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Resident Editors

Resident editors work with graduate student authors to review online submissions, polish writing, and provide suggestions before publication. REs edit pieces for the Online Edition throughout the year and edit articles for the Print Journal each spring.


Columnists join the PPJ team to write regularly for the Online Edition on weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly submission schedules. Columnists work with editors to finalize their submissions before publication, determine the topics for their own pieces, and are welcome to submit articles to the Print Journal each spring.


Any graduate student enrolled at the School of Public Affairs can submit an article for publication in the Online Edition anytime throughout the year! Authors work with editors to finalize their pieces for online publication and are welcome to submit pieces at their own frequency.

The Print Journal accepts article submissions from SPA graduate students from the end of each fall through the start of the spring semester. These articles are peer-reviewed by PPJ editors and faculty reviewers before publication in SPA’s graduate student academic journal.

To learn more about the Journal and how to get involved as a Resident Editor, Columnist, or Author, join us at one of our upcoming events, check out our Online Submission Guide, or email our team at publicpurposejournal@gmail.com.

Write for the PPJ Online Edition

The PPJ Online is seeking original articles from SPA graduate students on a wide variety of topics in public policy, politics, justice, law, and public affairs. Articles should be grounded in academic research or quasi-academic/journalistic sources.

Write for the PPJ Print Journal

The Public Purpose Journal accepts articles in late fall and early spring from Master’s and PhD students enrolled in the School of Public Affairs. Follow us on social media, subscribe to our newsletter, and visit our Print Journal Guidelines page for more information about the upcoming spring journal.

What’s in it for you?

  • Get published in SPA’s graduate journal
  • Enhance your writing, editing, and analysis skills
  • Provide writing samples to potential employers
  • Showcase your hard work to your peers
  • Share your published work on your social networks and feature it on LinkedIn

Article Guidelines

To submit an article, pitch an idea for an online piece, or ask any questions about the Journal, please email our team at publicpurposejournal@gmail.com. We look forward to writing with you!