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Matthew Hall named Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs

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By Lisa Jervey Lennox
CIPA Assistant Director for External Relations

Matthew Hall has been named Director of the Cornell Institute for Public Affairs (CIPA), the University's master of public administration program. He begins his leadership appointment at CIPA on July 1, 2017. 

Hall succeeds Sharon Tennyson, a professor in the Department of Policy Analysis and Management, who has served as Director since 2014.  "It has been my privilege to serve during CIPA's transition into the College of Human Ecology," says Tennyson. "Moving forward, I intend to remain involved as a core faculty member for the program, and I am excited about the strong leadership that Matt will bring to the director position."

Alan Mathios, the Rebecca Q. and James C. Morgan Dean of the College of Human Ecology, expressed his appreciation to Tennyson in his announcement to College faculty and staff. "The College owes Sharon a huge amount of gratitude for her leadership during a period of significant transition and during a period when CIPA continued to thrive and deliver an impactful education to CIPA fellows," he said.  

Hall, an associate professor in the College of Human Ecology's Department of Policy Analysis and Management, has taught at Cornell since 2012 and has served as a CIPA core faculty member since 2016. "I am thrilled to be working more closely with CIPA's students, staff, and faculty who share the program's mission to improve the world through critical assessment and policy evaluation," says Hall. "CIPA has made enormous strides over the last several years.  I look forward to continuing efforts to enrich the program and solidify its reputation as a premier institution for the study of public affairs."

"CIPA is a key part of the College," says Mathios, "and touches fundamentally on our mission and the University's mission. I am very excited to work with Matt. He will add great strength to the leadership team of the College."

A demographer and sociologist, Hall focuses his research on immigration, racial/ethnic inequality, and housing policy. He is known as an expert in research on undocumented migration, new immigrant destinations, and residential segregation. Hall's recent research evaluates the impact of immigration enforcement on housing and labor markets, geographic variation in the incidence of housing discrimination, and patterns of migration in communities experiencing influxes of immigrants.  Hall is a graduate of Western Washington University and Pennsylvania State University.