigorous education taught by caring faculty who are committed to student success, local and global engagement, and cutting-edge research and analysis on some of the most important issues of our times.


Kudos to our International Relations students Parfait Gasana and Wade Cedar who earned the UMass Boston Beacon for Global Inclusion Award. Dean Jackson notes, " I cannot think of two graduate students more deserving of a Beacon’s Leadership Award. They are passionate and committed to social justice and personify the best of UMass Boston leadership in the global community." Learn more about the children's library they built in Rwanda.

Several faculty and staff members volunteered at the opening of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, our new neighbor on Columbia Point.

McCormack Grad School colleagues at EMK Institute opening

Community engagement is part of our DNA. See a sample list of McCormack projects showcased at the recent Community Partnerships Event at UMass Boston.

Collaborative Research for Action and Equity in Education: We hosted a two-day conference of the URBAN Boston Network, a group of scholars and community activists facilitating collaborative research projects in the Boston community. The event was co-sponsored by the Boston Education Justice Alliance.

Professor Craig Murphy published two articles in April: “Dignity, Human Security, and Global Governance,” Journal of Human Security Studies, 4(1): 1-12, and “The Last Two Centuries of Global Governance,” Global Governance, 21(2): 189-96 (and two more are in press!)

Students in the PhD Program in Global Governance and Human Security organized a recent conference, “Rethinking Post-2015 Development: Conceptual and Policy Implications Beyond the Millennium Development Goals” featuring sessions on Chinese perspectives, post-2015 development, and global citizenship education.

Kudos to Garrison Nelson, our Robert C. Wood Visiting Professor of Public and Urban Affairs, who was appointed the inaugural Elliot A. Brown Green & Gold Professor of Law, Politics, and Political Behavior at UVermont. Nelson is the biographer of our namesake, Speaker John W. McCormack.

Don't miss the exciting events next door at the JFK Library. They include lectures by Senator George Mitchell, management guru Rosabeth Moss Kanter, David Axelrod, and more.

Check out our new magazine-style viewbook

Read about our current students, alums, and faculty in McCormack's Local and Global Impact brochure. Read More 

MAY 10 @ 4: Getting to the Point dialogue features Senator Mitch McConnell

Don't miss this Edward M. Kennedy Institute event to discuss issues of local, national, and global concern. Read More 

MAY 19 @ 1:30: Symposium on Public Sector Innovation

We will bring together local innovators to exchange ideas and experiences with promoting excellence and creativity in the public sector. Join us at the Harvard Kennedy School for this cosponsored event. Read More 

JUNE 16 @ 8:30: Older Driver Safety Summit

Gerontology Institute hosts event designed to create a five-year plan to reduce crashes and improve older driver safe mobility across the commonwealth. Read More 

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