News from Pepperdine University School of Public Policy. http://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy Read how the Pepperdine University School of Public Policy is making headlines. en-us Sun, 08 Dec 2019 22:17:34 -0800 http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Drupal SPP Faculty Panel Discussion on Innovation in Internet Technology and Policy at APPAM's 41st Annual Fall Research Conference https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/12/spp-faculty-panel-discussion-innovation-internet-technology-and-policy-appams/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/12/spp-faculty-panel-discussion-innovation-internet-technology-and-policy-appams SPP's Dr. James Prieger, Dr. Anna Choi, and Marlon Graf panel a discussion centered around innovations in communications and Internet technology at APPAM's conference. Wed, 04 Dec 2019 11:15:00 PST Dr. James Prieger

On November 7, 2019 three Pepperdine School of Public Policy faculty led a panel entitled "Innovation Technology and Policy to Further Social and Economic Inclusion" at the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management's (APPAM) 41st Annual Fall Research Conference in Denver, Colorado. 

Dr. James Prieger, professor of public policy, Dr. Anna Choi, James Q. Wilson visiting professor, and Marlon Graf, adjunct faculty in applied economic policy, paneled a discussion centered around the theme of how innovations in communications and Internet technology and policy can help reduce social and economic disparities among vulnerable groups in the United States. 

The panel contributed to the overall theme of APPAM's conference, "Rising to the Challenge: Engaging Diverse Perspectives on Issues and Evidence." Prieger presented his paper, "The Importance of Broadband for Entrepreneurship in Disadvantaged Areas" that focused on positive aspects of the Internet to reduce disparities. This conference brought together men and women, minorities and others, people born in the United States and abroad, and people with different career backgrounds of academics and federal government or research institutes to gain a variety of different perspectives. 

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Anastasia Aguas (MPP Candidate '20) Selected as a Presidential Management Fellow Finalist 2020 https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/12/anastasia-aguas-mpp-candidate-20-selected-presidential-management-fellow/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/12/anastasia-aguas-mpp-candidate-20-selected-presidential-management-fellow School of Public Policy Anastasia Aguas (MPP candidate '20) selected as a finalist for the Presidential Management Fellow class of 2020. Mon, 02 Dec 2019 16:00:00 PST Anastasia Aguas

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is proud to announce current student, Anastasia Aguas (MPP candidate '20) was selected as a Presidential Management Fellow for the class of 2020. The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program was created three decades ago by the Executive Order designed to attract the next generation of leaders into government service. 

Aguas is one of 401 finalists selected for the 2020 class. As a PMF, she will receive specialized training and fast-tracked premier leadership opportunities in Executive Branch federal agencies. While serving as a PMF, Aguas will go through additional formal training opportunities, challenging work assignments, and an accelerated career track that will open doors to new promotions, accelerated pay increases, and a wide range of career possibilities. 

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School of Public Policy Students Descend on Sacramento https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/11/school-public-policy-students-descend-sacramento/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/11/school-public-policy-students-descend-sacramento School of Public Policy students develop their coursework see how productive and impactful a career in state policy can be. Tue, 26 Nov 2019 10:15:00 PST SPP Students sitting on a panel at the US Capitol Building

On November 6, Pepperdine School of Public Policy master of public policy (MPP) students enrolled in MPP 687: Boom and Bust—Solutions to Systemic Causes of California Policy Failures descended on the California State Capitol for an immersive day of learning with state leaders. 

MPP 687: Boom and Bust—Solutions to Systemic Causes of California Policy Failures is an innovative “pracademic” state and local specialization elective course designed and taught by assistant dean and adjunct faculty, Carson Bruno (MPP ‘12). Using budget and fiscal policy and California political history, students explore systemic policy failures and perfect their ability to conduct thorough public policy analysis. To bring the coursework to life, students are matched with a California State Legislative office to work alongside senior legislative staff on a research project. This term, Senators Robert Hertzberg (SD 18), Henry Stern (SD 27), and John Moorlach (SD 37), the California Senate Republican Caucus fiscal consultants, and Assemblymember Shirely Weber (AD 79) have signed on as MPP 687 legislative partners.

