2017

Tax Law Offers a Carrot to Gig Workers. But It May Have Costs.

Heller in the News
December 31, 2017

The New York Times quotes Dean David Weil on the gig economy and the impact that new tax legislation may have on this growing trend in the labor market.

Could the U.S. pass the EU’s democracy test?

Heller in the News
December 31, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner notes that the EU treaty requires that members be democracies, and calls into question the U.S. definition of democracy.

In opioid epidemic, states intensify prescription drug monitoring

Heller in the News
December 29, 2017

Government Technology highlights a recent analysis from the Heller School's Prescription Drug Monitoring Program Training and Technical Assistance Center

Saving the free press from private equity

Heller in the News
December 27, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner and coauthor Hildy Zenger argue that absentee ownership of newspapers by private equity firms has made the digital transition even harder for papers.

Punching In: Senate parting gift, mixed signals from labor board

Heller in the News
December 26, 2017

In Bloomberg BNA, David Weil reacts to recently rescinded a Department of Labor regulation that designates tips as the property of the tipped employees, rather than employers.

Healthcare mega-mergers dominate 2017

Heller in the News
December 26, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Stuart Altman argues that efficiencies gained from a merger don't always translate to lower costs and lower spending.

The Bitcoin Hoax

Heller in the News
December 24, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that Bitcoin's recent extreme volatility is "the essence of privatized credit creation."

Central Maine Growth Council hires Heller MBA alumna

Heller in the News
December 23, 2017

Central Maine Growth Council and the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce have hired Elaine Theriault, MBA'17, as a development coordinator.

The opioid crisis Is getting worse, particularly for black Americans

Heller in the News
December 22, 2017

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on the trends of opioid abuse and addiction that are affecting Americans of different age and racial groups.

Opioids now kill more people than breast cancer

Heller in the News
December 21, 2017

On CNN, Andrew Kolodny says that despite the stark overdose numbers, there are some positive trends in teen usage and prescribing.

5 addiction experts weigh in on future of opioid crisis. Their forecast: grim

Heller in the News
December 21, 2017

The Philadelphia Inquirer includes Andrew Kolodny in their interview round-up of five opioid addiction specialists.

Can Anita Hill Fix Hollywood’s Harassment Problem?

Heller in the News
December 20, 2017

In the New York Times, Anita Hill discusses her new role as the head of a commission to fight sexual harassment and assault in Hollywood.

The Women with Disabilities Who Fought For Your Health Care This Year

Heller in the News
December 20, 2017

In Broadly, PhD student Robyn Powell highlights women with disabilities whose protests in 2017 included sit-ins, marches and more.

COEX simulated society exercise offers crucial test, essential lessons for first-year students

Heller News Release
December 19, 2017

In this annual day-long activity, now in its fifth year, students learn about power dynamics and the challenges of changing systems.

Anita Hill to lead Hollywood commission on sexual harassment

Heller in the News
December 18, 2017

The New York Times reports on the newly-formed Commission on Sexual Harassment and Advancing Equality in the Workplace, headed by Anita Hill.

Kids Are Getting Needlessly Exposed to Opioids From Routine Wisdom Tooth Removal

Heller in the News
December 18, 2017

In the Daily Beast, Andrew Kolodny says teens are at elevated risk of opioid abuse later in life after early exposure through wisdom teeth removal.

Pressure builds on the DEA to stem the supply of prescription drugs, but at what cost?

Heller in the News
December 18, 2017

In Stat, Andrew Kolodny discusses the impact of a quota system by the DEA to constrain prescriptions of opioids.

The Tax Cut And The Fake Trump Boom

Heller in the News
December 17, 2017

In HuffPost, Robert Kuttner says that while President Trump may take credit for the current economic boom, it won't last until November 2018.

Anita Hill to lead Hollywood commission on sexual harassment

Heller in the News
December 16, 2017

In PBS NewsHour, Anita Hill joins a group of Hollywood executive dedicated to reducing sexual harassment in the workplace.

Independent commission reviewing Beth Israel-Lahey Health merger

Heller in the News
December 15, 2017

Modern Healthcare interviews Stuart Altman about the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission's review of the proposed hospital merger.

Opportunistic Federalism and a Liberal Resurgence

Heller in the News
December 15, 2017

In the American Prospect, Michael Doonan argues that progressive should follow conservatives lead in using federalism to their advantage.

Person-Oriented Recovery, Managing Medical Conditions, and the ACA and Behavioral Health

Heller in the News
December 15, 2017

The latest Psychiatric Services journal podcast discusses a study of ACA and marketplace plans by Maureen Stewart and Institute for Behavioral Health researchers.

The Academic Advocate: Introducing Dean Weil

Heller News Release
December 15, 2017

The Heller School welcomed David Weil, workplace and labor policy expert and former Obama appointee, as the school’s dean in August 2017.

Connecting the Dots on Criminal Justice Reform

Heller News Release
December 15, 2017

From policing to substance abuse to recidivism and re-entry, Heller MPP researchers and alumni strive for change at every level of the justice system.

WorkAround: A social enterprise founded by three Heller alumnae

Heller News Release
December 15, 2017

Three Heller alumnae have founded a startup company that provides online micro-tasking jobs to refugees and displaced people around the globe.

Homelessness is, foremost, a housing problem

Heller News Release
December 15, 2017

Tatjana Meschede reflects on her work on homelessness in the U.S. in the winter 2017 issue of Heller Magazine.

Heller's homegrown global ambassador

Heller News Release
December 15, 2017

Lakshmikanthan, Heller’s assistant dean for academic and student services, builds connections for alumni around the world

Millennial Employees Aren’t The Problem. The Transformed Workplace Is.

Heller in the News
December 14, 2017

In a HuffPost Highline op-ed, Dean David Weil argues that the nature of the workplace has fundamentally changed, and the millennial generation is bearing the brunt of it.

Doctors urged to reduce opioids after surgery

Heller in the News
December 14, 2017

In Healthline, Andrew Kolodny describes the speed with which patients can develop physiological dependence on opioid painkillers, even if they are taking them as prescribed.

Dorchester Food Co-op welcomes Heller alumnus as new director

Heller in the News
December 14, 2017

The Dorchester Reporter announces the hire of Christian Perry, MA SID/MBA'17, as the new director of the Dorchester Food Co-op.

Three brothers anticipate the rise of digital fabrication

Heller in the News
December 14, 2017

Science reviews a new book coauthored by Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld and his two brothers, titled "Designing Reality: How to Survive and Thrive in the Third Digital Revolution."

After Alabama, Dems Should Target Policies to Help Blacks

Heller in the News
December 14, 2017

Newsweek cites a study by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, which shows that the Mortgage Interest Deduction disproportionately benefits white homeowners.

First Sankofa Community Conversation Welcomes Mel King to Heller

Heller News Release
December 14, 2017

The Heller School welcomed a panel discussion of social justice and change, featuring activist and academic Mel King as well as alumnus Christian Perry.

The Conversation: Seven Women Discuss Work, Fairness, Sex and Ambition

Heller in the News
December 13, 2017

In New York Times Magazine, Anita Hill joins six other women to discuss the current moment of reckoning in U.S. workplace culture.

Two billion dollars in stolen wages were recovered for workers in 2015 and 2016—and that’s just a drop in the bucket

Heller in the News
December 13, 2017

MPP student Adam Chaikof coauthored this recently published report on wage theft recovery during his summer internship at the Economic Policy Institute.

New Report Shows How ‘School Choice’ Puts Students With Disabilities at Risk

Heller in the News
December 13, 2017

In Rewire, PhD student Robyn Powell writes about the lack of federal protections for children with disabilities in private schools.

In effort to court drivers, Lyft offering education discounts

Heller in the News
December 12, 2017

In NPR's All Things Considered, Dean David Weil comments on a new program for Lyft drivers to pursue discount education courses online.

International scholarships in higher education

Heller in the News
December 12, 2017

On the FreshEd podcast, Joan Dassin discusses her newly released co-edited book, "International Scholarships in Higher Education: Pathways to Social Change."

Anita Hill visits Hollywood to talk sexual harassment and changing a culture

Heller in the News
December 11, 2017

USA Today covers Anita Hill's recent meetings with actors and industry executives on sustained cultural change in Hollywood following many ongoing sexual harassment scandals.

Ambedkar's Unfinished Agenda at the United Nations

Heller in the News
December 10, 2017

Rajesh Sampath moderated a panel that discussed human rights issues around in the world, including caste in India, Roma in Europe and the modern slave trade in North Africa. (VIDEO)

Florida doctors shrug at using state’s database to fight opioids

Heller in the News
December 10, 2017

In the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Institute for Behavioral Health Research Associate Tom Clark discusses the ineffectiveness of Florida's voluntary prescription drug monitoring programs.

David Weil receives Boyle Award for exemplary service to labor-management efforts in Massachusetts

Heller News Release
December 08, 2017

Heller Dean David Weil was honored at the Cushing-Gavin Awards, an annual event hosted by the Labor Guild.

Al, please don't resign

Heller in the News
December 07, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that waiting for the ethics inquiry to take its course would be better politics as well as the right thing to do.

Graduate students react to bill's proposal to tax tuition benefits

Heller in the News
December 07, 2017

In WBUR, Heller PhD student Benjamin Kreider responds to the financial impact that the GOP tax proposal could have on current doctoral students.

How a sweatshop raid in an LA suburb changed the American garment industry

Heller in the News
December 06, 2017

In PRI's program The World, Dean David Weil explains that many undocumented immigrants who work in the garment industry are exploited and deprived of their basic labor rights.

The disappearing company job

Heller in the News
December 06, 2017

In the Canadian Broadcasting Company's radio program Ideas, Dean David Weil explains the growth of the fissured workplace and the negative impact it has on workers.

Cocaine is killing black people almost as much as prescription opioids kill white people, new study shows

Heller in the News
December 05, 2017

In Newsweek, Andrew Kolodny comments on the rapidly escalating opioid epidemic and what we can learn from fatal drug overdose data.

Heller PhD alumna publishes new book on early education leadership

Heller News Release
December 05, 2017

Anne Douglass, PhD'09, has published "Leading for Change in Early Care and Education: Cultivating Leadership From Within."

Why self-advocacy is essential for you—and everyone around you

Heller in the News
December 04, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Annika Grassl, MA SID'19, describes her own journey towards self-advocacy and offers five tips for self-advocates to use themselves.

FDA approves injectable opioid to help fight America's drug crisis

Heller in the News
December 04, 2017

In Newsweek, Andrew Kolodny comments on the potential positive impact that injectable buprenorphine could have on treating opioid addiction.

The looming threat that conservative justices of SCOTUS pose to marriage equality

Heller in the News
December 04, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Rajesh Sampath describes his concern for the fate of the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage.

Trump's counselor Kellyanne Conway is now leading his opioids strategy

Heller in the News
November 30, 2017

Andrew Kolodny offers Buzzfeed his opinion on the President's decision to appoint Conway to lead White House initiatives against the opioid overdose epidemic.

Former Deputy Secretary of Labor and Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu: “Engage with people whom we disagree with”

Heller News Release
November 30, 2017

The second installment of Heller’s popular Conversations with the Dean speaker series welcomed Former Deputy Secretary of Labor and Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu.

