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The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is the University of
Minnesota's school of policy and planning.


The School's nationally recognized, award-winning faculty advance knowledge needed to solve society's problems and train students to be tomorrow's leaders. Support for faculty assures the continued excellence of our academic programs.

A Tradition of Service

"I am both honored hold the  Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service. Few families have served the public and advanced values of social justice as faithfully as the Cowles. Their gift enables me to carry forward this tradition in                                                     my academic and public work."


                                                    Professor Joe Soss

Chairs + Professorships

Endowed chairs are the cornerstones of our six policy areas. They honor distinguished, established faculty members who are leaders in their fields and whose contributions cement the Humphrey School's excellence. They help us to attract nationally renowned scholars and the most talented students.

AFL-CIO Chair of Labor Policy was established in 1981 to advance the study of labor policy and related topics. The chair is held by Morris Kleiner .

Cowles Chair for the Study of Public Service was created in 1986 through a gift from the John and Elizabeth B. Cowles Foundation to focus on public service, including, government performance; the politics of budgeting, bureaucracy or regulation; nonprofit effectiveness and accountability, and/or nonprofit organizational innovation and change.  Joe Soss is the inaugural Cowles Chair.

Charles M. Denny, Jr., Professor for Science, Technology, and Public Policy was established in 1999 by Charles M. Denny, Jr., and his wife Carol to support research and public service activities in science and technology policy.Anu Ramaswami holds the Denny Chair.

Orville and Jane Freeman Professor in International Trade and Investment Policy was established in 1988 to support faculty members’ work in international trade and investment. The current Freeman Chair is Robert Kudrle.

Walter F. and Joan A. Mondale Chair for Political Studies was created in 2005 to honor the former Minnesota Attorney General, Minnesota Senator, U.S. Vice President, presidential candidate, and Ambassador to Japan, for his work in politics and diplomacy. Larry Jacobs holds the Mondale Chair.

Harold Stassen Chair of International Relations was established in 1982 to honor Minnesota Governor and statesman Harold Stassen and his commitment to creating a world at peace. The chair is held by James Ron.

Roy Wilkins Professor of Human Relations and Social Justice was established in 1987 to honor the work of the great civil rights leader. Samuel L. Myers, Jr. holds the Wilkins Chair.

Professorships also reward promising, creative young faculty members who receive additional funding to support their teaching, research, or community service activities.

Research + Issues

Faculty members at a public policy and planning school like the Humphrey School don't simply "admire a problem." They investigate critical challenges and prepare students to solve the problems of today—and tomorrow.

Our faculty members maintain a rich portfolio of policy-relevant research projects addressing some of the most pressing issues of the day—climate change, congestion, racial disparities, affordable housing, international development, cross-sector collaboration, financing for public infrastructure, and intervention and education programs, to name a few.

If you are interested in supporting faculty research, please contact the Humphrey School development office.

Professional Development

Professional development funds reward faculty members by helping them to attend and present at academic conferences, work on articles and publications, pursue new research, and otherwise advance their careers. Private support also funds research initiatives that contribute to the Institute's reputation and engage our students as research partners.

Please contact the Humphrey School development office if you are interested in advancing the professional development of faculty members.

Contact Development

Humphrey School of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota
300 Humphrey School
301 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455