On September 29th, a federal judge enjoined the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), and officials serving in those agencies from enforcing a Final Rule that would have increased the naturalization fee from $725 to $1,160 on October 2nd. In his ruling, United Stated District Judge Jeffrey S. White cited Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy Professor Rey Koslowski’s co-authored publication, "A Randomized Controlled Design Reveals Barriers to Citizenship for Low-Income Immigrants."
Rockefeller College alum Bradley Hershenson and first-year graduate student Eusebio Omar van Reenan have been elected as SUNY Student Assembly president and vice president, respectively, for 2020-21.
ALBANY, N.Y. — Leading up to the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election, the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will be hosting a series of virtual events, covering a range of topics impacting the election and future of the nation. In addition, we’ll watch together on election night and unpack the results in the weeks following the election. The interactive discussions will be led by UAlbany and Rockefeller College faculty and alumni experts. All are welcome to participate in any or all of the sessions. Zoom links will be sent to registrants only — click here to register.
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution. In celebration of Constitution Day 2020, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy asked faculty and students the following question: What is the most pressing Constitutional issue facing our country today?
For the second straight year, Rockefeller College Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer has been named to City & State’s Education Power 50. In addition, University at Albany President Havidán Rodríguez also made a second appearance, while Rockefeller College alumnus and SUNY Chancellor Jim Malatras headed the list.
With the goal of advancing police-community relations and eliminating racial inequities, the City of Albany recently announced the formation of the Policing Reform and Reinvention Collaborative — and the University at Albany is working to support its success.
In a new virtual format, the Rockefeller Brown Bag series returns Thursday, September 3rd with its first presentation of the Fall 2020 semester. This fall, meetings will occur every other Thursday from 12:00 to 1:00pm through Zoom.
A new study led by UAlbany researchers, including Rockefeller College professors Shawn Bushway and Lucy Sorensen, suggests the prolonged involvement in the criminal justice system by members of Generation X is driving higher incarcerations rates throughout adulthood.
UAlbany’s #2 ranked School of Criminal Justice joins Rockefeller College. Strategically restructuring and uniting two of its nationally ranked academic units, the University at Albany, SUNY announced that the School of Criminal Justice will join the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy effective June 1, 2020.
UAlbany-educated Jim Malatras, the president of SUNY Empire, was named the 14th chancellor of the State University of New York, leading the largest system of universities, colleges and community colleges in the United States. Malatras, who received his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees in political science from UAlbany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, is the first SUNY grad to lead the 64-campus institution.
Rockefeller College Professor of Political Science Morton Schoolman’s new book, A Democratic Enlightenment: The Reconciliation Image, Aesthetic Education, Possible Politics, argues that films, such as The Help and Gentleman's Agreement, offer a visual image of reconciliation that can serve as a type of aesthetic education, teaching US viewers how to cultivate a democratic sensibility.
Graduates of the University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy accounted for six of City & State’s 2020 Albany 40 Under 40 Rising Stars list as Philip Bolen, Joseph Garba, Aaron Gladd, Jonas Neri, Ben Parsons, and Joseph Storch earned recognition.
Center for Collaborative HIV Research in Practice and Policy researchers recently published three articles in a special issue of Public Health Reports, highlighting the center’s work toward its mission to establish thought leadership on groundbreaking efforts to “end the epidemic” (ETE) of HIV in New York.
On Saturday, July 18th, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan introduced the 2020 Albany Tulip Queen and her four court members at a press conference in Washington Park. There, Rockefeller College senior Kaya Rifenberg-Stempel was chosen as the 72nd Albany Tulip Queen. Throughout the next year, she will work with her four court members on community service and literacy advocacy initiatives.
CTG UAlbany researchers J. Ramon Gil-Garcia, Theresa Pardo and Manuel De Tuya recently completed an examination of the information sharing capabilities of two North American megacities, Mexico City and New York. Their paper, published in Urban Affairs Review, found that these metropolises share unique characteristics that helped them improve their smart city capabilities where smaller cities or larger state governments might face challenges.
