2015

We’ll always have Paris: My time with the UN, Alec Baldwin and five Heller-inspired insights on social change

Heller News Release
December 22, 2015

Heller student Joshua Cramer-Montes, MA-SID/MBA'16, offers insights on his participation in the recent UN convention on climate change.

New Brandeis and Harvard center hopes to reduce the substance use problem in the U.S. by focusing on the quality, cost and availability of treatment services

Heller News Release
December 21, 2015

Center is established through a $3.6 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse

Seniors respond to healthy aging survey with vigor

Heller in the News
December 10, 2015

Susan Lanspery, PhD'89, presents results of a survey that will form the basis for services for seniors on Martha's Vineyard.

How ISIS and Donald Trump enable each other

Heller in the News
December 07, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that with Americans increasingly terrified of terrorism, Trump stays at the top of the Republican presidential field.

"While I ran to war, she ran from it": The story of a US veteran and a Syrian expatriate

Heller News Release
December 07, 2015

Phoenicia Lewis, SIDCO'16, and Wafaa Arbash, SIDCO'16, offer their unique perspectives on finding humanity amid the dust of war.

Statements of solidarity

Heller News Release
November 23, 2015

Heller faculty, staff, students and alumni support the Brandeis community members who are calling attention to issues of diversity and inclusion on campus.

Student debt forgiveness could narrow the racial wealth gap

Heller in the News
November 22, 2015

The Washington Post covers the Institute on Assets and Social Policy's innovative application of the Racial Wealth Audit to student debt relief policies.

Quiet desperation and American fascism

Heller in the News
November 22, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that Democrats are losing low-income voters not to Republican candidates, but to voter apathy.

Heller School researchers explain the Family and Medical Leave Act, and where it falls short

Heller in the News
November 19, 2015

Alison Earle, Kimberly Geronimo and Pamela Joshi, PhD'01, discuss their research on the law with BrandeisNOW.

Expert Q&A: Treating narcotic painkiller addiction

Heller in the News
November 18, 2015

On WebMD, Andrew Kolodny discusses the rise and risks of prescription painkillers, as well as the medications that can assist with treatment for opioid addiction.

Shocking ways airlines are mistreating the disabled

Heller in the News
November 17, 2015

In Yahoo! News, attorney and PhD student Robyn Powell discusses the discriminatory challenges faced by airline customers with disabilities.

Robert Kuttner: Racism hidden in plain view

Heller in the News
October 28, 2015

In the American Prospect, Kuttner argues that the pattern of racial disparities in the criminal justice system isn't new; only the press coverage is.

What role does race play in investing?

Heller in the News
October 27, 2015

On CNBC.com, Tatjana Meschede argues that the racial wealth gap plays a huge role in disparities for retirement savings and investing.

Senior scientist Andrew Kolodny talks with C-SPAN about combating drug abuse

Heller in the News
October 26, 2015

Kolodny discusses the scope of the prescription drug and heroin abuse epidemic and the Obama administration’s efforts to fight it.

Institutional transformation expert Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld joins the MBA faculty

Heller News Release
October 26, 2015

Cutcher-Gershenfeld, whose research focuses primarily on stakeholder alignment and integrated operating systems, will be teaching courses in strategy and operations

Promoting a legacy of gender equity advocacy

Heller News Release
October 26, 2015

Anita Hill’s course on gender and law provides a unique experience for Heller masters and doctoral students.

Anita Hill: We're not finished examining the barriers women face at work

Heller in the News
October 19, 2015

In an interview with Fortune, Professor Hill suggests that improved business school curricula can help future managers learn how to successfully lead diverse companies.

Robert Kuttner says Hillary Clinton is not out of the woods yet

Heller in the News
October 19, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Kuttner argues that the FBI investigation into Clinton's emails presents an ongoing liability for her campaign.

Remembering Stan Wallack

Heller News Release
October 18, 2015

Heller colleagues discuss the impact of the Schneider Institutes for Health Policy’s founding executive director, who passed away on October 7.

Using research to change disability policy

Heller in the News
October 14, 2015

The Justice showcases work led by Susan Parish which finds more pregnancy complications among women with developmental disabilities.

Anita Hill's advice for women entering the workforce

Heller in the News
October 13, 2015

In an interview with Fortune, Professor Hill discusses the need to improve the workplace environment so that all people can succeed.

Bernie Sanders is about as radical as Harry Truman

Heller in the News
October 09, 2015

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that the politics of the self-defined democratic socialist are actually quite mainstream.

Heller at work: Jeanne Mansfield, MPP/MBA’15

Heller News Release
October 07, 2015

Student Jeanne Mansfield uses her summer internship to promote equitable access to healthy foods at Boston Public Market.

