Public Policy

University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Minor

The undergraduate minor in Public Policy introduces students from other departments and colleges to the field and practice of policy analysis. Employers and graduate schools recognize a completed minor as indicative of broader preparation than a single degree, not to mention curiosity and willingness to do extra work. The Public Policy minor also certifies interest and background in public affairs.

Over the years, the department has realized that the underlying model of policy analysis enriches and complements a variety of undergraduate specializations and that public policy training can be valuable not only as a “pre-MPP” experience but also to students whose graduate training won’t include the Masters in Public Policy degree. Lawyers, doctors, engineers, entrepreneurs, and others need to understand government choices as citizens, as participants in government, and on behalf of their organizations, many of which are profoundly affected by public policy.

Registration for the minor (which does not obligate one to complete it) makes students eligible for various Goldman School of Public Policy (GSPP) undergraduate programs and activities and gets them on a mailing list for GSPP events of interest to anyone concerned with public affairs.

Course of Study Overview

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.

Declaring the Minor

All UC Berkeley undergraduate students are eligible for enrollment in the Public Policy minor. Students should pick up a Minor Enrollment Form at the Goldman School of Public Policy, 2607 Hearst Avenue, Room 245, or download a copy and return it to the school as early in their academic career as possible. Declaration of the Public Policy minor is possible even before enrolling in public policy courses.

Please note that early declaration of the minor does not obligate students to this program should it become unfeasible later in their academic pursuits.

All Public Policy minor students must complete a Completion of Public Policy Minor form the semester they are scheduled to graduate in order to receive credit for the Minor. The minor will not be listed on the diploma. Students who complete the requirements for the Public Policy Minor will receive a certificate of completion in the US mail. Within six weeks after receiving the certificate, a notation will appear at the bottom of the transcript that will state "Minor Program in Public Policy Completed" with the semester and year.

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Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All courses used to fulfill minor requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or higher, and must be at least 3 units each.
  2. All courses must be taken for a letter grade, except PUB POL 199, and PUB POL 98/PUB POL 198, both of which are offered on a Pass/No Pass basis only.
  3. Two 2-unit PUB POL 98/PUB POL 198 courses or other 2-unit public policy courses may count as one course toward the minor; however, only one of these can be PUB POL 98.
  4. Students may count graduate level public policy electives to complete their minor requirements. Generally, undergraduates require an instructor consent form to enroll in graduate courses.
  5. No more than two non-public policy courses may be used to fulfill minor requirements.

Requirements

PUB POL 101Introduction to Public Policy Analysis4
Select four from the following:
Special Topics in Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
Freedom of Speech and the Press
Health Economics and Public Policy
Introduction to Health Policy and Management
Poverty and Population
Special Topics in American Politics
Special Topics in American Politics
Special Topics in American Politics
Special Topics in American Politics
Special Topics in American Politics
Special Topics in American Politics
Special Topics in American Politics
Selected Topics in American Politics-UCDC
Public Organization and Administration
Wealth and Poverty
Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy
Applied Econometrics and Public Policy
Program and Policy Design
Arts and Cultural Policy
Impact of Government Policies on Poor Children and Families
Public Budgeting
Environment and Technology from the Policy and Business Perspective
Energy and Society
Special Topics in Public Policy 1
Supervised Independent Study and Research
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Students may count an unlimited number of PUB POL 190 courses toward the minor, provided that the topic is not repeated.

Courses

Public Policy

PUB POL 24 Freshman Seminar 1 Unit

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
The Freshman Seminar Program has been designed to provide new students with the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member in a small-seminar setting. Freshman seminars are offered in all campus departments, and topics vary from department to department and semester to semester. Enrollment limited to 15 freshmen.

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PUB POL 39B Freshman/Sophomore Seminar 2 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2012
Freshman and sophomore seminars offer lower-division students the opportunity to explore an intellectual topic with a faculty member and a group of peers in a small seminar setting. These seminars are offered in all campus departments; topics vary from department to department and from semester to semester. Enrollment limits are set by the faculty, but the suggested limit is 25.

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PUB POL 98 Group Study in Public Policy 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group study on selected public policy topics. Open to freshmen and sophomores.

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PUB POL 101 Introduction to Public Policy Analysis 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
A systematic and critical approach to evaluating and designing public policies. Combines theory and application to particular cases and problems. Diverse policy topics, including environmental, health, education, communications, safety, and arts policy issues, among others.