Rockefeller Institute Fellows Patricia Strach, Katie Zuber, and Elizabeth Pérez-Chiqués were recognized by the American Political Science Association for increasing understanding of the opioid epidemic. The Outstanding Public Engagement in Health Policy Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated leadership in improving health and the health care system through active engagement in politics and policy making.
In this Public Books interview, Associate Professor Virginia Eubanks, author of Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor, discusses her path to studying systemic inequality in technology and the issues that need change.
The new Center for Collaborative HIV Research in Practice and Policy (CCHRPP) addresses the public health and social justice challenges of persons placed at risk for, or living with, HIV and related diseases. CCHRPP researchers, housed at the UAlbany School of Public Health, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy, SUNY Downstate, and the New York State Department of Health AIDS Institute, are taking a life-course view of prevention and treatment for these interrelated epidemics.
A University-wide discussion on race, social justice and the campus climate was held last week during the President’s Extended Council meeting. President Rodríguez began the meeting by affirming the University’s condemnation of racism, violence, oppression and hatred.
The University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will be hosting its inaugural Rockefeller Reads Book Club this summer with Associate Professor Virginia Eubanks' Automating Inequality: How High-Tech Tools Profile, Police, and Punish the Poor. The award-winning book has garnered national media attention for its investigative look at data-based discrimination.
As the world begins the slow recovery process from COVID-19, all while monitoring for a second wave, the critical importance of preparedness remains an often overlooked piece of the puzzle. Rockefeller College Associate Professor of Public Administration and Policy Erika Martin has recently co-authored two new articles that shed light on our readiness and response to the Coronavirus.
Since 2009, the University at Albany has celebrated lesbian, gay, bisexual, pansexual, transgender, queer, asexual and allied faculty, staff, and students for their work in promoting LGBTQ+ equity with its annual Lavender Awards. This year, Rockefeller College’s Director of Undergraduate Student Services Zakhar Berkovich, BA ’08, MS ’10 and alumnus David A. Rozen, Esq. '07 were among the 2020 honorees.
Tasked with granting funds more coveted than ever given the strains of the coronavirus crisis, Rockefeller College’s Philanthropy and Civil Society graduate class worked to identify, evaluate, and award $3,000 to deserving local nonprofit organizations during the Spring 2020 semester. Ultimately, Professor Susan Appe’s students used the Student Philanthropy Fund to give $2,000 to the Capital Region Community COVID-19 Response Fund, and $500 each to the Albany Damien Center and Jajja's Kids.
In collaboration with the NYU Marron Institute of Urban Management and funded by the Equable Institute, Donald J. Boyd, Gang Chen, and Yimeng Yin of Rockefeller College’s Project on State and Local Government Finance (SLGF) recently published a research report on the fiscal issues and risks in New York City’s Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) — the second largest of New York City’s five major retirement systems.
Due to the global health crisis, the Rockefeller College New York State Municipal Clerks Institute at the University at Albany campus has been postponed until July 2021. However, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy will be hosting online courses for the Certified Municipal Clerks (CMC) and the Master Municipal Clerks (MMC) training programs.
Rockefeller College PhD candidate Amani Edwards was selected as the recipient of the Steve Jackson Excellence in Graduate Student Teaching Award. The award recognizes outstanding graduate students for their skill, dedication, and compassion in teaching and mentoring undergraduate and fellow graduate students. Learn more about Amani’s accomplishments and what’s next.
Rockefeller College’s Danielle Duguid was selected as the recipient of the University at Albany’s President’s Award for Leadership: Distinguished Scholar-Leader Award. The award recognizes and honors one graduating undergraduate senior who best exemplifies the scholar‐leader‐service ideal. Danielle has demonstrated academic excellence, effective leadership in the University community, and a commitment to serving others. This award is among the highest conferred upon undergraduates. Learn more about Danielle’s accomplishments and what’s next after graduation.