Students first had a chance to sit on the California State Senate floor to meet Bernadette McNulty, chief assistant secretary of the California State Senate and Mark McKenzie, chief consultant for the State Senate Appropriations Committee. Both McNulty and McKenzie walked the students through how a bill goes from idea to law, weaving through the labyrinth that is the legislative process.

The class then moved to one of the legislative committee meeting rooms in the historical California State Capitol for a series of panel discussions. Students met with California Department of Finance director, Keely Bosler, the California legislative analyst, Gabriel Petek, and chief budget advisor to California assembly speaker Anthony Rendon, Jason Sisney, for an in-depth conversation on the behind-the-scenes of the California state budget process. They had a chance to hear from Steve and Susie Swatt, long-time Capitol insiders and authors of Game Changers: Twelve Elections that Transformed California (a required text for the MPP 687 course), about the historical evolution of state politics. 

State Senators Jim Nielsen (SD 4) and Moorlach (SD 37) joined the students answering questions about life as a legislator, the virtues of public service, and the realities of polarization and partisanship in Sacramento (spoiler: legislators from different sides actually do get along with each other despite their policy differences.) The students concluded their day meeting with their assigned legislative research project partner, hearing about the Capitol Senate Fellows program from Jamie Taylor, the program’s director, and a State Capitol tour.

This packed day allowed students to further develop their coursework and see how productive and impactful a career in state policy can be. A big thank you to School of Public Policy alumni, Anthony Archie (MPP ‘04) and Lance Christensen (MPP ‘04) who helped make the day’s agenda possible. 

To learn more about our State and Local Policy Specialization, check out Dr. Michael Shires’ blog State and Local Policy at Pepperdine: Where Things Happen.

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SPP's Gaylord Chair and Reagan Professor Chosen as Finalists for Conservative Book of the Year https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/11/spps-gaylord-chair-and-reagan-professor-chosen-finalists-conservative-book-year/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/11/spps-gaylord-chair-and-reagan-professor-chosen-finalists-conservative-book-year SPP is proud to announce Intercollegiate Studies Institute has selected Dr. Ted McAllister's and Dr. Bill McClay's books as finalists for Conservative Book of the Year. Fri, 22 Nov 2019 11:45:00 PST Ted McAllister and Bill McClay Book Covers

Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) is proud to announce Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) has selected two SPP faculty members' books as finalists for Conservative Book of the Year—Edward L Gaylord Chair, Dr. Ted McAllister's latest book, Coming Home: Reclaiming America's Conservative Soul, co-authored with Bruce Frohnen, and Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, Dr. Wilfred "Bill" McClay's latest book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

“I’m very happy to have Coming Home receive this recognition,” said Pete Peterson, Braun Family Dean at the School of Public Policy. “Not only is it well-written and compelling, it makes an extremely important set of arguments about the history and future of the American conservative movement,” he added.

"To have McClay's book, Land of Hope, also included is such terrific timing, with McClay joining us this year as our Reagan Professor of Public Policy," Peterson said. He added, "As we continue to build out our work in civics education, it's been terrific having Bill here with this essential new American history textbook in hand."
 
ISI’s Conservative Book of the Year award recognizes thoughtful books that contribute to the rich debate about important conservative ideas. There is a cash prize for the winning author along with ISI’s Paolucci Book Award.

Finalists for this year’s award will be announced in late November and the award will be presented to the winner in St. Louis on Saturday, March 28, 2020. 

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Nov 15: Recovering the American Story with Dr. Wilfred "Bill" McClay https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/11/nov-15-recovering-american-story-dr-wilfred-bill-mcclay/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/11/nov-15-recovering-american-story-dr-wilfred-bill-mcclay SPP's Dr. Wilfred "Bill" McClay will discuss "Recovering the American Story: Consciousness and the American Past" at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library. Tue, 12 Nov 2019 14:30:00 PST Wilfred Bill McClay

Join the Pepperdine School of Public Policy at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Friday, November 15, 2019, at 11 AM. Dr. Wilfred "Bill" McClay, the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy, will discuss "Recovering the American Story: Consciousness and the American Past" from his latest book, Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story

All great human enterprises, including great nations, need an animating narrative, a story both true and mythic in character, a story that links its past, present, and future in a seamless web of meaning and aspiration. This is particularly true for the United States, a nation unlike any other, whose ideals and history cannot be understood apart from one another. However, for a variety of reasons, ranging from the corrosive effects of our popular culture to the fragmented view of the American past promoted by academic historians, we have been steadily losing a sense of our past as a source of strength and sustenance for the tasks ahead. How can we correct this problem? The lecture will explore the possibilities.