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PUB POL 103 Wealth and Poverty 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2009, Spring 2008
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding both of the structure of political economy and of why the distribution of earnings, wealth, and opportunity have been diverging in the United States and in other nations. It is also intended to provide insight into the political and public policy debates that have arisen in light of the divergence as well as possible means of reversing it.

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PUB POL C103 Wealth and Poverty 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
This course is designed to provide students with a deeper understanding both of the organization of the political economy in the United States and of other advanced economies, and of why the distribution of earnings, wealth, and opportunity have been diverging in the United States and in other nations. It also is intended to provide insights into the political and public-policy debates that have arisen in light of this divergence, as well
as possible means of reversing it.
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PUB POL 117AC Race, Ethnicity, and Public Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2016, Spring 2016, Fall 2015
The objective of this course is to use the tools and insights of public policy analysis as a means of understanding the ways in which policies are shaped by and respond to issues of race, ethnicity, and cultural difference. The course is organized around a series of discrete policy problems involving issues of race and ethnicity. It is designed to allow for comparative analysis within and across cases to explore the variety of ways in which policy
intersects with different racial and ethnic groups.
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PUB POL C142 Applied Econometrics and Public Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Fall 2015, Spring 2015
This course focuses on the sensible application of econometric methods to empirical problems in economics and public policy analysis. It provides background on issues that arise when analyzing non-experimental social science data and a guide for tools that are useful for empirical research. By the end of the course, students will have an understanding of the types of research designs that can lead to convincing analysis and be comfortable
working with large scale data sets.
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PUB POL 156 Program and Policy Design 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Fall 2012
Studio/laboratory in the design of nonphysical environments. Complements courses in policy analysis, public management, economics, and political science; especially intended to integrate elements of professional programs in public policy and related areas. Students will design, in groups and individually, programs and policies that create value in the public sector, including statutes, regulations, and implementation projects. Comparative reviews
will feature invited guests. Undergraduate level of 256.
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PUB POL 157 Arts and Cultural Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Spring 2016, Spring 2015
Survey of government policy toward the arts (especially direct subsidy, copyright and regulation, and indirect assistance) and its effects on artists, audiences, and institutions. Emphasizes "highbrow" arts, U.S. policy, and the social and economic roles of participants in the arts. Readings, field trips, and case discussion. One paper in two drafts required for undergraduate credit; graduate credit awarded for an additional short
paper to be arranged and attendance at four advanced colloquia throughout the term. Undergraduate level of 257.
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PUB POL C157 Arts and Cultural Policy 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Survey of government policy toward the arts (especially direct subsidy, copyright and regulation, and indirect assistance) and its effects on artists, audiences, and institutions. Emphasizes "highbrow" arts, U.S. policy, and the social and economic roles of participants in the arts. Readings, field trips, and case discussion. One paper in two drafts required for undergraduate credit; graduate credit awarded for an additional short paper to be
arranged and attendance at four advanced colloquia throughout the term. Undergraduate level of 257.
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PUB POL C164 Impact of Government Policies on Poor Children and Families 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2007
Examination of the impact of policies of state intervention and public benefit programs on poor children and families. Introduction to child and family policy, and study of specific issue areas, such as income transfer programs, housing, health care, and child abuse.

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PUB POL 179 Public Budgeting 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2015, Spring 2014, Spring 2013
Public sector budgeting incorporates many, perhaps most, of the skills of the public manager and analyst. The goal of this course is to develop and hone these skills. Using cases and readings from all levels of American government, the course will allow the student to gain and understanding of the effects and consequences of public sector budgeting, its processes and participants, and the potential impacts of various reforms. Undegraduate
level of Public Policy 269. This course can be applied to the political science major.
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PUB POL 182 Environment and Technology from the Policy and Business Perspective 4 Units

Terms offered: Fall 2010, Fall 2009, Fall 2008
Most environmental issues involve technology, either in the role of "villain" or "hero." This course uses the lens of specific technologies to survey environmental policy and management, with an emphasis on the complexities of policy-making with diverse interest groups. The class includes case studies, guest practitioners, and a group project in which students employ a range of analytic tools and frameworks in order to develop
creative, effective, and actionable environmental solutions.
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PUB POL C184 Energy and Society 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Fall 2016, Summer 2016, Summer 2016 10 Week Session
Energy sources, uses, and impacts: an introduction to the technology, politics, economics, and environmental effects of energy in contemporary society. Energy and well-being; energy in international perspective, origins, and character of energy crisis.

