All Public Policy Research Scholars receive specialized academic advising from Ben Schneider, Associate Director of Student Programs. In addition to assisting students with course selection, he helps to connect them with research assistantships on campus and summer internship opportunities. Andy Coopersmith, Managing Director of Penn Wharton PPI, provides overarching administrative guidance. Academic oversight of the program’s curricular requirements is provided by the Penn Wharton PPI faculty advisory board.
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Andrew Coopersmith brings to Penn Wharton PPI his academic background in economics and history in addition to his extensive administrative experience at Wharton and Penn.
Dr. Coopersmith began his career at Penn as an Associate Director in Career Services. In 2005, he was selected as the Director of Administration and Advising for the Vagelos Program in Life Sciences & Management (LSM), a dual degree program of the Wharton School and the College of Arts and Sciences that integrates the study of bioscience and business. As the first director of that program, he worked with faculty and administration to establish it as a premier Penn program for undergraduate students. He launched a summer internship program for LSM sophomores and juniors that places students in life science companies as well as consulting and investment firms across the U.S. and overseas. For his work with LSM, Dr. Coopersmith was a recipient of one of Wharton’s 125th Employee Recognition Awards, for his demonstration of “extraordinary effort, leadership and innovation.”
Dr. Coopersmith earned a B.A. in Economics from Georgetown University, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in History from Harvard University, where his area of specialization was the U.S. Civil War. He is the author of Fighting Words: An Illustrated History of Newspaper Accounts of the Civil War (The New Press, 2004), and his articles have appeared in North & South, a magazine for Civil War scholars.
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Ben Schneider returned to Penn Wharton PPI as the Associate Director for Students. He worked in the Washington DC office of the Initiative from 2012-2015 and is excited to be on campus focusing on student programs. Ben works with students in the Public Policy Research Scholars program, the Public Policy Initiative Student Group, and collaborates across campus with student organizations to foster opportunities related to public policy. Most recently, Ben worked as an English teacher in Morocco.
Ben graduated from Penn with a BA in history in 2011, and worked as a research assistant to professors in a wide range of fields.