About BIPP

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) provides a forum for contemporary public policy discussion, a mechanism to support faculty-guided undergraduate research, and an academic home for students pursuing a degree in public policy. The institute supports student and faculty research and provides service to the local community through educational outreach.

What is Public Policy?

Public Policy refers to the decisions government officials make on social and political issues that affect the public they serve.                                         

The Bucknell Institute for Public Policy researches the following topics:

  • Aging
  • Community-based efforts
  • Education
  • Environment/Marcellus Shale
  • Labor/migration/immigration
  • Health and health care
  • History of policy
  • International issues
  • Macroeconomics
  • Nonprofits
  • Philosophical bases of policy
  • Policy processes
  • Political polling
  • Taxation and public spending

Mission Statement

The non-partisan, interdisciplinary BIPP supports the academic mission of Bucknell University through enhancing the curriculum, supporting undergraduate research in the social sciences and providing public education about contemporary policy issues.

Our vision: To build and enhance a democratically engaged and informed local, national and global citizenry.

Advisory Board

The BIPP advisory board comprises alumni, parents and donors who provide their time, donations and expertise to help BIPP reach everyone in the Bucknell community. 

Meet the advisory board

Faculty Steering Committee

The efforts of BIPP would not be possible without strong faculty support. Our steering committee assists the institute with programming, research and engagement.

Meet the steering committee

Bucknell Institute for Public Policy


100 Academic West Building

Amy Wolaver, Director, Associate Professor of Economics