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Going Public: A workshop & discussion with Professor Lee Badgett

M.V. Lee Badgett
February 5th, 2016
12:00 PM


Friday, February 5, 2016

Forum for Scholars and Publics (Old Chem 011)

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm

Light lunch served

Co-sponsored by the Duke University Graduate School

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Duke faculty, staff, and graduate students: Join us for a workshop and discussion with Professor M. V. Lee Badgett based on her recently-published book, The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World (NYU Press).

The Public Professor offers scholars ways to use their ideas, research and knowledge to change the world. The book gives practical strategies for scholars to become more engaged with the public on a variety of fronts: online, in print, at council hearings, even with national legislation. 


“Your work can matter, and you can be influential at a public level. But the path to becoming a public professor, influential policy advisor, scholar- activist, valued community resource, or go- to person on an issue is not one that we’re trained to walk as scholars. Using this book to repurpose what you already know about how the world works plus acquiring a few new skills will position you for engagement— being involved and hoping to make a difference— and for impact— actually making a difference.” (from the Introduction to The Public Professor)


Lee Badgett, a veteran policy analyst and public intellectual with over 25 years of experience connecting cutting edge research with policymakers and the public, offers clear and practical advice to scholars looking to engage with the world outside of academia. She shows scholars how to see the big picture, master communicating with new audiences, and build strategic professional networks. 



M.V. Lee Badgett

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

M. V. Lee Badgett is a professor of economics and director of the Center for Public Policy and Administration at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She is also a Williams Distinguished Scholar at UCLA’s Williams Institute. Her current research is on the relationship of LGBT inclusion to economic development and poverty in the LGBT community. New newest book is The Public Professor: How to Use Your Research to Change the World. Her book, When Gay People Get Married: What Happens When Societies Legalize Same-Sex Marriage (NYU Press, 2009), analyzes the positive U.S. and European experiences with marriage equality for gay couples. Her first book, Money, Myths, and Change: The Economic Lives of Lesbians and Gay Men (University of Chicago Press, 2001), presented her groundbreaking work debunking the myth of gay affluence. She has consulted with the World Bank, UNDP, USAID, and other international agencies, and she has testified on her work before the U.S. Congress, many state legislatures, and in California’s Prop 8 trial. Her work has been cited in congressional testimony and legal briefs. She is quoted regularly in newspapers across the country, including The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post.