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After meeting many of the Batten students, I realized that I wouldn’t just be learning from my professors, but my peers as well. The school has an inspiring student body who are passionate about making a difference in the world.
July 25, 2016
A recently published article in the Southern Economic Journal examines the effects of economic variables on the upward trend of obesity in the United States.
July 21, 2016
This Friday, July 22, 2016, Professor Christine Mahoney joins an expert panel at the United Nations to discuss the global refugee crisis. Other speakers include Ruma Bose, President & co-CEO, Tent Foundation; Jay Corless, Senior Advisor, UN Foundation; and Manyang Reath Kher, Founder and CEO, Humanity Helping Sudan Project.
July 18, 2016
Senator Tim Kaine (D-VA) talks about the public policy changes ahead with Professor Gerry Warburg of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Excerpted from full interview, filmed in 2014.
July 15, 2016
All three branches of our national government are malfunctioning. Little wonder the majority of young voters forswear both major political parties. As we celebrate independence, it is past time for a serious national conversation. What is the diagnosis and where is the cure?
July 5, 2016
The University of Virginia’s Curry School of Education and the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy offers a dual MPP/Ph.D degree program that provides students with strong research skills and an applied policy focus. We sat down with two second year students currently enrolled in the program to learn more about their experiences.
June 30, 2016
The University of Virginia Center for Health Policy has appointed accomplished surgeon and scholar Dr. Michael D. Williams as its new director.
June 29, 2016
In Batten, I have learned to approach policy problems analytically. It's easy to impose your own values and beliefs when attempting to solve such problems, but Batten has taught me that hard evidence is crucial.
June 27, 2016
Children receiving formal, classroom-based preschool receive significantly higher quality care and have better reading and math skills than their peers who receive informal childcare before kindergarten, according to a new study published in Child Development.
June 10, 2016
Congress is gridlocked, say talking heads. Dysfunctional, say pundits. Less popular than head lice, says an actual poll. In a word, broken. So let’s fix it, says Craig Volden, professor of politics and public policy at the University of Virginia’s Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.
June 9, 2016
Life in prison is meant to be difficult. But it doesn't always get better once you're out. Re-entering offenders often have a tough time finding employment, even when they are motivated and able to work. But "ban the box" - a popular policy aimed at helping ex-offenders find jobs - doesn't help many ex-offenders, and actually decreases employment for black and Hispanic men who don't have criminal records.
June 1, 2016

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