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 Bucknell Institute for Public Policy (BIPP) provides a space for contemporary public policy discussion and an academic home for students studying public policy. The institute actively supports both student and faculty scholarship, and works to share the policy-relevant expertise of Bucknell faculty with on- and off-campus constituencies. BIPP engages with critical public policy issues both on and off Bucknell's campus, in part by conducting nationally representative surveys of Americans.

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

Location

100 Academic West Building

Chris Ellis

Professor of Political Science
Co-director, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy

John Doces

Associate Professor of Political Science
Co-director, Bucknell Institute for Public Policy