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About Us

The Center for Policy Research was formally established in September 1987. The primary focus of the Center is public policy research and analysis within the University community. It serves multidisciplinary, cross-departmental, and University-wide needs, and promotes the goal of increasing the University's level of sponsored research activity. The Center promotes, encourages, and supports significant policy-related research of both fundamental and applied character. Research focusing on issues at all levels of government (international, national, state, regional, and local) is encouraged. 

The Center for has over 20 years’ experience conducting applied research, analysis, and outreach across a range of public policy and issue areas. CPR has a long and notable history of managing and implementing grants and sponsored programs for the United States Government, including projects for the U.S. Department of Defense, the Office of Naval Research, the National Science Foundation, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

CPR has been a leading institution in the areas of public policy-related research and outreach since its establishment. The Center, led by Dr. Victor Asal, has more than 20 staff, researchers, and affiliated faculty, and several research associates from institutions outside of UAlbany-SUNY. Other key Center personnel include Ms. Amanda Carroll, Assistant Director, and Mrs. Lois Brando Pownall, Grant and Contract Administrator.