Archon Fung

Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Transparency Policy Project
Office Address
124 Mt. Auburn - Suite 200N-238
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 74
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-495-9846
Fax: 617-495-4948
Juanne Zhao (617-495-2430)
Archon Fung


Archon Fung is Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship. His research examines the impacts of civic participation, public deliberation, and transparency upon public and private governance. His Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy examines two participatory-democratic reform efforts in low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Current projects also examine initiatives in ecosystem management, toxics reduction, endangered species protection, local governance, and international labor standards. His recent books and edited collections include Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance; Can We Eliminate Sweatshops?; Working Capital: The Power of Labors Pensions; and Beyond Backyard Environmentalism. His articles on regulation, rights, and participation appear in Political Theory; Journal of Political Philosophy; Politics and Society; Governance; Environmental Management; American Behavioral Scientist; and Boston Review. Fung received two SBs and a PhD from MIT.



  • DPI-562 Public Problems: Advice, Strategy and Analysis
  • DPI-201-A The Responsibilities of Public Action


  • DPI-563Y Integrated Law/Policy Research and Writing

Media Expertise

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For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the Harvard Kennedy School Research Report Online.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Newport, Frank, Robert Y. Shapiro, Whit Ayres, Nancy Belden, James Fishkin, Archon Fung, Susan Herbst, Celinda Lake, Benjamin Page, Susan Page, James P. Pinkerton, J. Ann Selzer, and Mark Warren. "Polling and Democracy." Public Opinion Quarterly 77.4 (December 2013): 853-86.
    • Weil, David, Mary Graham, and Archon Fung. "Targeting Transparency." Science 6139 (June 2013): 1410-1411.
    • Fung, Archon. "Infotopia: Unleashing the Democratic Power of Transparency." Politics & Society 41.2 (June 2013): 183-212.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Esterling, Kevin M., Archon Fung, and Taeku Lee. "Ideology, Deliberation and Persuasion within Small Groups: A Randomized Field Experiment on Fiscal Policy." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP13-036, September 2013.