2023 with UConn SPP

In 2023 UConn School of Public Policy (SPP) published three newsletters! We provided network-wide updates for winter, spring and fall as well as a research briefing that included both faculty and Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy (IMRP) updates. Below are a few highlights, though we had many more throughout the year!

10 Highlights for 2023

A group photo of students in caps and gowns at graduation.



  • SPP had the largest number of donors across the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and had the fifth highest at the University during UConn Gives. Thank you to our generous donors.




  • SPP celebrated 92 graduates at the Bushnell in Hartford. Our 2023 award recipients were also acknowledged, and Chief “Many Hearts” Lynn Malerba provided the Keynote address. Chief Malerba serves as Treasurer of the United States, and was our Distinguished Alumni Awardee.



  • Cohort three of the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders of Color program kicked off in New Haven.



2023 Research

Renzo de la Riva Agüero Robert Wilson Ruodan Zhang

Professors Mohamad Alkadry, Vaughn Crichlow, Renzo de la Riva Agüero, Bob Wilson and Ruodan Zhang are assisting the Connecticut Statement Commission on Educational Technology with a statewide Digital Equity Plan.

Kerri Raissian Jennifer Dineen

Professors Kerri Raissian and Jennifer Dineen are leading conversations about gun violence prevention.

Eric Brunner Vaughn Crichlow Thomas Craemer

Professor Eric Brunner examined the impact of wind farms on the economy and student absenteeism, Professor Crichlow began collaborating with the Connecticut Sentencing Commission on a statewide sentencing database and Professor Thomas Craemer served on the California Reparations Task Force and studied police bias.

Jinhai Yu Elizabeth Burland

Professors Jinhai Yu and Elizabeth Burland are utilizing a grant to focus on long-term capital investments.

Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative logo with hands holding and the words "Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative", "CTCIP" and "www.ctcip.org" Photo of Bergen prison in Norway Logo for the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project including it's name and a graphic of the State of Connecticut

Within the Institute for Municipal and Regional Policy, the Connecticut Children with Incarcerated Parents Initiative released a program evaluation for a literacy mentorship program. The International Justice Exchange Project learned from Norwegian prisons, and the Connecticut Racial Profiling Prohibition Project’s State Police Data Audit identified falsified reports garnering national attention.

Photo of Professor Christal Hamilton Photo of Professor Deneen Hatmaker

Professor Christal Hamilton is examining disparities around birth and medicaid, while Professor Deneen Hatmaker is studying censorship and recently co-chaired a related AOM session.

Photo of Professor Yusun Kim Photo of Professor Mark Robbins Photo of Professor Bill Simonsen

Professors Brunner, Yusun Kim, Mark Robbins, Bill Simonsen and Yu are researching citizen perception, natural disasters, education and technology within the field of public finance.

Interested in keeping up with us year-round? Follow SPP on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn or Twitter to see our daily posts. We look forward to posting in the New Year. See you at 9am tomorrow Huskies!