The Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) is one the nation's premier graduate institutions for education and research on the most pressing contemporary policy problems in American society and throughout the world. GSPP is an eclectic community of students, faculty, staff and visitors, all committed to the highest standards of policy analysis, intellectual rigor, and energetic policy debate.
GSPP was one of the first institutions in the United States established for the analysis and development of public policy. For almost four decades, it has been a leader in the teaching of methods of policy analysis using microeconomic, statistical, political, management, legal, and information technology skills to help solve real-world problems.
The Goldman School is consciously multidisciplinary in its outlook and orientation. Its faculty is drawn from economics, political science, law, social psychology, demography, architecture, physics, and engineering. In addition, students can study with leading scholars in a variety of other disciplines and fields throughout the Berkeley campus.
Great emphasis is placed on team projects, on sharpening oral and written communication skills, and on creative thinking. Students have opportunities to work on policy problems for real clients and also to address scholarly and methodological issues in depth. The result is an exceptional learning experience, both inside and outside the classroom.
Graduates have risen to leadership positions as policymakers, analysts, and managers at all levels of government, in the nonprofit sector, in private institutions, and in international organizations.
The undergraduate courses in public policy deal with the substance of public policy, how it is made, how its effects can be gauged, and what the purposes of policy should be. The courses consider both the policy process and particular policy issues. By examining different policy problems in their political and social contexts, students gain a greater sensitivity to the forces which shape and carry out public policies and to the impact of social, political, economic, and legal power.
Courses are designed for students in diverse disciplines and professional schools. There are no prerequisites for enrollment in the undergraduate courses unless specifically noted otherwise in the course descriptions. The training provided by the courses is useful to those interested in combining the substantive perspectives of the social sciences with the immediacy of contemporary problems; to those considering professional study; and to the informed and politically aware citizen.
Through an examination of domestic and international policy areas, graduate courses enable students to conduct systematic work in the design and assessment of public policies. Among the skills emphasized are those facilitating the application of political, organizational, economic, quantitative, and legal analysis to the full range of the policy process — from policy initiation through policy adoption, implementation, and evaluation. By developing these skills, students should find their strengthened analytical capabilities of direct use when applied to their own field of concentration.
Public Policy: Minor
Coordinated Degree Programs
The MPP may be earned in combination with an advanced degree from the following UC Berkeley schools and colleges under a coordinated program; see the GSPP website for details:
MPP/JD, School of Law
MPP/MA in International and Area Studies, College of Letters and Science
MPP/MA in Energy and Resources, College of Natural Resources
MPP/MS in Energy and Resources, College of Natural Resources
MPP/MPH, School of Public Health
MPP/MS, College of Engineering (Nuclear Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Materials Science and Engineering, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research, or Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences)
MPP/MSW, School of Social Welfare
Faculty and Instructors
Daniel J. Acland, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Benefit-Cost Analysis, Behavioral Economics, Behavior Change, Public Health.
Sarah F. Anzia, Assistant Professor. Elections, Government, Politics, State and Local Politics and Policy, Public Sector Unions, Women in Politics, Public Employee Pensions.
Henry Brady, Professor. Comparative politics, public policy, electoral politics, political participation, survey research, program evaluation, statistical methods in the social sciences, social welfare policy, Soviet Union, inequality in America.
Jennifer L. Bussell, Assistant Professor. Africa, comparative politics, Latin America, public policy & organization, South Asia.
Alain de Janvry, Professor. Agriculture, Poverty and Inequality, Rural Development, Quantitative Analysis of Development Policies, Impact Analysis of Social Programs, Technological Innovations in Agriculture, Management of Common Property Resources.
Sean Farhang, Associate Professor. Law and Political Science, Law and Politics, Courts, Regulation.
Avi Feller, Assistant Professor. Program Evaluation, Quantitative Methods.
Lee Friedman, Professor. Economic Organization, Environmental Markets, School Finance, Utility Regulation, Environment, Regulation, Public Finance.
Alexander Gelber, Assistant Professor. Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Public Finance, Tax Policy, Social Security, Family Policy.
Jack Glaser, Associate Professor. Political Psychology, Stereotyping, Prejudice and Discrimination, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Hate Crime, Unconscious Social Cognition, Racial Profiling, Policing.
Jennifer M. Granholm, Adjunct Professor. Law, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Labor and Employment, Politics, Economics of Industry, Manufacturing and Job Markets.
Hilary Hoynes, Professor. Tax Policy, Labor and Employment, Youth and Families, Government.
Solomon Hsiang, Associate Professor. Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, International, Coupled Natural and Human Systems, Political Economy, Development Economics, Applied Econometrics.
Rucker Charles Johnson, Associate Professor. Determinants of intergenerational mobility, societal consequences of incarceration, effects of maternal employment patterns on child well-being, socioeconomic determinants of health disparities over the life course.
Daniel Kammen, Professor. Climate Change, Engineering, Environment, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Energy Forecasting, Health and Environment, International R&D Policy, Race and Gender, Rural Resource Management.
