For Scholars

Leveraging the strong academic tradition of Harvard University, WAPPP conducts research on gender in public policy and leadership. Researchers such as professors Nava Ashraf, Iris Bohnet, Hannah Riley Bowles, Kathy Edin, Ricardo Hausmann, Jane Mansbridge or Rohini Pande, for example, measure the effect of microfinance, analyze the impact of labor laws and quotas, and design organizational practices for corporations and institutions to reach their full potential.


By working with decision makers across the globe, we are closing gender gaps one intervention at a time. We provide a framework to diagnose when and why gender gaps emerge, analyze their consequences, and evaluate to what degree public policy and management can close these gaps. We identify scalable interventions that offer the greatest leverage and rigorously evaluate their impact. These tested insights inform our theory of change and generate new paradigms for closing gaps and achieving gender equality.


Our faculty, fellows and associates are dedicated to delivering bold new ideas. The articles, books, reports and working papers are intended to help you locate and use that scholarship toward the advancement of critical gender and public policy discussions. 


Fellowship Program

A research fellowship for academics and practitioners who have expertise in gender within their field of study or work.

Publications & Working Papers

Research activities of Women and Public Policy Program faculty, research fellows and students including books, articles and working papers.

WAPPP Fellows 2013-14

Meet the WAPPP fellows.