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School of Public Policy and Leadership News

The School of Public Policy and Leadership employs an interdisciplinary approach to create knowledge and understanding to support effective policy and governance through collaborations of faculty, students, and the greater community.

Current Public Policy and Leadership News

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People | September 21, 2022

Leslie Mujica's volunteer work on campus aimed at opening more doors for lower-income students.

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People | July 21, 2022

Academic Success Center employee named a President’s 2022 Classified Employees of the Year.

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People | July 19, 2022

Vincent Nava, ’19 MA Public Administration, works at the governor's office of new Americans.

2022 UNLV Spring Commencement Ceremony for the Graduate College.  May 13, 2022 (Josh Hawkins/UNLV)
Campus News | June 2, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and student changemakers at UNLV.

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Campus News | May 19, 2022

UNLV Global Entrepreneurship Experience students learn how food has influenced the rich and long history of Reggio Emilia.

 

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People | April 28, 2022

What the world needs now is volunteers. This Urban Affairs program coordinator aims to connect you to the opportunities.

Public Policy and Leadership In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 23, 2022

UNLV researchers are part of a team that will receive almost three million dollars of federal funding for a project focused on the workforce for nuclear energy.

Insider
May 13, 2022

Amazon's Jeff Bezos, Reddit founder Alexis Ohanian, and other donors are committing $50 million to help fix the childcare crisis in New York City.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
May 9, 2022

When UNLV senior Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio looked out the window of her Airbnb in Irvine, Calif., she saw flames rising in the nearby mountains and scorch marks on the ground. A wildfire was approaching the apartment, where she had moved from Las Vegas during the pandemic to be closer to family.

Las Vegas Sun
April 23, 2022

A 2020 study from UNLV’s Brookings Mountain West and The Lincy Institute on the urban heat island effect found that Las Vegas “ranked as the most intense urban heat island in the United States in both daytime and nighttime metrics between 2004 and 2013.”

Public Policy and Leadership Experts

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Recent Public Policy and Leadership Accomplishments

October 11, 2022
Jayce Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) published a research essay, “Water Utility Districts as Facilitators of Regional Climate Change Partnerships,” on the peer-reviewed Urban Affairs Forum. This essay centers water utility districts as a key factor for the development of regional climate change partnerships between local governments. Here,…
October 10, 2022
Kenneth Miller (Political Science), and co-editors John Green and David Cohen have published State of the Parties 2022: The Changing Role of Contemporary American Political Parties with Rowman & Littlefield. The book brings together leading scholars of parties, elections, and interest groups to explore the current state of American party…
July 8, 2022
Jayce Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) published an article, “State Interventions and Interlocal Collaborations Across the Three Pillars of Sustainability,” in State and Local Government Review. This article makes a connection between regional partnerships for sustainability and state-level constraints on the fiscal and functional autonomy of…
June 28, 2022
Kiersten Farmer (Public Policy and Leadership) represented the city of Henderson as a featured speaker at the 2022 Data Governance and Information Quality Conference. Her presentation, “When Non-Data Professionals Inherit Data Stewardship,” centered on navigating the minefield of limited resources, loss of expertise, and maintenance of quality and…
June 16, 2022
Jesse Barnes (Public Policy and Leadership), Anjala Krishen (Marketing and International Business), and Alexander Chan (both Business) recently published their article, "Passive and Active Peer Effects in the Spatial Diffusion of Residential Solar Panels: A Case Study of the Las Vegas Valley," in the Journal of Cleaner Production. In this…
May 9, 2022
Jaewon Lim and Aaron Colletta (both Public Policy and Leadership) recently published an article in the Annals of Regional Science with a co-author, Ayoung Kim of Mississippi State University. In their article, "How Regional Economic Structure Matters in the Era of COVID-19: Resilience Capacity of U.S. States," they analyzed the importance of…