Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management
Harvard Kennedy School
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Mary Jo Bane


Mary Jo Bane is the Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School, where she has been on the faculty since 1981. From 1993 to 1996 she was Assistant Secretary for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. From 1992 to 1993 she was Commissioner of the New York State Department of Social Services, where she previously served as Executive Deputy Commissioner from 1984 to 1986. From 1987 to 1992, at the Kennedy School, she was Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy. From2006 to 2011 she was Academic Dean at HKS. She is the author of a number of books and articles on poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life. She is currently doing research on poverty in the United States and international context. She lives in Dorchester, Massachusetts, with her husband Kenneth Winston and enjoys hiking, gardening, and reading novels.


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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:

  • Book Chapters
    • Bane, Mary Jo. "The Catholic Puzzle: Parishes and Civic Life." Taking Faith Seriously. Ed. Mary Jo Bane, Brent Coffin, and Richard Higgins. Harvard University Press, 2005, 63-93.
    • Bane, Mary Jo. "Pro-life, Pro-family, Pro-poor." American Catholics and Civic Engagement: A Distinctive Voice. Ed. Margaret O'Brien Steinfels. Rowman & Littlefield, 2004.
    • Bane, Mary Jo. "Voice and Loyalty in the Church: The People of God, Politics and Management." Common Calling: The Laity and Governance of the Catholic Church. Ed. Stephen J. Pope. Georgetown University Press, 2004.
  • Books
    • Bane, Mary Jo, and Lawrence M. Mead. Lifting Up the Poor: A Dialogue on Religion, Poverty, & Welfare Reform. Brookings Institution, 2003.
  • Edited Volumes
    • Bane, Mary Jo, and RenĂ© Zenteno, eds. Poverty and Poverty Alleviation Strategies in North America. David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard University, 2009.
    • Bane, Mary Jo, Brent Coffin, and Richard Higgins, eds. Taking Faith Seriously. Harvard University Press, 2005.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Winston, Kenneth, and Mary Jo Bane. "Reflections on the Jesuit Mission to China." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP10-004, February 2010.
    • Bane, Mary Jo. "The Catholic Puzzle: Parishes and Civic Life." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP05-036, May 2005.
    • Bane, Mary Jo, and Rene Zenteno. "Poverty and Place in North America." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP05-035, April 2005.
    • Bane, Mary Jo. "Race, Poverty and Public Policy." KSG Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP05-030, March 2005.