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Hannah Riley Bowles
Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Co-Director, Women in Public Policy Program
79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 160
Assistant: Greg Dorchak

Hannah Riley Bowles is a senior lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). She chairs HKS Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences (MLD) Area and co-directs the Women and Public Policy Program (WAPPP). She is a leading expert on how gender influences pay negotiations and more broadly on negotiation as a micro-mechanism of inequality. Her current research focuses on women's leadership advancement, examining both situational barriers and individual strategies. Her research appears in academic publications, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Organization Science, Psychological Science, and Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. Her research has been featured in major news media, including ABC News, National Public Radio, New York TimesSlate MagazineThe Wall Street JournalTimeThe Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. She teaches “Conflict & Collaboration” in the MPP core curriculum and is the faculty director of Women & Power, the Kennedy School's executive program for women in senior leadership from the public, private and non-profit sectors. She won the Kennedy School's 2003 Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching. She has been actively involved in negotiation and conflict management training, practice, and research for over 25 years, including early career opportunities to work for the governments of Argentina, Costa Rica, and Germany. She has a DBA from the Harvard Business School, an MPP from the Kennedy School, and a BA from Smith College.

Executive Education Programs

Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

Book Chapters

Magazine and Newspaper Articles


Phone: 617-496-4717
Office: 79 John F. Kennedy St. Taubman Bldg 160
Assistant: Greg Dorchak

Faculty Expertise

Decision Making & Negotiation
Gender, Race & Identity
Public Leadership & Management

HKS Affiliations

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy St.
Cambridge, MA 02138