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

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Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Professor Marcella Alsan is helping the world prepare for the next time. Her research explores the relationship between public health and socioeconomic disparities. She teaches SUP-518, “The Economics of Infectious Disease,” which uses economic models and tools to analyze responses to infectious disease.

Faculty Focus
 

Desmond Ang talks about examining the stark lines of race and ethnicity and the importance of diversity in policymaking.

 

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner takes a hands-on approach to helping public leaders make more responsive policy.

 

Researching police reform in democratic societies, Yanilda González draws lessons for the post-George Floyd era in the U.S. and elsewhere.

 

The interconnections of global feminisms, violent and nonviolent conflict, and African politics are central for Zoe Marks.

 

Benjamin Schneer talks about his research on lobbying, redistricting, and the surprising relevance of traditional media.

MPP Core Faculty Members

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Marcella Alsan

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Angelopoulos Professor of Public Policy

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Desmond Ang

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Christopher Norio Avery

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Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy
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Gloria Ayee

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Jeeyang Rhee Baum

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Jonathan Borck

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy

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Cornell William Brooks

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Hauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice

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Michela Carlana

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Dara Kay Cohen

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Professor of Public Policy

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Suzanne Cooper

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Academic Dean for Teaching and Curriculum
Edith M. Stokey Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Pınar Doğan

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Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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John Donahue

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Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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Mark Fagan

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Lecturer in Public Policy

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Anthony Foxx

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Emma Bloomberg Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership

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Archon Fung

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Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government
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Jason Furman

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Aetna Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy

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Sharad Goel

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Professor of Public Policy

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Yanilda González

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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John Haigh

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Lecturer in Public Policy

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Juan Jimenez

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Lecturer in Public Policy
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Juliette Kayyem

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Belfer Senior Lecturer in International Security
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Robert Lawrence

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Albert L. Williams Professor of International Trade and Investment
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Tim Layton

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30th Anniversary Associate Professor of Health Care Policy, HMS

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Elizabeth Linos

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Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management

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Brian Mandell

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Mohamed Kamal Senior Lecturer in Negotiation and Public Policy

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Zoe Marks

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Lecturer in Public Policy

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Liz McKenna

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy
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Julia Minson

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Associate Professor of Public Policy

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Khalil Gibran Muhammad

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Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy
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Thomas Patterson

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Bradlee Professor of Government and the Press
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Christopher Robichaud

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Senior Lecturer in Ethics and Public Policy

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Eric Rosenbach

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Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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Juan Saavedra

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Lecturer in Public Policy

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Benjamin Schneer

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Daniel Schneider

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Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, HKS; Professor of Sociology, FAS

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Mark Shepard

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Associate Professor of Public Policy

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Kathryn Sikkink

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Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy

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Sandra Susan Smith

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Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice, HKS; Professor of Sociology, FAS; Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe

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Teddy Svoronos

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Lecturer in Public Policy

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Charles Taylor

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Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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Stephen Walt

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Robert and Renee Belfer Professor of International Affairs
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Setti Warren

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Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy