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Scholars at the Cornell Jeb E. Brooks School of Public Policy produce research that is grounded in evidence and solution-oriented.

Research Spotlights

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Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF): Developing rapidly responsive community-engaged research on media-messaging and narrative-change strategies to promote health and racial equity (Jeff Niederdeppe and colleagues)

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National Science Foundation (NSF): 2022 Collaborative Midterm Survey (Peter Enns and colleagues)


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Foundation for a Smoke Free World: Developing empirical evidence to provide education around policies to end smoking (Alan Mathios & Don Kenkel)

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RWJF Evidence for Action Signature Program: Examining whether collateral consequence policies harm health and exacerbate racial health inequities for persons convicted of criminal offenses (Sadé Lindsay)

Brooks School Working Groups

The Brooks School has an open call to support faculty with small grants broadly aimed at building stronger research connections within our areas of policy expertise. Our first five awards will support Education Policy and Big Data, Health Policy, Junior Faculty, Migration Policy, and Tech Policy Working Groups.

The Education Policy and Big Data Interdisciplinary Working Group focuses on major empirical questions in K12 and Higher Education policy, providing a meeting space to learn about education-related research on campus, discuss data and methods for education policy analysis, and identify policy issues of highest priority for future research.

The Health Policy Working Group hosts seminars in health policy with internal and external experts in the field, and it provides training opportunities for graduate students, including a series of professional development activities and a program for visiting PhD students in health policy.

The Junior Faculty Working Group creates a space for junior faculty to share feedback on work in progress and discuss ideas and topics of common interest. Monthly meetings are devoted to a mix of research and professional development, and some include senior colleagues invited to share their experiences with the research process.

The MigLab is an interdisciplinary working group for researchers, including students, postdocs, visiting scholars, and faculty, who are interested in the social scientific study of migration. It is co-sponsored by the Cornell Population Center.

The Tech Policy Working Group brings in tech policy speakers from across campus and from around the Northeast to discuss interdisciplinary issues around emerging technology, providing a center of gravity on campus for addressing policy-related tech issues.

Research Support

The Brooks School is strongly positioned in its resources, scope, and focus to be a leader in policy research. Our research infrastructure aims to foster cutting-edge research in public policy, support policy scholars from diverse demographic and disciplinary backgrounds, nurture synergies across policy faculty and research areas, and grow collective resources for faculty and graduate students.


Research on Twitter

In a long-form @ZDNET article, Sarah Kreps @sekreps, director and founder of the Cornell Brooks School Tech Policy Institute @CornellTPI, addresses the ethical concerns and challenges of generative AI.

🎈Brooks School 2nd Year Anniversary Celebration🎈

Thank you to all the students, faculty, and staff who helped us celebrate this important moment in the Brooks School’s history.

We hope you enjoyed the DJ, yard games, and refreshments!

Republican leaders are “going to be putting these members in a very difficult spot” if they hold an impeachment vote without significant new evidence, said @DavidAlexBatema, associate professor of government and public policy in the @WSJPolitics.

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