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About the PhD Program

Program Details

Program Details

Each Public Policy PhD student completes a course of study designed to produce cutting-edge social science research on policy-relevant topics.

PhD Public Policy program
Areas of Speciality

Areas of Speciality

The graduate faculty have multidisciplinary expertise in a range of policy areas, including data science and technology policy; environmental and sustainability policy; health policy; human security; inequality and social policy; the politics and economics of development; and race, racism and public policy.

Areas of policy focus
Meet our Students

Meet our Students

Our students enroll with diverse research and academic experiences. Learn about their research interests here.

Our students
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I get the opportunity to interact with sociologists and political scientists and economists outside of my field who really give me an understanding and a scope well beyond what I would have gotten if I had gone to a school that didn’t have this interdisciplinary nature. The Brooks School is a perfect place for me. I can craft my research in a way that is valuable in the long term.

– Shyam Raman, PhD Student


A multi-disciplinary PhD in Public Policy

Generous support

Public Policy Placements

An Ivy League degree in public policy with Cornell’s resources and reputation

A community where you’ll feel at home within a comprehensive, world-class university

A vibrant, dynamic college town setting

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PhD Program

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Martha Van Rensselaer Hall
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Ithaca, NY 14853