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Lecturer in Public Policy
Assistant: Rosita Scarfo

Mark Fagan is a Lecturer in Public Policy and former Senior Fellow at the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government at Harvard Kennedy School. Mr. Fagan teaches Operations Management, Spring Policy Exercise, and Lobbying: Theory, Practice, and Simulations in the degree program. In executive education programs, he teaches about strategy and cross boundary collaboration. Previously, he was a Lecturer in Law at Boston University School of Law where he taught Securitization, Lobbying and the Law, and Trust and Honesty in the Real World.

The focus of his research is on the role of regulation in competitive markets. He is presently spearheading an initiative at The Taubman Center for State and Local Government that examines the policy and associated regulatory impacts of autonomous vehicles. He has written about the impact of deregulation in the railroad industry including a paper published by Transportation examining the impact of regulatory differences on rail freight share between the United States and the European Union. He has also published papers examining the safety and security externalities associated with the transportation of hazardous materials. He has examined the impact of electricity restructuring in the United States. The research in electricity markets has been published in the Electricity Journal and cited in the New York Times. Other research papers include the role of government in the financing of small and medium size enterprises to foster growth in China and the need for institutional innovation to support technology and globalization, a collaboration between Mr. Fagan and the Vice Minister for Science and Technology in China.

Mark Fagan was a founding partner of Norbridge, Inc. a general management consulting firm that has a distinctive competence in the transportation sector. Mr. Fagan specializes in helping companies solve operations management challenges. He works with clients in the transportation, telecommunications and utility industries as they grapple with increasing shareholder value in a deregulated world.

Mr. Fagan earned a Masters Degree in City and Regional Planning at Harvard University and a BA at Bucknell University.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure: Mr. Fagan consults to an array of private sector clients. A list of active clients will be provided upon request.

Recent Publications

  • "Lobbying: Business, Law and Public Policy, Why and How 12,000 People Spend $3+ Billion Impacting Our Government," Mark Fagan, Vandeplas Publishing, February, 2015.
  • "Law and The Financial System: Securitization and Asset Backed Securities," Frankel and Fagan, Vandeplas Publishing, 2009.
  • "Trust and Honesty in the Real World," Fagan and Frankel, Fathom Publishing, 2007.
  • Book review: Public Administration and Law, Rosenbloom et al, Third Edition, Public Organization Review, Volume 11, March 2011.
  • Introducing Competition into Natural Monopoly Industries: An Evaluation of Mandated Access to Australian Freight Railroads, Regulatory Policy Program Working Paper RPP-2007-05, MR-CBG Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
  • Nature versus Nurture: Why do Railroads Carry Greater Freight Share in the United States than in Europe, Jose Vassals and Mark Fagan, Transportation, 34:177-193, 2007.
  • Catalyzing Institutional Innovation, Shang Yong and Mark Fagan, International Journal of Technology and Globalization, Volume 2, Nos. 3/4, 2006.
  • Measuring and Explaining Electricity Price Changes in Restructured States, Mark Fagan, The Electricity Journal, Volume 19, Issue 5, June 2006.
  • Understanding the Patchwork Quilt of Electricity Restructuring in the United States, Mark Fagan, Law and Society Review, School of Law at Pontifical Universidad Catholic del Peru, 2006.
  • SME Financing in China: Current Situation, Problems and Possible Solutions, Shanghais Zhao and Mark Fagan, Working Paper No. 2, Financial Sector Program Center for Business and Government, Harvard University, June 2005.


Phone: 617-494-8154
Assistant: Rosita Scarfo

Mailing Address

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79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138