Malcolm Sparrow Photo
Professor of the Practice of Public Management
79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 206
Assistant: Ashley Davis

Malcolm K. Sparrow is Professor of the Practice of Public Management at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.  He is Faculty Chair of the school’s executive program “Strategic Management of Regulatory and Enforcement Agencies.”  Professor Sparrow’s recent publications include:

Handcuffed: What Holds Policing Back & the Keys to Reform (Brookings Press, 2016)

The Character of Harms: Operational Challenges in Control (Cambridge University Press, 2008)

The Regulatory Craft: Controlling Risks, Solving Problems, and Managing Compliance (Brookings Press, 2000)

License to Steal: How Fraud Bleeds America's Health Care System (Westview Press, 2000)

He served 10 years with the British Police Service, rising to the rank of Detective Chief Inspector. He has conducted internal affairs investigations, commanded a tactical firearms unit, and has extensive experience with criminal investigation. His research interests include regulatory and enforcement strategy, fraud control, corruption control, and operational risk management. He is also a patent-holding inventor in the area of computerized fingerprint analysis and is dead serious at tennis. He holds an MA in mathematics from Cambridge University, an MPA from the Kennedy School, and a PhD in Applied Mathematics from Kent University at Canterbury.

Executive Education Programs


Phone: 617-495-8359
Office: 79 John F. Kennedy St. Littauer Bldg 206
Assistant: Ashley Davis


Business & Regulation
Human Rights & Justice

Mailing Address

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