Trump Ran for the ‘Forgotten.’ Then He Forgot Them.

Heller in the News
November 29, 2017

In a New York Times op-ed, Robert Kuttner asks how President Trump can continue to pass for an economic populist, when his policies and appointees resemble those of an an economic royalist.

How to prepare for the 'Third Digital Revolution'

Heller in the News
November 28, 2017

Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld joins WBUR's Radio Boston to discuss his new coauthored book, "Designing Reality," which explores a near future where technology allows for the widespread manufacture of everyday objects and goods.

The 2018 election and the margin of theft

Heller in the News
November 27, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that Democrats need a landslide in order to overcome Republican gerrymandering.

Here's what it would cost to fix the opioid crisis, according to 5 experts

Heller in the News
November 27, 2017

In Time, Andrew Kolodny contributes to a round-up of expert opinions on tallying up the costs of fixing the country's opioid addiction epidemic.

Hult Prize at Brandeis bookends a semester full of social entrepreneurship

Heller News Release
November 27, 2017

The Hult Prize at Brandeis is part of a year-long student competition to sustainably solve the world’s most pressing social challenges.

'Washington cannot lead' on sexual misconduct

Heller in the News
November 26, 2017

On NBC's Meet the Press, Anita Hill discusses how public opinion on workplace sexual harassment has changed from her 1991 testimony to today.

Should hospitals be punished for post-surgical patients' opioid addiction?

Heller in the News
November 26, 2017

On NPR's Weekend Edition, Andrew Kolodny discusses the movement to hold hospitals responsible for over-prescribing prescription opioid painkillers.

Thanksgiving 2017: Returning Home

Heller in the News
November 23, 2017

WBUR's Radio Boston re-aired a 2012 interview with Anita Hill on the meaning of home and family.

DRC: Tensions with refugees are rising and the NGO response might be making it worse

Heller in the News
November 23, 2017

In African Arguments, Kerri Leeper, MA COEX'17, coauthors a story on host communities in northeastern Congo that say they’re being overlooked in the humanitarian response to the influx of South Sudanese refugees.

Grieving mother’s firing sparks backlash against Chinese education startup

Heller in the News
November 22, 2017

David Weil contributes to a Bloomberg article examining VIPKid, another new company in the gig economy that's blurring the lines between employee and contractor for its workers.

Millions of patients face pain and withdrawal as opioid prescriptions plummet

Heller in the News
November 22, 2017

In Bloomberg, Andrew Kolodny comments on the circumstances of opioid-dependent pain patients who are facing a rapidly changing medical landscape.

Anita Hill and her 1991 congressional defenders to Joe Biden: You were part of the problem

Heller in the News
November 22, 2017

In the Washington Post, Anita Hill sat down with five current and former Democratic lawmakers to discuss her experience testifying at Clarence Thomas' confirmation hearing in 1991.

David Weil to receive Boyle Award from the Labor Guild at Cushing-Gavin Awards Dinner

Heller in the News
November 21, 2017

On December 6, Dean Weil will will receive the Boyle Award for his impact on national labor law and his prolific writing and teaching at the intersection of labor and legal studies.

Substituting methadone for opioids could save billions

Heller in the News
November 21, 2017

On WHTC FM, Andrew Kolodny reaffirms that abstinence-based approaches to treating opioid addiction are far less effective than medication-assisted treatments.

The Heller Startup Challenge: Delivering innovative social justice solutions in under 60 hours

Heller News Release
November 21, 2017

Sustainable International Development student Daniella Ayesha Fernandes provides a first-hand account of the 2017 annual Heller Startup Challenge weekend.

Lurie Annual Distinguished Lecture: Autism in America

Heller in the News
November 20, 2017

The Justice covers the Lurie Institute's recent lecture by Dr. David Mandell, who explained that while autism treatments have improved, families still face an uphill battle.

Nearly 1 in 7 patients with diabetes have poor glycemic control

Heller in the News
November 20, 2017

In Healio, a recent JAMA article by Saeid Shahraz shows that improvements in glycemic control for people with diabetes in the U.S. appears to have plateaued.

Men, #MeToo and the Bare Minimum

Heller in the News
November 20, 2017

An op-ed in the Heller Huffington Post account encourages men responding to the #metoo movement to think bigger and more concretely about the actions they might take.

David Weil on Radio with a View

Heller in the News
November 20, 2017

Dean Weil speaks with WMBR 88.1 FM about the fissured workplace and the deepening divide between employers and employees in an ever greater segment of the U.S. economy.

J.D. Vance: Republican Presidential Nominee In 2032?

Heller in the News
November 20, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner predicts that Vance, author of Hillbilly Elegy, will seek elected office in the not-too-distant future.

Heller faculty members receive awards at APHA annual meeting

Heller News Release
November 20, 2017

Constance Horgan and Monika Mitra were recognized for their research, policy and service contributions at the American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 2017 annual meeting in early November.

The precarious workplace explored at Labour Law Lecture & Conference

Heller in the News
November 17, 2017

Dean David Weil delivered a keynote address on the spread of temporary, causal and part-part work at Western University's Law School in London, Ontario.

What we now know about who struggles with student debt

Heller in the News
November 17, 2017

A Washington Post article on the disproportionate burden of student debt on older students and African Americans references research by Heller's Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

Brandeis Launches New Opioid Policy Research Collaborative

Heller in the News
November 17, 2017

The Heller OPRC launch event connected policymakers, health officials, private organizations and the media.

Podcast: Anita Hill on fighting sexual harassment

Heller in the News
November 16, 2017

On the Bloomberg podcast "Game Plan," hosts look back at the decades since Anita Hill's testimony and hear what she says about the current moment and creating safe workspaces.

Forbes '30 Under 30' includes Ohad Elhelo '16, IBS MA'17

Heller in the News
November 15, 2017

Elhelo started a Brandeis-based business incubator that brings together Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs.

New U.S. data show positive trends on HbA1c awareness in diabetes

Heller in the News
November 15, 2017

In Medscape, a recent study in JAMA by Saeid Shahraz and colleagues garners attention for showing that blood glucose control among patients with diabetes seems to have plateaued.

Heller alumna among five Jewish educators who received the 2017 Pomegranate Prize

Heller in the News
November 15, 2017

Aliza Goodman, Hornstein MA/MBA'09, received the 2017 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize for her work in Jewish education.

A conversation with Maria Madison, Heller associate dean for diversity, equity and inclusion

Heller News Release
November 15, 2017

Heller communications interviews Maria Madison on diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education broadly and more specifically at the Heller School.

Federal housing assistance mostly helps the wealthy

Heller in the News
November 10, 2017

An article in Truthout describes the differential benefits of homeownership and cites an Institute on Assets and Social Policy report on the mortgage interest deduction that drives the point home.

America's opioid crisis: what health care providers can do better

Heller in the News
November 09, 2017

On Minnesota Public Radio, Andrew Kolodny contributes to a broad discussion of opioid prescribing practices and the ongoing addiction crisis.

Anita Hill on 21st-Century Workplace Culture

Heller in the News
November 09, 2017

On Bloomberg Television, Anita Hill joins editor-in-chief John Micklethwait at The Year Ahead Summit for a discussion of why significant change is still needed in workplace culture.

Anita Hill describes the red flags for sexual harassment

Heller in the News
November 09, 2017

On Bloomberg TV, Anita Hill criticized President Donald Trump, saying his language “makes an attempt to normalize predatory behavior.”

TEDx Talk: Courage vs. the Racial Wealth Gap

Heller in the News
November 08, 2017

Alumna Alexandra Bastien, MPP'12, deconstructs the racial wealth gap in her talk at TEDx Wilmington.

The Heat: Opioid epidemic in the United States

Heller in the News
November 08, 2017

On CGTN, Andrew Kolodny offers his perspective on the ongoing opioid addiction epidemic in the U.S.

Critical Race Theory, Intersectionality, and Social Resistance

Heller in the News
November 08, 2017

Heller's Rajesh Sampath interviews Kimberlé Crenshaw, 2016-17 Gittler Prize recipient and expert on intersectionality (video).

Views on the news: New passports

Heller in the News
November 07, 2017

In the Justice, Rajesh Sampath offers his opinion on a recent decision to require that persons convicted of sex offenses against children carry a modified passport.

Wither the Democrats?

Heller in the News
November 07, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner critiques the state of the Democratic party on Election Day.

Relational Coordination Research Collaborative hosts annual roundtable on creating change through trust-based relationships

Heller in the News
November 06, 2017

The RCRC, founded by Professor Jody Hoffer Gittell, held its annual roundtable in Copenhagen, and included presentations and panel discussions from many Heller faculty, researchers, students and alumni.

Why is the opioid epidemic overwhelmingly white?

Heller in the News
November 04, 2017

On NPR's All Things Considered, Andrew Kolodny discusses the various factors that drive a racial divide in the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

Opioid commission: We need drug courts, not prisons, for abusers

Heller in the News
November 03, 2017

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny comments on the recent report and recommendations made by the President's commission on opioids.

What The Growing Gig Economy Means For Workers

Heller in the News
November 02, 2017

In WBUR's Radio Boston, Dean David Weil discusses the implications of a growing freelance and contract workforce in many mainstream industries.

Anita Hill on Weinstein, Trump, and a watershed moment for sexual harassment accusations

Heller in the News
November 01, 2017

In the New Yorker, Anita Hill talks about sexual harassment in the workplace and how cases often hinge on "believability."

Anita Hill Calls for anti-sexual harassment policies with ‘teeth’ at Variety’s Inclusion Summit

Heller in the News
November 01, 2017

Variety covers a recent event in which Anita Hill spoke alongside Chelsea Handler on the topic of sexual harassment in the workplace, and the ongoing series of Hollywood harassment revelations sparked by Harvey Weinstein's ouster.

Anita Hill says fixing the pay gap in Silicon Valley won’t solve gender inequality

Heller in the News
November 01, 2017

Quartz highlights a recent Yale University event where Anita Hill spoke about the gender pay gap in Silicon Valley and in the ecosystem that surrounds and supports the tech industry.

President Trump revealed his plan to deal with the opioid crisis. Here’s what experts think

Heller in the News
October 30, 2017

In Time, Andrew Kolodny comments on the glaring lack of funding inherent in the President's recent public health emergency declaration.

Manufacturing Lies

Heller in the News
October 30, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner critiques the President's approach to industry policy, economic nationalism and trade agreements.

How Betsy DeVos' new actions will hurt students with disabilities

Heller in the News
October 30, 2017

In the Contributor, PhD candidate Robyn Powell describes how Title IX--especially guidance around responding to sexual assault--is especially important to students who have disabilities.

Opioids on the quad

Heller in the News
October 30, 2017

Andrew Kolodny contributes to this New York Times story on the growing culture of recreational opioid use on college campuses.

Emergency declaration or not, Trump and Congress need to do way more to fight the opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
October 27, 2017

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny comments on the President's recent declaration of the opioid crisis as a public health emergency.

Health experts say Trump's opioid response relies on magical thinking

Heller in the News
October 27, 2017

In the Guardian, Andrew Kolodny argues that people who are addicted to opioids need to be able to walk into a treatment center and receive same-day treatment.

What happens now that the opioid crisis is officially a public health emergency?

