Mission and History


The mission of the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire is to provide top quality research, leadership development, and engaged scholarship relevant to public policy. Our goal is to address the most pressing challenges of the twenty-first century, striving for innovative, responsive, and equitable solutions at all levels of government and in the private and civic sectors.

To accomplish this, the Carsey School will engage faculty and other experts from a wide range of disciplines. Our work will be grounded in active engagement with leaders working to address societal needs. By the very nature of our work, we will create reciprocal, sustained relationships with community, agency, and government leaders.

The research and teaching we conduct will inform effective policy solutions and demonstrate how social, natural, and applied science can be applied to real-world problems. We will create opportunities for emerging public and civic leaders to develop practical skills and expertise necessary for improving conditions in communities in the United States and abroad.


marcy carsey tv producerUniversity 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.