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Best Grad Schools: US News & World Report: Public Affairs 2022

The Heller School at Brandeis University named top 10 graduate school in two public affairs categories

Heller News Release
March 30, 2021

U.S. News & World Report recognizes Heller as 9th for social policy and 9th for health policy and management in its 2022 rankings of graduate schools of public affairs.

The 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings are based on a survey of deans, directors and department chairs at graduate schools of public affairs across the country. Dean David Weil says, “I’m proud that the Heller School’s excellence in both social policy and health policy and management is being recognized by our peer institutions. Heller is uniquely positioned to respond to the multitude of challenges, such as health care equity and access, child poverty and labor rights, which have been brought to the forefront over the past year.”

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Heller in the News
April 09, 2021

Dividends of a Just Economy

In the New York Review of Books, Robert Kuttner asks, what is keeping the government from acting on behalf of its citizens?

Anita Hill

Heller in the News
April 09, 2021

Why Hollywood keeps enabling abusive movie moguls, even after #MeToo

In Quartz, Anita Hill says that in Hollywood, bullying is condoned as part of ‘paying your dues’ on the way up and has been openly displayed in films.

Susan Eaton

Heller in the News
April 08, 2021

Coalition Seeks New Zoning Rules to Support Housing Affordability—and Integration

Nonprofit Quarterly covers a new study co-authored by Susan Eaton of the Sillerman Center about zoning racism in Connecticut. She acknowledges some changes near Hartford in recent years, but says that housing segregation remains high.

Caste: A global journal on social exclusion

Heller News Release
April 06, 2021

Celebrating the Winners of the 2021 Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize

The editors of "CASTE: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion" have revealed the winners of this year’s Bluestone Rising Scholar Prize to be Anurag Bhaskar and Indulata Prasad.

Robert Kuttner, Meyer and Ida Kirstein Visiting Professor in Social Planning and Administration

Heller in the News
April 05, 2021

With Joe Biden’s own audacious New Deal, the democratic left rediscovers its soul

The Guardian highlights Robert Kuttner's column declaring that the American Rescue Plan “is the most significant legislation for working people that has been passed in decades”.

Joe Biden

Heller in the News
April 05, 2021

Biden and the waning of the ‘neoliberal’ era

The Washington Post highlights Robert Kuttner's column saying that President Biden's ambitious agenda could mark the transformation of the Democrats from decades of being “a Wall Street neoliberal party.”

Zoom grid of David Weil, Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, and Professor Anita Hill

Heller News Release
April 01, 2021

Rep. Rosa DeLauro: “What the government can do is expand opportunity”

The Connecticut congresswoman discussed child poverty, equality for women, labor rights, with Dean David Weil in a Conversation with the Dean and First 100 Days event.

Sam Hyun, MBA/MPP'22, speaking with Sen. Ed Markey blurred in the background

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

Atlanta slayings, NYC attack prompt calls for stronger laws against hate crimes

The Boston Herald covers an event with Sam Hyun, MBA/MPP'22, chair of the Massachusetts Asian American Commission, and Sen. Ed Markey, where Hyun said that anti-Asian racism and violence is not new and that the nation is finally waking up and having a reckoning.

Two students standing under a Tufts School of Medicine sign

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

What My MD/MBA Program is Really Like

Students from the Tufts-Brandeis MD/MBA program, where students earn a Social Impact MBA degree from Heller, share their experiences with the program.

Clemens Noelke

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

This Bay area company raised wages during the pandemic. Will more follow?

In the San Francisco Chronicle, Clemens Noelke says Amazon's decision to increase its minimum wage to $15 an hour may reflect a shift in norms around how well workers should be paid, and may induce other companies to do the same.

Jody Hoffer Gittell

Heller in the News
March 31, 2021

UNH, Johns Hopkins and Brandeis partner in support of RCC

The University of New Hampshire, Johns Hopkins University and Brandeis University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in support of a research collaboration to foster innovations in the development and application of relational coordination research through the Relational Coordination Collaborative (RCC).

Stuart Altman, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy

Heller in the News
March 29, 2021

Report: Mass. Health Care Costs Rose 4.3% In 2019

On WBUR, Stuart Altman says the report shows that health care spending was increasing even before the pandemic, which was a concerning trend for families and employers who already struggle to afford the high cost of health care in Massachusetts.

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