Heller in the News
October 27, 2017

In PBS NewsHour, Andrew Kolodny expresses his disappointment that the President's declaration did not include additional significant funding to combat the opioid addiction crisis.

Trump’s opioid declaration doesn’t include a request for more funding

Heller in the News
October 27, 2017

In Salon, Andrew Kolodny reacts to the President's declaration, saying that although the items Trump mentioned today sound helpful, they do not constitute a plan.

Heller PhD Students Yaminette Diaz-Linhart and Aaron Coleman Selected for National Leadership Program to Build Health Equity

Heller News Release
October 27, 2017

Diaz-Linhart and Coleman will join the selective Health Policy Research Scholars, a program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Senior health officials in the dark about Trump's opioid declaration

Heller in the News
October 26, 2017

In POLITICO, Andrew Kolodny comments on the potential funding that would be needed to combat the opioid epidemic, should President Trump declare it a national emergency.

The Wieseltier Moment - a Tipping Point

Heller in the News
October 26, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner says the downfall of Leon Wieseltier, editor of The New Republic, marks a new tipping point in the fight against workplace sexual harassment.

Defend Obama's Overtime Policy

Heller in the News
October 25, 2017

In a U.S. News & World Report op-ed, Dean David Weil urges Labor Secretary Alex Acosta to protect the workers the Trump administration claims to support.

Steve Bannon's 'war' against establishment Republicans

Heller in the News
October 25, 2017

In NPR's Morning Edition, Robert Kuttner discusses the influence that Bannon continues to have on the evolving Republican party.

Experts: Trump declaration needs to be more than funding hike for states

Heller in the News
October 25, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on the impact that declaring the opioid crisis a national emergency might have--and what steps could be taken to promote addiction treatment.

The family that built an empire of pain

Heller in the News
October 24, 2017

In the New Yorker, Andrew Kolodny comments on the aggressive marketing of painkillers that has contributed to today's ongoing opioid addiction crisis.

Institute for Behavioral Health awarded major grant to study opioid addiction treatment model in Washington State

Heller News Release
October 24, 2017

Heller researchers led by Sharon Reif, PhD'02, contribute to the national effort to identify effective treatment options amid the opioid addiction crisis.

Former Mayor of D.C. speaks at Heller, filling venue

Heller in the News
October 23, 2017

The Brandeis Hoot covers the inaugural "Conversation with the Dean," which welcomed Anthony Williams, former mayor of Washington, D.C., in a public conversation with Heller Dean David Weil.

Report: Mortgage Interest Deduction Drives Inequality

Heller in the News
October 23, 2017

In Affordable Housing Finance, an IASP-coauthored report on the mortgage interest deduction receives attention for the differential impact it has on black and Hispanic homeowners.

Will President Trump end the opioid crisis?

Heller in the News
October 23, 2017

In the Washington Post's podcast "Can he do that?" Andrew Kolodny explores the current and former presidential administrations' response to the opioid addiction epidemic.

How the mortgage tax break widens the racial divide

Heller in the News
October 19, 2017

Inman.com covers a recently-released report by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that examines the disparate impact of the Mortgage Interest Deduction on the racial wealth gap.

The role of museums in unmasking society’s inequities

Heller in the News
October 18, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Maria Madison explores the unique opportunities that museums have to educate visitors on both historic and modern social inequities.

Anita Hill on Harvey Weinstein: We have to ask, 'How far have we come to equality?'

Heller in the News
October 18, 2017

In CNN, Anita Hill comments on the fallout from the Harvey Weinstein scandal and how it indicates progress - albeit limited progress - toward equality for women.

Opioid-law scandal sheds light on lobbying by industry-funded 'patient access' groups

Heller in the News
October 18, 2017

In Yahoo News, Andrew Kolodny comments on patient access groups that receive funding from opioid pharmaceutical companies.

Misdirected Investments: How the Mortgage Interest Deduction Drives Inequality and the Racial Wealth Gap

Heller in the News
October 17, 2017

The Institute on Assets and Social Policy, in partnership with the National Low Income Housing Coalition, released a report on the differential impact of the Mortgage Interest Deduction on families by race.

Brandeis startup employs refugees, wins honors

Heller in the News
October 17, 2017

BrandeisNOW features Wafaa Arbash, MA SID/COEX'17, who took home first place at the Beantown Throwdown, a startup competition held as part of HUBweek in Boston.

"Conversations with the Dean" series welcomes Anthony Williams, former mayor of Washington, D.C.

Heller News Release
October 17, 2017

Williams joined Dean David Weil as the inaugural guest speaker in an ongoing conversation series featuring public figures, policymakers and advocates in social justice fields.

Nearly 3 decades later, Anita Hill sees the needle moving on sexual harassment

Heller in the News
October 16, 2017

In a PBS NewsHour interview, Anita Hill comments on the HBO film "Confirmation" about her own 1991 testimony and reflects on the ongoing sexual harassment and assault scandal surrounding Harvey Weinstein.

In Mass., health premiums could rise for thousands after Trump decision

Heller in the News
October 14, 2017

In the Milford Daily News, Michael Doonan helps break down the effects that President Trump's latest actions will have on people who rely on the ACA for health insurance.

Women face creeps like Harvey Weinstein everywhere – not just in Hollywood, writes Anita Hill

Heller in the News
October 14, 2017

In the New York Daily News, Anita Hill writes that the Harvey Weinstein scandal reflects a systemic problem, stemming from a disregard for women in an industry that simultaneously profits off of female sexuality.

Drug companies sure are cozy with Trump’s pick to solve the opioid crisis

Heller in the News
October 13, 2017

In Mother Jones, Andrew Kolodny provides some insight on why Rep. Tom Marino is such a controversial pick for director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The Health 202: Trump moves from firing shots at Obamacare to all-out war

Heller in the News
October 13, 2017

Andrew Kolodny's co-authored list of recommendations to the U.S. government for curbing the opioid crisis make an appearance in the Washington Post's "Health 202."

Steps the U.S. government should take right now against the opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
October 12, 2017

The Washington Post covers a recent JAMA article written by Andrew Kolodny and former CDC Director Thomas Frieden in which they describe ten recommendations for the U.S. government to respond to the opioid crisis.

Anita Hill in Boise: 'Nevertheless, I Persisted'

Heller in the News
October 12, 2017

The Boise Weekly covers a recent address by Anita Hill in which she speaks at length about the importance of data collection to advancing civil rights causes.

Thomas Shapiro's book, Toxic Inequality, in Boston Review

Heller in the News
October 12, 2017

Boston Review examines Shapiro's latest book alongside two other volumes that examine race and class inequality in the U.S.

White Nationalism and Economic Nationalism

Heller in the News
October 11, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner breaks down Steve Bannon's political strategy to outdo Democrats and undermine establishment Republicans.

Stuart Altman Honored in "Dining With the Stars" Awards Gala

Heller News Release
October 11, 2017

The Massachusetts Health Council honored Professor Stuart Altman in their annual gala, in recognition of his long and impactful career in health care.

Some experts see opioid addiction stemming from prescriptions as a medical error

Heller in the News
October 10, 2017

In WBUR, Andrew Kolodny comments on how overprescribing opioid painkillers often accidentally results in addiction.

Anita Hill on Harvey Weinstein scandal: Sexual harassment knows no politics

Heller in the News
October 10, 2017

In Variety, Anita Hill pens a guest column on the myth that sexual harassment is a problem unique to conservative men.

MassChallenge Finalist: WorkAround

Heller in the News
October 10, 2017

On NECN, Heller alumna Wafaa Arbash, MA SID/COEX'17 describes her startup company, WorkAround, an online platform that connects refugees and displaced people with online work.

Fishing Partnership honors Governor, Massport CEO

Heller in the News
October 10, 2017

Tom Glynn, MSW '72, PhD '77, received the "Finest Kind" award from Fishing Partnership Support Services along with Mass. Governor Charlie Baker.

Grad start-up goes to competition

Heller in the News
October 10, 2017

In the Brandeis Justice, startup founders Wafaa Arbash, MA SID/COEX'17 and Jennie Kelley, MA SID/MBA'17, discuss their company, WorkAround, which will compete in the annual HUBweek Beantown Throwdown.

Steve Bannon goes another round

Heller in the News
October 10, 2017

In WBUR's On Point, Robert Kuttner discusses his most recent conversation with Steve Bannon, in which he reveals his plans to dismantle the current Republican Party.

Missing In Action: Barack Obama

Heller in the News
October 08, 2017

In a Huffington Post op-ed, Robert Kuttner calls on the former president to weigh in on current affairs in the U.S.

Steve Bannon, Unleashed

Heller in the News
October 06, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner has a second interview with former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon, about his plans to undermine and take over the Republican Party.

The opioid epidemic in 6 charts

Heller in the News
October 05, 2017

In the Conversation, Andrew Kolodny describes the U.S. opioid addiction crisis over time, pairing the narrative with illuminating data.

Cigna is creating incentive to keep opioid doses low

Heller in the News
October 05, 2017

On CNBC's Closing Bell, Andrew Kolodny weighs in on the insurance company's decision to incentivize less aggressive prescribing of opioid painkillers.

Heller MBA students present team consulting project to Haverhill City Council

Heller in the News
October 04, 2017

The Eagle-Tribune reviews a recent Haverhill City Council meeting in which Heller School MBA students presented their analysis and recommendations for the city's budgeting methods.

Commission hears worries on health cost trends

Heller in the News
October 03, 2017

In CommonWealth Magazine, Stuart Altman summed up two days of hearings on cost trends in the state’s health care market.

Kids4Peace welcomes Tareq Samman, MA COEX/SID'17, as new co-director

Heller in the News
October 02, 2017

In the K4P blog, alumnus Tareq Samman receives a warm welcome as the new co-leader of this Jerusalem-based organization.

Global health researcher, nonprofit founder and scholar Maria Madison to be the Heller School’s first Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion

Heller News Release
October 02, 2017

Madison joins the school on October 2 with the charge to establish and maintain a vision for diversity, equity and inclusion at Heller.

President Trump should attack toxic inequality, not the NFL

Heller in the News
September 28, 2017

In a Forbes op-ed, Tom Shapiro's book "Toxic Inequality" frames an argument for President Trump to reframe his policy recommendations around reducing the racial wealth gap.

Brandeis among top U.S. colleges for international students

Heller in the News
September 27, 2017

Forbes ranked Brandeis University number 30 in its 2017 list of "Top 50 Best U.S. Colleges For International Students."

Professional athletes need a coherent strategy to isolate Trump

Heller in the News
September 26, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that demonstrations during the national anthem should be careful not to play into the president’s hands.

Lurie Institute launches the National Research Center for Parents with Disabilities

Heller in the News
September 25, 2017

BrandeisNOW features this milestone achievement for the Lurie Institute, whose new web-based resource hub will fill a critical information gap for parents who have disabilities.

Oklahoma State University to honor Anita Hill

Heller in the News
September 22, 2017

College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma State University will recognize three Hall of Fame honorees, including Brandeis University Professor Anita Hill.

Bridging the gap: How AFCPE professionals can help close the racial wealth divide

Heller in the News
September 22, 2017

In the Huffington Post, a senior fellow from the Racial Wealth Divide Initiative utilizes research from Tom Shapiro and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy to describe the severity and the drivers of the racial wealth gap.

