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Seek truth. Find solutions. Build policy.

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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

University of New Hampshire alumna Marcy Peterson Carsey, a 1966 cum laudegraduate 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

Anonymous      

Appalachian Mountain Club     

Carnegie Corporation – Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program       

Couch Family Foundation

Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation  

Endowment for Health, Inc.       

Everyday Democracy

Ford Foundation Institute on International Education

John T. Gorman Foundation      

The Mastercard Foundation

National Aeronautics and Space Administration – Interdisciplinary Sciences      

National Science Foundation

National Science Foundation Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research

Neil and Louise Tillotson Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation    

Nellie Mae Education Foundation           

New Futures Kids Count

New Hampshire Agricultural Experiment Station             

New Hampshire Charitable Foundation

New Hampshire Community Development Finance Authority

New Hampshire Department of Employment Security, Economic and Labor Market Information Bureau

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

Omaha Community Foundation

The Paul J. Aicher Foundation   

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Russell Sage Foundation

Southwest Initiative Foundation

University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension

University of New Hampshire Collaborative Research Excellence Initiative                          

U.S. Department of Agriculture

U.S. Department of Agriculture – Forest Service, Northern Research Station

U.S. Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration – Nature Conservancy

U.S. Department of Education

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families – Office
of Planning Research and Evaluation

University of Maryland

Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Gifts

Reagan A. Baughman

Katherine D. Berry

Rebecca A. Brown

Marcy Carsey

Judith E. Day

David M. Dixon

Kris E. Durmer, Esq.

Michael P. Ettlinger

Christopher K. Germain

Frederick W. Gibbs

John W. Greene

Curt D. Grimm

Tracy S. Hardekopf

E. Michele Holt-Shannon

Eleanor M. Jaffee

John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Kenneth M. Johnson

Angela L. Marsh

Susan Y. McDonough

Kenneth R. Monahan

David W. Moore

NeighborWorks America

Jan A. Nisbet

Peter C. and Kristin Van Curan Nordblom

Jay R. and Mary Kathryn Pritzker

Mel Rines

Vilmarie Sanchez-Rothkegel

Maria S. Sillari

Amy K.S. Sterndale

Joseph P. Sudbay

Michael E. Swack

The Bamford Flat Iron Group, LLC

The F.B. Heron Foundation

The Paul J. Aicher Foundation

Matthew J. Witkos

Contracts

Berlin High School

Early Learning New Hampshire (Spark NH)

Local Enterprise Assistance Fund

Manchester School District

North Country Health Consortium

Pittsfield Listens

Primex New Hampshire

Reaching Higher New Hampshire

Town of Deerfield, New Hampshire

Town of Gorham, New Hampshire

University of Massachusetts - Boston

Employment

There are currently no job openings. If you are interested in submitting your resume for future consideration, please send it to Carsey's Deputy Director, Curt Grimm.

Fellowships

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