It’s Our Birthday!
The Maxwell School held its first classes in the fall of 1924. This year, we mark our 90th anniversary with a School-wide array of special events and observances. Read more.
It’s Our Birthday!
We're in Washington
We have a new home at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, where we offer classes, coordinate internships, and cultivate faculty and student collaborations in the nation's capital. Read more.
We're in Washington
Benefit from Experience
Our professors are great teachers and well-known in their disciplines. And many have had distinguished public-service careers before Maxwell. Read more.
Benefit from Experience
Fast-track Careers
Our graduates are problem-solvers, with a reputation for insight, savvy, and innovation. They get the jobs that launch great careers. Read more.
Fast-track Careers
Global Perspective
Our students and faculty reflect the diversity of the world they study, and bring ideas and perspectives that enrich the Maxwell experience for everyone. Read more.
Global Perspective
Leaders in Public Affairs
Our alumni hold positions of influence throughout public life – Cabinet secretaries, agency heads, NGO directors, top consultants, and more. Read more.
Leaders in Public Affairs
Theory, Policy, and Practice
Maxwell mixes professional MPA and IR degrees with strong social science disciplines and public affairs scholarship, creating rich interdisciplinary opportunities for all. Read more.
Theory, Policy, and Practice
Overseas Experience
From Istanbul to Accra, Singapore to Seoul, Maxwell offers academic and practicum experiences at sites in nearly 20 countries on five continents — including, by the way, the site pictured here: Chile. Read more.
Overseas Experience
Lifelong Connections
Our alumni are famously loyal – to Maxwell, to one another, and to the idea that well-educated public servants change the world. Read more.
Lifelong Connections
The Undergrad Connection
Syracuse University students majoring, minoring, and pursuing liberal arts electives in the social sciences do so in Maxwell – same professors, same facilities, same traditions. Read more.
The Undergrad Connection
It All Adds Up
Great faculty, diverse students, interdisciplinary programming, devoted alumni – no wonder U.S. News calls Maxwell America’s top graduate program for public affairs. Read more.
It All Adds Up

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New and Noteworthy

Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to speak at DC conference on nuclear negotiations with Iran
Under Secretary of State Wendy Sherman to speak at DC conference on nuclear negotiations with Iran
Sherman will deliver the keynote address at 5 p.m. on Thursday, 10/23, at a Moynihan Institute-sponsored conference, “Assessing Iranian Nuclear Negotiation Strategy,” at CSIS in Washington, D.C., which will also be available via live stream.
The Ebola Conspiracy Theories
The Ebola Conspiracy Theories
Professor Michael Barkun was quoted in a recent New York Times article on conspiracy theories about the ebola outbreak. In the article, Barkun says "Diseases in particular are suited to conspiracy because they are invisible and invisibly transmitted. Our senses can’t tell us exactly how the danger spreads. The theory has an answer for what mystifies and frightens.”
Social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren named Moynihan Spirit of Public Service Award winner
Social entrepreneur Lauren Bush Lauren named Moynihan Spirit of Public Service Award winner
Lauren, founder and CEO of FEED Projects, has dedicated the past 10 years to developing innovative ways to engage the public in the fight to end world hunger. Read more.
Purser wins award for new book about on-demand labor
Purser wins award for new book about on-demand labor
Gretchen Purser, assistant professor of sociology, has won the 2014 International Book Award from the California Series in Public Anthropology (University of California Press) for her manuscript Labor On Demand: Dispatching the Urban Poor. Read more.
Former Associate Dean passes away
Former Associate Dean passes away
Astrid Merget, a two-time Maxwell School alumna and a former associate dean of the School, died on Monday, October 13, after a long illness. Read more.
"An oath to leave a greater city: At SU, for Maxwell's 90th, revisiting the 'soul of the place'"
"An oath to leave a greater city: At SU, for Maxwell's 90th, revisiting the 'soul of the place'"
Maxwell's 90th anniversary celebration, the Oath of the Athenian City-State, and the #ToMeCitizenship social media campaign were the focus of a recent Post-Standard article by Sean Kirst. Read more.
Gadarian op-ed published in The Washington Post
Gadarian op-ed published in The Washington Post
In the op-ed piece, "How sensationalist TV stories on terrorism make Americans more hawkish," assistant professor Shana Gadarian argues that "media competition means that journalists and editors have incentives to use emotionally powerful visuals and story lines to gain and maintain ever-shrinking news audiences."
Hou publishes book on property tax in local economies
Hou publishes book on property tax in local economies
Yilin Hou has published a new book, Local Property Tax In China: History, Pilots and Prospects, that explores whether it is feasible to adopt the local property tax in transitional economies like China. Read more.
Elman, Bennett, and Kapiszewski receive $177,060 from National Science Foundation and Multi-Method Research
Elman, Bennett, and Kapiszewski receive $177,060 from National Science Foundation and Multi-Method Research
The Center for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry is the host of the Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Inquiry (IQMR). IQMR has been awarded $177,060 from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support the 2015, 2016, and 2017 institutes and authors workshops. Read more.
Bretschneider wins NASPAA award
Bretschneider wins NASPAA award
Professor Stuart Bretschneider has been awarded the William Duncombe Excellence in Doctoral Education Award by the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA) for his outstanding contribution to doctoral student success, going above and beyond expected performance. Read more.
Maxwell School awarded $1 million grant to develop programs connecting academics and policymakers
Maxwell School awarded $1 million grant to develop programs connecting academics and policymakers
The Carnegie Corporation of New York has named Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs as one of five institutional recipients of $1 million, two-year grants through its initiative “Rigor and Relevance:  Bridging the Academic-Policy Gap.” Read more.
Syracuse University Marks 25th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall with Three-Month-Long Commemoration
Syracuse University Marks 25th Anniversary of Fall of Berlin Wall with Three-Month-Long Commemoration
Syracuse University is commemorating the fall of the Berlin Wall with a three-month-long series of events and activities, including lectures, screenings, a digital story contest, and a reenactment of the building and tearing down of a replica of the wall. Read more.
SoldierSocks forms advisory board
SoldierSocks forms advisory board
SoldierSocks, a Connecticut-based organization founded by Chris Meeks '92 BA (PSc & Econ), announced the formation of a Board of Advisors - including faculty members Bill Smullen and Bob Murrett - to provide counsel on ways to better serve and assist members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Read more.
Ma writes op-ed piece for China Daily
Ma writes op-ed piece for China Daily
In "Being Chinese away from China," Yingyi Ma relays experiences of Chinese students studying abroad and how many of them find themselves "reborn" after having rediscovered the meaning of being Chinese while being away from home.
Dean Steinberg awarded prestigious Kruzel Award for Public Service
Dean Steinberg awarded prestigious Kruzel Award for Public Service
Dean James Steinberg has won the prestigious Joseph J. Kruzel Memorial Award for Public Service from the American Political Science Association. The Kruzel Award is given to a scholar with a distinguished career in national security affairs, both as an academic and a public servant. Read more.
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