One Gamer Fund heard you liked video-game charities

Heller in the News
September 22, 2017

In Engadget, Seven Siegel, MBA/MPP'17 describes their work as director of Global Game Jam and the role of an emerging niche market: video game charities.

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy and the University of Michigan Department of Family Medicine receive a $2.8 million grant to study perinatal care and pregnancy outcomes for Deaf and hard of hearing women

Heller News Release
September 22, 2017

While women who are Deaf and hard of hearing are equally likely to be pregnant as women with other disabilities and women without disabilities, almost no research exists about their pregnancy experiences, maternal and birth outcomes, or associated healthcare costs.

Trump stacks Labor Department with friends of big business

Heller in the News
September 19, 2017

The American Prospect considers the contrasting agenda of the Trump administration's nominee for administrator of the Wage and Hour Division, a post previously held by Heller Dean David Weil.

Amid opioid crisis, insurers restrict pricey, less addictive painkillers

Heller in the News
September 18, 2017

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on the role that insurers have played in the opioid epidemic.

State of addiction

Heller in the News
September 18, 2017

In Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien, Andrew Kolodny comments on the reasons why doctors began to prescribe so many opioids, and how the public has responded differently to this addiction crisis than past crises.

Gender-Based Violence against Women

Heller in the News
September 15, 2017

On the Migration Policy Institute blog, student Anja Parish, MPP'18, describes how gender-based violence is both a cause for migration and risk along the journey.

State health care spending rises below target

Heller in the News
September 14, 2017

On WBUR, Stuart Altman explains why the Massachusetts' health care costs are rising slower than expected.

State makes headway in limiting health care spending, report shows

Heller in the News
September 14, 2017

In the Boston Globe, Stuart Altman notes that the spending slowdown in Massachusetts is good news, but that the state must remain vigilant.

Heller alumna selected as president of the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the US Senate

Heller in the News
September 14, 2017

The Boston Globe covers the recent announcement that PhD alumna Mary Grant will leave her position as chancellor of UNC Asheville to lead the Boston-based museum.

Surviving a heroin overdose may soon depend on where you live

Heller in the News
September 14, 2017

In Bloomberg Businessweek, Andrew Kolodny argues that while the increased prevalence of the overdose-halting drug Narcan is a good sign, addiction treatment access must be increased as well.

Buy a meal for you and a stranger at this Jordan restaurant

Heller in the News
September 13, 2017

In MSNBC, Mahmoud Nabulsi, MA SID'17, introduces us to Ezwitti, a social solidarity restaurant he founded in Amman, Jordan that allows customers to buy meals for future guests to accept, free of charge.

What’s the true price of Trump’s wall, and what exactly are taxpayers buying?

Heller in the News
September 12, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Suzannah Scanlon and Don Shepard conduct a cost-benefit analysis of Trump's proposed border wall.

Hurricane Donald: Changing course and highly dangerous

Heller in the News
September 12, 2017

In this wide-ranging Huffington Post op-ed, Robert Kuttner speculates on President Trump's party affiliation, his potential to pass big infrastructure spending, and the impact that weather events are having on urban planning and disaster recovery.

When 'Made in America' means made in sweatshops

Heller in the News
September 11, 2017

On NPR's The Takeaway, Dean David Weil discusses the U.S. garment industry's tendency to violate basic labor laws, such as overtime, minimum wage and workplace safety standards.

Cancer treatment should qualify as a reason for student loan deferment

Heller in the News
September 11, 2017

In STAT News, alumna Samantha Watson '01, MBA'06, makes the case to Congress for the Deferment for Active Cancer Treatment Act of 2017.

Ellen Pao is not done fighting

Heller in the News
September 10, 2017

In the New York Times, Anita Hill comments on Ellen Pao, whose high-profile workplace gender discrimination lawsuit continues to inspire many.

US heroin deaths jump 533% since 2002, report says

Heller in the News
September 10, 2017

On CNN, Andrew Kolodny argues that opioid related overdose deaths will continue to rise until addiction treatment is easier to access than the addictive drugs themselves.

On Capitol Hill, Gov. Baker will push a bipartisan approach to health care reform

Heller in the News
September 08, 2017

For WBUR's CommonHealth, Stuart Altman offers his thoughts on Charlie Baker's chances at striking a bipartisan deal on health care.

Mid-Hudson employers struggling to find good workers amid low unemployment rates

Heller in the News
September 05, 2017

In the Times Herald-Record, David Weil comments on the economic factors contributing to the mid-Hudson Valley's low unemployment rates and slight increases in wages.

Some drug users willing to be human guinea pigs for dealers

Heller in the News
September 05, 2017

In the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Kolodny explains how some drug users are being taken advantage of by dealers who are unsure whether they may be selling fatally potent fentanyl-laced heroin.

Trump shifts labor policy focus from worker to entrepreneur

Heller in the News
September 05, 2017

In the New York Times, Dean David Weil comments on views of entrepreneurship during his time as Wage and Hour administrator at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Inequality Day

Heller in the News
September 01, 2017

In this Huffington Post op-ed, Dean David Weil argues that modern employer/employee relationship norms have contributed greatly to the nation's current levels of wealth and income disparity.

Behind a $13 shirt, a $6-an-hour worker

Heller in the News
September 01, 2017

In the Los Angeles Times, David Weil argues that retailer pricing drives down the cost of labor to unsafe, unfair and often illegal levels.

Can Birmingham score a bigger role in the film industry?

Heller in the News
August 30, 2017

In the Birmingham Business Journal, Robert Tannenwald helps clarify the effects of state film tax credits on the film industry.

Kansas health professionals, leaders consider opioid crisis impact on state

Heller in the News
August 30, 2017

In the Topeka Capital-Journal, Andrew Kolodny discusses the opioid epidemic, which is poised to hit Kansas.

Deborah Stone named 2017 James Madison Award recipient

Heller in the News
August 29, 2017

Heller Visiting Professor Deborah Stone will receive this honor, which recognizes an American political scientist who has made a distinguished scholarly contribution to political science.

Goodbye, Columbus?

Heller in the News
August 28, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner questions whether removing statues of such figures as Washington, Jefferson, and Columbus might galvanize far-right political strategists like Steve Bannon.

Graduate students won right to organize as employees, but that victory is in peril under Trump

Heller in the News
August 24, 2017

In the Washington Post, Heller PhD student Ben Kreider and Brandeis Provost Lisa Lynch both comment on the unionization of graduate student teaching assistants at Brandeis University.

27 Years after the Americans With Disabilities Act, has the nation kept its promise of equality?

Heller in the News
August 23, 2017

In Rewire, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that the ADA has not fully achieved its goals and that the U.S. should recommit to ensuring equality for people with disabilities.

Where the rubber meets the road

Heller in the News
August 22, 2017

In Grantmakers in Health, PhD student Sasha Albert describes the challenges of tracking local policy and her recommendations for making it work.

Taking Bannon’s economic nationalism seriously

Heller in the News
August 21, 2017

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues for progressive economic populism.

Anita Hill receives Mary Eleanor McGarvah Award in recognition of her contribution to health law, nursing and policy

Heller News Release
August 21, 2017

Anita Hill, University Professor of Social Policy, Law, and Women’s, Gender And Sexuality Studies, was recently honored at The American Association of Nurse Attorneys (TAANA) Foundation’s 35th Annual Meeting and Educational Conference in Boston.

Robert Kuttner says he was ‘stunned’ as Bannon went ‘on and on’ in frank interview

Heller in the News
August 18, 2017

Robert Kuttner speaks with the Washington Post about his unsolicited interview with former White House Chief Strategist, Steve Bannon.

What’s stopping women In STEM? Only our unwillingness to fix the problem

Heller in the News
August 18, 2017

In Fast Company, Anita Hill argues that the power of federal funding and academic institutions must be brought to bear on the obstacles facing women in STEM fields.

Steve Bannon, Unrepentant

Heller in the News
August 17, 2017

Visiting professor Robert Kuttner publishes his account of a surprise call from Steve Bannon; the conversation ranges from a trade war with China to the alt-right, to internal White House politics.

Teen drug overdose death rate climbed 19% in one year

Heller in the News
August 16, 2017

For CNN, Andrew Kolodny notes that while teen drug overdose deaths are climbing, they remain a very small percentage of the population affected by drug overdose.

Disabled people shouldn't have to fight to be parents

Heller in the News
August 16, 2017

In Dame Magazine, PhD candidate Robyn Powell describes the country's long history of depriving parenthood to the disabled—discrimination which continues to this day.

A ‘national emergency’ declaration on opioid epidemic might actually work

Heller in the News
August 15, 2017

In HealthLine, Andrew Kolodny describes what it actually means to declare the opioid epidemic a national emergency.

U.S. vs North Korea: The winner? China

Heller in the News
August 14, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner describes the unique position of China as a mediator in the U.S.-North Korea conflict.

Expert: Trump Declaration Of National Emergency May Free Up Funding, Resources To Tackle Opioid Crisis

Heller in the News
August 11, 2017

Dr. Andrew Kolodny joined Morning Edition to discuss President Trump's declaration that the opioid epidemic a "national emergency."

Anita Hill On That Google Memo And What's Next for Women in Tech

Heller in the News
August 10, 2017

Forbes interviews Heller Professor Anita Hill about the issues women in technology face today and how to achieve solutions and systemic change to the problems.

Spotlight: U.S. cities, states sue major pharma firms amid nat'l drug addiction epidemic

Heller in the News
August 10, 2017

Dr. Andrew Kolodny was interviewed by Xinhua for their article about lawsuits against major U.S. pharmaceutical companies in light of the opioid epidemic.

Trump says opioid crisis is a national emergency, pledges more money and attention

Heller in the News
August 10, 2017

Dr. Andrew Kolodny was quoted in a Washington Post article covering President Trump's declaration of the opioid epidemic as a national emergency.

Trump's North Korea statements are a disaster for the world—But probably good for his hardcore supporters

Heller in the News
August 09, 2017

In Alternet, Mari Fitzduff explains that Trump's supports want him to be strong, even when he's wrong.

Summer Career Academy gives incoming students an early start on their professional development

Heller News Release
August 09, 2017

The four-week program provides new Heller students with resources from resume-building to networking.

Donald Trump Is The Fast-Food President

Heller in the News
August 08, 2017

In HuffPost, incoming Heller School Dean David Weil says the Trump administrations' regulatory rollback for fast-food, retail and other low-wage industries is "deeply troubling."

Class Actions Could Fight Discrimination in Tech

Heller in the News
August 08, 2017

In a New York Times Op-ed, Professor Anita Hill responds to the recent leak of a Google engineer’s screed against the company’s diversity initiatives.

Vowing Again to Tackle Opioid Crisis, Trump Faults His Predecessor

Heller in the News
August 08, 2017

Dr. Andrew Kolodny was quoted in a New York Times article covering President Trump's comments on the opioid epidemic and criticism of the Obama administration.

The 15 Countries where the Most People Die from Drug Use

Heller in the News
August 05, 2017

Heller researcher Thomas Clark was interviewed for Infobae's article comparing drug abuse related mortality statistics across countries [Article was originally published in Spanish].

