The Academic Deans oversee major faculty and research activities at the school. Dean Archon Fung oversees faculty appointments, faculty development, sponsored research, and the Faculty Steering Committee. Dean Suzanne Cooper oversees all teaching and learning initiatives, including Educational Technology and SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence).
Dean Fung is the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Academic Dean. He guides a suite of activities at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation that explore possibilities for deepening the quality of democratic governance, including the Transparency Policy Project. He is also a faculty chair of the Harvard Kennedy School's joint degree program with the Harvard Law School. He co-founded participedia.net, a digital open-source repository that documents participatory governance efforts around the world. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Bachelor degrees in Physics and Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Dean Cooper is the Edith M. Stokey Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and Academic Dean for Teaching and Curriculum. In this capacity she is responsible for all aspects of the Kennedy School’s teaching mission and works on a broad range of academic and faculty issues, including academic planning, curriculum, SLATE, and educational technology. In addition, she manages faculty teaching and administrative responsibilities and all data analysis regarding faculty and curriculum at Harvard Kennedy School. Dean Cooper previously served as Faculty Chair of the Master in Public Policy program, overseeing all academic aspects of the program. In addition, she served as Director of the Dean's Future Committee on Teaching Programs, providing a comprehensive analysis of Kennedy School degree programs, including an extensive survey of alumni career paths. Her teaching focuses on macroeconomics, empirical methods, and policy analysis. Dean Cooper has an A.B. in Economics from Smith College and a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University.