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PUB POL 190 Special Topics in Public Policy 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Spring 2017, Fall 2016
Course examines current problems and issues in the field of public policy. Topics may vary from year to year and will be announced at the beginning of the semester. Open to students from other departments.

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PUB POL 190AC Combining Research and Practice: Inequality, Imprisonment, and Higher Education in the Community 4 Units

Terms offered: Prior to 2007
This course in practical policy evaluation will focus on two primary sites of racial and economic inequality in America today: higher education and mass incarceration. We will examine both the causes and consequences of the underrepresentation of racial minorities and the poor on college campuses and the overrepresentation of these same groups in the nation’s prisons and jails. In collaboration with our community partner, the Prison University Project’s College
Program at San Quentin State Prison, students will then have the opportunity to participate in an original research project designed to explore the challenges and potential of providing incarcerated individuals with college courses behind bars.
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PUB POL 198 Directed Group Study 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Spring 2017, Fall 2016, Spring 2016
Group study of a selected topic or topics in Public Policy. Meetings to be arranged.

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PUB POL 199 Supervised Independent Study and Research 1 - 4 Units

Terms offered: Summer 2017 10 Week Session, Summer 2017 8 Week Session, Summer 2017 Second 6 Week Session
For upper division students wishing to pursue special study and directed research under direction of a member of the staff. Enrollment restrictions apply; see the Introduction to Courses and Curricula section of this catalog.

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Faculty and Instructors

Faculty

Daniel J. Acland, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Benefit-Cost Analysis, Behavioral Economics, Behavior Change, Public Health.
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Sarah F. Anzia, Assistant Professor. Elections, Government, Politics, State and Local Politics and Policy, Public Sector Unions, Women in Politics, Public Employee Pensions.
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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.
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Jennifer L. Bussell, Assistant Professor. Africa, comparative politics, Latin America, public policy & organization, South Asia.
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Alain de Janvry, Professor. Agriculture, Poverty & Inequality, Rural Development, Quantitative Analysis of Development Policies, Impact Analysis of Social Programs, Technological Innovations in Agriculture, Management of Common Property Resources.
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Sean Farhang, Associate Professor. Law and Political Science, Law and Politics, Courts, Regulation.
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Avi Feller, Assistant Professor. Program Evaluation, Quantitative Methods.
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Lee Friedman, Professor. Economic Organization, Environmental Markets, School Finance, Utility Regulation, Environment, Regulation, Public Finance.
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Alexander Gelber, Assistant Professor. Economic Policy, Labor and Employment, Public Finance, Tax Policy, Social Security, Family Policy.
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Jack Glaser, Associate Professor. Political Psychology, Stereotyping, Prejudice & Discrimination, Research Methods, Social Psychology, Hate Crime, Unconscious Social Cognition, Racial Profiling, Policing.
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Jennifer M. Granholm, Adjunct Professor. Law, Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Labor and Employment, Politics, Economics of Industry, Manufacturing and Job Markets.
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Hilary Hoynes, Professor. Tax Policy, Labor and Employment, Youth and Families, Government.
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Solomon Hsiang, Associate Professor. Agriculture, Climate Change, Environment, International, Coupled Natural and Human Systems, Political Economy, Development Economics, Applied Econometrics.
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Rucker Johnson, Associate Professor. Poverty and Inequality, Social Welfare, Labor and Employment, Urban Economics.
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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.
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David Kirp, Professor. Children, Youth and Families, Education, Race & Ethnicity, Law, Politics, Ethics, Early Childhood Education, Higher Education, Community.
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Amy E. Lerman, Associate Professor. Politics, Criminal Justice, Privatization, Public Opinion, American Bureaucracy, Political Behavior.
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Jane Mauldon, Associate Professor. Demography, Children, Youth and Families, Program Evaluation, Race & Ethnicity, Quantitative Methods, Social Welfare, Health, Poverty.
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Stephen M. Maurer, Adjunct Professor. Homeland Security, Innovation Intellectual Property, Open Source, and Innovation, WMD Terrorism, Biosecurity, Phramaceutical Innovation, Database policy.
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Michael Nacht, Professor. US National Security Policy and International Relations, Science, Technology and Public Policy, Management Strategies for Complex Organizations.
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Janet Napolitano, Professor. Education, Leadership and Management, Politics.
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Michael O'Hare, Professor. Arts Policy, Quantitative Methods, Environment, Public Management.
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Steven Raphael, Professor. Labor and Employment, Race & Ethnicity, Criminal Justice, Quantitative Methods, Economic Policy, Program Evaluation, Housing & Urban Policy, Immigration, Poverty & Inequality, Discrimination, Employment Discrimination, Labor Economics, Racial Inequality, Urban Economics.
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Robert Reich, Professor. Industrial Policy, Labor and Employment, Leadership and Management, Politics, Poverty, Inequality, Leadership and Social Change, Macroeconomic Policy, Social and Economic Policy.
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Larry A. Rosenthal, Assistant Adjunct Professor. Housing and Urban Policy, Law, Land Use, Civic Engagement.
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Jesse Rothstein, Professor. Tax Policy, Economic Policy, Education, Labor and Employment, Program Evaluation, Public Finance, Quantitative Methods.
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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.
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Janelle Scott, Associate Professor. Advocacy Politics, Educational Equity, Policy Analysis & Evaluation, Politics of Education, Privatization, Qualitative Methods, Education, Race & Policy, Urban Leadership, Urban Schooling.
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Jennifer Skeem, Professor. Criminal Justice, Health Policy, Children, Youth and Families, Psychology and Law, Risk Reduction, Mental Health.
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Lecturers