The Listening Tour: Reflections from Egypt

Heller in the News
August 04, 2017

In a blog post, MBA/MA COEX candidate Sylvia Murray reflects on her visit to Alexandria and Cairo to meet with the Egypt Chapter of Euphrates, an international peacebuilding organization.

The Listening Tour: Reflections from India

Heller in the News
August 04, 2017

In a blog post, MBA/MA COEX candidate Sylvia Murray reflects on her time with the India Chapter of Euphrates, an international peacebuilding organization.

What Do Trump's Proposed Labor Laws Mean for Small-Business Owners and Freelancers?

Heller in the News
August 03, 2017

Entrepreneur discusses the Trump administration's movement away from guidelines developed at the Department of Labor under incoming Heller dean David Weil.

The opioid epidemic, explained

Heller in the News
August 03, 2017

Vox quotes Andrew Kolodny in its examination of the nation's opioid crisis.

Our Opinion: The nation desperately needs leadership, not insults

Heller in the News
August 03, 2017

The Brattleboro Reformer cites Andrew Kolodny in its editorial on the opioid epidemic.

Should The Opioid Crisis Be Declared A National Emergency?

Heller in the News
August 02, 2017

On NPR, Andrew Kolodny offers his reactions to a White House commission's recommendations on opioids.

Should we tax opioid makers and use the money to pay for treatment?

Heller in the News
August 01, 2017

In STAT News, Andrew Kolodny comments on a newly-introduced bill designed to tax pharmaceutical companies on opioid sales in order to fund addiction treatment efforts.

How to stop the deadliest drug overdose crisis in American history

Heller in the News
August 01, 2017

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny describes the policy levers that could help curb the opioid epidemic in the U.S.

White House commission recommends president declare a national emergency over the deadly opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
July 31, 2017

In the Los Angeles Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on recommendations made by the Commission on Combating Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis.

25 years after ‘The Year of the Woman,’ what’s changed?

Heller in the News
July 29, 2017

Anita Hill's 1991 sexual harassment testimony to an all-male Senate panel was a catalyst for women being elected to Congress, the Boston Globe writes.

Trump Threat: End Health Payments Unless There's an Overhaul

Heller in the News
July 28, 2017

On New England Cable News, Stuart Altman talks about what may be next for health care after the Senate fails to repeal or replace Obamacare. For now.

Bill would overturn NLRB position on joint employment

Heller in the News
July 28, 2017

HR Dive cites incoming dean David Weil's work with the U.S. Department of Labor to crack down on "fissured workplaces."

Experts say detoxing while pregnant can be safe

Heller in the News
July 26, 2017

On WENY News, Andrew Kolodny argues that abstinence-based approaches don't work for most patients.

Doctors' group tells Senate to fix, not repeal 'Obamacare'

Heller in the News
July 26, 2017

In the Newburgh Gazette, Stuart Altman is quoted about the potential consequences of repealing the Affordable Care Act.

FDA's Scott Gottlieb says agency will lean on payers, pharmacy benefit managers to curb opioid prescriptions

Heller in the News
July 26, 2017

In FierceHealthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on FDA efforts to reduce opioid prescribing.

Why black homeownership rates lag even as the housing market recovers

Heller in the News
July 25, 2017

The Chicago Tribune cites a report by Thomas Shapiro and Tatjana Meschede of Heller's Institute on Assets and Social Policy.

1 million jobs on the line as Senate votes on health care

Heller in the News
July 25, 2017

In the Washington Post, Stuart Altman comments on the health care jobs that could be lost if the Affordable Care Act is repealed.

Youth, peace and security: Lessons for Israeli and Jewish universities

Heller in the News
July 24, 2017

MA COEX student Regine Borja Guevara contributes a blog post to the Times of Israel.

A Former Immigration Officer’s Argument Against Banning Refugees

Heller in the News
July 23, 2017

In HuffPost, MPP/WGSS student Anja Parish offers her perspective on the Trump administration's travel ban.

How Trump Energizes Other Dictators

Heller in the News
July 23, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner writes about Donald Trump's embrace of autocratic regimes abroad.

Half a century later, diversity still eludes school desegregation initiative

Heller in the News
July 23, 2017

In the Boston Globe, Susan Eaton comments on the struggles of Boston's Metco program.

Arabic as an official language of the State of Israel

Heller in the News
July 22, 2017

In the Jerusalem Post, MA COEX student Regine Borja Guevara writes about Israel's National Arabic Language Day.

Active surveillance: understanding the burden of dengue

Heller in the News
July 22, 2017

Donald Shepard is interviewed by the online newsletter Break Dengue about recent research conducted by him and other Heller researchers.

Will Amazon Take Over the World?

Heller in the News
July 20, 2017

The Boston Review cites incoming Heller Dean David Weil's concept of the "fissured workplace."

New Opioid Guidelines Redefining 'Compassion' For Montana Doctors

Heller in the News
July 19, 2017

On Montana Public Radio, Andrew Kolodny comments on new limits on prescription painkillers.

Toxic Inequality

Heller in the News
July 19, 2017

On PRX IdeaSphere, Tom Shapiro argues that wealth disparities must be understood in tandem with racial inequities.

Massachusetts early education programs are in peril

Heller in the News
July 18, 2017

In a Boston Globe op-ed, Anne Douglass, PhD'09, writes about the challenges facing early education centers.

How tapering off opioids can help people with chronic pain

Heller in the News
July 17, 2017

On WTVR TV, Andrew Kolodny comments on a recent study indicating that chronic pain patients who taper off opioids can have a better quality of life without them.

Latest Idea In The Battle Against Opioid Addiction: A 'Soup To Nuts' Recovery Campus

Heller in the News
July 17, 2017

On WBUR's CommonHealth, Andrew Kolodny comments on the potential development of addiction treatment and research campuses in Massachusetts.

The Health Care Muddle: Notes For Next Time

Heller in the News
July 16, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner discusses future possibilities for universal health care in the U.S.

Our Opioid Addiction Crisis And A Theatrical Take On Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

Heller in the News
July 14, 2017

On the Diane Rehm Show, Andrew Kolodny offers his perspective on the opioid addiction crisis and efforts to reduce the trend.

At Tufts Medical Center, pressure to cut costs in a city rich with hospitals

Heller in the News
July 13, 2017

In the Boston Globe, Rob Mechanic details the economic pressures that hospitals like Tufts Medical Center are currently facing to keep costs low.

‘Secondary drug industry’ booming amid opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
July 13, 2017

In Healthline, Andrew Kolodny comments on the proliferation of drugs used to treat opioid side effects and addiction.

Amount of opioids prescribed in U.S. has been falling since 2010

Heller in the News
July 10, 2017

In Kaiser Health News, Andrew Kolodny argues that although opioid prescriptions have been falling, we still have a very long way to go.

How Trump gives protectionism a bad name

Heller in the News
July 10, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner analyzes the president's stance and attitudes towards international trade deals.

With new interactive tool, Heller students help Americans understand how they will be affected by the Senate’s health care proposal

Heller News Release
July 09, 2017

Am I Still Covered? is a non-partisan website that explains how your health care costs could change under the Better Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA).

As auto industry downshifts, American labor stalls

Heller in the News
July 06, 2017

On WNYC, Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld weighs in on recent short-term slumps in the U.S. auto industry and the changes in car ownership that younger generations appear to be adopting.

Increase in health care costs slowing, but Mass. still among most expensive states for care

Heller in the News
July 06, 2017

On WBUR radio, Stuart Altman describes the balancing act of trimming health care expenses in his role on the Mass. Health Policy Commission.

Lots of employees get misclassified as contractors. Here’s why it matters.

Heller in the News
July 05, 2017

In the Harvard Business Review, incoming Heller Dean David Weil explores the implications of employee misclassification for workers as well as for companies like Uber.

Trump nominates Indiana health commissioner to be U.S. surgeon general

Heller in the News
July 05, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on the nomination of Dr. Jerome Adams to serve as the 20th U.S. surgeon general, and the impact he may have on the nation's opioid addiction epidemic.

A Yelp for psychiatric facilities

Heller in the News
June 29, 2017

In Undark, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the need for patient input and improved oversight on quality of care at inpatient psychiatric facilities.

Cheer up, Democrats

Heller in the News
June 29, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that although Democrats have lost all four special elections this year, they've made significant gains compared to past elections.

America’s failed response to the opioid epidemic, in one statistic

Heller in the News
June 29, 2017

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny compares the U.S. opioid epidemic to New York's response to fighting tobacco: both require restricted access to substances as well as increased access to treatment and alternatives.

Toxic Inequality: How America’s wealth gap destroys mobility, deepens the racial divide, and threatens our future

Heller in the News
June 29, 2017

Tom Shapiro discusses his latest book, focused on America's yawning racial wealth gap, on the Majority Report with Sam Seder.

Announcing the new director of the Segal Citizen Leadership Program

Heller News Release
June 29, 2017

Susanna Flug-Silva comes to Heller from the Massachusetts Service Alliance, where she managed the Commonwealth Corps year-of-service program.

How could the 21st Century Cures Act and the Joint Commission improve eating disorder care?

Heller in the News
June 28, 2017

In the Health Affairs Blog, PhD student Morgan Shields explores the work that must be done to provision high-quality eating disorder care under both existing and proposed health care legislation.

3 ways the Senate health care bill would make one of America’s deadliest public health crises worse

Heller in the News
June 28, 2017

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny notes that proposed cuts to Medicaid would severely impact the opioid epidemic.

How media coverage of health care protests by people with disabilities missed the point

Heller in the News
June 28, 2017

in Rewire, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that press coverage of last week's protests ignored the consequences that people with disabilities will face if the proposed health care bill passes.

Health care, Medicaid cuts and the opioid crisis

Heller in the News
June 27, 2017

On WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Andrew Kolodny comments on the opioid addiction epidemic in lieu of the Senate's recent proposed health care reform bill.

Senate takes a swing at health care

Heller in the News
June 26, 2017

In WBUR's On Point with Tom Ashbrook, Heller's Stuart Altman helps parse out the effects of the proposed Senate health care bill.

Equitable Growth in Conversation: David Weil

Heller in the News
June 22, 2017

Equitable Growth interviews future Heller Dean, David Weil, in their recurring series on how economic inequality affects economic growth and stability.

Toxic Inequality

Heller in the News
June 21, 2017

On Slate's podcast The Gist, Tom Shapiro explains the rationale behind the title of his most recent book, Toxic Inequality.

Addiction experts say GOP proposal to replace Medicaid spending won’t help

Heller in the News
June 21, 2017

In STAT News, Andrew Kolodny argues that while losing Medicaid coverage would be detrimental to the opioid crisis, addiction treatment access is already incredibly low.

As opioid panel meets, some say action, not study, is needed

Heller in the News
June 19, 2017

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on the steps that President Trump has taken in response to the opioid addiction epidemic.

Robert Kuttner: "What will it take to Dump Trump?"

Heller in the News
June 19, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates on several ways in which Donald Trump might depart the office of the presidency.

Can we do away with "inspiration porn"?

Heller in the News
June 19, 2017

In Dame Magazine, PhD candidate Robyn Powell describes how mainstream media coverage of people with disabilities can undermine disability-rights advocacy work.

