Public Policy & Political Economy

Public policy and political economy majors at Rollins learn how economics and political science combine to shape public policy around the world. Students tackle pressing social problems, such as health care, poverty, and social mobility.

You’ll develop a set of quantitative and communicative skills that prepare you to analyze public policy challenges and craft meaningful solutions. The program locates public policy questions within an ethical context by considering such questions as what is of value to society and how best to achieve those values. Responsible leaders understand the implications of policy choices and recognize that decision makers have obligations to their communities.

Public policy majors are prepared to assume leadership positions in both the private and public sectors.

Why Study Public Policy & Political Economy at Rollins

  1. Real World Experience

    Through hands-on internships in applied policy analysis, you’ll gain insight into the various ways policy shapes and is shaped by a community.

  2. Guided Research

    Connect concepts with real-world application, working alongside expert faculty to conduct research, identify conclusions, and share your findings through professional publication.

  3. Professional Possibilities

    From private consulting to research think tanks, a PPPE degree appeals to an array of employers. You’ll also be prepared to pursue a master’s in public policy and urban planning or earn a JD or an MBA.

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Isaac James ’20

“Through coursework and discussions, my awareness of the barriers to social stability for millions of Americans has increased, and my passion for addressing those barriers has increased as well. This program prepares students to design practical solutions to real-world problems.”

Isaac James ’20

Truman Scholar

Rollins Public Policy & Political Economy Careers

Rollins public policy and political economy grads are making tomorrow happen at some of the world’s most respected companies.

  • James Ryan

    James Ryan ’17 ’19MBA

    Strategic Partnerships Associate, PlanSource

  • Michael Purcell

    Michael Purcell ’17

    Attorney Adviser, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

  • André Nansen

    André Nansen ’19

    Junior Economist, The Norwegian Ministry of Finance

Real World Experience

Rollins public policy and political economy majors hone their expertise through prestigious internships and fellowships around the country.

  • US Congress
  • City of Winter Park
  • PPIA Program
  • University of Michigan
  • Planned Parenthood
  • United States Senate
Professor and students in a class discussion at a Rollins outdoor classroom

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Beyond the Classroom

The Democracy Project Co-founded by a PPPE alumnus, this student-led initiative creates a strategic road map to engage students in the electoral process, from organizing monthly voter-registration drives to hosting debates between local candidates.

International Engagement Rollins offers more than 90 study-abroad programs, so you’ll have ample opportunity to hone your skills in a global setting. For instance, PPPE major Kenzie Helmick ’20 studied social justice and community development in Chile, focusing on the nation’s transition to a democracy.

Student-Faculty Research Learn from seasoned mentors while applying your knowledge within a PPPE framework. You’ll work alongside a professor to develop research, draw conclusions, and publish and present your findings.

Keep Exploring

Take a deeper dive into public policy and political economy at Rollins by meeting your future professors, seeing our grads in action, and sitting in on a class.

Abrielle Mannino ’25 and Renee Stone ’85

March 15, 2023

Paying It Forward

Highly accomplished environmental lawyer Renee Stone ’85 sits down with Abrielle Mannino ’25 to discuss her biggest takeaways from Rollins, the value of the liberal arts, and insights gleaned on her path to advocacy.

Nia Knox, Matthew Deveaux, and Capri Gutierrez

June 06, 2022

Tars Earn Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowships

Matthew Deveaux ’23, Capri Gutierrez ’23, and Nia Knox ’23 have been selected to attend Public Policy International Affairs’ prestigious Junior Summer Institute.

From left: Farahana Cajuste ’21 and Cristina Toppin ’21

May 13, 2020

Cajuste ’21 and Toppin ’21 Earn Public Policy and International Affairs Fellowships

Farahana Cajuste ’21 and Cristina Toppin ’21 have both earned a spot in Public Policy and International Affairs’ highly selective Junior Summer Institute, a program designed to prepare students for roles serving the public good.

Expert Faculty

The public policy and political economy major draws faculty from both political science and economics. All professors hold terminal degrees in their fields, and their breadth and depth of expertise help create a rigorous learning environment.

Department of Public Policy & Political Economy

Cornell Hall for the Social Sciences
1000 Holt Ave.
Winter Park, FL 32789

Telephone: 407.646.2505

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Contact Public Policy & Political Economy Professors

  • Dan Chong

    Dan Chong, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science; Director, Social Innovation Major

    Research interests: International human rights, global poverty, and peace and conflict resolution

  • Don Davison

    Don Davison, PhD

    Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Civil rights policy, voting rights, social welfare policy, statistics, and policy analysis

  • Joan Davison

    Joan Davison, PhD

    Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    Research interests: U.S. foreign policy, national security policy, ethnoreligious identity, and politics in Bosnia and Herzegovina

  • Mike Gunter

    Mike Gunter, PhD

    Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Global environmental affairs, politics of climate change, and sustainable development

  • Philip Kozel

    Philip Kozel, PhD

    Associate Professor of Economics; Co-Director of Public Policy Program

    Research interests: Intellectual property, piracy, history of economic thought, and Marxian economics

  • Julia Maskivker

    Julia Maskivker, PhD

    Associate Professor of Political Science

    Research interests: Contemporary theories of justice, global ethics, and social and economic citizenship

  • Martina Vidovic

    Martina Vidovic, PhD

    Associate Professor of Economics

    Research interests: Applied microeconomics, applied econometrics, environmental economics with an emphasis on effectiveness of voluntary pollution-reduction programs