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The Kennedy School offers a wide variety of research services and support for faculty, staff, and students -- including through Library & Knowledge Services and the Research Administration Office. If you are a member of the Kennedy School community, visit the LKS and RAO Knet pages to see what services are available to you.

If you're a Harvard graduate, LKS is still here to help. Find out more about free resources for alumni.


Our librarians provide expert guidance on research and resources, and are available for both group teaching and one-on-one consultations. Contact our general email if you're not sure who to get in touch with.

Keely Wilczek, Manager of User Services & Engagement

Keely has over twenty years experience in libraries including more than nine years at HKS. Her subject specialties include campaigns and elections research, public opinion research, and the citation tool Zotero.


Valerie Weis, Senior Research & Faculty Services Librarian

With a JD from Vanderbilt Law School, Valerie worked in academic law libraries before joining the HKS Library. Valerie has expertise in legal research and public policy research. Valerie provides consultations on Harvard’s Open Access Policy, copyright law and fair use in higher education.

Daniel Becker, Research & Instruction Librarian

Daniel’s experience in higher education comprises librarianship as well as teaching world history. In addition to offering workshops on library resources as well as Zotero and other research tools, he is available for research consultations and instruction across disciplines, particularly international relations, political science, history, and the qualitative social sciences.

Data Services

HKS Library & Knowledge Services provides a direct resource and conduit for the data needs of the HKS community.

In addition to supporting the data-related course offerings at HKS, our guide to Data Resources for HKS Affiliates offers information on:

  • Locating data
  • Computing resources at Harvard
  • Help with statistics (including STATA and R), GIS, and data visualization
  • Select data-centric projects, at Harvard and beyond
  • Select books on data
  • Citing data
  • Research data management

Data and Donuts logoWe also lead Data & Donuts, a learning and discussion group that offers a welcoming space to engage critically with issues of data and society. Since Fall 2018, we have invited an array of researchers, practitioners, and students to present and facilitate discussion, including:

Inquiries about Data & Donuts should be directed to Alessandra Seiter, Knowledge Services Librarian.


HKS Library & Knowledge Services brings robust resources at Harvard and beyond directly to your fingertips.

Affiliates can search in HOLLIS, the Harvard library catalog, and access materials from top journals, newspapers, and databases.

Our research guides direct the HKS community to unique, high-quality knowledge on topics like think tanks, news & media studies, campaigns & elections, and national & international security.

We also offer how-to guides on topics like starting your research, data literacy, grantwriting, citations, and the citation tool Zotero. Additionally, we partner with the Office of Career Advancement to provide resources for your job search.

Find our more about select research resources below.

Policies, Awards & Fellowships

Faculty, fellows, and other researchers at Harvard Kennedy School are actively engaged in field work and outreach to public leaders in every sector of society to develop greater understanding of and solutions for the challenges facing our world. The Kennedy School’s Research Administration Office maintains a number of policies, procedures, and guidance documents to facilitate faculty research and guarantee compliance with sponsor, School, and University regulations.

Guide to Center & Program Fellows

Review a summary of the positions offered to visiting scholars, researchers, and practitioners who participate in the School’s academic life through the various programs offered by centers and programs.

Sponsored Awards History

View an historical list from 2001 to present of Sponsored Program award history. Each year can be downloaded in a PDF for reference.

Featured Resources

Access unique, high quality resources from Harvard Library and beyond.

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Search over 1,200 think tanks and research centers.

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