Following the program, McClay will be in the Reagan Library's Museum Store to sign copies of his book at 12 PM.

*Books must be purchased in the Reagan Library Museum Store to receive a signature.

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SPP Alumnae Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12) and Hanna Skandera (MPP '00) Recognized as Pepperdine Outstanding Women in Leadership https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/11/spp-alumnae-hattie-mitchell-mpp-12-and-hanna-skandera-mpp-00-recognized/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/11/spp-alumnae-hattie-mitchell-mpp-12-and-hanna-skandera-mpp-00-recognized School of Public Policy alumnae Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12) and Hanna Skandera (MPP '00) are two of Pepperdine University's 2019 Outstanding Alumni | Women in Leadership honorees. Thu, 07 Nov 2019 14:45:00 PST Hattie Mitchell

Pepperdine School of Public Policy is thrilled to recognize two of our most dynamic alumnae whose leadership in their respective fields is shifting cultural landscapes, shaping and reshaping industries, and innovating in powerful and purposeful ways. 

Alumnae Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12) and Hanna Skandera (MPP '00) are two of Pepperdine University's 2019 Outstanding Alumni | Women in Leadership honorees.

Pepperdine asked Mitchell what it means to be an honoree of this campaign. 

"Being an honoree of the Outstanding Alumni | Women in Leadership campaign is a distinct privilege. It represents outstanding accomplishment and a life of dedicated service. Ultimately, the honor of being an outstanding alumna is validation that I am fulfilling my purpose and making a difference in the world."

Mitchell describes how the Pepperdine School of Public Policy has played a role in her success. 

"My time at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy was profound in shaping who I became as a leader. The principles gained during my education at SPP continue to be a guide for my work. Moreover, the skills I learned set me apart from others and allowed me to accept opportunities when they were presented. Additionally, the friends I made during my time at Pepperdine have become some of the closest individuals and mentors that I know today. Overall, I would not be where I am today and have the effect that I do on my community without my experience at Pepperdine."

Learn more about Hattie Mitchell (MPP '12)

Hanna Skandera

Pepperdine asked Skandera what it means to be an honoree of this campaign.

"It is an incredible honor to receive this recognition. There are a tremendous number of amazing women who have gone before me and led with grace, integrity, and courage; they inspire me, and I am truly grateful to them for their example and leadership. Still today, it's so important for women to encourage and support one another on their professional journeys. There are countless glass ceilings left to break, and in both business and government especially, more women leaders are needed.

It is important for me to recognize that I would not be where I am today without the mentorship of two people I met here at Pepperdine—former president David Davenport and dean Ron Phillips. They encouraged me, had faith in my abilities, and consistently believed that I have what it takes to play a prominent role in improving the world around us. As I look forward in my professional life, I aspire to provide the same guidance and mentorship to the next generation."

Skandera describes how the Pepperdine School of Public Policy has played a role in her success. 

"Pepperdine's School of Public Policy has been a valuable part of my leadership journey, both the curriculum and experiences I engaged in, but also the relationships I built during my time here and since. It has provided a strong grounding in the foundations that America is built on, which pushed me to get clearer about my basic presuppositions. That foundation is what presented the opportunity for an internship at the Hoover Institution and later parlayed into my first real-world public policy experience. The value, however, went beyond the classroom, and the opportunity to meet and get to know so many amazing advocates, mentors, and leading thinkers— president David Davenport, dean Ron Phillips, dean and Gail Wilburn, Dr. Gordon Lloyd, Dr. Ted McAllister, Helen Young—was unparalleled. For me, Pepperdine truly was a launch pad."

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Nov 6: Dr. Michael Shires to Co-Lead Workshop on Impacting Policy with Research https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/11/nov-6-dr-michael-shires-co-lead-workshop-impacting-policy-research/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/11/nov-6-dr-michael-shires-co-lead-workshop-impacting-policy-research Dr. Michael Shires to co-lead workshop in Denver, Colorado on impacting policy with research. Wed, 06 Nov 2019 09:45:00 PST Michael Shires

On Wednesday, November 6, 2019, Dr. Michael Shires, associate dean for strategy and special projects, director of assessment, and associate professor of public policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, will co-lead a free workshop titled, "Training for New Professionals: Impact Policy With Your Research.”

