From shaping overall strategic direction to managing day-to-day operations, Harvard Kennedy School's academic and administrative leaders support the School's mission to improve public policy and public leadership across the United States and around the world so that people can lead safer, freer, and more prosperous lives.

Core Administration

Iris Bohnet

Iris Bohnet

Academic Dean; Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy

Robbin Chapman

Robbin Chapman

Associate Dean for Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Suzanne Cooper

Suzanne Cooper

Academic Dean for Teaching and Curriculum

Doug Elmendorf

Doug Elmendorf

Dean; Don K. Price Professor of Public Policy

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Debbie Isaacson

Senior Associate Dean for Degree Programs and Student Affairs

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Christy Jackowitz

Senior Associate Dean for Alumni Relations and Resource Development

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Thoko Moyo

Associate Dean for Communications and Public Affairs

Sarah Wald

Sarah Wald

Senior Policy Advisor and Chief of Staff to the Dean

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Janney Wilson

Executive Dean

Directors of Research Centers, Academic Areas, and Degree Programs

Arthur Applbaum

Arthur Applbaum

Chair of the Democracy, Politics, and Institutions area; Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values

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Iris Bohnet

Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program; Roy E. Larsen Professor of Public Policy

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Hannah Riley Bowles

Co-Director of the Women and Public Policy Program; Chair of the Management, Leadership, and Decision Sciences area; Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

Ash Carter

Ash Carter

Director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; Belfer Professor of Technology and Global Affairs

Amitabh Chandra

Amitabh Chandra

Chair of the Social and Urban Policy area; Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy

William Clark

William Clark

Chair of the International and Global Affairs area; Harvey Brooks Professor of International Science, Public Policy and Human Development

Jack Donahue

Jack Donahue

Chair of the Master of Public Policy program; Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy

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David Ellwood

Director of the Wiener Center for Social Policy; Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy; Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor

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Mark Gearan

Director of the Institute of Politics

David Gergen

David Gergen

Director of the Center for Public Leadership; Public Service Professor of Public Leadership

Ricardo Hausmann

Ricardo Hausmann

Director of the Center for International Development; Professor of the Practice of Economic Development

Kessely Hong

Kessely Hong

Chair of the Master of Public Administration programs; Lecturer in Public Policy

Jeff Liebman

Jeff Liebman

Director of the Taubman Center for State and Local Government; Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy

Brigitte Madrian

Brigitte Madrian

Chair of the Markets, Business, and Government area; Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management

Nicco Mele

Nicco Mele

Director of the Shorenstein Center for Media, Politics and Public Policy; Lecturer in Public Policy

Rohini Pande

Rohini Pande

Chair of the International Development area; Rafik Hariri Professor of International Political Economy

Mathias Risse

Mathias Risse

Interim Director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy; Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy

Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik

Chair of the Master of Public Administration in International Development program; Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy

Tony Saich

Tony Saich

Director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation; Daewoo Professor of International Affairs

Robert Stavins

Robert Stavins

Chair of the Doctoral programs; A.J. Meyer Professor of Energy and Economic Development

Lawrence Summers

Lawrence Summers

Director of the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government; Charles W. Eliot University Professor