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Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government
John F. Kennedy School of Government
79 John F. Kennedy St
Cambridge, MA 02138
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John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
Acting Dean July 2015 - December 2015
Academic Dean July 2014 - June 2018
Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government 2017 - Present
Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship 2009 - 2017
Professor of Public Policy October 2007 - March 2009
Associate Professor of Public Policy July 2004 - October 2007
Assistant Professor of Public Policy July 1999 - June 2004
Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge, MA
Ph.D. in Political Science February 1999
Bachelor of Science in Physics June 1990
Bachelor of Science in Philosophy June 1990
Publications — Books
Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2007). With Mary Graham and David Weil.
Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2004).
Publications — Monographs
Democracy at Risk: How Political Choices Undermine Citizen Participation, and What We Can Do About It (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2005). With Stephen Macedo, Yvette Alex-Assensoh, Jeffrey M. Berry, Michael Britnall, David E. Campbell, Luis Ricardo Fraga, William A. Galston, Christopher F. Karpowitz, Margaret Levi, Meira Levinson, Keena Lipsitz, Richard G. Niemi, Robert D. Putnam, Wendy M. Rahn, Rob Reich, Robert R. Rodgers, Todd Swanstrom, and Katherine Cramer Walsh.
This book is a report of the American Political Science Association’s Standing Committee on Civic Education and Engagement. I contributed substantially to chapter 1, “Toward a Political Science of Citizenship” and chapter 3, “The American Metropolis.”
Beyond Backyard Environmentalism. (Boston: Beacon Press, 2000). With Bradley Karkkainen and Charles Sabel.
Can We Put an End to Sweatshops? Forward by Medea Benjamin (Boston: Beacon Press, 2001). With Dara O’Rourke and Charles Sabel.
Publications — Edited Volumes
Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation, and Accountability. Edited, with Sanjeev Khagram and Paolo de Renzio (Washington D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, forthcoming 2013)
Deepening Democracy: Institutional Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance (London: Verso Press, 2003). Edited, with Erik Olin Wright.
Authored chapter 1, “Thinking About Empowered Participatory Governance”; chapter 4, “Deliberative Democracy, Chicago Style: Grassroots Governance in Policing and Public Education”; and epilogue, “Countervailing Power in Empowered Participatory Governance.”
Democracia en Profundidad: Nuevas Formas Institucionales de Gobierno Participativo con Poder de Decision. (Bogata: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, 2003). Spanish translation of above book, edited, with Erik Olin Wright.
Working Capital: The Power of Labor’s Pensions (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2001). Edited, with Tessa Hebb and Joel Rogers.
Authored chapter 2 with Dean Baker, “Collateral Damage: Do Pension Fund Investments Hurt Workers?”
Institutions of Justice: Constitutionalism, Democracy, and State Power (London: Edward Elgar, 1996). Four volumes, edited, with Joshua Cohen.
Authored introduction, with Joshua Cohen.
Publications — Articles in Refereed Journals
“How Much Disagreement is Good for Democratic Deliberation” Political Communication (May 2015) with Kevin Esterling and Taeku Lee.
“Putting the Public Back Into Governance: The Challenges of Citizen Participation and Its Future” in Public Administration Review 25 February (2015).
“Does Transparency Improve Governance” in Annual Review of Political Science Vol. 17 (February 2014): 65-87 with Stephen Kosack.
“Targeting Transparency” in Science Vol. 340 (21 June 2013): 1410-1411. With Mary Graham and David Weil.
“Infotopia: Unleashing the Power of Democratic Transparency” in Politics and Society Vol. 41 (2013): 183-212.
“Six Models of Internet+Politics” in International Studies Review Vol. 15 (2013): 30-47. With Jennifer Shkabatur and Hollie Russon Gilman.
“Continuous Institutional Innovation and the Pragmatic Conception of Democracy” in Polity, Vol. 44, No. 4 (October 2012)
“The Participedia Project: An Introduction” in International Journal of Public Management Vol. 14, No. 3 (December 2011): 341-62.