This workshop will take place in Denver Colorado from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the Plaza Building: Concourse Level, Plaza Ballroom E (Sheraton Denver Downtown).

The Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM) is hosting a pre-conference training for new professionals. This interactive session will help guests learn how to impact the formation and implementation of policy with research. The session will explore ways to connect research with policymaker communities through communications, relationship building, and other important tools that will help your research get utilized for policymaking.

Shires is a leading public policy practitioner and scholar working with a wide range of public officials, community organizations, nonprofits, campaigns, media outlets, and candidates to solve the problems that challenge our communities. He will share his insights from almost 30 years as a policy actor and leader.

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Pepperdine School of Public Policy Receives Grant from Public Interest Technology University Network to Support a New Professional Certificate on "Leading Smart Communities" https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/10/pepperdine-school-public-policy-receives-grant-public-interest-technology/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/10/pepperdine-school-public-policy-receives-grant-public-interest-technology Award is part of $3 million “Network Challenge” to grow the field of public interest technology Tue, 29 Oct 2019 10:15:00 PDT PITUN Logo

Award is part of $3 million “Network Challenge” to grow the field of public interest technology.

Malibu, CA—Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) has received a grant from the Public Interest Technology University Network (PITUN) to support a new Professional Certificate on "Leading Smart Communities" to be facilitated through the Davenport Institute for Public Engagement and Civic Leadership at the School of Public Policy.

SPP received one of 27 grants awarded as part of PITUN's inaugural “Network Challenge,” which aims to support the development of new public interest technology initiatives and institutions in academia, and foster collaboration among the network’s partner institutions, which includes SPP. 

“At the School of Public Policy we say we’re committed to ‘putting the public into public policy,” noted Pete Peterson, the school’s Braun Family Dean. “Increasingly,” he added, "this public engagement with government is happening through technology—whether it be a GIS map of a wildfire, or a public engagement survey platform around a community’s land use plan. I’m excited that this grant will help us build out our professional education in making our cities more transparent and responsive through technology.”

PITUN, which was convened earlier this year by the Ford Foundation, New America, and the Hewlett Foundation, is a partnership of 21 colleges and universities dedicated to building the nascent field of public interest technology, as well as growing a new generation of civic-minded technologists and digitally fluent policy leaders. The “Network Challenge” is funded through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, Hewlett Foundation, Mastercard Impact Fund, Siegel Family Endowment, Patrick J. McGovern Foundation, Schmidt Futures, and Raikes Foundation.

Public interest technology is a broadly defined and emerging area of study that combines digital innovation and public policy. Already, universities across the United States have created joint degrees, exchange programs, and cross-disciplinary initiatives to begin to develop a robust pipeline of future technologists and leaders seeking to pursue careers in the growing field.

Colleges and universities that are interested in joining PITUN, can contact New America (pituninfo@newamerica.org) for more information about membership. 

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Dr. Luisa Blanco Selected as a Member of the 2019 Cohort of Interdisciplinary Research Leaders https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/10/dr-luisa-blanco-selected-member-2019-cohort-interdisciplinary-research-leaders/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/10/dr-luisa-blanco-selected-member-2019-cohort-interdisciplinary-research-leaders School of Public Policy Dr. Luisa Blanco has been selected for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders, a leadership program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Thu, 10 Oct 2019 14:15:00 PDT Luisa Blanco

We are excited to announce that Luisa Blanco, associate professor of public policy at Pepperdine University School of Public Policy, has been selected to participate in one of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) leadership programs. These programs connect leaders across the country—from every profession and field—to learn from and work with one another in creating more just and thriving communities. 

Specifically, Blanco was selected for Interdisciplinary Research Leaders (IRL). Designed for teams of two researchers and one community leader, Interdisciplinary Research Leaders fosters collaborative leadership and supports fellows as they work with their communities to investigate critical issues and apply findings in real time to advance health and equity. 

