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Carnegie Renews Classification of Georgetown as ‘Very High Research University’

February 26, 2019

Georgetown has once again been classified by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an institution with “very high research activity.” A large set of research centers of the McCourt School of Public Policy informs the nation about significant policy issues.

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  • MDI's Laila Wahedi
    MDI’s Laila Wahedi Wins Data Challenge on Russian Trolls

    Dr. Laila Wahedi, MDI’s Postdoc Fellow, won an award for her work on Russian trolls at the International Network for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) North American Social Network (NASN) Conference held in Washington, DC on November 27-30.

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    Using Big Data to Enhance Local Democracy

    Brian J. McCabe, an Associate Professor in Georgetown’s Department of Sociology, partnered with Jennifer Heerwig, an Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University, is using his MDI Seed Grant to conduct research on an innovative new campaign finance program - the Democracy Voucher program - in Seattle, Washington.

  • pod of bottlenose dolphins in the Potomac River
    Somefin in the Water: The Bottlenose Dolphins of the Potomac

    MDI Seed Grant Spotlight: Janet Mann. To conduct their research, Mann and her team head out onto the water with their camera and small skiff, Ahoya, to track the Potomac dolphins.

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    New Report: Three Educational Pathways to Good Jobs

    In 1991, most good jobs did not require a BA. Today, there are three distinct pathways to good jobs: high school, middle skills, and bachelor’s degree, says new research from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce (CEW) in partnership with JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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    Eva Rosen Recognized As Outstanding Early Career Scholar by APPAM

    McCourt School Assistant Professor Eva Rosen has been recognized as one of the Association for Public Policy Analysis & Management’s (APPAM) 40 for 40 Fellowship.

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    McCourt and UCSD researchers put cost effectiveness of conventional foreign aid to the test

    September 19, 2018 - What is the most effective and scalable way to administer aid to vulnerable populations? It turns out that unconditional cash transfers to the poor may be more effective than conventional forms of foreign aid at producing positive health outcomes.

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    #METOO Movement Twitter Data Mined by Computer Science Professor

    Lisa Singh, computer science professor and research professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy’s Massive Data Institute, works on numerous aspects of data-driven computer science. One of her most recent projects is mining Twitter data around the #MeToo hashtag in collaboration with six other Georgetown professors. This research is supported by the Massive Data Institute and the Gender Justice Initiative.

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    McCourt Professor Receives New Grant to Advance Universal Pre-K Study

    September, 2018 - McCourt School of Public Policy Professor William Gormley was recently awarded $460,000 in new funding from the Heising-Simons Foundation, to continue his research on the effects of universal pre-K programs, focusing this time on high school outcomes.

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    New Research Identifies Pathway to Increasing Retirement Earnings for Individuals

    Georgetown University Center for Retirement Initiatives study highlights how using alternate assets through target date funds can increase certain investment returns and lower risk

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    The Lugar Center, McCourt Unveil 2017 Bipartisan Index

    The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index (BPI) rankings of members of Congress for 2017.

  • LEAD
    New McCourt School Poll Explores Americans’ Lost Faith in Institutions

    A new initiative aimed at building solutions for declining trust in institutions, greater political polarization and weakening support for democratic principles was announced this week at the McCourt School of Public Policy’s annual LEAD conference.

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    McCourt’s Kugler discovers very long lasting impacts from cash transfer program

    A new study by Professor Adriana Kugler at the McCourt School of Public Policy and recently released by the National Bureau of Economic Research finds significant long-term benefits from Mexico’s conditional cash transfer (CCT) program, known as Prospera.

  • Prominent Scholars to Join McCourt School of Public Policy Faculty: Dr. Moynihan and Dr. Herd
    Prominent Scholars to Join McCourt School of Public Policy Faculty

    A leading public management expert and a top figure in aging and survey research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s La Follette School of Public Affairs will become part of the faculty of Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy this fall.

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    Academic, Financial Support Critical to Low-Income and Minority Student Success

    Low-income and minority students are far more likely to complete their degrees at colleges and universities that provide academic and financial support, according to a recent book co-authored by Georgetown professor Harry Holzer.

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    New Study Ranks McCourt Seventh in Research Output

    The McCourt School of Public Policy ranks highest among policy schools in the nation’s capital for the quality and quantity of research according to a new study published by professors at Columbia University and the University of Warwick.

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    Pre-K Program Benefits Last Into Middle School, New Study Finds

    Positive effects of pre-K programs are detectable as late as middle school, according to a new study published today by two Georgetown professors.

