New Faculty Join Kennedy School for Fall 2005

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Phone: 617-495-1115
Date: September 14, 2005

Cambridge, MA — Eleven leading academics and practitioners, whose expertise range from health policy to Latin American studies, have been named faculty members at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government, announced Dean David T. Ellwood. The new faculty will join the School in the fall.
The new faculty members include:
• Amitabh Chandra, assistant professor of public policy. He is a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) in Cambridge. His current research focuses on the effect of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act on labor markets, the role of medical malpractice litigation on the delivery of health care, and the economics of neonatal health and cardiovascular care.
• Daniel A. Hojman, assistant professor of public policy. His main research areas are theoretical and applied microeconomics, and political economy. His current research interests include the media market, corporate social responsibility, and polarization in deliberation processes.
• Karl Kaiser, Ralph I. Straus visiting professor. He was a director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, Bonn/Berlin for 30 years, and was an advisor to Chancellors Brandt and Schmidt. He holds a joint appointment with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.
• John H. McCarthy, adjunct lecturer in public policy. He is an authority on business, financial reporting, governance and technical issues for the education and nonprofit industry, and will be affiliated with the Kennedy School’s Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations.
• Erich Muehlegger, assistant professor of public policy. His research interests include industrial organization, economic regulation and environmental policy, and his current research investigates the role environmental regulation of gasoline content plays in gasoline price volatility, and the extent to which price spikes in gasoline markets could be mitigated by uniform regulation.
• Alejandro Poiré, Robert F. Kennedy visiting professor in Latin American studies. A leading scholar on the Mexican electoral phenomenon, he has published several articles analyzing public opinion, political culture, campaign dynamics and voting behavior in Mexico. He will be affiliated with the Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies at Harvard.
• Roger Rosenblatt, Edward R. Murrow visiting professor of the practice of press and public policy. He is the author of ten books, published in 13 languages, including “Children of War,” which won the Robert F. Kennedy Book Prize. He also writes essays, books and plays. His pieces for Time Magazine have won two George Polk awards, awards from the Overseas Press Club, and others.
• Monica Singhal, assistant professor of public policy. Her fields of interest include public finance and labor economics, and her current research focuses on behavioral responses to taxation and the determinants of local public spending patterns.
• Federico Sturzenegger, visiting professor of public affairs. He is former secretary of economic policy for the Republic of Argentina, and serves as a consultant for international organizations and local and foreign corporations on antitrust issues, strategy and economic forecasting.
• Tommy G. Thompson, the Roy M. and Barbara Goodman family visiting professor of practice in public service. He is former secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and former governor of the state of Wisconsin (1987-2001).
• Alan M. Trager, adjunct lecturer in public policy. He serves as senior advisor to the dean for executive education and a senior fellow at the Kennedy School’s Center for Business and Government. He focuses on the role of non-governmental sources in solutions to complex public policy problems.
“The Kennedy School is delighted to welcome such an accomplished and eminent group of scholars and practitioners,” said Stephen Walt, academic dean. “We believe each of them will play a central role in our research and teaching efforts in the coming year and will bring even greater distinction to our faculty ranks.”
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