About

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The Carsey School is nationally recognized for research, policy education, and bringing people together for thoughtful dialogue to address important societal challenges. To its core, the Carsey School is about making positive change. Our research is rigorous and actionable. Our students gain the skills to start and build impactful careers, learning from both leading scholars and leading practitioners in policy, community development, and public management. Our faculty and staff engage communities, advise policymakers, and convene public discussions.

There has never been a time when it has been more important to seek truth, find real solutions, build the policy and political problem-solving skills of tomorrow’s leaders, and bring people together for respectful dialogue to get to answers. This is what we do at the Carsey School.

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Mission

The Carsey School of Public Policy mission is to address pressing public issues by conducting research that is unbiased, accessible, and rigorous; offering education that provides students with research, policy, and political skills; and engaging with communities to bring people together for thoughtful dialogue and practical problem-solving. 

History

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University of New Hampshire alumna Marcy Peterson Carsey, a 1966 cum laude graduate in English literature and the producer of such television classics as The Cosby Show and Roseanne, established the Carsey Institute in May 2002 through a generous gift to the university. The Carsey Institute was created to address the new reality of families and women, work, and communities in the twenty-first century.

Over the next ten years, the Carsey Institute, under the leadership of Cynthia “Mil” Duncan and then Bruce Mallory, grew to become a respected national resource for timely, relevant applied research analysis of critical social, economic, and environmental issues facing families and communities.

In 2013, Marcy Carsey gave a second gift of $20 million to the University of New Hampshire to establish a school of public policy. The gift was the second largest in the university’s history. In June 2014, Director Michael Ettlinger joined the Carsey School of Public Policy, arriving from his post as senior director at the Pew Charitable Trusts.

Grants

  • Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York – Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program    
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Couch Family Foundation
  • Democracy Fund
  • Endowment for Health    
  • Enterprise Community Partners
  • Everyday Democracy
  • Health Strategies of NH, Inc.
  • JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • John T. Gorman Foundation    
  • Leadership New Hampshire
  • Maine Community Foundation
  • The Mastercard Foundation
  • MomsRising 
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)    
  • National Partnership for Women & Families
  • National Science Foundation
  • Neil & Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation    
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation     
  • New Futures 
  • New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station     
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation     
  • New Hampshire Children’s Health Foundation
  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Support Services 
  • New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Public Health Services, Bureau of Community Health Services, Maternal and Child Health Section 
  • New Hampshire Humanities 
  • New Hampshire Women’s Foundation        
  • Opa Locka Community Development Corporation, Inc.
  • The Paul J. Aicher Foundation     
  • Regional Economic Development Center (REDC)
  • U.S. DOC, National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) – Nature Conservancy
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service, Northern Research Station 
  • U.S. Department of Education 
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families – Office of Planning Research and Evaluation
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, National Institute of Health (CIBBR) 
  • University of New Hampshire Center for Infrastructure Resilience to Climate
  • University of New Hampshire, College of Health and Human Services
  • University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension
  • University of New Hampshire Institute on Disability
  • University of New Hampshire Department of Residential Life
  • University of New Hampshire Tech Camp
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Volunteer NH
  • Youth Learning as Citizen Environmental Scientists (YLACES)
  • Washington Center for Equitable Growth
  • Wellspring Philanthropic Fund

Gifts

  • Paige Amick
  • Faina Bukher
  • Dennis Calcutt
  • Carlson Kirk Charitable Fund 
  • Marcy Carsey
  • The Carsey Living Trust
  • Couchsurfing Cultural Exchange Fund 
  • Kathleen Daly
  • Deutsche Bank
  • David Dixon
  • Sarah Dorner
  • Kris Durmer
  • Endowment for Health
  • Michael Ettlinger
  • Laura Favinger
  • The F.B. Heron Foundation
  • Fidelity Investments Charitable Gift Fund
  • Frederick Gibbs
  • John Greene
  • Goldman Sachs & Company
  • Curt Grimm
  • Jordan Hensley
  • Eric Herr 
  • Herr Family Fund 
  • Michele Holt-Shannon
  • John H. Pearson Fund 
  • Kenneth Johnson
  • Susan Kirk
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation
  • Bruce Mallory 
  • Gene Martin
  • Brian McCabe 
  • Leslie McCarthy 
  • Spencer Michlin
  • Maureen Miller
  • John Monaghan
  • Kenneth Monahan
  • Laura Montville
  • New Hampshire Center for Public Policy Studies 
  • New Hampshire Charitable Foundation
  • NH College and University Council
  • NH MEP
  • Peter and Kristin Nordblom 
  • Nordblom Family Fund
  • Amy Oliva
  • Suellen Peluso
  • Phelan Family Fund
  • Marjorie Porter
  • Jay R. Pritzker
  • The Mel Rines ’47 Fellowship Fund
  • Anne Romney
  • Allyson Ryder
  • Jonathan Sands
  • Samuel Sands
  • Beverly Shadley
  • Maria Sillari
  • Joseph Sudbay
  • Surdna Foundation
  • James Tedford
  • Alison Webb
  • Wentworth-Douglass Hospital
  • Katherine Wheeler
  • Matthew Wilhelm
  • William W. Treat Foundation
  • Jeffrey Zonder

Contracts

  • ACLU of NH    
  • Cooperative Alliance For Seacoast Transportation (COAST)
  • Conservation Law Foundation
  • Dover Community Partners
  • Ecole nationale d’administration publique
  • Endowment for Health
  • Health Strategies of NH, Inc.
  • Internationals Institute of New England
  • New Hampshire Legal Assistance
  • New Hampshire Housing 
  • Oyster River Cooperative School District 
  • Keene State University
  • Southeast Land Trust
  • Solutions Journalism Network
  • St. Anslem’s College
  • St. Paul’s School
  • Town of Bedford
  • Tri County Community Action Program
  • Vital Communities
  • Wentworth-Douglas Hospital

Employment

See all open positions with the Carsey School below. If you are interested in submitting your resume for future consideration and jobs, please send it to Carsey.School@unh.edu.

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Fellowships

We offer the following fellowship opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students at the University of New Hampshire.