American opioid addiction keeps growing

Heller in the News
October 07, 2015

On NPR's On Point, Andrew Kolodny describes the current opioid crisis as an epidemic created by pharmaceutical companies and prescribing physicians.

Addiction, poor care drove N.H. Medicaid patients to shop around for opioids

Heller in the News
October 07, 2015

On New Hampshire Public Radio, Peter Kreiner discusses how prescription drug monitoring programs could help quell the prescription opioid epidemic.

Oct. 15 conference will explore the role of relational coordination in building healthy workplaces and communities

Heller News Release
October 01, 2015

Jody Hoffer Gittell, executive director of the Relational Coordination Research Collaborative, explains the concept and provides some examples of its usage around the world.

South Asia grapples with dengue

Heller in the News
September 30, 2015

Research by Donald Shepard supports suspicions that dengue fever is a much larger problem in India than previously thought.

Intersectionality of identity and disciplines: race, gender, sociology and development

Heller News Release
September 24, 2015

Phoenicia Lewis, MA SID/COEX'16, reflects on her recent participation in the Association of Black Sociologists conference.

Explaining the United Nations' Sustainable Development Goals

Heller News Release
September 21, 2015

Rajesh Sampath, associate director of the master's program in Sustainable International Development, provides an overview.

Heller alumna named director of Boston Public Library Foundation

Heller in the News
September 18, 2015

Lisa Bevilaqua, MMHS'98, former head of development of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, will now lead fundraising for the Library Foundation.

Can money create social change?

Heller in the News
September 16, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Sheryl Seller demonstrates how philanthropy can dramatically influence U.S. social policy using three key examples.

Make saving for college easier

Heller in the News
September 15, 2015

PhD student and Massachusetts state representative Tom Sannicandro teams up with state senator Jaime Eldridge to promote college savings accounts.

Is mandatory Medicare bundled payment ready for prime time?

Heller in the News
September 15, 2015

Rob Mechanic evaluates implementation of this payment reform rule In the New England Journal of Medicine.

Prescription painkillers kill more people than heroin

Heller in the News
September 09, 2015

Listen to Andrew Kolodny's conversation with Robin Young on NPR's Here & Now about the role that prescription drugs play in the opioid crisis.

Returning faculty member Deborah Stone brings big ideas to the classroom

Heller News Release
September 09, 2015

Stone, author of a best-selling textbook on policy making, will explore concepts that unite political systems and cut across geographic and cultural boundaries.

Responding to the Syrian refugee crisis

Heller in the News
September 08, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner discusses a range of European government reactions to the flood of migrants entering Europe.

Segal Fellows carry social justice torch, determined to make positive societal change

Heller in the News
September 03, 2015

BrandeisNOW interviews the 2015 fellows, including Analissa Iversen, MPP/MBA'16, and Lea Sakala, MPP/MBA'17, about their summer internships.

Stuart Altman talks with The Boston Globe about Massachusetts' escalating health care costs

Heller in the News
September 02, 2015

Altman, who is chair of the state's Health Policy Commission, responds to a new report which reveals that Massachusetts spent $632 million more than it was supposed to on health care last year.

We are asking too much of the federal reserve

Heller in the News
September 02, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner questions whether we should rely on the Fed to be the country's sole source of economic growth.

Massachusetts 2014 health care spending rises faster than state goal

Heller in the News
September 02, 2015

Stuart Altman discusses the situation with WBUR's CommonHealth.

Profiles in Courage

Heller in the News
August 18, 2015

Brandeis Magazine features two Heller students who found that when children in Lebanon talked about facing their fears, enemies often turned into friends.

Patients with substance use disorder aren't treated equally

Heller News Release
August 13, 2015

Andrea Acevedo, PhD'12, of the Institute for Behavioral Health examines disparities in quality of care.

Donald Trump, Black Lives Matter, and the power of disruption

Heller in the News
August 11, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines disruptive innovation at both ends of the political spectrum in the presidential race.

Risk shift and the gig economy

Heller in the News
August 10, 2015

Ben Kreider, Heller PhD student and research intern for the Economic Policy Institute (EPI), writes an EPI blog post about the shifting of risk from employers to workers in companies like Uber and TaskRabbit.

Harvard’s Susan Eaton selected as new director of the Sillerman Center for the Advancement of Philanthropy

Heller News Release
August 05, 2015

Eaton will lead the Heller center in guiding foundations and individuals to realize the full power of social justice giving.

