Daniel Altschuler is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Public Service of NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service. He is also a political scientist, organizer and writer. He holds a doctorate in politics and a master’s in development studies from the University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He is currently the managing director of the Make the Road Action Fund and the director of civic engagement and research at Make the Road New York (MRNY).
He was previously MRNY’s Long Island coordinator and the coordinator of the Long Island Civic Engagement Table, a coalition of grassroots organizations working to increase civic participation in working-class communities of color.
Daniel’s academic research has focused on civic and political participation and civil society in Honduras and Guatemala. He published The Promise of Participation: Experiments in Participatory Governance in Honduras and Guatemala (2013, Palgrave-MacMillan) with Javier Corrales, as well as other academic articles. He has recently held positions as a visiting scholar at the Milano School of International Affairs, Management and Public Policy at the New School for Public Engagement and Copeland Fellow at Amherst College, where he continued with academic and journalistic writing.
Daniel’s journalistic work has focused on Central American politics and U.S. immigration politics, and he has recently been published in such venues as The Christian Science Monitor, The Nation, Americas Quarterly, CNN, Foreign Policy, Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle and Dissent.
Advocacy Lab is for those who could imagine working in national or local advocacy organizations that make change happen or anyone who wants to understand the art of issue advocacy as a theory and method of social change. An advocacy campaign attempts to impact public policy, most often through changes in regulations and/or legislation. There are a wide range of roles advocacy campaign workers, organizers, community leaders or think-tank experts can play from research and policy analysis to education, lobbying, public relations and organizing constituencies to reaching out to a wide range of influentials, legislative offices and other government officials. At the same time, the skills of public advocacy– listening, fund raising, finding areas of consensus and building on that consensus, finding ways to make change happen – are skills that can be applied to all professional and life settings.
The course will provide an overview of and training in how to affect public policy through advocacy campaigns, legislative lobbying, issue branding, coalition building and community organizing in the United States with experts and practioners providing us real life scenarios and case studies.
In this course, taught by Daniel Altschuler, director of civic engagement and research at Make the Road NY, students will gain training in a Make The Road advocacy campaign in the area of immigration and access to health. This portion of the course will explore the intersection of immigration issues—especially immigrants’ rights and efforts to organize to protect and advance them— and health care. Students will have the opportunity to get directly involved in an active campaign to expand health care access for immigrants in New York and learn the ins and outs of developing campaign strategy, identifying and activating supporters, conducting campaign-specific research, and lobbying legislators.