Dean’s Message

Interim Dean Rita Kiki Edozie at the MGS Welcome and Tribute Event November 29 2021

Welcome to the John W McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies at UMass Boston!

Our School – fondly short-named “McCormack” or “The McCormack School” - enlivens the tradition of its namesake, John W McCormack who served as Massachusetts’ representative in Congress from 1928-1971- in its commitment to social justice and economic mobility, which lives on at the school that proudly bears his name. Our academic and community programs keep McCormack’s legacy alive by training the next generation of academic activists and policy practitioners who make an impact in their local and global communities. 

According to a former UMass Boston chancellor, Sherry H. Penney, a democratic nation cannot sustain itself without constantly applying intelligence and energy to solving its problems and improving the lives of all citizens. UMass Boston is fortunate indeed to have "The McCormack School" which represents a perfect model of the way universities can successfully integrate scholarship with public service.

In doing so, our academic departments and programs, and research and outreach institutes and centers deliver dynamic and cutting-edge public service, affairs, and policy studies across disciplines to an array of students and community stakeholders. To this end, McCormack’s faculty, leadership, and I are excited about our range of graduate and undergraduate degrees and majors for interested students who wish to pursue careers in local government and global governance, economic development and international development, policy analysis and public administration, conflict studies, including public mediation and international security studies, as well as aging policy and life course studies, and the management of aging services.   

Through these programs, our talented faculty who are drawn from a range of disciplines deliver advanced, professional, and specialized academic educational offerings that impact communities, peoples, institutions, and societies using student-centered learning models that are interdisciplinary, comparativist, and global as they engage policy and public affairs issues and themes around the world.  

Furthermore, dedicated to producing diverse knowledges, McCormack houses a community of scholars who address pressing concerns of equity, justice, democracy, peace, well-being, and sustainability in societies at local, national, and global levels. Our faculty and fellows contribute to scholarship, and engage with policymakers, practitioners, and community leaders to co-create innovative solutions of the most pressing problems of our day. 

In a long line of deans who have steered our small, but distinctive college-school to its current luster, with our faculty, staff, students, and community friends of McCormack; I too will gear McCormack’s excellence in ways that enable it to continue to make a powerful contribution to the building of a better and a more just and equitable society. 


Rita Kiki Edozie, PhD
Interim Dean, The John W. McCormack School of Policy and Global Studies 
Professor of Global Governance and International Relations