As a member of the program’s newest cohort, Blanco will focus on designing a mobile intervention to improve money management skills and evaluate the impact of such intervention on financial behavior and stress. Blanco is representing the first Los Angeles team, along with April Thames, associate professor of psychology at the University of Southern California, and Isaias Hernandez, community development director at the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF). 

Research project description: 

Financial instability is a major public health issue due to its detrimental effects on mental health. Ethnic-racial minorities are disproportionately impacted and have limited resources for financial management. In response to this problem, we propose a randomized controlled trial to test the effectiveness of a mobile intervention for financial management and the impact of such intervention on self-reported stress and self-efficacy in a sample of low- to moderate-income Hispanics who are receiving services with the MAOF. The specific aims and hypotheses of our project cover two major areas: First, we will test the effectiveness of a mobile-based financial capability intervention (in English and Spanish) in comparison to the standard in-person financial capability program on behavioral changes (i.e., improved spending, saving, borrowing, and planning). Our hypothesis is that participants in the mobile intervention group will demonstrate greater behavioral change than participants in the standard financial capability group. Second, we will determine if changes in behaviors that demonstrate improvement in financial capability reduce self-reported stress and increase in self-efficacy. Our second hypothesis is that participants who demonstrate behavioral changes (increased financial capability) as a result of intervention will report greater psychological self-efficacy towards finance management and less stress than participants with no behavioral change. We will recruit 150 participants in Los Angeles that will be randomized to either an in-person financial capability program or mobile-based intervention group that will provide weekly education and financial exercises via mobile phone.

To learn more about Interdisciplinary Research Leaders and RWJF’s other leadership programs, and to meet other participants, visit IRLeaders.org. To learn more about IRL Team Los Angeles including Blanco, visit IRLeaders.org/team/team-los-angeles. Interdisciplinary Research Leaders is a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation administered by the University of Minnesota. 

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Sept 23: Faith in the Halls of Power with Former Special Assistant to US President George W. Bush, Timothy S. Goeglein https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/09/sept-23-faith-halls-power-former-special-assistant-us-president-george-w-bush/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/09/sept-23-faith-halls-power-former-special-assistant-us-president-george-w-bush While national cultural decadence is undeniable in 21st century America and the West, there is indeed well-founded hope for national restoration, renewal, and regeneration in the years ahead. Wed, 18 Sep 2019 15:30:00 PDT Man Praying

Join the School of Public Policy at the Pepperdine Calabasas campus on Monday, September 23, 2019, at 5:30 PM for an engaging discussion on, "Faith in the Halls of Power: Why American Restoration is Possible." We welcome guest speaker, former special assistant to United States president George W. Bush and author of American Restoration: How Faith, Family, And Personal Sacrifice Can Heal Our Nation, Timothy S. Goeglein.

Goeglein's remarks will echo the narrative of the book, that while national cultural decadence is undeniable in 21st century America and the West, there is indeed well-founded hope for national restoration, renewal, and regeneration in the years ahead. Goeglein will offer remarks about why he believes that the best days for the US are not only possible but probable, and why.

Seating is limited, light refreshments will be served.

Learn more and register for this event. Click here for directions to the Pepperdine Calabasas campus.

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School of Public Policy Announces Endowed Braun Family Dean's Chair https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/09/school-public-policy-announces-endowed-braun-family-deans-chair/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/09/school-public-policy-announces-endowed-braun-family-deans-chair Pepperdine School of Public Policy is excited to announce the endowment of the Braun Family Dean's Chair. Mon, 09 Sep 2019 08:00:00 PDT Pete N. Peterson - Dean, Pepperdine School of Public Policy

Pepperdine School of Public Policy is excited to announce the endowment of the Braun Family Dean's Chair through the generous support of the Carl F. Braun Residuary Trust.

The Braun family have been longtime friends of Pepperdine, with Hank and Ginie Braun among our greatest supporters, funding many important projects over the decades. The Henry A. and Virginia B. Braun Center for Public Policy was dedicated in 2003 on the University's Drescher Graduate Campus.

Pete Peterson, current dean, will be the first to step into this endowed dean’s position at the School of Public Policy. “I’m honored to be the first to serve in the Braun Family Dean’s Chair,” Peterson said, noting, “this endowment marks another commitment by the family toward preparing public leaders who can work across differences to address our toughest policy challenges, and I couldn’t be more grateful.”

