Faculty

Raymond Scheppach

Raymond
C.
Scheppach

Professor of Public Policy

Ray Scheppach is the former Executive Director of the National Governors Association (NGA) serving from January 1983-January 2011. Here, he became a specialist in the role of states in the formulation and implementation of public policy as well as in a broad range of domestic policy issues including welfare, education, health care and economic development. He was listed as a top association lobbyist by the Hill Magazine in 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010, and Fortune Magazine listed NGA as the 12th most powerful lobbying organization in 1999.

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Beth Schueler

Beth
Schueler

Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy
Ruffner Hall 268

Beth Schueler is an Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She studies education policy, politics, and inequality with a focus on efforts to improve low-performing K-12 schools and districts.

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H Mark Schwartz

H.
Mark
Schwartz

Professor of Politics and Public Policy

Schwartz earned his Ph.D. and M.A. from Cornell University, and his B.A. from Swarthmore College (with distinction). His current research focuses on the political economy of collective action in an economy in which profitability largely flows from the definition of and control over intellectual property rights.

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Todd Sechser

Todd
S.
Sechser

Professor of Politics and Public Policy
S182 Gibson Hall

Todd S. Sechser is the Pamela Feinour Edmonds and Franklin S. Edmonds Jr. Discovery Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia; Professor of Public Policy at the Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; and a Senior Fellow at the Miller Center of Public Affairs.

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Jay Shimshack

Jay
Shimshack

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics

Jay Shimshack is Associate Professor of Public Policy and Economics, and the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School. He received a Ph.D. from U.C. Berkeley and a B.S. from Cornell University. Prior to joining UVa, Shimshack held positions at Tulane University and Tufts University and a visiting faculty fellowship at the University of Michigan. His major fields are environmental regulation, environmental economics, corporate social behavior, and applied microeconomics for public policy. 

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William Shobe

William
Shobe

Professor of Public Policy; Adjunct Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Economic and Policy Studies, Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

Professor Shobe splits his time between the Batten School and UVa’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, where he heads up the Center for Economic and Policy Studies. He also teaches a class in environmental economics for the UVa Economics Department. His current research includes emission market and auction design, environmental federalism, improved economic modeling of Virginia’s economy, state economic development incentives, and state economic forecasting.

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Ian Solomon

Ian
H.
Solomon

Dean and Professor of Practice of Public Policy
Garrett Hall 200

Ian H. Solomon has been dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy since September 2019. He comes to Batten with more than 20 years of experience as an educator, policymaker, diplomat and businessman in more than 40 countries. The Batten School has the distinction of being the only school of public policy administration in the U.S. that is explicitly committed to teaching leadership. The School’s programs inspire students to act vigorously, effectively and ethically on behalf of the common good. 

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Allan Stam

Allan
Stam

Professor of Public Policy and Politics

Allan C. Stam is a Professor of Public Policy and Politics at the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. Previously he was Director of the International Policy Center at the Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy and Professor of Political Science and Senior research scientist at the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research.  Prior to moving to Michigan in 2007 he was the Daniel Webster Professor at Dartmouth College (2000-2007) and was Assistant Professor at Yale University (1996-2000). His research focuses on the dynamics of armed conflict between and within states. 

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