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About the School of Public Policy

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Today's public leaders not only need to possess the tools of effective policy analysis, but they must understand how these policies will be accepted and sustained by a public. Pepperdine offers students that distinctively comprehensive curriculum, which contemplates that there is, indeed, a "public" in public policy – one that must be both involved and informed to form sustainable solutions.

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Pepperdine's School of Public Policy takes a holistic approach to educating public leaders – one that combines cutting-edge policy analysis with the enduring principles found in classical literature and history.

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2022 marks the 25th year of the Pepperdine School of Public Policy.  Since 1996, SPP has shaped policy leaders. We invite you to join us in celebrating our founding 25 years ago. 

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Our leadership and administrative staff are dedicated to serving in an environment that nurtures leaders.

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Dean's Report

Our Dean's Report newsletter is published biannually and highlights the semester's distinguished lectures, faculty updates and research, student scholarship, alumni notes, and other special events and news. View the most recent Dean's Report issue.

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Faculty Highlight

James E. Prieger

Professor of Public Policy

Professor Prieger is an economist specializing in regulatory economics, industrial organization, and applied econometrics. His research on the impact of the Americans with Disabilities Act on retail firms drew notice from Forbes.  Meet the Faculty

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Our Campus

Where Your Views Meet Our View

Our stunning southern California campus is located in the coastal community of Malibu, California, and has been named the most beautiful campus in the nation by The Princeton Review.

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