“Democratic Theory and Political Science: A Pragmatic Method of Constructive Engagement” in American Political Science Review, Vol. 101, No. 3 (August 2007): 443-58.
“Varieties of Participation in Complex Governance” in Public Administration Review, Vol. 66 (December 2006): 66-75.
“Empowered Participation in Minneapolis: The Neighborhood Revitalization Program” in International Journal of Urban and Regional Research. Vol. 30, No. 3 (September 2006): 638-55. With Elena Fagotto.
“The Effectiveness of Regulatory Disclosure” in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Vol. 26. No. 1 (2006). With Elena Fagotto, Mary Graham, and David Weil.
“Deliberation Before the Revolution: Toward an Ethics of Deliberative Democracy in an Unjust World” in Political Theory. Vol. 33, No. 3 (2005): 397-419.
“Radical Democracy” in Swiss Journal of Political Science. Vol. 10, No. 4 (Winter 2004). With Joshua Cohen.
“Recipes for Public Spheres: Eight Institutional Design Choices and Their Consequences” in Journal of Political Philosophy. Vol. 11, No. 3 (September 2003): 338-67.
“Associations and Democracy: Between Theories, Hopes, and Realities” in Annual Review of Sociology Vol. 29 (2003): 515-39.
“Deliberative Democracy and International Labor Standards” in Governance. Vol. 16, No. 1 (January 2003): 51-71.
“Deepening Democracy: Innovations in Empowered Participatory Governance” in Politics and Society. Vol. 29, No. 1 (March 2001): 5-42. With Erik Olin Wright.
“Accountable Autonomy: Toward Empowered Deliberation in Chicago Schools and Policing” in Politics and Society. Vol. 29, No. 1 (March 2001): 73-104.
“After Backyard Environmentalism: Toward a Regime of Performance Based Environmental Regulation” in American Behavioral Scientist. Vol. 44, No. 4 (December 2000): 692-711. With Bradley Karkkainen and Charles Sabel.
“Reinventing Environmental Regulation From The Grassroots Up: Explaining And Expanding The Success Of The Toxics Release Inventory” in Environmental Management. Vol. 25, No. 2 (February 2000): 115-27. With Dara O’Rourke.
“Making Rights Real: Roe’s Impact on Abortion Access” in Politics and Society, Vol. 21, No. 4 (December 1993): 465-504.
Publications — Chapters in Books
“Viral Engagement” in D. Allen and J. Light, eds., Youth, New Media, and Political Participation (with Jennifer Shkabatur, MIT Press forthcoming).
“The Principle of Affected Interests and Inclusion in Democratic Governance” in ed. Jack Nagel and Rogers Smith. Representation: Elections and Beyond (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2013)
“Calling Publics into Existence: The Political Arts of Public Management” in Mark H. Moore and John D. Donahue eds, Ports in a Storm: Public Management in a Turbulent World (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2012) (with Mark H. Moore).
“Minipublics: Designing Institutions for Effective Deliberation and Accountability” in Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee eds. Accountability Through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action (Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2011): 183-202.
“Popular Election Monitoring” in Heather Gerken, Guy-Uriel E. Charles, and Michael S. Kang eds. Race, Reform, and Regulatory Institutions: Recurring Puzzles in American Democracy (New York, Cambridge University Press, 2011).
“Open Government, Open Society” in Collaboration, Transparency, and Participation in Practice (New York: O’Reilly Media, 2010) (with David Weil): 105-114.
"Empowered Participatory Governance in the United Kingdom?" in Daniel Leighton, Stuart White eds, Building a Citizen Society(London: Lawrence and Wshart, Ltd, 2008): 83-92 (with Erik Olin Wright).
“Citizen Participation in Government Innovations” in Innovations in Government: Research, Recognition, and Replication, ed. Sandford Borins (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2008): 52-70.
"Minipublics: Deliberative Designs and Their Consequences" in Shawn Rosenberg ed., Deliberation, Participation, and Democracy: Can the People Govern? (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 2007): 159-183.
