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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy and Public Affairs

Marianne Wanamaker, Dean
John M. Scheb, Interim Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Xuhong Su, Director of MPPA Program
Katie A. Cahill, Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
William Lyons, Director of Policy Partnerships
Jonathan Ring, Director of Undergraduate Studies
Charles Sims, Director of Energy and Environment Program
Krista Wiegand, Director of Global Security Program


Scheb, John M., PhD - Florida
Wiegand, Krista, PhD - Duke

Associate Professors
Jones, Michael, PhD - Oklahoma
Sims, Charles (TVA Distinguished Professor of Energy and Environmental Public Policy), PhD - Wyoming
Su, Xuhong, PhD - Georgia

Assistant Professor
Leard, Benjamin PhD - Cornell


The Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy and Public Affairs is devoted to education, student engagement, public outreach, and research in public policy, public administration, and public affairs. Substantive focus areas include Energy, Mobility, and the Environment; Global Security and Foreign Affairs; and Economic and Community Development. The School also houses the Institute of American Civics.

Through degree programs, student initiatives, public lectures, research symposia and research publications, the School aims to provide policymakers, citizens, scholars, and students with the information and skills necessary to work effectively within our political system and to serve our local, state, national, and global communities. By examining policy and politics through a nonpartisan lens, the Baker School continues the groundbreaking work of its namesake Senator Howard H. Baker Jr., nicknamed “The Great Conciliator” for his ability to cross party lines and encourage lawmakers to cooperate on key issues affecting the public good. In the spirit of Senator Baker’s work, the School offers a number of public lectures and programs welcoming views from across the political spectrum, with a focus on the areas noted above.

Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA)
The Master of Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) program prepares students for careers in the public and not-for-profit sectors. After completing a common core of foundational courses, students specialize either in public management or public policy. The degree consists of a total of 39 graduate credit hours and includes a recommended internship. No thesis is required for completion of the degree.

Howard H. Baker Jr. School of Public Policy and Public Affairs
1640 Cumberland Ave
Knoxville, TN 37996-3340
Phone: 865-974-0931