David Kirp, Professor. Children, Youth and Families, Education, Race and Ethnicity, Law, Politics, Ethics, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Community.
Amy E. Lerman, Associate Professor. Politics, Criminal Justice, Privatization, Public Opinion, American Bureaucracy, Political Behavior.
Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor. Demography, Children, Youth and Families, Program Evaluation, Race and Ethnicity, Quantitative Methods, Social Welfare, Health, Poverty.
Stephen M. Maurer, Adjunct Professor. Homeland Security, Innovation Intellectual Property, Open Source, and Innovation, WMD Terrorism, Biosecurity, Phramaceutical Innovation, Database policy.
Michael Nacht, Professor. US National Security Policy and International Relations, Science, Technology and Public Policy, Management Strategies for Complex Organizations.
Janet Napolitano, Professor. Education, Leadership and Management, Politics.
Michael O'Hare, Professor. Arts Policy, Quantitative Methods, Environment, Public Management.
Steven Raphael, Professor. Labor and Employment, Race and Ethnicity, Criminal Justice, Quantitative Methods, Economic Policy, Program Evaluation, Housing and Urban Policy, Immigration, Poverty and Inequality, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Labor Economics, Racial Inequality, Urban Economics.
Robert Reich, Professor. Industrial Policy, Labor and Employment, Leadership and Management, Politics, Poverty, Inequality, Leadership and Social Change, Macroeconomic Policy, Social and Economic Policy.
Larry A. Rosenthal, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Housing and Urban Policy, Law, Land Use, Civic Engagement.
Jesse Rothstein, Professor. Tax Policy, Economic Policy, Education, Labor and Employment, Program Evaluation, Public Finance, Quantitative Methods.
Richard M. Scheffler, Professor. Health Policy and Health Economics, Competition and Regulation in Health Insurance Markets, The ACA and Covered California, Accountable Care Organizations and Market Power, Organization and Financing of Mental Health Services, Social Capital and Health, Global Health Workforce, Pay for Performance in the US and Around the Globe.
Janelle Scott, Associate Professor. Advocacy Politics, Educational Equity, Policy Analysis & Evaluation, Politics of Education, Privatization, Qualitative Methods, Education, Race and Policy, Urban Leadership, Urban Schooling.
Jennifer Skeem, Professor. Criminal Justice, Health Policy, Children, Youth and Families, Psychology and Law, Risk Reduction, Mental Health.
Mia Bird, Lecturer. Economic Demography, Criminal Justice Policy, Social Welfare Policy.
Hector Cardenas, Lecturer. US-Mexico Binational Policy, Data Driven Decision Making, Information Technology Strategy, Public Sector Operations, Regulatory Reform, Criminal Justice Reform.
Brent Copen, Lecturer.
Timothy M. Dayonot, Lecturer. Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Legislative Advocacy, Government Management.
John Decker, Lecturer.
Daniel Heimpel, Lecturer. Children, Youth and Families, Journalism and Media.
Saru Jayaraman, Lecturer. Food Policy.
Dan Lindheim, Lecturer. Housing and Urban Policy, Budget, Finance, Labor and Employment, Poverty and Inequality, City Management, Education Finance & Policy, Police and Criminal Justice, Public Employee Pensions, Public Health.
Larry Magid, Lecturer. Politics, Transportation Policy, Energy Policy, Strategic Communications.
Sudha Shetty, Lecturer. International Leadership and International Public Policy, Violence Against Women, International Child Abduction.
Amy Slater, Lecturer. Negotiation, Conflict Resolution.
Steven Weissman, Lecturer. Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Law, Environment.
Michael Flaherman, Visiting Scholar. Budget/FinancePublic Employee Pensions.
Peter H. Schuck, Professor. Torts and Compensation Systems, Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee Policy, Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy,.
Eugene Bardach, Professor Emeritus. Leadership and Management, Implementation, Mental Health, Political Skill, Social Regulation.
Robert M. Berdahl, Professor Emeritus.
John Ellwood, Professor Emeritus. Financial Management, Public Sector Budgeting.
Michael W. Hanemann, Professor Emeritus. Environment, Water Management, Environment and Resource Economics.
Arnold Meltsner, Professor Emeritus.
Allan Sindler, Professor Emeritus.
Eugene Smolensky, Professor Emeritus. Poverty and Inequality, Public Finance, Income Distribution, Public Finance Welfare Reform.
Goldman School of Public Policy
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Henry E. Brady, PhD
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Senior Assistant Dean for Academic Programs & Dean of Students
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Head Graduate Adviser, MPP Program
Jane Mauldon, PhD
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Head Graduate Adviser, PhD Program
Amy Lerman, PhD
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Associate Director of Student Affairs and Undergraduate Minor Adviser
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Managing Director of Career & Alumni Services and PhD Admissions & Student Affairs Advisor
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Student Services Adviser, MPP Admissions & Career Services
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Student Services Adviser, PPIA Program & Course Scheduling
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