Policy Briefs showcases research by undergraduate political science students on important policies under consideration by the City of New Orleans. Students in the Department of Political Science’s Policy Research course learn specifics on creating research projects through this endeavor. Local officials from New Orleans request analysis on a handful of topics and students work in groups of two or three to conduct research and create a policy report on the subject given. Students research the logistical, legal, and financial aspects of the policy and write papers clearly stating the advantages and disadvantages of the program or policy.
Peter Burns is the author of two books, Electoral Politics Is Not Enough: Racial and Ethnic Minorities and Urban Politics (State University of New York Press, 2006) and Success in College: From C’s in High School to A’s in College (Rowman Education, 2006).
Recently, Burns has written and published extensively on governance in New Orleans and the rebuilding of the city after Hurricane Katrina. His research on these subjects has appeared in, among other places, Urban Affairs Review, Journal of Urban Affairs, and Marion Orr’s edited volume entitled Transforming the City: Community Organizing and the Challenge of Political Change (University Press of Kansas, 2007).
In the 2007-2008 Academic Year, Burns served as a research fellow at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Center at Dartmouth College. In 2003, Burns received the Loyola University Senate’s outstanding teaching award. Peter Burns’ teaching and research interests include American Politics, Urban Politics, Race and Ethnicity, Public Policy, and other courses within the American Government subfield.