Rachel Werkema

Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
Office Address
Mailing Address
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Mailbox 104
79 JFK Street
Cambridge, MA 02138
Phone: 617-496-6459
Email: Rachel_Deyette_Werkema@hks.harvard.edu
Kathleen Schnaidt (617-495-9913)
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Rachel Deyette Werkema, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy, holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in political economy and government from Harvard University and a B.A. in economics from Wesleyan University.  She has taught mid-careers in the HKS summer program since 1997 and has served as economics coordinator for the program since 2000.  Rachel has also taught principles of economics to undergraduates and earned a teaching certificate in social studies through the Harvard Graduate School of Education while completing her Ph.D. program. She previously served as deputy research director at MassINC, a Boston-based public policy think tank, where she worked on a variety of projects focusing on the economic and demographic conditions of Massachusetts and New England.  She began her research career as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston.  Her research interests center around education policy, particularly equality of access and opportunity, and as a graduate student Rachel worked on research projects in several Boston public high schools.  As a parent of two young children she has grown more interested in family policy and women's connections to the workforce, as well as the economic and civic contributions of volunteer work, since becoming a mother (of twins!) herself.