It’s Our Birthday!
The Maxwell School held its first classes in the fall of 1924. This year, we mark our 90th anniversary with a School-wide array of special events and observances. Read more .
It’s Our Birthday!
We're in Washington
We have a new home at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where we offer classes, coordinate internships, and cultivate faculty and student collaborations in the nation's capital. Read more.
We're in Washington
Benefit from Experience
Our professors are great teachers and well-known in their disciplines. And many have had distinguished public-service careers before Maxwell. Read more.
Benefit from Experience
Fast-track Careers
Our graduates are problem-solvers, with a reputation for insight, savvy, and innovation. They get the jobs that launch great careers. Read more.
Fast-track Careers
Global Perspective
Our students and faculty reflect the diversity of the world they study, and bring ideas and perspectives that enrich the Maxwell experience for everyone. Read more.
Global Perspective
Leaders in Public Affairs
Our alumni hold positions of influence throughout public life – Cabinet secretaries, agency heads, NGO directors, top consultants, and more. Read more.
Leaders in Public Affairs
Theory, Policy, and Practice
Maxwell mixes professional MPA and IR degrees with strong social science disciplines and public affairs scholarship, creating rich interdisciplinary opportunities for all. Read more.
Theory, Policy, and Practice
Overseas Experience
From Istanbul to Accra, Singapore to Seoul, Maxwell offers academic and practicum experiences at sites in nearly 20 countries on five continents — including, by the way, the site pictured here: Chile. Read more.
Overseas Experience
Lifelong Connections
Our alumni are famously loyal – to Maxwell, to one another, and to the idea that well-educated public servants change the world. Read more.
Lifelong Connections
The Undergrad Connection
Syracuse University students majoring, minoring, and pursuing liberal arts electives in the social sciences do so in Maxwell – same professors, same facilities, same traditions. Read more.
The Undergrad Connection
It All Adds Up
Great faculty, diverse students, interdisciplinary programming, devoted alumni – no wonder U.S. News calls Maxwell America’s top graduate program for public affairs. Read more.
It All Adds Up

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New and Noteworthy

“Ivory Tower,” featuring Kristi Andersen, nominated for Emmy
“Ivory Tower,” featuring Kristi Andersen, nominated for Emmy
"The Ivory Tower Half Hour," which airs on WCNY-TV and features Professor Kristi Andersen, was nominated for an Emmy Award. The nomination is for the show's 500th-episode anniversary special and will compete in the Public/Current/Community Affairs series category.
Three Maxwell seniors receive highest University honors
Three Maxwell seniors receive highest University honors

Elizabeth McMahon, Bo Stewart, and Kristin Weeks are among the 12 graduating seniors named 2015 Syracuse University Scholars, the highest undergraduate honor that the University bestows.  Read more.

Atwood announced as Maxwell graduate convocation speaker
Atwood announced as Maxwell graduate convocation speaker
J. Brian Atwood, former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development and dean of the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, will deliver the Maxwell School's graduate convocation address on May 8.  Read more.
Marhoefer receives Meredith Teaching Award
Marhoefer receives Meredith Teaching Award

Assistant Professor of History Laurie Marhoefer has won a Meredith Teaching Recognition Award for 2015-16.  The award, which is given by Syracuse University, honors excellence in teaching by non-tenured faculty and adjunct and part-time instructors. Read more.

Barrett named associate dean for strategic communications and external affairs
Barrett named associate dean for strategic communications and external affairs

Dean James Steinberg is pleased to announce that Scott Barrett has been named associate dean for strategic communications and external affairs at Maxwell.  He will assume his new position on May 8, 2015. Read more.

Coplin on "Excessive Testing Must End"
Coplin on "Excessive Testing Must End"

Professor William Coplin wrote a recent article for the Times Union about excessive testing. Coplin argues that "we need to restore a chain of command in which teachers have the freedom to adapt to their students, and principals have the major responsibility for evaluating the teachers." Read more.

Syracuse Takes Top Honors at National Model UN Conference
Syracuse Takes Top Honors at National Model UN Conference

A team of 21 students from Maxwell and the College of Arts and Sciences recently took top honors at the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City, where they were named an "Outstanding Delegation." The theme of the conference was “Impact.” Read more.

Diem awarded two prestigious honors
Diem awarded two prestigious honors
Albrecht Diem has been awarded two major academic honors.  He will join the School of Historical Studies of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton as a member for the academic year 2015-2016; he has also been named a 2015 American Council of Learned Societies Fellow. Read more.
"Stamping out Hunger"
"Stamping out Hunger"

Professor Catherine Bertini, former director of the World Food Programme, talks about hunger in our communities and around the world -- and the programs that are helping. Read the article and watch the video.

