At the Intersection of Real-World Problems and Practical Policy Solutions

The Scrivner Institute at the Josef Korbel School will work at the intersection of real-world problems and practical policy solutions to those problems. It is by its nature interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary, bridging knowledge between academic disciplines and today's most crucial issues.


The Institute Will...

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    Equip students with the life-long capacity to understand, analyze, and address pressing public policy issues and debates, both as practitioners and as citizens through an undergraduate major in public policy and a Master of Public Policy program

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    Promote and disseminate public policy research that tackles real-world problems

  • Bridge

    Engage stakeholders—including government, private industry, non-profits, community partners, and others—in defining, analyzing, debating, and promoting public policy solutions

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    Serve as a convener and hub for local, state-level, national, and international public policy dialogues

The Location

Rocky Mountains

The Scrivner Institute is located in the Rocky Mountain West, in a dynamic metro area attracting new business ventures and significant in-migration. Denver is an internationally connected city with both extraordinary public and public/private amenities and challenges of rapid population and cost-of-living growth.

The institute’s home within University of Denver’s Josef Korbel School of International Studies encourages the integration of domestic, comparative, and international policy perspectives in both curriculum and research, which is distinctive among U.S. public policy programs.

The Gift

In September 2018, Douglas and Mary Scrivner made a generous gift to the University of Denver to establish the Douglas and Mary Scrivner Institute of Public Policy. Mary attended the University, and Doug is a DU alumnus, a member of the university’s board of trustees, and a former chair of that board.

Doug and Mary Scrivner




Explore This Nation's Most Challenging Issues in Our Public Policy Program

Public Policy MPP

Faculty Advisory Committee

Ex Officio

Naazneen Barma
Director, Scrivner Institute of Public Policy

Fritz Mayer 
Dean, Josef Korbel School of International Studies

Advisory Committee

Gregg Kvistad, chair
Provost Emeritus and Professor

Apryl Alexander
Graduate School of Professional Psychology

Deborah Avant 
Korbel School of International Studies

Rachel Epstein
Korbel School of International Studies

Andrew Goetz
College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics

Jennifer Greenfield    
Graduate School of Social Work

Rafael Ioris
Dept. of History, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences 

Frank Laird
Korbel School of International Studies

Mike Nguyen
Morgridge College of Education

Tricia Olsen
Daniels College of Business

Govind Persad
Sturm College of Law

Chiara Piovani
Dept. of Economics, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences 

Martin Rhodes
Korbel School of International Studies

Kimon Valavanis
Ritchie School of Engineering and Computer Science 

Ellen Winiarczyk 
University College