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Each academic year Harvard Kennedy School hosts a broad and diverse array of visiting scholars, researchers, and practitioners who participate in the School’s academic life through the various Fellows programs offered by HKS Centers and Programs.
The Guide to HKS Center and Program Fellows aims to foster greater connection among and between these research communities and HKS faculty, students and staff by providing regularly updated program overviews, links and contact information for Fellows programs at the Kennedy School. We invite you to visit the Fellows program sites included in the Guide below for additional information about the people, research and activities taking place in the broader research community at the Kennedy School.
The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation fosters excellence in governance and strengthens democratic institutions worldwide. Through its research, education, international programs, and government innovations awards, the Center fosters creative and effective government problem solving and serves as a catalyst for addressing many of the most pressing needs of the world’s citizens.
Faculty, doctoral, and postdoctoral students serve as Visiting Fellows for varying tenures throughout the academic year at the Ash Center. The Center supports scholarship focused on its core research areas including innovations in public participation and political participation in non-democracies.
The Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia leverages the considerable talent and experience of all HKS faculty, post-graduate fellows, and senior researchers and links to Harvard’s substantial Asia resources. Spanning initiatives across Asia, our many programs address a wide spectrum of public policy issues in the region.
Visit website. Contact: TBA
The Belfer Center is the hub of the Harvard Kennedy School's research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy.
The Center has a dual mission: (1) to provide leadership in advancing policy-relevant knowledge about the most important challenges of international security and other critical issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect; and (2) to prepare future generations of leaders for these arenas.
The Environment and Natural Resources Program¹s mandate is to conduct policy-relevant research at the regional, national, international, and global level, and through its outreach initiatives to make its products available to decision-makers, scholars, and interested citizens.
The overarching objective of the Energy Technology Innovation Policy (ETIP) research group is to determine and then seek to promote adoption of effective strategies for developing and deploying cleaner and more efficient energy technologies, primarily in three of the biggest energy-consuming nations in the world: the United States, China, and India.
The Geopolitics of Energy Project explores the intersection of energy, security, and international politics. The project, launched in 2011, aims to improve our understanding of how energy demand and supply shape international politics – and vice versa. It also endeavors to inform policymakers and students about major challenges to global energy security and, where possible, to propose new ways of thinking about and addressing these issues. The project focuses both on conventional and alternative energies, as both will influence and be influenced by geopolitical realities.
The International Security Program addresses the most important challenges to U.S. national security and international security. Research interests include: U.S. defense and foreign policy; Russian security policy; nuclear proliferation; managing nuclear technology and materials; the political economy of the Russian nuclear complex; chemical and biological weapons proliferation, control, and countermeasures; terrorism; regional security, especially the Russian periphery, East and South Asia, and the Middle East; internal and ethnic conflict; transatlantic relations; democracy and democratization as a factor in international politics.
The Project on Managing the Atom (MTA) brings together scholars and practitioners who conduct policy-relevant research on key issues affecting the future of nuclear weapons, the nuclear nonproliferation regime, and nuclear energy—particularly where these futures intersect, for example in the management and protection of fissile material.
Accordingly, the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program (STPP) engages in research, teaching, and outreach on how: science and technology influence public policy; public policy influences the evolution of science and technology; the outcomes of these interactions affect well-being in the United States and worldwide; and the processes involved can be made more effective and their outcomes more beneficial (at present and in the future).
The mission of the Carr Center, like the Kennedy School, is to train future leaders for careers in public service and to apply first-class research to the solution of public policy problems. Our research, teaching and writing are guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in United States and throughout the world.
The Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery conducts research on the underlying causes and conditions that permit human trafficking to flourish and develops data-driven public policy strategies to address this global human rights crisis. The Program aims to create a global effort through building a network of scholars and practitioners, developing best practices, and disseminating information. This Program will not only educate, but provide connections and information-sharing for anti-trafficking policymakers and future public policy leaders around the world.
The Sexuality, Gender, and Human Rights Program examines the promises and pitfalls of human rights through the analytical frameworks of gender and sexuality. We do so in three main areas. Through research, we will explore the roles that gender and sexuality play in the realm of human rights policy and practice. Through programming, we seek to energize public discourse and political debate regarding the important relationship between sexuality, gender, and human rights. And, finally, through fellowships and advising, we aim to empower Harvard Kennedy School students to become more effective scholars, practitioners, policymakers, and advocates on behalf human rights for women and LGBTQ people.
The Program on Transitional Justice examines the challenges of countries attempting to regain balance and redress legacies of massive human rights violations. It encompasses issues of legitimacy, criminal prosecutions, truth commissions, reparations, and various kinds of institutional reform necessary to protect vulnerable segments of a society and insure stability.
