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Department of Public Policy Leadership
University of Mississippi
Dr. Melissa Bass
Associate Professor
108 Odom Hall
(662) 915-1440

B.A., Indiana University-Bloomington; M.A. in public affairs, University of Minnesota; Ph.D. in politics, Brandeis University

Specialization: U.S. politics and the policy process, social policy, civic engagement

Dr. Bass is interested in the politics of the policy process and how they influence policy outcomes, especially as they relate to U.S. social policy—education, health care, welfare and the like—and to civic engagement—how citizens are engaged in politics and public life. She has published a book on U.S. national service policy and is currently researching U.S. infant adoption policies.

“My goal in teaching is to help students connect theory and practice, whether through civic engagement projects, service learning or writing research papers that are of use to advocates and policymakers. I want students to know that they can have an impact not just after they graduate but through their education as well.”