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Course highlights

We have added two new elective courses to our winter 2023 roster: PBPL 25640 Labor Markets: A Global Perspective (Prof. Gregory Lane) and PBPL 26080 The Challenge of Government Oversight (Prof. Robert Owens.) PBPL 26080 fulfills the windows requirement.

In addition, we'll offer the following core courses:

PBPL 22200 Public Policy Analysis (Prof. Jim Leitzel)

PBPL 22300 Policy Implementation (Prof. Karlyn Gorski)

PBPL 26400 Quantitative Analysis for Public Policy (Prof. Anthony Fowler)

*A complete list of PBPL courses and other suggestions will be shared prior to winter pre-registration.

New Faculty Announcement: Dr. Karlyn Gorski

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For the last few years, as Head Preceptor and in other roles, Sociology graduate student Karlyn Gorski has contributed mightily to the Public Policy major. We are pleased to announce that she has completed her PhD in Sociology and is now officially Dr. Gorski! One of her last acts prior to becoming Dr. Gorski was receiving the prestigious Wayne C. Booth Prize for Excellence in Teaching, for outstanding instruction of UChicago undergraduate students.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Gorski is now Professor Gorski, having accepted a full-time position at the Harris School to commence her post-PhD academic career in our major. Students will see Professor Gorski – an expert in education policy with publications in leading education journals as well as an award-winning teacher – in some of our Windows offerings (including an Autumn 2022 practicum course on urban education), BA Project Seminars, and Policy Implementation. And for potential Public Policy majors who are wondering what sort of career opportunities are available for Public Policy graduates of the University of Chicago, “professor” is one of them: Karlyn Gorski not only helps our current students write excellent BA theses, she wrote one herself, when she capped off her undergraduate career at the University of Chicago in 2014 as a double major in Public Policy and International Studies. Welcome back, and welcome home, Professor Gorski!

Research Publications & Presentations

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Not Another Politics Podcast

There’s a lot of noise created by our constant news cycle, but few ways to grasp what’s really going on in politics today. Not Another Politics Podcast—launched and produced through the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy—provides a fresh perspective on the biggest political stories by focusing on research and data, not pundits and politicians.

Understand the political science beyond the headlines with Harris School of Public Policy Professors Wioletta Dziuda, William Howell, and Anthony Fowler.

Not Another Politics Podcast

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Senior Lecturer and Executive Director, Undergraduate Program

James A. Leitzel

Jim Leitzel is the Executive Director of Public Policy Studies in the College.