Archon Fung

Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship
Acting Dean
Dean's Office, Kennedy School
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Archon Fung


Archon Fung is the Acting Dean and Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship at the Harvard Kennedy School. His research explores policies, practices, and institutional designs that deepen the quality of democratic governance. He focuses upon public participation, deliberation, and transparency. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project and leads democratic governance programs of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at the Kennedy School. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy (Princeton University Press). He has authored five books, four edited collections, and over fifty articles appearing in professional journals. He received two S.B.s — in philosophy and physics — and his Ph.D. in political science from MIT.



  • DPI-562 Public Problems: Advice, Strategy and Analysis


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

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Esterling, Kevin M., Archon Fung, and Taeku Lee. "How Much Disagreement is Good for Democratic Deliberation?" Political Communication 32.4 (October 2015): 529-551.
  • Reviews
    • Fung, Archon. "Can Democracy Be Saved?: Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements." Review of Can Democracy Be Saved?: Participation, Deliberation and Social Movements, by Donatella della Porta. Contemporary Sociology, 44.1, January 2015: 50-52.

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