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Our faculty members enjoy teaching at Harvard Kennedy School because it's a place where ideas meet practice. Scholars and practitioners conduct research on public policy problems and issues—and then share those insights with students.

As you will quickly discover, the learning in our classroom reflects the reality of public policy in the world today. That's because Master in Public Policy (MPP) faculty members don’t just teach. They’re global experts who shape public policy, advise governments, and help run major institutions in the United States and abroad.

Learn more about the interests and experiences of our core MPP faculty members.

MPP Faculty Chair

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John Donahue

Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Pinar Dogan used data from room bookings at Harvard Kennedy School to find that female graduate students volunteer significantly more than male graduate students in booking rooms for team meetings. The gender difference in undertaking this logistical task is statistically and quantitatively significant only when students have limited interaction prior to teamwork. 

The 2020 U.S. Census will, for the first time since 1950, ask about residents’ citizenship status. Matthew Baum and his colleagues introduce the notion of contextual sensitivity to explain how seemingly innocuous questions can become costly to answer in certain political environments.

Archon Fung, Dan Levy, and their colleagues assess the impact of a transparency and accountability program designed to improve maternal and newborn health (MNH) outcomes in Indonesia and Tanzania.