“Democracy and the Policy Process” in Oxford Handbook of Public Policy, ed. Michael Moran, Martin Rein, and Robert E. Goodin (New York: Oxford University Press, 2006): 669-685.
“What Should Be Built at Ground Zero” in Ethics and Politics: Cases and Comments [4th edition], eds. Amy Gutmann and Dennis F. Thompson (Belmont, CA: Thomson-Wadsworth, 2006), pp. 303-312 (with Susan Rosegrant).
“Le Contre-Pouvoir dans la Démocratie Participative et Délibérative” in Marie-Héléne Bacqué, Herni Rey, and Yves Sintomer eds., Gestion de Proximité et Démocratie Participative: Une Perspective Comparative (Paris: La Découverte, 2005): 49-80.
“Future Directions for Public Deliberation” in John Gastil and Peter Levine eds., The Deliberative Democracy Handbook (San Francisco: Josey-Bass, 2005): 271-288 (with John Gastil and Peter Levine).
“Recitas para Esferas Públicas: Oito Desenhos Institucionais e Suas Conseqüências” in Vera Schattan P. Coelho e Marcos Nobre eds. Participaçåo e Deliberaçåo: Teoria Democrática e Experiências Institucionais no Brasil Contemporâneo (Sao Paulo: Editora, 2004).
“Een Pleidooi Voor Actief Burgerbestuur (Empowered Participatory Governance: An Introduction” in Socialisme & Democratie. No. 2 (2004): 36-43 (with Erik Olin Wright).
“Ecologies of Workforce Development in Milwaukee” in Robert P. Giloth ed. Workforce Development Politics: Civic Capacity and Performance (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004): 75-101. With Scott Zdrazil.
“Making Social Markets: Dispersed Governance and Corporate Accountability” in Market Based Governance: Supply Side, Demand Side, Upside and Downside, ed. John D. Donahue and Joseph S. Nye (Washington, D.C.: Brookings Institution Press, 2002).
“Experimentos en Democracia Deliberativa: Una Introduccion” in Republicanismo Contemporaneo: Igualdad, Democracia Deliberativa, y Ciudadania, ed. Andres Hernandez (Bogata, Colombia: Universidad de los Andes, 2002). With Erik Olin Wright.
Publications – Book Reviews and Review Essays
“Review of Can Democracy Be Saved by Donna Della Porta” in Contemporary Sociology Vol. 44. No. 1 (January 2015): 50-2.
“Reinventing Democracy in Latin America” in Perspectives on Politics Vol. 9, No. 4 (Dec. 2011): 857-71.
“Review of Xavier Briggs’ Democracy as Problem Solving: Civic Capacity in Communities Across the Globe” in City and Community(February 2010): xx-yy.
“Deliberation Day by Bruce Ackerman and James Fishkin (book review)” in Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Vol. 24, No. 2 (March 2005): 472-476.
“Can Social Movements Save American Democracy? (Review Essay)” in Boston Review, Vol. 28, No. 1 (February/March 2003): 34-38.
“A Review of The Environment: Between Theory and Practice (Book Review)” Environment Vol. 44, No. 5 (June 2002): 37.
“Why Do Expressive Campaigns Succeed and Fail?” (Review of Ronald Libby’s Eco-Wars: Political Campaigns and Social Movements, Cornell University Press, 1998) in Journal of Political Ecology: Case Studies in History and the Social Sciences (January 2001).
“A Deeply Democratic Developmental State: The Socio-Political Basis of the Kerala Model” (Review of Patrick Heller’s The Labor Of Development: Workers and the Transformation of Capitalism in Kerala, India, Cornell University Press, 2000) in Contemporary Sociology, Vol. 30, No.1 (January 2001): 75-7.
“The Fashionability of Hate: Review of Patricia Williams’ The Rooster’s Egg: Imagining How it Might Be Different in the Time of Democracy’s Doldrums,” Boston Book Review. Vol. 3, No. 2 (January/February 1996): 9-10.
“Speak Truth to Power: Review of Kent Greenawalt’s Fighting Words: Individuals, Communities, and Liberties of Speech,” Boston Book Review. Vol. 2, No. 7 (August 1995): 5.