On Tuesday, April 28, 2020, the University at Albany’s Center for Undergraduate Research and Creative Engagement (CURCE) hosted the 17th annual Student Research Conference — a shared virtual showcase of achievements. Rockefeller undergrads Lucas Campo and Sophia Patka were honored as two of the 24 UAlbany scholars who received the Presidential Award for Undergraduate Research.
Rockefeller College PhD alum Hina Khalid and Associate Professor Erika Martin's Health Affairs blog post explains the importance of not losing focus on other public health goals, such as polio immunizations, childhood stunting, and HIV/AIDS as the COVID-19 pandemic deepens.
CTG UAlbany recently polled a group of New York’s county and city IT leaders to share their experiences from the last several weeks and offer some insights on the future.
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy PhD alumna Lucila M. Zamboni and Associate Professor Erika G. Martin have teamed up on a manuscript entitled, “Association of US Households’ Disaster Preparedness With Socioeconomic Characteristics, Composition, and Region.” The article, published on JAMA Network Open, identifies disparities in disaster preparedness among U.S. households using nine preparedness items.
Lucy Sorensen is an assistant professor in Rockefeller College’s Department of Public Administration and Policy. Her experiences moving with her family and changing schools numerous times motivated her to study the sources of educational inequality, and to do research that could inform policy solutions.
Rockefeller College Professor of Political Science Julie Novkov will lend her expertise on Monday, April 20th in a virtual town hall hosted by the College of Emergency Preparedness, Homeland Security and Cybersecurity (CEHC) and School of Public Health (SPH). Professor Novkov will discuss the constitutional struggle between the nation’s president and state governors during the current coronavirus crisis.
The Research Foundation for The State University of New York has awarded Rockefeller College’s co-directors of the Project on State and Local Government Finance (SLGF) Donald J. Boyd and Gang Chen a grant for their project, “California Public Pension Plan Policy Analysis.”
In this Health Affairs blog post, Rockefeller College Associate Professor Erika Martin and Jessica Kronstadt from the Public Health Accreditation Board emphasize the need for local health departments to receive ongoing support to maintain their role in protecting and promoting public health in communities.
Almost 40 percent of adults in the United States are obese — and local health departments can play a key role in reducing this statistic. Recent research from alumna Wenhui Feng, PhD ’19, supervised by Associate Professor Erika Martin, assesses the obesity policy involvement among local health departments across the United States and the factors associated with increased involvement.
The University at Albany’s Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s top graduate programs for public affairs. Announced by U.S. News & World Report, Rockefeller moved up two places from last year to 19th in the nation overall in the rankings for the 2021 Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs.
On Saturday, March 7th, Rockefeller College will host 50 graduate students from 15 universities participating in the 2020 NASPAA-Batten Student Simulation Competition. This year’s competition will connect approximately 400 students from eight global host sites. Participants in the competition will take on leadership roles in a simulated city and implement policies that achieve the most sustainable public transit system.
Brian Greenhill is an associate professor and vice chair of Rockefeller College’s Department of Political Science. Born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, he studies intergovernmental organizations, and is working on a new research project that addresses the question of how these organizations can influence public opinion on critical issues such as climate change or human rights violations.
Rockefeller College’s Center for Women in Government & Civil Society (CWGCS) is hosting a reception on Thursday, February 13th to introduce the 2020 Women & Public Policy Fellows. The reception will take place from 6:30-9:00 p.m. in the University at Albany’s SEFCU Arena Hall of Fame Room on the Uptown Campus.
Staff members from the State University of New York’s Center for International Development (SUNY/CID) won a U.S. State Department grant for public service projects to support its efforts to strengthen public service leadership in Haiti.
Fifteen University at Albany undergraduate students made their way to Washington, D.C. last week to begin a semester-long experience living, learning, and interning in the nation’s capital.
Undergraduate students in Professor Susan Appe’s Fall 2019 Private Philanthropy, Public Problems, and Power course have chosen the Commission on Economic Opportunity (CEO) as the recipient of $3,000 from the Student Philanthropy Fund.