Mia Bird, Lecturer. Economic Demography, Criminal Justice Policy, Social Welfare Policy.
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Hector Cardenas, Lecturer. US-Mexico Binational Policy, Data Driven Decision Making, Information Technology Strategy, Public Sector Operations, Regulatory Reform, Criminal Justice Reform.
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Brent Copen, Lecturer.
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Timothy M. Dayonot, Lecturer. Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Legislative Advocacy, Government Management.
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John Decker, Lecturer.
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Daniel Heimpel, Lecturer. Children, Youth and Families, Journalism and Media.
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Saru Jayaraman, Lecturer. Food Policy.
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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.
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Larry Magid, Lecturer. Politics, Transportation Policy, Energy Policy, Strategic Communications.
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Sudha Shetty, Lecturer. International Leadership and International Public Policy, Violence Against Women, International Child Abduction.
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Amy Slater, Lecturer. Negotiation, Conflict Resolution.
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Steven Weissman, Lecturer. Energy, Renewable and Clean Energy, Law, Environment.
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Visiting Faculty

Michael Flaherman, Visiting Scholar. Budget/FinancePublic Employee Pensions.
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Peter H. Schuck, Professor. Torts and Compensation Systems, Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee Policy, Administrative Law and Regulatory Policy,.
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Emeritus Faculty

Eugene Bardach, Professor Emeritus. Leadership and Management, Implementation, Mental Health, Political Skill, Social Regulation.
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Robert M. Berdahl, Professor Emeritus.

John Ellwood, Professor Emeritus. Financial Management, Public Sector Budgeting.
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Michael W. Hanemann, Professor Emeritus. Environment, Water Management, Environment and Resource Economics.
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Arnold Meltsner, Professor Emeritus.

Allan Sindler, Professor Emeritus.
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Eugene Smolensky, Professor Emeritus. Poverty and Inequality, Public Finance, Income Distribution, Public Finance Welfare Reform.
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Contact Information

Goldman School of Public Policy

2607 Hearst Ave

Phone: 510-642-4670

Fax: 510-643-9657

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Dean

Henry E. Brady, PhD

103 GSSP Main Building

gspdean@berkeley.edu

Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs

Martha Chavez

240 GSSP Addition

Phone: 510-643-4266

martha_chavez@berkeley.edu

Undergraduate Minor Adviser

Jalilah LaBrie

245 GSSP Addition

Phone: 510-642-1940

jalilah@berkeley.edu

Minor Program Chair

Michael O'Hare, PhD

112 GSSP Main Building

Phone: 510-642-7576

ohare@berkeley.edu

Student Services Adviser

Isaac Castro

307 GSSP East

Phone: 510-643-6961

icastro@berkeley.edu

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