Publications – Other Articles, Papers, and Opinions
Impact case studies from middle income and developing countries: Transparency, Technology, and Accountability (with Jennifer Shkabatur and Hollie Russon-Gilman) 2011.
“A Tea Party for Obama” in The American Prospect (May 2010): 26-29.
“Engaging Your Constituents: Beyond the Usual Suspects” Capitol Ideas (March/April 2010): 46.
“Sustaining Public Engagement: Embedded Deliberation in Local Communities” A Report for the Kettering Foundation (October 20, 2009) (with Elena Fagotto).
“Defining Transparency” and “Risks of Open Government” (two part interview with Archon Fung conducted by Allan Holmes) in NextGov: Technology and the Business of Government (September 2009).
“Polishing the keys to open government: How to make government transparent without encouraging partisan attacks” in Federal Computer Week (June 15, 2009) (with Joseph Goldman).
“Do All Bridges Collapse: Possibilities for Democracy in the European Union” in Politische Vierteljahresschrift (PVS). Vol. 48, No. 4 (December 2007): 730-739.
"A Citizen Congress" in Boston Globe (October 16, 2007).
"Fixing the Misinformation Age" in Boston Globe (April 10, 2007). With David Weil.
"What Can We Learn from Social Science About Democracy in Europe: A Response to Andrew Moravcsik" a debate on Notre Europe(October 2006) with Pepper Culpepper.
“Listen to Citizens: The Radical Way Forward for the European Union” in Harvard International Review, November 2, 2006 (with Pepper D. Culpepper).
“Let Citizen Assemblies Draw Districts (in Six Ways to Reform Democracy)” in Boston Review (September/October 2006): 20-1.
“Coming to the Rescue: Government Can’t Save the Day When Disaster Strikes. But It Can Help People Save Themselves” in Boston Globe Magazine (Sunday, October 2, 2005).
“Future Directions for Public Deliberation” in Journal of Public Deliberation, Vol. 1, No. 1 (2005) (with John Gastil and Peter Levine).
“The Political Economy of Transparency: What Makes Disclosure Policies Effective” (Occasional Paper OP-03-04, Ash Institute for Democratic Governance and Innovation, December 2004) (with Mary Graham, David Weil, and Elena Fagotto).
“Deliberation’s Darker Side: A Discussion with Iris Marion Young and Jane Mansbridge” in National Civic Review, Vol. 93, No. 4 (Winter 2004): 47-54.
“Public Deliberation: Where Are We and Where Can We Go?” in National Civic Review, Vol. 93, No. 4 (Winter 2004): 3-15. (with Abby Williamson).
“Deliberation Where You Least Expect It: Citizen Participation in Government” in Connections (Fall 2003): 30-33.
“The Political Economy of Transparency: What Makes Disclosure Policies Sustainable?” (Occasional Paper OPS-02-03, Institute for Government Innovation, JFK School of Government, Harvard University, 2003). With Mary Graham and David Weil.
“Improving Workplace Hazard Communication” Issues in Science and Technology, Vol. 19, No. 2 (Winter 2002-2003): 63-68. With Elena Fagotto.
“Creating Deliberative Publics: Governance After Devolution and Democratic Centralism” The Good Society: A PEGS Journal. Vol. 11. No. 1 (2002): 66-71.
“Clarifying Transparency” Financial Times, Tuesday April 23, 2002: 15. With Mary Graham and David Weil.
“How Participatory Theater Can Improve Deliberative Politics” in Theater, Vol. 31, No. 3 (Winter 2002).
“Beyond and Below the New Urbanism: Citizen Participation and Responsive Spatial Reconstruction (Symposium for Jane Jacobs)” in Boston College Environmental Affairs Law Review. Vol. 28, No. 4 (2001): 615-36.
“Stepping Up Labor Standards” in Boston Review. Vol. 26, No. 1 (February/March 2001): 4-10. With Dara O’Rourke and Charles Sabel.
“Act Locally, Deliberate Globally” The Good Society: A PEGS Journal. Vol. 10. No. 2. (2001): 4-7.