FDA wants to yank an opioid painkiller over concerns about abuse

Heller in the News
June 13, 2017

In STAT News, Andrew Kolodny considers the effects of pulling Opana ER off the market, and what could happen if Endo Pharmaceuticals fights the FDA's decision.

That $9.99 find at T.J. Maxx? It might raise questions about labor practices

Heller in the News
June 13, 2017

In the Boston Globe, future Heller Dean David Weil comments on the Labor Department's efforts to enforce department stores' compliance with labor regulations.

Ending child abuse and maltreatment in the U.S.: What we know and how to move forward

Heller in the News
June 12, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Zion Griffin '15, MA SID'17, interviews Suzin Bartley, executive director of the Children’s Trust, an organization with a mission to stop child abuse in Massachusetts.

'Wow.' In a first, FDA requests an opioid be pulled from the market

Heller in the News
June 09, 2017

In Forbes, Andrew Kolodny comments on the FDA's recent move to pull Opana ER off the market, and the steps he thinks they should take to remove other prescription opioids as well.

The faceless boss: A look into the Uber driver workplace

Heller in the News
June 09, 2017

For NPR, future Heller Dean David Weil voices his disagreement with Uber's position that its drivers are independent contractors--not employees.

Trump officials quietly scrap Obama-era plan to protect fast food workers

Heller in the News
June 09, 2017

In the Washington Post, future Heller School Dean David Weil defends Obama-era labor policies intended to protect franchise employees.

How market forces and bias displaced African Americans in Portland, Ore.

Heller in the News
June 08, 2017

In KGW Portland, Tom Shapiro describes the barriers to homeownership in Portland, Ore. for the city's black residents.

Global justice and moral obligations to alleviate world poverty

Heller in the News
June 08, 2017

Rajesh Sampath will offer a talk at this summer's Brandeis Alumni College on global ethical arguments to alleviate world poverty.

Nearly five million children in U.S. would lose Medicaid eligibility under ACA repeal

Heller in the News
June 08, 2017

In WBUR's All Things Considered (minute 93:25) Erin Hardy describes the effect that ACA repeal would have on poor black and Hispanic families.

Worst epidemic in U.S. history?

Heller in the News
June 07, 2017

In Democracy Now!, Andrew Kolodny comments on the opioid crisis, now the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

In Florida, 88,000 Black and 118,000 Hispanic kids would lose coverage under Obamacare repeal

Heller in the News
June 07, 2017

In the Miami New Times, research from ICYFP shows that nearly five million U.S. children would lose coverage if the ACA is repealed, with Black and Hispanic children disproportionately affected.

Addicted to Profit?

Heller in the News
June 05, 2017

In the premiere of NBC's new, "Sunday Night with Megyn Kelly," Andrew Kolodny comments on a company that produces and markets prescription fentanyl, contributing to the epidemic of opioid abuse and overdose.

Anita Hill urges San Diego lawyers to take a stand against inequality

Heller in the News
June 05, 2017

Anita Hill's gave the keynote address at the Lawyers Club of San Diego's annual banquet, encouraging attorneys in the audience to use their skills to better the conditions of underprivileged citizens.

What's behind the high cost of caring for seniors?

Heller in the News
June 05, 2017

On Wisconsin Public Radio, Christine Bishop talks about the economics of making long-term medical care affordable for an aging and elderly population.

Waiting for lefty: The deeper meaning of Corbyn and Brexit

Heller in the News
June 04, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner examines the rapidly changing political dynamics of the British snap election, and the surprising surge in popularity for Jeremy Corbyn of the Labour Party.

Making leave affordable

Heller in the News
June 01, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Maura Baldiga and Pamela Joshi discuss the implications of unpaid family and medical leave, and suggest policy solutions to consider.

To counter opioid crisis, NIH pushes researchers to invent more drugs

Heller in the News
June 01, 2017

In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Andrew Kolodny comments on the steps the NIH and other institutions are taking to curb the opioid epidemic.

Why irrational politics appeals

Heller in the News
June 01, 2017

On BYU Radio's Matt Townsend show, Mari Fitzduff discusses her new book on irrational politics and the appeal of Donald Trump.

Heller startup WorkAround selected for MassChallenge accelerator

Heller in the News
May 31, 2017

WorkAround, a company founded by Wafaa Arbash, MA SID/COEX'17, Shai Dinnar'20, Jennie Kelly, MBA/MA SID'17, and Shadi Sheik Saraf MA SID/COEX'17, was chosen for the MassChallenge accelerator in Boston. WorkAround is an online platform that connects refugees with companies to deliver online micro tasks.

How effective are PDMPs?

Heller in the News
May 31, 2017

In Behavioral Healthcare Executive, Peter Kreiner contributes to the conversation on prescription drug monitoring programs, and the difficulty of evaluating their impact on drug prescribing, abuse and overdose.

Americans may be worried about inequality, but they don’t think the government should do anything about it

Heller in the News
May 31, 2017

Quartz media reports on research by Graham Wright, MPP'13, PhD'15, showing that when public concern for economic inequality rises, support for redistributive government policies do not follow suit.

How to stop prison’s revolving door

Heller in the News
May 30, 2017

In CommonWealth Magazine, Mary Brolin and co-author Janice Yost argue that a Worcester County prisoner reentry program shows promising results to reduce recidivism and save money.

Heller School researchers estimate that 5 million children will lose Medicaid eligibility under ACA repeal

Heller News Release
May 30, 2017

According to an analysis conducted by the Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy (ICYFP) at Brandeis University, undoing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have a significant impact on many school age children in the U.S.

Taking Aim at America’s Opioid Crisis

Heller News Release
May 26, 2017

How a team of researchers from the Institute for Behavioral Health is pointing policymakers in a more effective direction.

Watch City/La Ciudad del Reloj

Heller News Release
May 26, 2017

Building a dual-immersion language program in Waltham public kindergarten.

In the Age of Trump

Heller News Release
May 26, 2017

Faculty from Heller’s academic programs respond to the new presidential administration’s policy agenda.

At the intersection

Heller News Release
May 25, 2017

Heller's new Executive MBA for Physicians program aims to improve health care by helping doctors take the lead.

Who’s With Me in the Classroom

Heller News Release
May 25, 2017

In the Summer 2017 issue of Heller Magazine, professor and Sillerman Center Director Susan Eaton shares the lessons she keeps close to heart that she learned from her former teachers and mentors.

Trump’s budget makes it official: he’s doing little to nothing about the opioid epidemic

Heller in the News
May 24, 2017

In Vox, Andrew Kolodny comments on the president's budget proposal and its failure to adequately address the growing opioid epidemic in the U.S.

Commencement 2017: “We are ready to change the world!”

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

Hear from the commencement ceremony's program speakers and see photos from the weekend festivities.

MA COEX Commencement Speaker: Shadi Sheikh Saraf, MA SID/COEX’17

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

"Living in a country tied up in revolution, war, economic crises and decades of sanctions motivated me to devote my life to the betterment of people’s lives, humanitarian assistance, conflict prevention and post-conflict healing."

MA SID Commencement Speaker: Mahmoud Nabulsi, MA SID’17

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

"It might sound crazy, but to me the only reason that I would leave my home country of Jordan was to come to Heller."

MBA Commencement Speaker: Steven Siegel, MPP/MBA’17

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

Siegel celebrated three years of sobriety on the day before commencement. “I am fighting for my recovery, and I am fighting for a socially just society,” he said.

MS Commencement Speaker: Ly Nguyen, MS’17

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

"What is often forgotten is what makes America wonderful: the infusions of different cultures and people that creates a more robust and thriving country."

PhD Commencement Speaker: Bevin Croft ’03, MPP’10, PhD’17

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

"Three degrees, two children and one dissertation later, I leave Brandeis an earnest young-ish woman, still passionate about social justice. My commitment to a more equitable world has never wavered."

EMBA Commencement Speaker: Dr. KMarie Reid

Heller News Release
May 21, 2017

Reid offered three lessons she learned about future leadership: lead with fairness and compassion; follow your passion; and resilience is necessary for success.

Could a cluster of startups incubate peace in the Mideast?

Heller in the News
May 19, 2017

In the Boston Globe, leaders of Our Generation Speaks make a case for their program: a summer startup incubator for Israeli and Palestinian entrepreneurs held each summer at the Heller School.

Will Macron move left, or feed populist anger?

Heller in the News
May 19, 2017

In Alternet, Robert Kuttner analyzes France's recent election and Britain's upcoming vote in the context of broader centrist politics in Europe.

How our tax code makes inequality worse

Heller in the News
May 19, 2017

In this interview on Bill Moyers, Thomas Shapiro reveals how the commonly-held assumption that the poor receive the most subsidies from the government is mistaken.

What everyone should know about opioids

Heller in the News
May 19, 2017

In Refinery29, Andrew Kolodny provides a broad overview of opioid addiction, causes of the epidemic and treatment solutions.

Scholar and former Obama appointee David Weil named dean of the Heller School

Heller in the News
May 18, 2017

Weil, a BU professor, formerly served as administrator for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Wage and Hour Division. He will join the Heller School community as dean on August 14.

Video: Is inequality tearing apart our democracy?

Heller in the News
May 18, 2017

In an interview on The Big Picture with Thom Hartmann, Thomas Shapiro describes how the racial wealth gap between black and white people in the United States has nearly tripled in the last three decades.

Myths and Facts for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

Heller in the News
May 18, 2017

In the Society Pages, researchers from ICYFP's diversitydatakids.org project describe the diversity of the Asian American experience when examined by national origin and across geographic areas.

National school lunch program threatened: Students need healthy, nutritious food

Heller in the News
May 18, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Heller scientist and lecturer Lindsay Rosenfeld and co-authors from the NOURISH project argue for USDA to retain healthy school food regulations and offer recommendations to improve food waste in schools.

Our Generation Speaks wins innovation award

Heller in the News
May 18, 2017

The Our Generation Speaks program (held every summer at Heller) was named winner of a 2017 New England Innovation Award by the Smaller Business Association of New England.

Trump administration missing mark on opioids, advocates say

Heller in the News
May 16, 2017

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny voices concern on the Trump administration's follow-through on campaign promises to address the opioid epidemic.

Leading scholar joins Mosakowski Institute at Clark University

Heller in the News
May 15, 2017

Alumna Margaret Post, PhD'08, will join Clark University as a research assistant professor, sharing her expertise on how grassroots organizations influence policy change.

Thomas Shapiro speaks at the City Club of Portland, Oregon

Heller in the News
May 12, 2017

In the Club's Friday Forum series, Shapiro describes the growing racial wealth gap and its connections to homeownership and cycles of poverty in the United States.

Trump's health secretary says addiction meds are "substituting one opioid for another"

Heller in the News
May 11, 2017

In Mother Jones, Andrew Kolodny comments on common misconceptions about opioid addiction treatment methods.

How we treat disabled mothers

Heller in the News
May 11, 2017

In The Establishment, PhD candidate Robyn Powell articulates the multiple layers of bias and discrimination that disabled women face when it comes to motherhood.

Battling asbestos, one step at a time

Heller in the News
May 11, 2017

In Inside Story, Wiranta Ginting, MA SID'15, advocates for asbestos workers and victims in Indonesia, where he leads the Local Initiative for Occupational Health and Safety Network.

