RCLA News

The Research Center for Leadership in Action explores and broadly shares new knowledge and ideas about public service leadership. Below are updates about our latest research and programs. We invite practitioners, researchers, scholars, students, and the public to participate in our full slate of convenings, inquiries, panels, dialogues, seminars, and other learning opportunities. Visit the calendar for a list of recent and upcoming events.

Delivering a major policy speech at NYU Wagner, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer of New York called August 11 for creating a development authority to marshal the federal funds, financing, and bipartisan political will necessary to replace the pair of deteriorated, century-old rail tunnels leading to Manhattan.

Senator Schumer

NYU Wagner is delighted to announce that our outstanding faculty will be enriched by the addition of a number of distinguished scholars with deep expertise and broad experience in critical policy areas.

The new arrivals include eleven noted researchers, practitioners, and lecturers:

Mark A.R. Kleiman, a nationally recognized expert on criminal justice and the head of the NYU Marron Institute's Crime Reduction and Justice Project, will join Wagner as Visiting Professor of Public Service.

Julia Lane, an

It is with the greatest sadness and regret that we note the passing of Dennis Smith, longtime NYU Wagner faculty member, colleague, and friend.

Dennis, who died July 27 after a lengthy bout with cancer, was a leading, beloved citizen of the Wagner community for more than four decades, devoting himself tirelessly to students, fellow scholars, alumni, and school staff. He was a ready and effective collaborator, and maintained extremely strong ties to his students, long after they had left his classroom and gone on to important roles in public

Professor Paul C. Light of NYU Wagner, a nationally recognized scholar of government reform, offered testimony Aug. 5 before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the U.S. Inspector General Office and the boundaries of its access to the records of government programs and agencies.

Light told the Committee, “I believe the Office of Legal Counsel drew the lines much too tightly,” and he added that Congress intended to give the government’s

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx visited NYU Wagner on July 21 at the invitation of the school’s Rudin Center for Transportation. He spoke about “Transportation, Social Mobility, and Cities” on a panel with David R. Jones, President and CEO of the Community Service Society of New York; Sarah M. Kaufman, Assistant Director for Technology Programming at the NYU Rudin Center; and Patrick Sharkey, Associate Professor of Sociology at NYU. The panel was moderated by NYU Rudin Center Director and Wagner Professor Mitchell L. Moss (pictured with

The US Secretary of the Treasury, Jacob J. Lew, led an intimate roundtable discussion at NYU Wagner about his recent announcement to feature a woman on the $10 bill. Students in attendance participated in a lively conversation with Secretary Lew on what qualities would best represent democracy in the design, and got a glimpse into the decision-making process. Secretary Lew's announcement has created stimulating public debate and has reinvigorated conversations surrounding historical figures who