DPI-730Y: The Past and the Present: Directed Research in History and Public Policy

Semester: Year

Credit: 1.0

Syllabus: Click here for syllabus

Faculty: Moshik Temkin


Day Time Location
First Day 9/8
Meet Day M 4:10 PM - 6:00 PM T301


This course is intended for students who are interested in conducting high-level historical research related to contemporary public issues, both American and non-American. It is open to students (graduate and undergraduate) in public policy, history, government, economics, law, education, urban affairs, public health, sociology, and other related fields and disciplines. The course is divided into three parts: (1) reading signal works that connect historical scholarship to a variety of public policy domains; (2) developing individual research projects; and (3) presenting student work and commenting on the work of others. Students will either develop a work of scholarship unique to this course or use the course as a workshop for research projects developed elsewhere - theses, dissertations, or other types of work.  The course is linked to the Harvard Seminar on History and Policy. Based at HKS, this public forum features presentations by invited scholars whose cutting-edge historical work is informed by or seeks to influence ongoing policy debates. These events will be held at the regular course meeting time, and students will have the opportunity to serve as commentators.  The course is designed to enhance students’ research skills, to provide a foundation for rigorous historical analysis of public issues, and to help students produce first-rate work linking history to public policy.     


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