  • Lugar Center, McCourt Unveil 2016 Bipartisan Index
    Lugar Center, McCourt Unveil New Bipartisan Index Rankings of All U.S. Senators

    The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index rankings of all members of Congress, completing the picture of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). The non-partisan tool indicates the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines.

  • Baker
    Students to Develop Policy Solutions for Underserved Communities with Baker Innovation Award

    Students from Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy will tackle issues affecting the refugee, LGBTQ+, low-income, and incarcerated communities thanks to an award from the Baker Center for Leadership & Governance.

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    Access to Reproductive Care Improves Economic Outcomes for Women

    This month, McCourt Professor Adriana Kugler and her colleagues published a new report with the Center for American Progress, reinforcing earlier findings that reproductive healthcare access increases economic opportunity for women.

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    McCourt Professor Awarded Grant to Address Digital Divide in Harlem

    McCourt School Professor Sheila Foster, along with her colleagues at Fordham University, the University of Virginia, and the University of Arizona, were recently awarded a $1 million grant by the National Science Foundation's Smart and Connected Communities division.

  • Change STEM Majors
    Complex Reasons Spur Women to Change STEM Majors, New Georgetown Study Finds

    The triple threat of low grades, gender composition of a major, and gender stereotypes are what compel undergraduate women to switch from a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) major to another field, according to a new Georgetown study.

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    Meeting Students Where They Are

    In their new book, Making College Work, McCourt Professor Harry Holzer and co-author Sandy Baum of the Urban Institute explore practical solutions for improving higher education opportunities for disadvantaged students.

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    Active Ingredients’ of successful Pre-K Programs subject of $1 million grant

    A $1 million grant from the Spencer Foundation to two Georgetown psychology professors will seek to determine the unidentified “active ingredients” of successful public pre-kindergarten programs.

  • Gormley’s New Book Offers Fresh Insight on Critical Thinking in Education
    Gormley’s New Book Offers Fresh Insight on Critical Thinking in Education

    McCourt Professor William Gormley is shaping the conversation surrounding education policy with his newly published book focusing on remedying the critical thinking skills deficit in preK–12.

  • Researcher Granted Almost $3 Million to Study Cancer Treatment, Related Costs
    Researcher Granted Almost $3 Million to Study Cancer Treatment, Related Costs

    A McCourt School of Public Policy professor has been granted nearly $3 million from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality to conduct studies on prostate and breast cancer treatments and costs.

  • US Capital Dome close-up with waving flag in foreground
    McCourt School Unveils​ Bipartisan Index

    The Lugar Center, led by former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar, and the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University today jointly released their new Bipartisan Index rankings of all members of Congress, completing the picture of the 114th Congress (2015-2016). The non-partisan tool indicates the degree to which Senators and Representatives work across party lines.

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    McCourt Opens Washington’s First Census Research Data Center

    Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy yesterday opened the first Research Data Center (RDC) in Washington, a joint project of the U.S. Census Bureau and the school’s Massive Data Institute.

  • Getting men back to work: Solutions from the right and left
    Getting Men Back to Work

    A myriad of causes are keeping more than seven million prime-age men out of work, raising wonder among economists and policy analysts about how to get them back into the workforce.

  • LEAD 2017 Ties Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth
    LEAD 2017 Ties Research to Policy and Practice to Improve the Lives of Youth

    McCourt’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) hosted hundreds of researchers, advocates, and policy experts from across the country for the 2017 LEAD Conference focusing on bridging the divide between research, evidence-based practice and sound policy to improve the lives of youth.

  • Paasha Mahdavi, an assistant professor at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy
    China Makes Progress, U.S., Other Countries Fail to Discourage Fossil Fuels

    The average tax on gasoline throughout the world is declining, meaning that governments are collectively failing to discourage fossil fuel consumption, according to a new study by Georgetown and UCLA professors.

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    Georgetown Effort Advises Next Administration on Driving Government Innovation

    Nearly 300 scholars and leaders from across the public, private, nonprofit and philanthropic sectors gathered at Georgetown on to explore how the next presidential administration can institutionalize innovation in federal policymaking.

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    Immigrants to America Become Less Healthy Over Time, Professor Says

    The longer immigrants stay in America, the less healthy they become, according to a recently published study in Economics and Human Biology by McCourt School of Public Policy Adriana Kugler and a colleague from Dalhousie university.