MSPA Capstone Presentations

Event Start Date: May 13, 2013 - 6 p.m.
Event End Date: May 15, 2013 - 8:30 p.m.
Location: Healey Library, 11th Floor

Join us on May 13–15 from 6–8:30 p.m. as students in the MS in Public Affairs Program will present their final research projects. The project may be a case study of a public policy or significant piece of legislation which involved tracing its history, analyzing the political, economic, and social context in which it developed, identifying and examining roles played by those who were instrumental in its development, and assessing its intended and actual impact. It may also be a critical examination of a policy issue confronting a student at his or her place of employment.

Eighteen students will present their final capstone research on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings.  Sample public affairs topics include:

  • casino gambling's impact on regional social capital
  • economic development policy
  • energy policy
  • foreclosure crisis
  • gang prevention
  • homelessness prevention
  • homeownership for low and moderate income households
  • human trafficking
  • minority partisanship in the Massachusetts legislature
  • municipal waste management policy
  • preparedness of local law enforcement to address domestic violence in Muslim communities
  • regional equity in transportation
  • supplemental nutrition assistance program (SNAP)
  • telework implementation
  • veteran's homelessness

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Learn more about the MS Program in Public Affairs, part of the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies.

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