Stuart Altman reflects on the 50th anniversary of Medicare

Heller in the News
August 03, 2015

Altman, who played a key role in implementing Medicare as assistant secretary for health policy during the Nixon administration, tells U.S. News & World Report how it overcame bleak predictions.

Tom Clark makes a case in The Washington Post for drug monitoring programs as an effective way to fight opioid abuse

Heller in the News
August 03, 2015

The Institute for Behavioral Health researcher says if we're to prevent opioid addiction and the shift to heroin, norms around prescribing painkillers must change.

Why Social Security Beats All Rivals

Heller in the News
July 27, 2015

In the face of Republican calls for cuts to Social Security, Robert Kuttner makes a case in the Huffington Post for expanding it.

The Americans with Disabilities Act: 25 years later

Heller in the News
July 23, 2015

Susan Parish, director of the Lurie Institute for Disability Policy, talks with BrandeisNOW about the landmark legislation's impact.

How donors can turn the tide towards more equitable financial aid

Heller in the News
July 21, 2015

Sillerman Center graduate research assistant and MBA/MPP student Kaleigh Behe analyzes merit vs. need-based scholarships in the Huffington Post.

A foot in the door and a place at the table

Heller News Release
July 15, 2015

Promoting equity and inclusion for minority healthcare workers in New Hampshire.

Representing Heller at the United Nations’ Equator Initiative

Heller News Release
July 15, 2015

Josh Cramer-Montes, MA SID/MBA’16, to join the organization's communications team.

Constance Horgan talks with Reuters about treating the "whole person" by bringing behavioral health into primary care

Heller in the News
July 13, 2015

The Institute for Behavioral Health director says that despite mental healthcare resources being available in many communities, primary care providers often don't know about them, or how to hand off a patient into specialized care.

Do the recent same-sex marriage, fair housing and universal healthcare rulings really indicate a liberal Supreme Court?

Heller in the News
July 09, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Associate Professor Rajesh Sampath deconstructs the monumental trio of decisions.

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, what's next?

Heller News Release
June 25, 2015

Michael Doonan, director of the MPP program and executive director of the Massachusetts Health Policy Forum, considers the ruling's impact and the road ahead.

Responding to Governor Baker's Opioid Working Group recommendations

Heller News Release
June 24, 2015

On behalf of the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Center of Excellence, Tom Clark provides reactions to the working group's report and additional recommendations.

Racial and caste oppression have many similarities

Heller in the News
June 19, 2015

In The Conversation, Rajesh Sampath says the U.S. and India must learn that the mere assertion of a democratic society does not necessarily translate in to a free and equal one.

Heller student and alumna raise their voices in D.C.

Heller in the News
June 17, 2015

Alyssa Bogdanow, Hornstein MPP '16, and Meredith Grabek, Hornstein MBA '15, lobbied Congress on behalf of American Jewish World Service to pass legislation that combats violence against women and girls and advances the rights of LGBT individuals globally.

Rajesh Sampath examines the role of the United Nations Ethics Office

Heller in the News
June 10, 2015

In the UN Chronicle, Sampath says that we must turn to the actual language of the United Nations itself and how it envisions its own ethical framework to answer critical questions.

IBH partners with Pew Charitable Trusts to co-sponsor research forum on state prescription drug monitoring programs

Heller News Release
June 08, 2015

Scientists, practitioners and agency representatives discussed research applications and effectiveness of PDMPs, which are designed to halt prescription drug abuse.

Professors Stuart Altman and Rajesh Sampath discuss the Affordable Care Act

Heller News Release
June 08, 2015

Listen to the full audio recording or view excerpts from this conversation on the arguments opposing universal healthcare.

Ricardo Godoy’s 20-year study in the Bolivian Amazon

Heller News Release
June 04, 2015

The Heller anthropologist and professor discusses the decades he's spent measuring the effects of modernization on the Tsimane' indigenous society.

When free speech comes at a cost on campuses

Heller in the News
June 04, 2015

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath talks with HuffPost Live about how you protect free speech and intellectual freedom while being sensitive to students' emotions and expectations.

Heller graduates largest group of PhD students in a decade

Heller News Release
June 03, 2015

Explore the dissertations of the 25 doctoral students who walked at commencement this year.

Rodrigo Moran, MA-SID '16, is an "innovator to look out for"

Heller in the News
May 27, 2015

Innovators Peak includes Moran in its list of 5 top innovators aboard the Millennial Trains Project, a traveling incubator that transports entrepreneurs and changemakers across the U.S. via railroad every summer.

The robots are coming! The robots are coming!

Heller in the News
May 24, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that increased automation does replace human workers, but also creates the opportunity for new kinds of human jobs.

