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Academic Dean's Office

Welcome to the office of Academic Dean Iris Bohnet at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Academic Dean oversees all the major academic operations of the school including curriculum, workloads, and faculty budgets, as well as overseeing operations of the Faculty Steering Committee.

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Academic Dean Iris Bohnet is Professor of Public Policy and the director of the Women and Public Policy Program at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is also an associate director of the Harvard Decision Science Laboratory, vice-chair of the Program on Negotiation, and the faculty chair of the executive program “Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century” for the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders. She serves on the boards of the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies (HEID), Geneva, the Vienna University of Economics and Business Administration, and numerous academic journals. She is a member of the Global Agenda Council on Women’s Empowerment of the World Economic Forum.

A behavioral economist combining insights from economics and psychology, her research focuses on questions of trust and decision-making, often with a gender or cross-cultural perspective. Professor Bohnet’s academic work has been published in the very best, peer-reviewed journals of her profession, including the American Economic Review, the American Political Science Review, Experimental Economics, and the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Her work has been profiled by media outlets around the world, including Bilanz, Bloomberg News, the Boston Globe, the Economist, Emirates Business, the Financial Times, Forbes, Handelsblatt, Huffington Post, Tagesanzeiger, Swiss Television, and the Wall Street Journal.

A Swiss citizen, she received her Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Zurich in 1997 and spent a year as a research fellow at the Haas School of Business at the University of California Berkeley from 1997-1998. She joined the Harvard Kennedy School as an assistant professor in 1998 and was made full professor in 2006. She is married to Michael Zurcher, and she and her husband have two children. The family lives in Newton, Massachusetts, USA.