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SPP Welcomes Back Dr. Wilfred "Bill" McClay as the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/06/spp-welcomes-back-dr-wilfred-bill-mcclay-ronald-reagan-professor-public-policy/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/06/spp-welcomes-back-dr-wilfred-bill-mcclay-ronald-reagan-professor-public-policy Dean Pete Peterson has announced that political issues expert Wilfred "Bill" McClay will serve as the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy for the 2019-2020 academic year. Wed, 26 Jun 2019 10:30:00 PDT Pepperdine School of Public Policy Wilfred Bill McClay

Dean Pete Peterson has announced that political issues expert Wilfred "Bill" McClay will serve as the Ronald Reagan Professor of Public Policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy (SPP) for the 2019-2020 academic year.

McClay is a long time friend of SPP, in 2009, he served at the William E. Simon Distinguished Visiting Professor and taught a course on political issues: the problem of expertise in a democratic society, and returns this fall semester to instruct first-year master of public policy students on the roots of public policy.

McClay is currently the G. T. and Libby Blankenship Chair in the History of Liberty at the University of Oklahoma, and the director of the Center for the History of Liberty. His book The Masterless: Self and Society in Modern America was awarded the Merle Curti Award of the Organization of American Historians for the best book in American intellectual history. Among his other books are The Student's Guide to U.S. History, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America, Figures in the Carpet: Finding the Human Person in the American Past, Why Place Matters: Geography, Identity, and Public Life in Modern America, and Land of Hope: An Invitation to the Great American Story.

"I'm delighted to see Bill return to Malibu. We became good friends during his first visiting professorship here, and I'm grateful that he's decided to spend his sabbatical year from the University of Oklahoma with us," noted Peterson. "As one of America's most respected historians, our students will benefit greatly from his teaching, and I look forward to finding other opportunities to work together in the coming year."

McClay served on the National Council on the Humanities, and the advisory board for the National Endowment for the Humanities, for eleven years. He is a member of the US Commission on the Semiquincentennial, which has been charged with planning the celebration of the nation's 250th birthday in 2026. He has been the recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Academy of Education.

McClay received a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University and a BA from St. John's College in Annapolis, Maryland.

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SPP Alumna Hanna Skandera (MPP '00) will Lecture on Education Leadership this Fall https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/06/spp-alumna-hanna-skandera-mpp-00-will-lecture-education-leadership-fall/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/06/spp-alumna-hanna-skandera-mpp-00-will-lecture-education-leadership-fall Hanna Skandera (MPP '00) will serve as the Visiting Professor of Education Policy and Impact, leading a course on education leadership, policy, and politics for the Fall 19-20 academic year. Mon, 10 Jun 2019 17:00:00 PDT School of Public Policy Faculty - Hanna Skandera

The Pepperdine School of Public Policy is proud to announce that Hanna Skandera (MPP '00) will serve as the Visiting Professor of Education Policy and Impact, leading a course on education leadership, policy, and politics for the Fall 19-20 academic year.

Skandera has leveraged her Master of Public Policy degree to serve in significant public policy roles with broad impact across the country for three governors and a US president, most recently as the Secretary of Education for the State of New Mexico under Governor Susana Martinez. She has a track record of realizing record-breaking outcomes, including graduation rates reaching an all-time high, AP course enrollment more than doubling, and the dramatic reduction of high school graduates’ college remediation rates.

"While we've taught education policy courses regularly over the years here at SPP, our new Visiting Professor of Education Policy and Impact marks a new focus on preparing public policy leaders across government and nonprofit sectors," dean Pete Peterson notes. "In the midst of a respected career as a leader in education policy, we're delighted to welcome Hanna back to Malibu to both teach our grad students and help strategize our future programs in this field."

“Education is foundational to America’s fabric and developing impactful leaders who are passionate and prepared for the challenge is critical to delivering on our promise for all students,” adds Skandera. “I am grateful for so many mentors who have invested in me and my peers and look forward to shaping the next generation of leaders through this opportunity.”