Thomas Shapiro on the growing racial wealth gap and how to reduce it

Heller in the News
May 11, 2017

Professor Tom Shapiro speaks with PolicyLink president Michael McAfee about the drivers of the racial wealth gap and potential policy solutions.

With Health-Care Bill, GOP Forgets That People With Disabilities Vote

Heller in the News
May 10, 2017

In Rewire, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that disability party is no longer the bipartisan issue it had been historically.

Many missed the home ownership boat

Heller in the News
May 09, 2017

In the Portland Tribune, Tom Shapiro discusses racial wealth inequality in the context of homeownership patterns across the nation.

The power of a simple idea

Heller in the News
May 08, 2017

In a TEDx Rochester talk, Jody Hoffer Gittell describes the power of relational coordination in building better work environments.

In autism arrest, the only thing new was the video

Heller in the News
May 04, 2017

In a CNN editorial, MPP student Finn Gardiner contributes to the discussion on how autistic children - especially children of color - are disproportionately suspended, expelled, mistreated and sent to juvenile detention.

Congressional representatives warn WHO of OxyContin maker's global push

Heller in the News
May 04, 2017

In the LA Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on his hope that a bipartisan letter from U.S. congressional representatives to the WHO will curb the international expansion of Perdue Pharma.

Ambedkar bust inaugurated at Brandeis as the university hosts its third annual conference on caste

Heller in the News
May 04, 2017

In India New England News, the Center for Global Development and Sustainability received attention for the unveiling of a bronze bust of Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, principal architect of the India's constitution.

Heart of darkness: Caste or color? Both spark hostilities in India

Heller in the News
May 04, 2017

In the cover story for India Abroad, Rajesh Sampath comments on the relationship between caste oppression, racism, and skin tone oppression in India.

An unexpected detour from ivory tower to action research

Heller in the News
May 04, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Jody Hoffer Gittell describes how her career trajectory has moved from traditional academia to collaborative research with practitioners.

Brandeis awarded bust of Indian legal champion

Heller in the News
May 02, 2017

In BrandeisNOW, Laurence Simon acknowledges the honor paid to the University, which received a bronze bust of Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, father of the Indian constitution.

Trump is not off to a good start with opioid addiction

Heller in the News
April 26, 2017

Andrew Kolodny's op-ed in The Hill argues that Trump's appointments to the FDA and the Office of National Drug Control Policy have financial ties to the opioid industry, and are unlikely to tackle overprescribing.

Anti-caste advocates to be honored at Brandeis University

Heller in the News
April 25, 2017

In Two Circles, the Center for Global Development and Sustainability's third annual Conference on Caste will honor advocates and include the installation of a bust of Dr. Ambedkar in the university library.

Surgeon General Murthy's departure paints uncertain path ahead for opioid crisis

Heller in the News
April 25, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny expresses concern that the surgeon general's departure could represent a setback for the push against overprescribing opioid painkillers.

Anita Hill: Sexual harassment is a cultural problem

Heller in the News
April 25, 2017

On MSNBC, Anita Hill applauds the progress the U.S. has made on sexual harassment in the workplace, while arguing that there's still much work to be done.

Syria & responsibility to protect: A path away from hypocrisy

Heller in the News
April 24, 2017

In the Worcester Telegram, Ted Johnson examines President Trump's recent decision to bomb a Syrian air base in conjunction with the international diplomacy principle of Responsibility to Protect, or R2P.

Anita Hill and Ellen Pao on workplace harassment

Heller in the News
April 21, 2017

For Bloomberg, Anita Hill joins Ellen Pao in a video interview about how to increase and maintain diversity in the workforce and diminish workplace harassment and discrimination.

50+ Autistic people you should know

Heller in the News
April 20, 2017

In NOS Magazine, MPP student Finn Gardiner provides a diverse, curated list of autism advocates for readers to follow and learn from.

Anita Hill: No more excuses for sexual harassment

Heller in the News
April 20, 2017

In USA Today, Anita Hill gives a rare interview on the slowly changing landscape of sexual harassment in the workplace, commenting on high-profile cases including Ellen Pao, Bill O'Reilly, Roger Ailes, and Bill Cosby.

Trump's pick for 'Drug Czar' hauled in thousands of dollars from drug distributors he wrote bill to protect

Heller in the News
April 19, 2017

In the International Business Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on Pennsylvania's Rep. Tom Marino, who is widely expected to be named director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

How the airlines became abusive cartels

Heller in the News
April 19, 2017

In the New York Times, Robert Kuttner describes how deregulating the airline industry in 1978 has created inefficiencies and opportunities for abuse.

Trump's rumored pick for drug czar panned by addiction experts

Heller in the News
April 13, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny comments on the rumor that President Trump will nominate U.S. Rep. Tom Marino of Pennsylvania to lead efforts to curb drug addiction.

How did America's wealth inequality reach this level of toxic?

Heller in the News
April 13, 2017

In Alternet, Thomas Shapiro shares an adapted excerpt of his new book, "Toxic Inequality: How America's Wealth Gap Destroys Mobility, Deepens the Racial Divide and Threatens Our Future."

'Drugged': Big Pharma, the FDA, and the opioid crisis

Heller in the News
April 12, 2017

On Fox News, Andrew Kolodny speaks with Tucker Carlson on pharmaceutical companies' role in the opioid epidemic.

Enhancing opportunities for international students

Heller News Release
April 11, 2017

Joan Dassin ’69 is pioneering research on the impacts of international scholarships on social change.

Striking grand bargains

Heller News Release
April 11, 2017

Joel-Cutcher Gershenfeld calls for negotiated change in the world’s largest, most complex institutions

Convening for the Commonwealth

Heller News Release
April 11, 2017

The Massachusetts Health Policy Forum connects stakeholders with the research and information they need to improve the state’s health care system.

Shameful care at inpatient psychiatric facilities

Heller News Release
April 11, 2017

PhD student Morgan Shields’ research seeks to uncover abusive practices and advocate for more robust surveillance systems.

The impact of combat exposure among female soldiers

Heller News Release
April 11, 2017

Heller researchers reveal the findings of the largest study of deployed women ever conducted.

Anita Hill on workplace harassment

Heller in the News
April 10, 2017

On NPR, Professor Anita Hill discusses Fox News' Bill O'Reilly, who has lost support from advertisers after reports about sexual harassment.

On the origins of America's racial wealth divide, and the endpoint of toxic inequality

Heller in the News
April 10, 2017

On the radio program This Is Hell, Thomas Shapiro explains how the racial wealth gap is driven by policy and how we might seek to correct it.

Fox News, Bill O’Reilly and how to stop companies that tolerate harassment

Heller in the News
April 06, 2017

In the Washington Post, Anita Hill pens an op-ed arguing that consumers and employees must demand accountability from companies to abide by laws that govern workplace behavior.

OxyContin maker launches initiative to tackle opioid crisis in North Carolina

Heller in the News
April 06, 2017

In the Triad Business Journal, Peter Kreiner comments on Perdue Pharma's recent initiative to curtail opioid abuse with a drug take-back program.

Donald Trump's pick to oversee Big Pharma is addicted to opioid-industry cash

Heller in the News
April 06, 2017

In the Intercept, Andrew Kolodny argues that the U.S. is in desperate need of an FDA commissioner who will take on the opioid lobby.

Needed: A Democratic shadow cabinet

Heller in the News
April 03, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner proposes that the Democratic party appoint a bench of spokespeople to hold weekly press briefings on a variety of policy issues in opposition to President Trump's cabinet.

Mass. lowers caps on health care spending

Heller in the News
March 31, 2017

In Boston Business Journal, Stuart Altman discusses the Health Policy Commissions' decision to lower the health care industry's annual cost growth threshold in the state of Massachusetts.

Trump opioid commission leaves out key stakeholder

Heller in the News
March 31, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Andrew Kolodny argues that the president's commission on combating drug addiction and the opioid crisis should include a representative from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) which is tasked with regulating prescription drugs.

When it comes to reproductive rights, both pro-choice and pro-life arguments must evolve

Heller in the News
March 30, 2017

Rebecca Huber, MPP joint with WGSS'18, argues that advocates on both sides of the reproductive rights issue are missing the mark.

Sustainability: A new path to corporate and NGO collaborations

Heller in the News
March 24, 2017

In the Stanford Social Innovation Review, Josh Cramer-Montes, MA SID/MBA'16, says shifting corporate social responsibility trends, untapped nonprofit value, and pressing development challenges holds tremendous potential for driving social impact.

Son Doong, the world's largest cave: Why we should fight to save it

Heller in the News
March 22, 2017

In Ryot News, Huong Le, MBA/MA SID'17, explains the dilemma surrounding this UNESCO World Heritage site, located in a poor region of Vietnam, and argues for its preservation.

Aggregation presents a rare opportunity

Heller in the News
March 20, 2017

In the Newton TAB, Eric Olson encourages residents to take green energy to the next level with community choice aggregation.

Psych Ward Reviews shows the dire state of mental health care in the U.S.

Heller in the News
March 20, 2017

In the Daily Dot, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the quality standards for psychiatric wards in the United States.

Why black families struggle to build wealth

Heller in the News
March 20, 2017

In the Atlantic, Tom Shapiro explains why in the United States it’s harder for African Americans to climb the economic ladder and to sustain their progress.

This duo cycled over 1,000km in India to promote proper waste disposal

Heller in the News
March 17, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Sanjeeta Singh Negi, SID'07, describes cycling 10 days from Gujarat to New Delhi to promote solid waste management in India.

What the House GOP health bill would mean for Mass.

Heller in the News
March 16, 2017

Kayla Scire, MPP/MBA'18, speaks with WBUR about the impact that the GOP's health care bill could have on her insurance coverage.

Federal advisory panels agree Opana's risks outweigh benefits

Heller in the News
March 14, 2017

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny argues that calling reformulated prescription opioids like Opana "abuse deterrent" is misleading, because making them hard to crush does not actually deter abuse.

Community leaders convene for International Women’s Day

Heller in the News
March 14, 2017

In The Justice, student Taylor Rippy, COEX'18, contributes to a community discussion on International Women's Day and the theme "be bold for change."

“We can’t go back to Romneycare”: How an ACA repeal endangers Massachusetts

Heller in the News
March 14, 2017

In Boston Magazine, Stuart Altman comments on how the repeal of Obamacare could impact the Commonwealth's healthcare system.

Missouri PDMP fight reignites debate over national program

Heller in the News
March 13, 2017

In Modern Healthcare, Peter Kreiner and Andrew Kolodny comment on the ongoing debate over state-level prescription drug monitoring programs.

Higher interest rates – Oh, goodie!

Heller in the News
March 13, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner speculates on the likelihood that the Federal Reserve Bank will soon increase interest rates - and argues for why it shouldn't.

As drug deaths soar, mayor offers plan to cut toll

Heller in the News
March 13, 2017

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on Mayor Bill de Blasio's plan to increase opioid addiction treatment options and availability in New York City.

In Mass., federal funds at risk under GOP health care proposal

Heller in the News
March 10, 2017

In the MetroWest Daily News, Michael Doonan comments on the challenges that the Commonwealth may face should Congress approve the GOP proposal.

The man in the middle

Heller News Release
March 10, 2017

Professor Ted Johnson of the Conflict Resolution and Coexistence program leads mediators-to-be in navigating difficult conversations to drive positive outcomes for all parties.

