2024

The Heller School Recognized as a Top 10 Graduate School

Heller News Release
April 09, 2024

U.S. News & World Report ranks Heller #9 for social policy, and #13 for health policy and management: “Brandeis University graduate program earned ‘Best’ status as a result of its high ranking.”

Anita Hill on Affirmative Action and the future of education

Heller in the News
April 08, 2024

During Brandeis' annual Joshua A. Guberman lecture, Hill explained what the end of affirmative action represents for the past and future of American education.

The RJxTP Program Joins the Public Interest Technology University Network

Heller News Release
April 05, 2024

The Public Interest Technology University Network provides programming and funding for members to grow public interest technology on their campuses and in their communities.

Scientists blast FDA approval of genetic test for opioid addiction

Heller in the News
April 04, 2024

Dr. Andrew Kolodny is among a group of scientists who sent a letter to the FDA asking the agency to rescind its approval of the test.

Promoting Equity in Retirement, Disability and Health, a Research Consortium, Receives 5-Year Cooperative Agreement from the Social Security Administration

Heller News Release
April 03, 2024

The project is funded by the Social Security Administration's Retirement and Disability Research Consortium, an interdisciplinary extramural policy research program.

Georgia’s Latest Attack on the Right to Vote

Heller in the News
April 01, 2024

In a column for the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner discusses the Georgia legislature's efforts to disqualify registered voters.

Three decades after she testified, Anita Hill reflects on sexual harassment in the workplace

Heller in the News
March 30, 2024

In an interview for the Today Show, Anita Hill talks about change and her hope for the future.

DNA test says it can predict opioid addiction risk. Skeptics aren’t so sure.

Heller in the News
March 25, 2024

In the Washington Post, Dr. Andrew Kolodny comments on the test, which is due to be rolled out in the coming months.

Access to water is a crisis for the powerless

Heller in the News
March 22, 2024

Socioeconomic status determines access to water in India, Prakash Kashwan, associate professor, writes in the Nagaland Tribune.

Child Opportunity Index shows “staggering” racial, ethnic inequality in cities

Heller in the News
March 22, 2024

On WAMC Northeast Public Radio (Albany, NY), Dolores Acevedo-Garcia discusses the latest Child Opportunity Index and its findings for Albany.

C-Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute study: Evidence to support effective mentoring for midcareer researchers

Heller News Release
March 18, 2024

C-Change’s latest NIH-supported study, by Linda Pololi and co-authors, provides evidence that the C-Change model is efficacious across demographic groups.

Man of Steel

Heller in the News
March 18, 2024

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner says President Biden’s blockage of the proposed purchase of U.S. Steel by Japan’s Nippon Steel is unprecedented and magnificently pro-union.

New Data Show Severe Racial and Ethnic Inequities in Child Opportunity In and Between U.S. Metros

Heller News Release
March 14, 2024

Brandeis University’s Child Opportunity Index 3.0 reveals connections between race/ethnicity, neighborhood opportunity, and life outcomes for children.

'A world apart': How racial segregation continues to determine opportunity for American kids

Heller in the News
March 14, 2024

USA Today covers the findings from the latest Child Opportunity Index, newly released by diversitydatakids.org.

A Trump judge eviscerates a pro-worker regulation at the request of big employers

Heller in the News
March 13, 2024

An LA Times opinion column quotes David Weil's book, "The Fissured Workplace."

Robin Wilson-Beattie awarded Carrie Buck Fellowship Award

Heller in the News
March 12, 2024

The Justice covers the reception for the fellowship, which is sponsored by Heller's Lurie Institute for Disability Policy.

Are Jews Safe in America?

Heller in the News
March 12, 2024

In a column for the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner argues that Jews are safer in America than they are anywhere else.

Coming Together Across Difference

Heller in the News
March 12, 2024

Watch the recording of Alexandra Piñeros-Shields, PhD’07, presenting at the second event in the "Dialogue and Action in an Age of Divides" series.

With Texas births rising post-Roe, disability advocates say child services need bolstering

Heller in the News
March 11, 2024

In the Texas Tribune, Robyn Powell, PhD'20, says the rising birth rate could lead to disabled parents' rights being threatened by the child welfare system.

