The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs is New York City’s only public graduate school dedicated to public affairs. Since 1994, we have offered undergraduate and graduate-level degrees in public policy and administration, and Master of Science in Education (MSEd) program in Higher Education Administration (MSEd-HEA). In the fall of 2017 we launched a Master of International Affairs (MIA) degree program.
We draw upon one of the largest public affairs faculty in the nation, and we apply an interdisciplinary approach to teaching, research, and professional development.
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Public service is a noble calling and an exacting mission, requiring deep preparation, constant adjustment to changing circumstance, prodigious empathy, and a commitment always to put the needs of others first. Anyone who would serve, in any country or kind of organization, must first understand the relationships among many things, including opportunity; how problems emerge and how they can be solved; the variety of impacts a given set of policies might have on different communities, for good and ill; how organizations work and how they can be made accountable for sound results; hubris and its remedies; and the importance of securing support among the constituencies supposed to benefit from policy innovations.
It is in that spirit of informed, critical, accountable, and responsive public service that I invite you to explore the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. We are a large, dynamic School located in the heart of New York City. We understand that opportunity transcends borders, and dedicate ourselves to exploring how government at all levels – working with domestic nonprofits and international NGOs, health care organizations, schools, universities, and even private business – can effect sustainable improvements in the lives of their constituents and partners across the globe.
Our faculty is large and diverse, holding among them doctorates in more than a dozen different disciplines essential to understand the complexities of policy and administration on a global scale. In addition to our distinguished scholars, the Marxe School also employs faculty who have had outstanding careers leading organizations in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. They bring great depth of experience to academic programs that are methodologically rigorous and keenly focused on preparing students for life beyond the campus.
The Marxe School provides students with the opportunity to prepare directly for that post-graduate life while still in school. Many of our students collaborate with faculty as research assistants, extending the boundaries of knowledge as they master sophisticated analytic tools. Students are strongly encouraged to spend time studying out of New York through School-sponsored programs ranging from two weeks to a full semester. We have academic partnerships on five continents and a thriving Washington Semester to introduce students to life in the nation’s capital. Many of our students intern locally for some of the world’s leading nonprofits, international NGOs, hospitals, schools, and governmental institutions.
And make no mistake, the students and alumni of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs are extraordinary. They are an ambitious, diverse, mutually supportive and enormously talented group of people who have dedicated their lives to making a difference in the communities they serve. Our more than 8,000 alumni make the world a better place and make us proud each and every day.
I want to congratulate you on your commitment to public service and hope that we will someday soon see you on campus in New York.
With warm regards,
David S. Birdsell
Marxe Dean of Public and International Affairs
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David Birdsell has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders. David is Past President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and serves on NASPAA’s Executive Council. He chairs the boards of Governance Matters and of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He is a member of the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
David received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.
The mission of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and its degree programs is to empower the next generation of public and nonprofit leaders, advance knowledge about public life and policy, and engage communities across our city, nation, and world to foster effective, inclusive institutions and societies.
Strategic Vision for the 21st Century
The Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs’ faculty recently adopted a 5-year strategic plan to address global challenges while enhancing and expanding the School’s historic role in New York City
The main elements of the plan are as follows:
- Firmly establish Marxe as one of the most highly engaged schools in its field
- Keep Marxe degrees at the forefront of public and international affairs education
- Continuously improve student experience beyond the curriculum
- Improve faculty research productivity
- Build, sustain, and diversify the resource base
The Marxe Dean’s Advisory Board serves as the critical connection between students, and public policy education and research. As a globally and professionally diverse team, members are engaged in a broad range of policy and administrative programs, representing the full range of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs’ academic programs.
Beyond impressive credentials, and breadth and depth of real-world experience, the Board acts as “ambassadors” of the School’s mission by providing insight on key emerging issues and trends in the public sector.
The Marxe Dean’s Advisory Board
|Michael Lewan (Baruch BBA ’72)
|Alyssa J. Alicino (BS ’14)
Strategic Development, Programmes at the United Nations Global Compact
|Dr. Stuart Altman (BBA ’59)
Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management
|John H. Banks III (MPA ’92)
President of the Real Estate Board of New York
|Janet Dewart Bell (Executive MPA ’99)
Communications Strategist and Management Consultant
|Jason S. Berman (BBA ’59)
Senior Advisor, Tonio Burgos and Associates; Former Chairman and CEO, Recording Industry Association of America
Former Director of External Affairs at Baruch College’s Marxe School, and Co-Director of the School’s Center for Innovation and Leadership in Government; Board member, New York League of Conservation Voters
Managing Partner of Urban Real Estate Growth Fund, LLC
|Michelle L. Goldstein (MPA ’00)
Government Relations Director at Morgan Stanley
|Susan Hagedorn (PhD)
Associate Professor Emeritus, University of Colorado; Director, Seedworks Film Foundation
|Jack Howard Jacobs (Colonel)
Medal of Honor Recipient
|Mark I. Kalish (MPA ’76)
President of Kalish & Associates, Inc.
|Yoshimi Muto (MS ’91)
Senior Human Resources Business Partner at the World Bank Group
|Christopher Percopo (MPA ’13)
Director of Grants Management and Special Program Operations at the Helmsley Charitable Trust
Former US Senator from South Dakota and named Commissioner for the United States Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad by President Barack Obama
|William A. Ramos (MPA ’06)
Former President Barack Obama Presidential Appointee, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs – Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Commerce
Former Chairman and CEO of MTV Networks International
|Michael D. Tanney (MSEd ’15)
Director, Magnus Financial Group LLC