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Welcome to the School of Public Policy at OSU, home to programs in Economics, Political Science, Sociology, and the Masters in Public Policy.  Approved in 2011 as part of the strategic realignment of the College of Liberal Arts, the School of Public Policy offers on campus and online undergraduate majors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology, as well as an on campus Master in Public Policy and PhD in Public Policy programs. The School also offers undergraduate minors in Economics, Political Science, and Sociology as well as graduate minors in Political Science and Sociology.

Students who graduate from the School of Public Policy are the next generation of leaders who know how to operate in environments of tight budgets, produce more with fewer resources, and work in an environment of increased public skepticism, all while addressing some of the most complex problems humans have ever faced. 


There are open positions available at the School of Public Policy.


  • The SPP Seminar is now the SPP Brownbag Series.
  • Roger Hammer has commented on the rise of homes in the West in a New York Times article.
  • As part of the Oregon University System summer program in Cuba organized by Dwain Plaza (Sociology) and Amy Below (Political Science), a Cuban-American student has finally been able to visit Cuba again, as reported by the Gazette-Times and KVAL.

    The course web site contains the students' Youtube video projects. Each Youtube video captured the students' research interest in Cuba. The topics of the Youtube videos range from: tourism, women's lives, culture, transportation, religion, community, urban agriculture education and health care.
  • MPP student Matthew Palm won the OSU Graduate School's 2013 "Scholars Insights" program where students get three minutes to present their research to change the world. See the press coverage at the Gazette Times Newspaper and the event on OSU Media Space. Matthew would like to recognize his adviser Dr. B Starr McMullen and the Furman Fellowship for supporting his work.  He would also like to thank Brian Gregor, the author of Oregon's Greenhouse Gas Statewide Transportation Emissions Model (GreenSTEP), for initiating this project.
  • Todd Pugatch has received a Faculty Time Release Award for his research project on “U.S. Border Enforcement and Mexican Immigrant Location Choice” for Spring 2013.



Hilary Boudet

Hilary Boudet earned her PhD in Environment and Resources (with a Sociology minor) from Stanford University in 2010 and a BA in Environmental Engineering and Political Science from Rice University in 2001. She was a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford Prevention Research Center in the Stanford University School of Medicine, and Director of Research for the Millennium Alliance for Humanity and the Biosphere. Dr. Boudet’s research interests include the environmental and social impacts associated with energy development and public participation in environmental and energy decision-making. Her dissertation focused on community mobilization around proposals for liquefied natural gas (LNG) facilities. To conduct this research, she received a grant from the National Science Foundation. Dr. Boudet’s book, “Putting Social Movements in their Place: Explaining Social Opposition to Energy Projects in the US, 2000-2005,” co-authored with Douglas McAdam, was recently published by Cambridge University Press. Learn more about Dr. Boudet at: Faculty Profile


Ed Weber

Ed Weber joins the School of Public Policy as the first U. G. Dubach Chair in Political Science. Prior to coming to OSU, Dr. Weber was the Director of the School of Environmental and Public Affairs at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. He earned a B.A. in political science (1978) from Colorado State University, and an M.A. (1991) and Ph.D. (1996) in political science from the University of Wisconsin- Madison. Upon earning his PhD, Ed joined Washington State University (WSU) as an assistant professor of political science and was promoted to the rank of Full Professor in 2007. During his career at WSU, he was the Director of the Thomas S. Foley Institute for Public Policy and Public Service from 2001-2008, and the Edward R. Meyer Distinguished Professor of Public Administration and Policy. His areas of research include American political institutions, regulation, bureaucracy and public policy, with a primary emphasis on environmental and natural resource policy; he has published widely in policy, public administration, planning, and social science journals. Learn more about Dr. Weber at: Faculty Profile