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Cornell University Cornell Brooks Public Policy

About Us

The Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy, launched in fall 2021, harnesses the university’s wide-ranging expertise in public policy teaching, research and engagement into a shared academic home. Various established policy-focused institutes and programs from across the university are aligning with the school to boost its scholarship and outreach activities and to establish new and expanded undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and professional public policy courses and degrees.

Policy- and government-focused professors from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Human Ecology, as well as policy-engaged scholars from related fields across the university, comprise the Cornell Brooks School’s founding faculty. The school’s faculty, with expertise on every region of the world, apply a global, interdisciplinary and problem-oriented focus to a broad set of public policy issues.

Building upon existing and developing academic strengths at Cornell, the school’s core areas of focus include data science and technology policy; environmental and sustainability policy; global security; health policy; inequality and social policy; the politics and economics of development; and race, racism and public policy.

 

Establishing a world-class public policy school

In 2020, following a multiyear review that included Cornell faculty, staff, students, alumni and other key stakeholders, Provost Michael Kotlikoff announced a vision to create a new school of public policy, along with new and expanded departments in the disciplines of economics, psychology and sociology. Together these academic initiatives are further elevating Cornell’s excellence and prominence in public policy and the social sciences and fostering enhanced collaborations among scholars and students universitywide.