Not yet a full-fledged program, the developing Initiative on Disability Rights is providing a framework in which to explore the rights and realities of people with disabilities in the U.S. and abroad. Attempting to engage a diverse group of people, abled and disabled, currently working on these issues from many different vantage points, and using the Convention for People with Disabilities as well as the first ever World Report on Disability, produced by WHO and the World Bank, as points of reference, the Initiative strives to understand how and why more than a billion people, one is six, experience disability.
Visit website. Contact: Charlie Clements (Carr Center Executive Director)
The Latin America Program focuses on the protection of civil and political rights as part of a human rights agenda that we believe is crucial to the region. We also believe in the importance of promoting the rights of indigenous populations, as they are some of the most marginalized groups in the region. The Program’s mission is fourfold: to serve as focal point (promotion, connection, awareness) for Latin American Human Rights issues within the Harvard community; to bridge connections with national and international organizations, both academic and non-academic, regarding salient human rights issues in Latin America; to be a source for research and teaching themes at Harvard University; and to raise awareness about impending human rights risks in the region.
Visit website. Contact: Leonardo Vivas (Program Director)
The Center for International Development is a university-wide center that seeks to advance understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. By analyzing and addressing the challenges of developing, the center aims to train future leaders in development and improve the effectiveness of international development policies and institutions.
Internal and external development actors may be pursuing strategies for building state capability that have no impact, or worse, are counter-productive. This can happen via the common emphasis on transplanting successful forms of capability and adopting ambitious "best practice" modes of governance and public administration. Such an emphasis on form-what organizations look like-over function-what they actually do-provides financing and legitimacy that allows continued dysfunction while potentially crowding out space for local initiatives. The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University has launched a new program entitled 'Building State Capability' which researches new strategies and tactics that can be used to escape capability traps and build the capability of public organizations to execute and implement.
The faculty researchers who lead Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) at Harvard Kennedy School believe that evidence-based smart policy design can help governments make the most of limited resources and improve the lives of the poor. EPoD’s research-policy engagements bridge the gap between scholar and practitioner. We work closely with public and private in-country partners to identify problems and generate rigorous evidence that enables the design and implementation of effective policy solutions, and we teach our methods both in the classroom and the field.
Research at the CID’s Growth Lab works to solve the mysteries of growth and articulate the policy implications that emerge. The Growth Lab is gaining increasing attention as the global hub for Structural Transformation, a view of development that gives a central role to the complexity of a country’s economy and identifies the capabilities a country needs to produce more sophisticated products and services.
The Center for Public Leadership is committed to growing leaders in a changing world. Recognizing that effective public leadership is essential to the common good, CPL serves people in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors through cutting-edge research, teaching, and leadership development efforts.
CPL hosts, by invitation only, distinguished scholars and practitioners whose research makes a significant contribution to leadership-relevant scholarship. These fellowships are currently offered without stipend.
Executive Education at Harvard Kennedy School offers programs for leaders from around the world. We bring together experienced professionals, a world-class faculty, and a dynamic curriculum in a setting where the common denominator is a shared commitment to public value.
The National Security Fellows are twenty one (21) US military officers (Lieutenant Colonels, Colonels, or equivalent rank) and civilian officials from the Department Of Defense and the intelligence community who come to Harvard for their "senior service college" year. Fellows audit courses and pursue research during this eleven-month postgraduate research fellowship hosted by Executive Education’s National Security Program.
Harvard’s Institute of Politics was created as a memorial to President Kennedy to inspire students to get involved in politics and public service. The institute oversees the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, one of the world’s premier arenas for speech and debate, and runs a unique resident fellows program for political practitioners to spend a semester at Harvard.
The IOP Fellows Program represents a unique opportunity for political practitioners with diverse experiences and viewpoints to spend a semester at Harvard. Fellows lead a not-for-credit study group, participate in Institute activities, and engage in informal interchange with students and faculty. The Fellows Program is central to the Institute's dual commitment to encourage student interest in public life and to develop ways for the academic and political communities to learn from each other.
The Shorenstein Center analyzes the power of media, in all its forms, and its impact on public policy and politics. Through research, teaching, high-profile events and engagement, the Center plays a leading role in the discussion about media and politics in the 21st century. Digital technology pushes the impact of the Shorenstein Center far beyond Cambridge.
The mission of the Joan Shorenstein Fellowship Program is to advance research in the field of media, politics and public policy; facilitate a dialogue among journalists, scholars, policymakers and students; provide an opportunity for reflection; and create a vibrant and long-lasting community of scholars and practitioners. The primary focus for a Fellow is to research, write and publish a 15-20-page paper on a media/politics topic.
The Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy conducts research and designs policy in the areas of criminal justice, health, labor, education, poverty and inequality, social insurance, and human services.