Hagenloh named American Council on Education Fellow
Hagenloh named American Council on Education Fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) has announced that Paul Hagenloh, associate professor of history and chair of the Maxwell Program in Citizenship and Civic Engagement, has been named an ACE Fellow for the academic year 2015-16. Read more.

Maxwell has strong representation in 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Program
Maxwell has strong representation in 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Program

The Maxwell School is proud to announce that six of its current and former students have been selected for the highly competitive 2015 Presidential Management Fellowship Program (PMF).  Read more.

"Force of the Future"
"Force of the Future"

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter spoke at SU on March 31 about a range of issues, from the value of public service to his vision and plans for building the "force of the future."  He also took questions during a Q&A period. Carter's appearance at SU was also featured in an SU News story.

2015 Orange Circle Awards
2015 Orange Circle Awards

Three members of the Maxwell School Community were honored with Orange Circle Awards during SU's 2015 Philanthropy Week celebration:  Ruth Schlesinger Sherman '73 BA (PSc),  Public Diplomacy student Timi Komonibo '15 , and Anthropology graduate student Alexis Morris. The awards honor those who have done extraordinary things in the service of others.

Nabatchi featured in Daily Orange story
Nabatchi featured in Daily Orange story

Associate Professor Tina Nabatchi assisted curriculum coordination for “Engaging Citizens: A Game Changer for Development?” a Massive Open Online Course on citizen engagement organized by the World Bank Group.The course, and Nabatchi's involvement, are featured in The Daily Orange.

"A fitting tribute to a liberal lion"
"A fitting tribute to a liberal lion"

Professor David Bennett co-authored a recent op-ed piece for The Washington Post. In the article, the authors propose to rechristen the Russell Senate Office Building as the Edward Moore Kennedy Senate Office Building.

New Allport book published
New Allport book published

Alan Allport, assistant professor of history, has written a new book entitled Browned Off and Bloody-Minded: The British Soldier Goes to War 1939-1945 (Yale University Press). Read more.

Keck's new book published
Keck's new book published
In Judicial Politics in Polarized Times, Professor Thomas Keck reviews several widespread narratives about contemporary courts and argues that, while all of these stories capture the significance of judicial politics in polarized times, each one, in and of itself, can be misleading. Read more.
"Is it fair to tax capital gains at lower rates than earned income?"
"Is it fair to tax capital gains at lower rates than earned income?"
In a new Wall Street Journal column, Professor Len Burman says "no," that doing so "misdirects resources and hurts tax progressivity."
Mitra appears on Bloomberg TV India
Mitra appears on Bloomberg TV India
Professor Devashish Mitra recently appeared on Bloomberg TV India where he answered the question "What can India's Finance Minister do to spur investments and create jobs in the country?"
"Let’s Make the Deal with Iran"
"Let’s Make the Deal with Iran"
University Professor and Phanstiel Chair Sean O'Keefe recently co-authored an op-ed piece for Politico Magazine. In the piece, the authors argue that lawmakers must put aside partisan infighting or else "America may lose an important opportunity to enhance its security and influence world history for the better."
Humphrey Fellows to visit the Maxwell School
Humphrey Fellows to visit the Maxwell School
Beginning on February 23, Syracuse University's Maxwell School will welcome 38 Humphrey Fellows from 27 countries and 14 U.S. host campuses for a week-long workshop, Leadership and Governance During Times of Crisis.
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Coplin featured in New York Times article on collegiate athletes and academics
Coplin featured in New York Times article on collegiate athletes and academics
Professor William Coplin was featured in the New York Times article, "Football Major, Basketball Minor?" In the article, Coplin argues that the skills learned through sports are more valuable to employers than classroom knowledge.
Hou publishes edited volume on local government budget stabilization
Hou publishes edited volume on local government budget stabilization
Yilin Hou, professor of public administration and international affairs, has published an edited volume, Local Government Budget Stabilization: Explorations and Evidence, a sequel to Hou's (2013) authored book State Government Budget Stabilization: Policy, Tools, and Impacts.Read more.
New York State Health Foundation Healthy Neighborhood Funds Initiative
New York State Health Foundation Healthy Neighborhood Funds Initiative
The Near Westside of Syracuse is one of six communities selected to participate in the New York State Health Foundation's (NYSHealth) Healthy Neighborhood Funds initiative. The initiative will provide funding and support to help the communities become healthier, more active places for residents. Read more.
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