Lurie Institute for Disability Policy Names Monika Mitra as Interim Director

Heller News Release
March 09, 2017

Mitra will take over from Susan Parish, who is leaving Heller to become dean of the Bouvé College of Health Sciences at Northeastern University, on March 15.

The search for Trump's smoking gun

Heller in the News
March 06, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner argues that an explicit quid pro quo arrangement between President Trump and the Russian government, if it exists, may be difficult to find.

Until it honors disabled performers, the Oscars can never truly be diverse

Heller in the News
March 06, 2017

In the Establishment, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that Hollywood should make a more concerted effort to include actors with disabilities.

Palestinian alumnus has dedicated his life to peace

Heller in the News
March 06, 2017

The Washington Post features a profile of Palestinian expatriate Yousef Bashir, MA COEX'15, now working on Capitol Hill to promote peace and give back to the United States.

GOP healthcare bill uses smokescreen of “personal responsibility” to abandon pre-existing condition protections

Heller in the News
March 06, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Jared Hite, MBA/MPP'16, argues that abandoning health insurance protections for people with pre-existing conditions would be dire for both patients and the healthcare system.

US - Mexico watershed partnership takes off

Heller in the News
March 03, 2017

Josh Ellsworth's project with the Rio Laja watershed is featured in the International River Foundation blog.

73% of overdose deaths in 2015 were from opioids

Heller in the News
February 27, 2017

In FOX21 Denver, Andrew Kolodny comments on the rising opioid overdose rate and the impact that medication assisted treatment could have.

Are recreational marijuana and opioid addiction linked?

Heller in the News
February 24, 2017

In CNN, Andrew Kolodny commented on the connection that White House press secretary Sean Spicer recently made between marijuana usage and the opioid epidemic.

Seven ideas for curing toxic inequality

Heller in the News
February 24, 2017

In the Boston Globe, Tom Shapiro offers policy recommendations to close the widening U.S. racial wealth gap from his upcoming book, "Toxic Inequality."

Refugees in white coats: How immigration ban could affect U.S. health care

Heller in the News
February 23, 2017

In Yahoo News, physician and MGH researcher Ihsan Kaadan, MS'15, argues that immigration restrictions will impact the U.S. health care system, which relies heavily on foreign-born doctors.

Anita Hill: The need for female equality and diversity in Hollywood

Heller in the News
February 23, 2017

In a Variety op-ed, Anita Hill and coauthor Kalpana Kotagal argue that Hollywood needs to embrace women and minorities now more than ever - including behind the camera.

Case in point: A for-profit model for social entrepreneurship

Heller in the News
February 22, 2017

In SAGE Connection, Carole Carlson discusses the for-profit venture Sanergy, and the growing interest in social entrepreneurship among MBA students.

Root causes of the age-old wealth gap for Blacks

Heller in the News
February 22, 2017

The Philadelphia Tribune covers a new report coauthored by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that describes the asset value of whiteness in exacerbating the U.S. racial wealth gap.

Could mandatory database curb opioid abuse?

Heller in the News
February 21, 2017

In the Star Tribune, Peter Kreiner comments on the effectiveness of mandatory prescription drug monitoring databases in curbing opioid overprescribing.

Who's to blame when bad reporting devastates a good charity?

Heller in the News
February 21, 2017

In Nonprofit Pro, Jason Lynch, MBA'15, describes what sometimes happens when the press mistakenly gives a good charity - like Wounded Warrior Project - a bad reputation.

Health insurers make it easier for doctors to prescribe addiction treatment

Heller in the News
February 21, 2017

In Philly.com, Andrew Kolodny comments on Aetna's decision to remove barriers for doctors to prescribe medications to treat opioid addiction.

Price of drug that saves overdose victims soaring out of reach

Heller in the News
February 17, 2017

In CBS news, Andrew Kolodny comments on the record high levels of opioid addiction that have led to an overdose crisis.

Fostering transformative leadership and peaceful plurality in the age of Trump

Heller in the News
February 17, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Mari Fitzduff explores how the skills taught in the conflict resolution and coexistence program will be essential during Trump's presidency.

Gun control shouldn't mean stigmatizing the mentally ill

Heller in the News
February 17, 2017

In Vice, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that a regulation which prohibits some people with mental disabilities from purchasing guns is based on stereotypes, not evidence.

$3 million grant will support major expansion of diversitydatakids.org

Heller News Release
February 17, 2017

The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy has been awarded a $3.07 million grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation to build the next generation of its pioneering research project to monitor and analyze whether children of all racial/ethnic groups have adequate and equitable opportunities for healthy development.

Why study global development in the isolationist age of Trump?

Heller in the News
February 15, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Rajesh Sampath explains why students should commit to study in sustainable international development.

Carol Hardy-Fanta, PhD’91, is tracking our transforming American political landscape

Heller News Release
February 15, 2017

Hardy-Fanta's recent book, "Contested Transformation," examines race, gender and political leadership in 21st century America.

Addiction treatment grew under health law. Now what?

Heller in the News
February 14, 2017

In the New York Times, Andrew Kolodny comments on the interaction between opioid addiction and increased health insurance coverage.

Understanding cost disparities in dengue-endemic countries

Heller in the News
February 14, 2017

In Public Health Post, Don Shepard's research on the costs of dengue fever highlights inequities in the economic burden of this disease in several countries.

The big reason whites are richer than blacks in America

Heller in the News
February 14, 2017

Bloomberg Businessweek covers a recent report coauthored by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that identifies inheritance as a major driver of the racial wealth audit.

This damning chart shows how much of a head start white families have over black families

Heller in the News
February 14, 2017

Slate covers a recent report coauthored by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy, which reveals that the median black American who pursues higher education is still poorer than a white high school dropout.

Why study global health policy and management in the age of Trump

Heller in the News
February 08, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Diana Bowser and Monica Jordan make the case for global health study today.

America's ongoing opioid crisis

Heller in the News
February 08, 2017

In WBUR's On Point, Andrew Kolodny describes how fentanyl, an extremely potent synthetic opioid, is changing the national opioid epidemic.

I’m a Syrian doctor who treated patients in Aleppo

Heller in the News
February 07, 2017

In STAT News, Ihsan Kaadan, MS'15, describes his decision to leave Syria for Brandeis and how he's giving back to the U.S. as a clinical researcher at Massachusetts General Hospital.

Is the U.S. ready for the business backlash?

Heller in the News
February 07, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Michael Appell gives the top 10 reasons why the business backlash will lead to Trump's eventual demise.

The racial wealth gap is not going to improve

Heller in the News
February 07, 2017

In Fortune, a new report coauthored by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy shatters expectations about the drivers of the racial wealth gap in the U.S.

Attending college doesn’t close the racial wealth gap

Heller in the News
February 07, 2017

The Root covers a new report by Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy that refutes several myths about the racial wealth gap in the U.S.

NJ opioid story: From football field to addiction

Heller in the News
February 06, 2017

In USA Today, Andrew Kolodny describes how the rise in prescribing opioid painkillers contributed to today's addiction epidemic.

The role of research in the age of Trump

Heller in the News
February 03, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Jeff Prottas describes the value of gaining PhD research training today.

A window into 2000s-era doctor shopping

Heller in the News
February 02, 2017

In NY Magazine, Peter Kreiner comments on the practice and prevalence of "doctor-shopping" for addictive prescription opioid painkillers.

Can marijuana help New York kick its opioid habit?

Heller in the News
January 29, 2017

In Crain's New York, Andrew Kolodny comments on proposals to prescribe cannabis and non-pharmaceutical therapies to treat chronic pain, rather than addictive opioid painkillers.

The inevitability of impeachment

Heller in the News
January 29, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner predicts that President Trump will soon face impeachment.

Don't thank me for marching because I'm disabled — Join me

Heller in the News
January 24, 2017

In Bustle, PhD candidate Robyn Powell describes how the concerns of people with disabilities should have been better integrated into the accessibility planning and civil rights platform of the women's march.

Anita Hill: Trump’s election is disappointing for feminism. But it’s not the final word.

Heller in the News
January 19, 2017

In a Washington Post op-ed, Anita Hill says the January 21st women's march on Washington represents the determination of women to remain engaged participants in our nation's democracy.

Improving lives, improving communities

Heller in the News
January 17, 2017

In the Sillerman Center's Huffington Post account, Abby Alexanian, MPP/MBA'16, makes the case for trauma-informed philanthropy.

METCO at 50

Heller in the News
January 16, 2017

On WCVB News, Susan Eaton talks about the emergence and long-term successes of METCO, a voluntary school desegregation program in Boston.

Phillip Roth’s ‘The Plot Against America’ is fast becoming reality

Heller in the News
January 15, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner remarks on the similarities that current events have to Roth's fictional novel about a dystopian fascist America.

New state rules are forcing opioid prescribers to confront ‘doctor shopping’

Heller in the News
January 14, 2017

In the Washington Post, Tom Clark argues that states that use prescription drug monitoring programs have seen greater improvements in opioid prescribing and faster declines in doctor shopping.

Opinion: Narrowing the racial wealth gap

Heller in the News
January 13, 2017

In Roll Call, Tom Shapiro co-authors an op-ed arguing that policies meant to address big problems often aggravate the economic divide between white households and black and Latino households.

The right to learn, earn, and live

Heller in the News
January 11, 2017

In Rewire, PhD candidate Robyn Powell outlines what some of Trump’s cabinet selections mean for people with disabilities.

Chris Christie wants to limit painkiller prescriptions. Will that cut back on opioid addiction?

Heller in the News
January 11, 2017

In the Christian Science Monitor, Andrew Kolodny says the NJ governor's proposed legislation suggests a newfound understanding that overprescription of painkillers is a key driver of the opioid crisis.

Opioid addiction: A matter of black and white?

Heller in the News
January 11, 2017

In the Washington Informer, Andrew Kolodny argues that the opioid crisis affects a greater proportion of white people because doctors are driven by racial prejudice to prescribe fewer painkillers to black and Latino patients.

How Jeff Sessions could threaten the disability rights movement

Heller in the News
January 09, 2017

In The Establishment, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that Trump’s nominee for Attorney General has a troubling track record on disability rights.

I’m a disabled woman. I’m scared about what Trump will do to my health care.

Heller in the News
January 06, 2017

In Vox, PhD candidate Robyn Powell argues that the incoming presidential administration's health care policies could have devastating consequences for people with disabilities.

Why you should study public policy in the age of Trump

Heller in the News
January 05, 2017

In the Huffington Post, MPP program director Michael Doonan explains why the new presidential administration should inspire students to study public policy.

Film tax credit’s bottom line: ‘A bum deal’

Heller in the News
January 04, 2017

In the Boston Herald, Bob Tannenwald argues that Massachusetts' film tax credits, "rob from Peter to pay Paul."

We need a review site for psychiatric hospitals

Heller in the News
January 02, 2017

In The Establishment, PhD student Morgan Shields comments on the lack of comprehensive data monitoring systems that would hold psychiatric wards accountable for providing quality care.

Impeaching Trump

Heller in the News
January 01, 2017

In the Huffington Post, Robert Kuttner outlines the process for impeachment of soon-to-be-president Donald Trump.