EVs, Labor Relations, China, and Affordability Take Spotlight at 2024 Chicago Fed Auto Conference

Heller in the News
March 09, 2024

Chicago Fed Insights covers its Automotive Insights Symposium, in which Joel Cutcher-Gershenfeld was a panelist.

Southcoast Health emerges as possible buyer for Steward’s Fall River hospital

Heller in the News
March 08, 2024

In the Boston Globe, Stuart Altman argues that Steward should not profit financially from any deal it makes to sell its hospitals.

‘Dialogue & Action in an Age of Divides’: Beyond our differences

Heller in the News
March 05, 2024

The Justice covers associate professor of the practice Alexandra Piñeros-Shields, PhD’07, and her presentation at the second session of the discussion series, entitled "Coming Together Across Difference."

Steward hospital system receives higher insurance payments than many in Mass.

Heller in the News
March 01, 2024

In the Boston Globe, Stuart Altman comments on the financial crisis facing Steward Health Care.

Steward Health Care should face a full-scale criminal investigation

Heller in the News
February 29, 2024

In a Boston Globe opinion piece, Robert Kuttner argues for an investigation of Steward, which owns nine hospitals in Massachusetts.

Liora Norwich, MBA'17, appointed as the next Leon A. Jick Director of the Hornstein Jewish Professional Leadership Program

Heller in the News
February 29, 2024

Norwich will join Brandeis' Hornstein Program on a part-time basis in March before assuming the full time role in July.

Roxbury Community College celebrates 50th anniversary, legacy of community activism

Heller in the News
February 25, 2024

Anita Hill was an honoree and a speaker at the institution's Golden Jubilee Gala, held Feb. 24, 2024.

‘Tranq’ and other drugs are causing harder-to-revive overdoses across Mass.

Heller in the News
February 24, 2024

The Boston Globe quotes Traci Green and cites the Opioid Policy Research Collaborative's work on drug-checking.

Post-Pandemic Recovery in the U.S. Registered Nurse Workforce

Heller News Release
February 16, 2024

David Auerbach, PhD, Visiting Scholar, and Karen Donelan, ScD, the Stuart H. Altman Chair in U.S. Health Policy, co-authored a study reporting on recent trends in RN employment through 2023 and forecasting the growth of the RN workforce through 2035.

Smoking replaces injection as the primary method of use in overdose deaths

Heller in the News
February 16, 2024

On WGBH News, Andrew Kolodny comments on the potential risks of smoking illicit substances like fentanyl, cocaine and heroin versus injection.

IATSE, Low Budget Film Producers Form Working Group to Combat Harassment and Abuse on Set

Heller in the News
February 15, 2024

The Hollywood Reporter quotes Anita Hill, chair of the Hollywood Commission, on this action, which arose from the commission's recent survey.

The Heller School Establishes Academic Exchange Partnership with the Graduate School of International Development at Nagoya University

Heller News Release
February 14, 2024

Beginning in the 2024-2025 academic year, Heller and Nagoya GSID will exchange faculty, administrative staff, researchers, and graduate students.

Book bans are bad for democracy

Heller in the News
February 09, 2024

In CommonWealth Beacon, Larry Bailis, associate professor at Heller and chair of the Jewish Alliance for Law and Social Action, and Cindy Rowe, president and CEO of JALSA, discuss the need to combat book banning in Massachusetts.

How are companies like GoodRx able to provide drug discounts?

Heller in the News
February 02, 2024

In Marketplace, Cindy Parks Thomas, PhD'00, explains that pharmacy benefit managers, which act as middlemen between drug manufacturers and consumers or insurers, add another layer of complexity to an already opaque market.

Shovels out for secretive Steward

Heller in the News
January 30, 2024

In CommonWealth Beacon, Stuart Altman, chair of the Massachusetts Health Policy Commission board from 2012 to 2022, comments on the issues facing Steward Health Care.

New ICER boss Sarah Emond keeps an eye on the bottom line

Heller in the News
January 29, 2024

The Boston Globe profiles Sarah Emond, MPP'09, the new president of the Institute for Clinical and Economic Review.

