Archon Fung

Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship
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Archon Fung


Archon Fung is the Academic 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
    • Fung, Archon. "Putting the Public Back into Governance: The Challenges of Citizen Participation and Its Future." Public Administration Review 75.4 (July/August 2015): 513–522.
  • Book Chapters
    • Fung, Archon, Hollie Russon Gilman, and Jennifer Shkabatur. "Technology for Democracy in Development: Lessons from Seven Case Studies." Deliberation and Development : Rethinking the Role of Voice and Collective Action in Unequal Societies. Ed. Patrick Heller and Vijayendra Rao. World Bank Group, 2015, 229-236.
    • Fung, Archon, and Jennifer Shkabatur. "Viral Engagement: Fast, Cheap, and Broad, but Good for Democracy?" From Voice to Influence: Understanding Citizenship in a Digital Age. Ed. Danielle Allen and Jennifer S. Light. University of Chicago Press, 2015, 155-177.
  • Commentary
    • Fung, Archon. "Our Desperate Need to Save US Democracy from Ourselves." The Hill, December 7, 2016.

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