Film tax credits force states into "perpetual competitive purgatory"

Heller in the News
May 19, 2015

Robert Tannenwald tells the Huffington Post why bringing Hollywood to your hometown may be exciting, but it comes at a cost.

Grand Theft Automated

Heller in the News
May 17, 2015

In response to the recent New York Times exposé on labor conditions in nail salons, Robert Kuttner remarks on employer wage theft and the conditions under which it might be eradicated.

Celebrating the Class of 2015

Heller News Release
May 17, 2015

Watch the diploma ceremony, read the graduate speakers' speeches and see pictures from commencement weekend.

Acting Sillerman Center director named new president of Suffolk University

Heller in the News
May 13, 2015

Margaret McKenna came to Heller in 2013 after leading the Walmart Foundation.

Women as the loyal opposition

Heller in the News
May 12, 2015

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner shares observations on the "gendered nature of dissent" in U.S. financial sector reform and the Labour Party's recent loss in Britain's recent elections.

IASP's Tatjana Meschede examines family financial transfers for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston

Heller News Release
May 11, 2015

In a new report, Meschede says that nonwhite households in Boston are significantly more likely to financially assist their relatives.

Study: Half of Denver metro's Hispanic kids live in low-opportunity areas

Heller in the News
May 07, 2015

Colorado Public Radio reports on the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index, which finds pervasive racial inequities for healthy child development in the 100 largest U.S. metropolitan areas.

Anita Hill on chasing workplace equality

Heller in the News
May 06, 2015

In an interview with Marketplace, Professor Hill discusses what gender equality in the office means today.

Professor Allyala Nandakumar assesses President Obama’s pick for USAID leader

Heller News Release
May 01, 2015

Nandakumar, who serves as USAID’s first chief economist, believes Gayle Smith is a strong nominee.

How to give wisely for Nepal relief

Heller News Release
April 29, 2015

Laurence Simon, director of the Center for Global Development and Sustainability, provides guidance for those who wish to contribute to Nepal earthquake recovery efforts.

An inconveniently moral argument for the death penalty in the Dzhokhar Tsarnaev case

Heller in the News
April 28, 2015

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath considers capital punishment for the convicted Boston Marathon bomber.

President Obama's trade deals: a test for Hillary Clinton

Heller in the News
April 28, 2015

In The Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner writes that it's time for the Democratic presidential candidate to take a stand if she wants to present herself as a forceful leader.

Heller on the ground: SID students and alumni at the United Nations

Heller News Release
April 28, 2015

Every year, sustainable international development master's students find opportunities to advance their careers at the U.N.

Obama’s trade agreements are a gift to corporations

Heller in the News
April 21, 2015

In this Boston Globe op-ed, Robert Kuttner questions President Obama's rationale for two contentious trade deals currently under negotiation.

Heller's Anita Hill named university professor

Heller in the News
April 17, 2015

A member of the Heller faculty and senior advisor to the provost, Hill receives one of the university's highest honors.

Hillary Clinton: From symbolism to specifics

Heller in the News
April 13, 2015

Robert Kuttner commends the presidential candidate's embrace of economic populism in her campaign launch video, noting that the real difficulty will be managing the fiscal interests of her Wall Street sponsors.

An unfunded mandate: Are Massachusetts schools adopting new nutritional standards?

Heller News Release
April 10, 2015

Lindsay Rosenfeld of the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy explores the impact of this policy change on Massachusetts students and schools through the NOURISH study.

Tom Shapiro talks with Houston Public Media about the Racial Wealth Audit

Heller in the News
April 09, 2015

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy's director explains why homeownership can help close greater Houston's racial wealth gap.

How to avoid the next Ellen Pao case

Heller in the News
April 08, 2015

In Fortune, Professor Anita Hill says managers must cultivate workplaces where women and people of color are included and valued for their contributions.

Repealing Massachusetts' film production tax credits

Heller News Release
April 06, 2015

Read Adjunct Lecturer Robert Tannenwald's tax credits testimony to the state's Joint Revenue Committee.

Civil rights advocate Julian Bond: “You’ve got to have a goal"

Heller News Release
April 03, 2015

The former Georgia legislator and NAACP director joined a panel on contemporary civil rights movements.

On campus safe spaces

Heller in the News
March 30, 2015

Assistant Professor Rajesh Sampath responds to a New York Times story on "hiding from scary ideas" on college campuses.

ICYFP's Child Opportunity Index reveals pervasive racial and ethnic inequities in America’s 100 largest metro areas

Heller News Release
March 25, 2015

High concentrations of black and Hispanic children live in neighborhoods with the lowest opportunities for healthy development.

