John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies

McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies


MSPA 1995 20th Class reunion
                               Alumni from Public Affairs Class of 1995 celebrate their 20th class reunion


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Points of Pride 2.0 and Faculty, Student, and Alumni Accomplishments


Professor Christian Weller pens a Huffington Post piece on older entrepreneurs. Also see his monthly Economic Snapshot in which he says gains in U.S. competitiveness have fallen behind previous business cycles.

Padraig O'Malley's new book, The Two-State Delusion, is out. McCormack's internationally recognized reconciliation expert argues that a two-state solution is no longer a viable path to create lasting peace in Israel and Palestine. Critics call the book "well-researched" and "highly recommended."

Kudos to doctoral candidate Abigail Kabandula who was accepted to the 2015 Workshop in Oslo on "The Evolution of U.N. Peace Operations: Contemporary Challenges and Requirements," hosted by the Academic Council on the United Nations System (ACUNS) and the Norwegian Institute for International Affairs.

Gerontology's Beth Dugan recently presented at the Healthy Aging Summit in Washington, DC. Her talk on "Making Healthy Aging a Priority in Massachusetts" reflects joint faculty-student research on the topic.

Ann Bookman and Christa Kelleher from the Center for Women in Politics and Public Policy comment on Latina's gender wage gap and legislation aimed at strengthening the gender pay equity law. 

Public Policy alumnus Philip Granberry, PhD is quoted in this Boston Globe article, "Dominican Crisis Yields Political Lessons for Boston's Latino Community."

The Center for Governance and Sustainability has released it latest Global Leadership Dialogue with UN Systems Scholar: Lorraine Elliott who conducts research on environmental governance, climate security and human security, and transnational environmental crime. McCormack alumnus and current PhD student Michael Denney has penned an Issue Brief for the center on "Gender and the Sustainable Development Goals: Moving Beyond Women as a 'Quick Fix' for Development."

This summer, Professor David Matz taught mediation and negotiation classes at our partner university, Xiangtan University Law School. He also did a workshop for 60 judges, lawyers, and law professors on conflict resolution, gave a public lecture on how the U.S. sees China, and delivered the commencement address at the law school graduation.


“McCormack Graduate School is a jewel – it’s very economical, the focus on social justice, it’s the place to be. I’m having a wonderful experience.” -- Ron Marlow, PhD student

“I received 8 pages of typed feedback from my professor. Now that’s an investment in my success.” -- Deborah McFee, PhD student

"The best thing about this program was the diverse backgrounds of my classmates. They helped me better understand some of the conflicts in the world by sharing their real conflict stories with me." -- Evrim Baskaraagac, MA alumna
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