Through applied research and service, the Harvard Project aims to understand and foster the conditions under which sustained, self-determined social and economic development is achieved among American Indian nations. Core activities include research, advisory services, executive education and the administration of a tribal governance awards program.
The European Network on Inequality (ENI) links the Harvard Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy with 13 of Europe's leading university and research centers for the study of social policy, including those at the London School of Economics, University of Bristol, University of Aarhus, Sciences-Po Paris, WZB Berlin, University of Bremen, Cologne Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies, UCD Geary Institute, European Unviersity Institute, University of Maastricht, Fafo Institute for Labour and Social Research, Pompeu Fabra University, and the Juan March Institute in Madrid. Through this network, Ph.D. candidates from these affiliate European Institutions participate in the Harvard program's activities as visiting research scholars of the Harvard Kennedy School.
The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management at the Kennedy School of Government aims to enable governments to fulfill their obligations to ensure public safety and justice.
The Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and policy concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of business and government. The scope of its work ranges from the local to the global levels, and brings together thought leaders from both the public and private sectors.
M-RCBG Senior fellows are distinguished professionals from government and/or business who come to M-RCBG to address issues at the interface of the public and private sectors. Senior fellows undertake independent research projects that culminate in a journal article or book. They also offer study groups for Harvard students. They must be physically present on campus on a weekly or near-weekly basis to maximize contact with students and the broader M-RCBG community. Senior fellow appointments are non-stipendiary (unfunded).
The Corporate Social Responsibility Initiative (CSRI) is a multi-disciplinary and multi-stakeholder program that seeks to study and enhance the public contributions of private enterprise. Through its two primary workstreams of Governance & Accountability and Business & International Development, it explores the intersection of corporate responsibility, corporate governance, public policy, and international development.
The Consortium for Energy Policy Research at Harvard is dedicated to advancing Harvard’s energy policy research and fostering collaboration across the University in cooperation with Harvard’s Future of Energy initiative.
The Harvard Environmental Economics Program develops innovative answers to today's complex environmental issues, by providing a venue to bring together faculty and graduate students from across the University engaged in teaching, research and outreach, in environmental and economics research and related public policy.
The Program on Science, Technology and Society is dedicated to enhancing the quality of research, education, and public debate on the role of science and technology in contemporary societies. Through integrated, cross-disciplinary initiatives in research, teaching, training, and public outreach the Program seeks to develop foundational, policy-relevant insights into the nature of science and technology, and the ways in which they both influence and are influenced by society, politics, and culture. Among the fields that significantly contribute to the STS Program’s core mission are science and technology studies, anthropology, comparative politics, history, government, law, and sociology.
The Sustainability Science Program harnesses the University's strengths to promote the design of institutions, policies, and practices that support sustainable development. The Program addresses the challenge of sustainable development by advancing scientific understanding of human-environment systems; improving linkages between research and policy communities; and building capacity for linking knowledge with action to promote sustainability. The fellows program focuses on regional initiatives pursing an integrated perspective on sustainable development in India, China and Brazil. It also includes a cross-cutting research initiative to integrate work focused on the theme of innovation and access for sustainable development.
The Institute aims to improve the governance of Greater Boston by strengthening connections among the region’s scholars, students, and civic leaders. The institute attracts young people to serve Greater Boston, produces new ideas about important issues, and fosters thoughtful discussion that involve both scholars and civic leaders.
The Taubman Center invites a very limited number of individuals to be affiliated with the Center as resident or non-resident fellows, with the primary purpose being to introduce individuals with stimulating intellectual interests into the community of Center faculty and researchers. These individuals are either academic researchers or doctoral/post-doctoral fellows.
The Taubman Center invites a limited number of individuals to be affiliated with the Center as resident or non-resident fellows, with the primary purpose being to introduce individuals with stimulating intellectual interests into the community of Center faculty and researchers. These individuals are either academic researchers or doctoral/post-doctoral fellows.
Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG) has distinguished itself as a significant contributor to the systematic analysis of education policy and governing arrangements.
WAPPP addresses public policies that have an impact on women and both informs and learns from women who shape public policies. Primary activities concern facilitating scholarship and enhancing teaching on women and public policy.
WAPPP has three research fellowship programs for academics and practitioners who have expertise in gender within their field of study or work. The mission of these fellowship programs is to support and advance academic and practitioner scholars in their gender-related research across WAPPP’s focal areas.
WAPPP offers non-stipendiary fellowships to scholars who are conducting gender-related research in one of WAPPP’s four focal areas and practitioners who demonstrate exceptional commitment to promoting gender perspectives in public policy.
WAPPP offers one stipendiary postdoctoral fellowship, held jointly with the International Security Program (ISP) for an outstanding scholar in security affairs working to promote basic research in the broad area of international security with a particular focus on issues relating to gender.
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