“Quale Volano per Gli Standard Internazionali di Protezione Sociale? Proposta per un Progressivo Miglioramento Delle Condizioni di Lavoro Nell’economia Globalizzata,” Il diritto del Mercato Del Lavoro, n.1, 2001, pp: 85-121. With Charles Sabel and Dara O’Rourke.
“Ratcheting Labour Standards: How Open Competition Can Save Ethical Sourcing” in ed. Raj Thamotheram, Visions of Ethical Sourcing (London: Financial Times-Prentice Hall, 2000). With Dara O’Rourke and Charles Sabel.
“Esfreras de Deliberación: Gobernar Después Del Centralismo Democrático (Spheres of Deliberation: Governance After Democratic Centralism)” in Metapolítica Vol. 4, No. 14 (April-June 2000).
“Ratcheting Labor Standards: Regulation for Continuous Improvement in the Global Workplace (World Bank Group Social Protection Unit Discussion Paper SP 0011)” (Washington, D.C.: World Bank Group, May 2000). With Dara O’Rourke and Charles Sabel.
“Beyond Backyard Environmentalism: How Communities are Quietly Refashioning Environmental Regulation” in Boston Review, Vol. 24 (October-November 1999): 4-10. With Bradley Karkkainen and Charles Sabel.
“Experimentos em Democracia Deliberativa” in Sociologias. Vol.1 No. 2 (July-December 1999). With Erik Olin Wright.
“‘High Road’ Job Creation: The New Party’s Urban Agenda.” Dollars and Sense. No. 214 (November/December 1997): 30-33. With Joel Rogers.
“Build Them Up or Tear Them Down? Solving Problem Buildings.” Neighborhoods. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer 1997): 1, 8-9.
“Englewood Residents, Police Clean Up Nuisance Building.” Neighborhoods. Vol. 3, No. 2 (Summer 1997): 5.
“Residents Can Use Police General Order to Solve Specific Neighborhood Problems.” Neighborhoods. Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 1997): 1, 5, 9-10.
“District Advisory Councils Searching for Community Policing Roles.” Neighborhoods. Vol. 3, No. 1 (Spring 1997): 6-8.
“Contract Expired: Is Chicago Poised to Take the Community Out of Community Policing?” Neighborhood Works. Vol. 20, No. 2 (March/April 1997): 8-9.
“Out of the Darkness: A Response to Richard Flacks’ ‘Reflections on Strategy in a Dark Time,’” Boston Review. Vol. 21, No. 1 (February/March 1996): 10. With Penn Loh and Dara O’Rourke.
Selected Lectures and Conference Presentations
Princeton Conference on Deliberative Democracy. Princeton University. March 9-11, 2006. “Practical Reasoning About Institutions: Governance Innovations in the Development of Democratic Theories.”
Challenges of Participatory Democracy Workshop. University of Southern California. Los Angeles. February 22, 2006. “Practical Reasoning About Institutions.”
American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Washington, D.C. September 2, 2005. “Reflective Equilibrium in Democratic Theory.”
Theorizing Democratic Renewal: The BC Citizens’ Assembly and Beyond. Vancouver, British Columbia. June 10-11, 2005. “Varieties of Participation in Democratic Governance.”
Midwest Political Science Association Annual Meeting. Chicago, IL. April 8, 2005. “Representation, Association, and Participation: Toward Three Dimensional Democratic Governance.”
School of Community and Public Affairs, Concordia University, Montreal, Canada. February 17, 2005. “Empowered Participatory Governance: Prospects and Challenges”
Social Development Department, World Bank, Washington, D.C.. December 16, 2004. “Participatory Governance: Accountability and Capacity.”
John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Chicago, IL. October 5, 2004. “Collaborative Governance and Participation.”
Her Majesty’s Treasury. London, Britain. May 24, 2004. “A Pragmatic Approach to Participatory Governance.”
Progressive Futures Conference. Belagio Conference Center, Milan, Italy. September 12-14, 2003. Delivered remarks on “Creating A Virtuous Cycle Between Policy and Politics.”