The future of youth policy

Heller News Release
March 25, 2015

A Heller class focuses on global policy related to a large, at-risk population: adolescents and young adults.

Robert Kuttner: If Elizabeth Warren does run for president, she would surprise skeptics

Heller in the News
March 24, 2015

In Boston Globe op-ed, Kuttner says Warren would take the Democratic Party's rank-and-file by storm.

Minimum wage in Massachusetts is rising—but can you live on it?

Heller in the News
March 24, 2015

Janet Boguslaw of the Institute on Assets and Social Policy tells WGBH radio that if you raise the minimum wage, society benefits.

Low borrowing costs keep recovery in gear

Heller in the News
March 13, 2015

Now is not the time for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, Robert Kuttner argues in a Boston Globe op-ed.

Study says policies let inequality fester

Heller in the News
March 11, 2015

The Boston Globe's Katie Johnston writes about the new Racial Wealth Audit tool developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos.

White high school dropouts are wealthier than black and Hispanic college graduates. Can the Racial Wealth Audit fix that?

Heller in the News
March 10, 2015

Washington Post's Michael Fletcher examines the new policy evaluation tool developed by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy and Demos.

The Heller MBA and SID Social Entrepreneurs: Tackling Nothing Less than Global Poverty

Heller News Release
March 09, 2015

For the third year in a row, a Heller-Brandeis team has advanced to the regional finals for the international Hult Prize Social Enterprise Challenge. It's just one of many instances of Heller students connecting social responsibility with entrepreneurial drive.

On the Ground: Ebola Response in Liberia

Heller News Release
March 06, 2015

Heller PhD candidate Elizabeth Glaser, who recently returned from Ebola response work in Liberia, will teach a March 20 and 21 seminar on "Ebola, Health Systems and Development" that will examine the economic and environmental tipping points that led to the disease's outbreak in West Africa.

The enormous racial opportunity gap in America's cities

Heller in the News
February 23, 2015

Vox reports on the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy's Child Opportunity Index, which finds pervasive racial inequities for healthy child development in the country's 100 largest metro areas.

Is Your Neighborhood Healthy for Children?

Heller in the News
February 23, 2015

CityLab discusses the Child Opportunity Index, developed by Heller's Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy.

Celebrating Ten Years of Coexistence and Conflict

Heller News Release
February 17, 2015

COEX's founding and current directors discuss the program's distinctive history and look forward to what's next.

Will the recovery finally translate into better wages?

Heller in the News
February 08, 2015

Job creation is increasing, but wages are not rising enough to improve living standards, Robert Kuttner writes in the Huffington Post.

Opioid addiction caused by overprescribing, not recreational abuse, is key driver of painkiller and heroin overdose crisis

Heller News Release
February 04, 2015

Researchers say that preventing new cases of opioid addiction caused by both medical and non-medical use and expanding access to opioid addiction treatment is the best plan to curb the epidemic.

We need a super agenda to tackle superbugs

Heller News Release
February 04, 2015

Drug resistant infections are turning into the biggest challenge that modern health systems will face in the near future. But what's the severity of the problem right now, and what can we do to address it?

India has banned homosexuality, but it's better to be transgender there than in the U.S.

Heller in the News
January 29, 2015

In Washington Post op-ed, Rajesh Sampath explains why America, despite recent gay rights successes, lags behind India on the transgender movement.

A break from Greece's tragedy

Heller in the News
January 26, 2015

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner writes that Greece's new leader is ready to fight back against European austerity regarding the country's severe financial debt.

Will President Obama’s working families proposals work?

Heller News Release
January 23, 2015

Pamela Joshi and Alison Earle of the Institute for Child, Youth, and Family Policy assess the president’s initiatives and their chances for success.

Is President Obama just gesturing on social issues?

Heller in the News
January 19, 2015

Robert Kuttner looks at the potential impact—or lack thereof—of themes in the president's State of the Union address.

ICYFP's Lisa Dodson, PhD'93, says we don't fight poverty anymore

Heller in the News
January 15, 2015

Writing in The Conversation, Dodson argues that wage responsibility is the elephant in the room.

Leadership and the Art of Orchestra Conducting

Heller in the News
January 10, 2015

Jon Chilingerian talks to Forbes.com about how managers can learn from orchestra conductors.

Despite great need, pool of new, innovative psychotropic drugs is running dry

Heller News Release
January 09, 2015

New study examines the medications under development, and why so few reach the market

Melanie Allen, MA-SID’15, Named a Switzer Environmental Fellow

Heller News Release
January 09, 2015

Allen is one of 20 emerging leaders recognized for driving positive environmental change.