In partnership with PPIA and NASPAA, Rockefeller College hosted 29 undergraduate students from 19 universities spanning the country for a weekend dedicated to exploring opportunities in public service, October 25-27.
CTG UAlbany Director Theresa Pardo and Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer have been elected fellows of the National Academy of Public Administration for 2019.
Rockefeller College doctoral student Sunyoung Pyo received NASPAA’s Pi Alpha Alpha Doctoral Manuscript Award for her manuscript: Does Law Enforcement Officers’ Behavior Change after Wearing Body Worn Cameras? Understanding Changes in Arrest Rates among Local Police Departments in the United States.
The UAlbany community once again stepped up this summer to help the people of Puerto Rico continue their ongoing recovery efforts from the devastating 2017 hurricane season. The trip was sponsored by SUNY and supported by Rockefeller College and UAlbany’s Center for Leadership and Service.
The newly established Student Philanthropy Fund selected The MoonCatcher Project and Youth FX as its inaugural winning nonprofit organizations. The Student Philanthropy Fund is a project of Dr. Susan Appe and launched in Spring 2019 in the PAD 527 Philanthropy and Civil Society graduate course at Rockefeller College.
UAlbany and Rockefeller College are committed to preparing the future leaders in conservation and sustainability. Rockefeller’s Environmental Policy & Politics concentration provides graduates the foundation they need for careers in conservation, environmental planning, energy policy, and climate change.
ALBANY, N.Y. (June 18, 2019) — When the student content editor for a publication that assesses university excellence around the world contacted UAlbany for a political science student who could write a guide to the 2020 Presidential candidates, Dean and Professor R. Karl Rethemeyer of Rockefeller College had a ready choice in mind. 2018 UAlbany alum and current Public Administration grad student Austin Ostro knows all about the responsibilities and goals of public office, being the current SUNY Student Assembly president as well as a SUNY trustee.
SUNY Chancellor Kristina M. Johnson presented 210 SUNY students from across the state with the 2019 Chancellor’s Award for Student Excellence. UAlbany had nine honorees, including four exceptional scholars from Rockefeller College: Alondra Berroa, Nicholas Gonzalez, Teniola Olafuyi, and Subha Tasnim.
Assistant Professor Lucy Sorenson co-authored an article for the Brookings Institution that highlights concerns related to the turnover of middle school teachers, including the financial costs on schools and districts and the effects on student achievement.
Improving two places, Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy at the University at Albany has once again been recognized among the nation’s top graduate programs for public affairs byU.S. News & World Report. Rockefeller College was listed 21st overall within the rankings for the U.S. News & World Report 2020 Best Graduate Public Affairs Programs. The College was also recognized for excellence in a number of individual public affairs specialties. Rockefeller was ranked:
Honors College student Michael Allain, right, on the job with state Sen.
Rockefeller doctoral student Nakissa Jahanbani’s opinion piece in The Globe Post explores what Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s attempted resignation indicates for Iranian domestic and international politics.
Local libraries are often thought of as places to check out books or engage in some silent reading. But libraries offer so much more than just what can be found on their shelves or done in hushed tones.
Assistant Professor of Political Science Christopher Clary’s Washington Post article offers insight into the rising conflict between India and Pakistan post-Balakot.
On Friday, February 22nd, the Rockefeller College Graduate Association of Political Science (GAPS) and Students of Educational Administration for Change (SEAChange) presented the seventh annual Institutions and Societies Conference. The theme of the event focused on disability politics.
Terrorist organizations are constantly changing, and tracking their network affiliations is a complicated task. Dean R. Karl Rethemeyer and Political Science Professor Victor Asal have worked for more than a decade to compile and analyze how these “bad actors” operate and interact.
Forty-five UAlbany students from diverse majors and seven faculty/staff, including Rockefeller College’s Director of Undergraduate Student Services Zakhar Berkovich, completed restoration projects for dozens of local residents in Puerto Rico over winter break.