Currently, Skandera is the chief executive officer of Mile High Strategies serving as an education and employability entrepreneur, thought leader, senior advisor, and executive coach in leadership development and strategy, growing organizational impact, and transforming organizational culture. Skandera is also editor-in-chief of The Line, founder of Pathway 2 Tomorrow, chief in residence with Chiefs for Change, superintendent in residence with the Broad Center, and a former distinguished teaching fellow at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

In addition to serving as secretary of education for the State of New Mexico under Susana Martinez, she served as undersecretary for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, deputy commissioner for Governor Jeb Bush and deputy chief of staff, and senior policy advisor for US Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings. Skandera was also a research fellow with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University and a Pahara-Aspen Institute fellow. Skandera graduated cum laude with a degree in business from Sonoma State University and graduated at the top of her class from the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.

She serves on the Colorado Community College Board, Daniels Fund Board, Great Cities, Great Schools Advisory Committee, Uncharted Learning Advisory Board, Code.org Board, Pepperdine School of Public Policy Advisory Committee, is chair of the George W. Bush Center Education Advisory Board, and is former chair of Chiefs for Change, a bipartisan policy and advocacy organization she launched.

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Dr. Ted McAllister Releases New Book on American Conservatism https://publicpolicy.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/06/dr-ted-mcallister-releases-new-book-american-conservatism/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/publicpolicy/2019/06/dr-ted-mcallister-releases-new-book-american-conservatism McAllister and Frohnen argue that Americans are a conservative people whose institutions, ways of life, and fundamental beliefs, have been under assault by a progressive elite for several generations. Wed, 05 Jun 2019 14:15:00 PDT Coming Home: Reclaiming America's Conservative Soul

Ted McAllister, Edward L. Gaylord Chair and associate professor of public policy at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy, and co-author with Bruce Frohnen, professor of law at Ohio Northern  University College of Law, recently launched their new book Coming Home: Reclaiming America's Conservative Soul.

McAllister and Frohnen argue that Americans are a conservative people whose institutions, ways of life, and fundamental beliefs, have been under assault by a progressive elite for several generations. The result has been a kind of cultural destruction that has left a great many Americans "homeless"—lacking the sense of belonging and attachment that are the hallmarks of healthy societies and cultures.

This book is part of an effort to reclaim America by stressing our common story (history) and by reinvigorating the natural institutions like family and voluntary associations that connect us to one another and to our common purposes. Underneath it all is the call by the authors to reclaim our most basic national identity as self-governing people from those who have foisted on us an administrative state to replace our republic and who are seeking to use their cultural and social power to change who we are as a people—to transform us.

 

This book is currently the #1 new release in Natural Law on Amazon.

 

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Pepperdine School of Public Policy Forms New Academic Enterprise with Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council https://www.pepperdine.edu/newsroom/2019/05/pepperdine-school-public-policy-forms-new-academic-enterprise-los-angeles/ https://newsroom.pepperdine.edu/university/2019/05/pepperdine-school-public-policy-forms-new-academic-enterprise-los-angeles The Homeland Security Advisory Council at the School of Public Policy will focus on disaster preparedness, crisis management, and resiliency through engaging the public, private, and civic sectors. Mon, 20 May 2019 11:00:00 PDT The Pepperdine School of Public Policy has announced it will form an innovative academic enterprise with the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council (HSAC) focused on disaster preparedness, crisis management, and resiliency through engaging the public, private, and civic sectors. The new enterprise, to be called the Homeland Security Advisory Council at the School of Public Policy, is positioned to prepare the current and next generation of public leaders by harnessing the school’s unique curriculum dedicated to exploring a full range of cross-sector and information technology solutions to public policy challenges. The formation of this enterprise with HSAC, a current 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that seeks to ensure the security and resilience of the Los Angeles region in the face of threats and hazards, will include the transfer of all HSAC assets and intellectual property to Pepperdine and is a strategic step for the University in expanding its role around issues facing crisis management today.

“Through the trail-blazing, innovative work of the Los Angeles Homeland Security Advisory Council, we are actually seeing viable solutions to issues important to our community,” said Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton. “That Pepperdine, through its School of Public Policy, is going to have a major hand in this important and shaping effort is a great opportunity and a point of pride. We hope to use this opportunity to build social capital in greater Los Angeles and help make our community a safer, more caring place for all of our citizens.”