“Not a Sprint, but a Relay Race:” Anita Hill’s Politics of Hope

Heller in the News
January 29, 2024

Anita Hill presents Stanford University's Clayman Institute for Gender Research's annual Jing Lyman lecture.

In Healey’s child-care push, advocates have made their voices heard

Heller in the News
January 28, 2024

In a letter to the Boston Globe, Anne Douglass, PhD'09, writes in support of Mass. governor Maura Healey's proposed child-care plan for the state.

Saving Local Retail

Heller in the News
January 19, 2024

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner writes about Justice Louis Brandeis' arguments against economic concentration and how they are applicable today, particularly to the issues facing drugstores.

National Collaborative for Health Equity Launches Landmark Activities to Honor the 8th Annual National Day of Racial Healing

Heller in the News
January 19, 2024

The activities commemorating the day included the release of Susan Eaton's new article, "Segregation Yesterday and Today: Exploring Possibilities for Systemic Change."

Narcan saves lives — but finding it can be onerous in Massachusetts

Heller in the News
January 18, 2024

In the Boston Globe, Traci Green comments on the difficulties facing people hoping to purchase the overdose-reversal drug Narcan over the counter.

Dysfunctional Democracy

Heller in the News
January 17, 2024

In an opinion piece in the Provincetown Independent, Robert Kuttner discusses what happens when not enough people pay attention and get involved in local democracy.

Researchers discuss unity and the power of racial healing

Heller in the News
January 16, 2024

In a panel discussion in the journal Health Equity, Professor Susan Eaton provided examples of how the separation and inequalities we see in contemporary society are direct outgrowths of racial hierarchy ideology in the distant past, the recent past and today.

Black Investors Are the Biggest New Group of Stock Buyers

Heller in the News
January 15, 2024

In the Wall Street Journal, Tatjana Meschede says young Black investors today have much more access to financial information than those in prior decades.

Connecting Civil Rights to Economic Rights

Heller in the News
January 15, 2024

In the American Prospect, Robert Kuttner writes about what Pres. Joe Biden can learn from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Fast-food giants overwork teenagers, driving America’s child labor crisis

Heller in the News
January 14, 2024

In the Washington Post, David Weil comments on violations of child labor laws in the fast-food industry.

Who Is Included In Biden’s New Student Loan Plan? Who Is Not?

Heller in the News
January 12, 2024

The Paradise News cites research on student debt by the Institute on Assets and Social Policy (now the Institute for Economic and Racial Equity).

“Lack Of Trust”: Dr. Anita Hill On Hollywood Workers’ Skepticism That Reporting Sexual Harassment & Discrimination Will Change Anything

Heller in the News
January 11, 2024

Anita Hill comments on the recently-released survey from the Hollywood Commission, which she chairs.

Florida bill weakening child labor law gets OK from Republican-dominated House panel

Heller in the News
January 11, 2024

In Orlando Weekly, David Weil comments on efforts to loosen restrictions on child labor in Florida.

Millions of gig workers could qualify as employees under new Biden-era rule

Heller in the News
January 09, 2024

In the Washington Post, professor David Weil is quoted on a new Labor Department rule that aims to make it easier for millions of low-wage workers to get employee benefits and other protections.

Robyn Powell, PhD'20, receives national award

Heller in the News
January 07, 2024

Powell, an associate professor of law at the University of Oklahoma, received the Chai Feldblum Award at the American Association of Law Schools annual meeting, held Jan. 4.

June Jackson Christmas, Pioneering Psychiatrist, Dies at 99

Heller in the News
January 04, 2024

Among her many achievements, Dr. Christmas was a resident professor of mental health policy at the Heller School.

Carrying fentanyl test strips could lead to arrest. Now, Mass. lawmakers could legalize them.

Heller in the News
January 04, 2024

In the Boston Globe, Traci Green comments on fentanyl test strip laws in Massachusetts.

Gardner hospital reopens mental health unit after years-long struggle to hire clinicians

Heller in the News
January 03, 2024

On WGBH News, associate professor Michael Doonan, PhD'02, comments about mental health workforce shortages in Massachusetts.