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The 2023 US News & World Report Rankings reflect the growing national reputation at the Wilder School.
News / March 29, 2022

Wilder School advances in 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings

The 2023 U.S. News & World Report rankings show the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University rose to No. 35 in the nation among public affairs graduate schools (up from No. 38 in 2022). The Wilder School’s public management and leadership program also climbed to No. 29 (rising from No. 34 in 2022) in the report’s specialty program rankings.

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Jay Albanese traveled to Ukraine in the early 2000's to research post-Soviet Union organized crime.
News / March 28, 2022

Reflections on progress in Ukraine with Jay Albanese

Jay Albanese, a leading researcher in international crime, looks back on his experiences visiting Ukraine

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News / March 24, 2022

Preparing Virginia for cannabis regulation with Greg Felix

What does it take to compete in the recently legalized cannabis industry in Virginia? What are the best ways to effectively navigate policy concerns and regulations across this uncharted landscape? Understanding the business side of marijuana is no small task. Greg Felix joined the Wilder School Lunch and Learn series to share his expertise in the processes, challenges and legal implications required to successfully launch a new industry in the commonwealth.

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Goodson sees significant, systematic progression in police response to victims of intimate partner violence. Getty Images
News / March 14, 2022

Responding effectively to intimate partner violence

Wilder School researcher Amanda Goodson uses a trauma-informed approach to inform law enforcement response strategies to aid victims.

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News / March 9, 2022

Social media provides ‘an instant window into the ravages of war’ in Ukraine

VCU professor Will Pelfrey shares his perspective on social media’s role in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

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Benjamin Young had a rare chance to visit North Korea in 2012. He stands with statues of statues of country leaders Kim Il-Sung on the left and Kim Jong-Il on the right.
News / March 1, 2022

Exploring North Korea’s history and evolving threats

‘With its nuclear weapons, cyber operations and missile systems, North Korea’s asymmetric military capabilities should not be underestimated,’ VCU expert says.

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News / March 1, 2022

Lunch and Learn - Marijuana, Cannabis, Weed: Is Virginia Ready for Regulation?

What does it take to compete in the recently legalized cannabis industry in Virginia? What are the best ways to effectively navigate policy concerns and regulations across this uncharted landscape?

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Join Joe Dillard, Jr., Director of Equitable Innovation and Legislative Policy for the Greater Richmond Transit Company.
News / February 24, 2022

Moving Forward Together: The Road to Transportation Equity in RVA with Joe Dillard

What is the role of transit in shaping equity for individuals and communities?

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ASPA 2022 Recipients Susan Gooden, Blue Wooldridge and Bill Leighty.
News / February 24, 2022

Wooldridge, Leighty and Gooden honored with ASPA career awards

Three faculty members from the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University received national career awards at the annual American Society for Public Administration conference held in Jacksonville, Fl. March 18-22.

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Shajuana Isom-Payne
News / February 23, 2022

Isom-Payne wins NACADA’s regional advising award

The National Academic Advising Association (NACADA), the preeminent global network for academic advising, has named Shajuana Isom-Payne as the recipient of the 2022 Outstanding Advocate for Academic Advising Award for Region 2.

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