HSAC currently offers a variety of programs focused on technology, engagement, capability building, and partnerships for crisis managers, policymakers, and public safety professionals, in addition to students pursuing a master’s or doctoral degree. Through the partnership with the School of Public Policy, HSAC will expand its current offerings, create new educational and training programs, and reach a broader participant group that includes graduate students and audiences throughout California and the nation.

“With the combination of educational programs and technology, it's fair to say that the launch of the new Homeland Security Advisory Council at the School of Public Policy is a groundbreaking initiative in American higher education,” said Pete Peterson (MPP ’07), dean of the School of Public Policy. “Where else should something creative like this happen but here in Los Angeles?”

Demonstrating a shared commitment to service, community, and the public good, the move also includes the acquisition of HSAC’s crisis and event management platform, SALUS - The Crisis Hub, which uses geographic information systems (GIS) to manage and analyze data in order to build upon existing relationships with municipal and state governments. GIS is typically used to visualize information, such as patterns and relationships, and helps crisis managers make informed decisions and gain a more complete situational awareness before, during, and after a crisis or major event. SALUS also supports and facilitates strategies that address homelessness in Los Angeles by providing a single, common platform accessible to the mayor’s office and all 16 departments in the city’s Unified Homelessness Response Center.

“Since its inception in 2002, HSAC has become indispensable to improving public safety communication and collaboration in Los Angeles,” said Peter Lowy, chair of HSAC. “The result is an L.A. region that is today better prepared, more secure, and increasingly more resilient in the face of threats and hazards. This new academic enterprise at the Pepperdine School of Public Policy is driven by our shared dedication to serving diverse communities with growing needs. I am eager to see the strength of our combined efforts in utilizing emerging technologies to advance meaningful policy solutions throughout Greater Los Angeles.”

HSAC is led by Lowy, who helms an active and dynamic board of influential Angelenos, and president and CEO Jim Featherstone, who joined the organization in 2016 after 30 years with the City of Los Angeles. Lowy will be named a Senior Fellow at the School of Public Policy, and Featherstone will serve as executive director of the new enterprise at Pepperdine. Additionally, the organization will continue to benefit from the guidance of distinguished board members including Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, who serves as honorary chair; Los Angeles fire chief Ralph Terrazas; Los Angeles County fire chief Daryl Osby; and Los Angeles police chief Michael Moore. HSAC also presently counts among its partners leading philanthropic organizations, including The Ahmanson Foundation and the Annenberg Foundation.

"Building a more resilient Los Angeles requires that we tap every resource at our disposal—and that means deepening partnerships with HSAC, relying on critical insights from institutions like Pepperdine, and equipping our leaders and first responders with vital data from SALUS in the face of disruptions, crises, or natural disasters," said Garcetti. "Our top priority is keeping Angelenos safe and secure, and we will continue to deploy every tool in our arsenal to strengthen public safety across our city."   

HSAC was founded jointly between James K. Hahn, then mayor of the City of Los Angeles, Lee Baca, then sheriff of Los Angeles County, and key leaders in business and philanthropy in partnership with the City and County of Los Angeles in 2002 following the September 11 terrorist attacks. The initiative sought to create a local, all-sector network that would enhance the Los Angeles region’s resilience to large-scale disasters, including active threats, earthquakes, wildfires, pandemics, severe weather, and cyber attacks. Since 2016 HSAC has pivoted its focus to better serve the evolving needs of local crisis managers and continues to build strategic partnerships among the private, public, and civic sectors, which serves to engage regional public safety leaders and stakeholders so they may advance creative public safety solutions.

“The Annenberg Foundation has supported initiatives like HSAC that utilize technology to foster improved communication and collaboration to positively impact our city,” said Wallis Annenberg. “Our longstanding commitment to education is another way in which we seek to strengthen communities. We applaud the new HSAC endeavor with Pepperdine to grow the organization's ability to strengthen Los Angeles and help foster our next generation of crisis leaders."

The HSAC annual gala, under its new auspices with Pepperdine, will be held on September 17, 2019, in Los Angeles and will honor Pepperdine president Andrew K. Benton and Wendy Greuel, former L.A. city controller and city councilwoman and a current HSAC board member.

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