Engaging the Global City Conference. University of Southern California, Los Angeles , California. April 26, 2003. “Empowered Participation in Local Governance” (keynote address).
Video conference with Law School, Colombia National University, Bogata, Colombia. February 20, 2003. “Empowered Participatory Governance: An Introduction.”
International Colloquium: Proximity Governance and Participatory Democracy: A New Paradigm of Public Action. City Hall of Paris, France. September 27-28, 2002. “Making Participatory Governance Work.”
American Sociological Associations. Chicago, IL. August 17, 2002. “Collaboration and Countervailing Power: Making Participatory Governance Work.”
Consortium for Chicago School Research. Chicago, IL. February 14, 2002. “Realizing the Chicago Vision of Collaborative Educational Governance.”
Democracy Collaborative: The State of Democratic Practice. University of Maryland, January 25-26, 2002. “Recipes for Public Spheres: Eleven Institutional Design Choices and Their Consequences.”
Russell Sage Working Group on Legitimacy and Law. American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL. January 17-18, 2002. “Accountable Autonomy: Participatory Deliberation in Chicago.”
Democratic Decentralization in Practice, Research Meeting. Porto Alegre, Brazil. December 17-20, 2001.
Amsterdam School for Social Science Research. University of Amsterdam, November 12, 2001. “Accountable Autonomy: Participatory Deliberation in Urban Governance.”
Working Group on Decentralized Democratization. June 25, 2001, Johannesburg, South Africa. “Empowered Participatory Governance.”
Urban Studies Workshop, Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, February 20, 2001. “Accountable Autonomy: Institutions of Citizen Engagement.”
Jane Jacobs and the New Urban Ecology Symposium, Boston College Law School, November 18, 2000. “Responsive Reconstruction of Urban Space: Community Policing as Catalyst.”
Deliberating the World Economy, Stanford University Institute for International Studies, September 29, 2000. “Deliberative Democracy and International Labor Standards.”
American Sociological Association, August 14, 2000, Washington, D.C. Public Policy Session Organizer. “Democratizing Devolution: Bottom-Up Policy Formation and Social Action Around the World.”
The World Bank, June 12, 2000, Washington, D.C. “Ratcheting Labor Standards: Regulation for Continuous Improvement in the Global Workplace.”
Dartmouth College, May 15, 2000, Hanover, NH. “Law, Discretion, and Democracy: Public Values in Three Institutional Architectures.”
Innovations in Governance. Executive Education, Harvard Kennedy School.
Addressed to senior public leaders, this program explores new methods of working across traditional jurisdictions and sectors to identify, understand, and address emerging social problems. Topics include strategic management, political innovation, adaptive leadership, and principled negotiation.
DPI-201 (Harvard Kennedy School): Responsibilities of Public Action
Required course for all incoming Masters of Public Policy candidates. The course examines (1) contemporary theories of justice to ask how governments and public policies should be shaped and (2) the contending obligations and values that should guide the decisions of citizens and officials.
DPI-312 (Harvard Kennedy School): Sparking Social Change
This new course examines strategies and processes of contemporary social change in the United States, other developed countries, developing countries, and transnational contexts. This course is aimed at students who hope to produce social change but have not settled on the particular organizational “platform” from which they will try to make change. That is, individuals might try to make change from government organization, from social movements in civil society, as private sector social entrepreneurs, or even as unencumbered individuals.
PAL-218 (Harvard Kennedy School): Putting the Public Back Into Public Policy: Strategies of Civic Engagement and Effective Governance
Explored several instances of large and medium scale democratic reform in public and private sector organizations. Cases included health care reform in Oregon, municipal budgeting in Porto Alegre, Brazil, participatory school governance in Chicago and Kentucky, and community policing.
PAL-183 (Harvard Kennedy School, jointly listed with MIT): Politics, Justice, and Social Change.
Co-Instructors: Dara O’Rourke, Noam Chomsky
Introductory course explores dimensions of inequality and injustice in contemporary contexts that include U.S. foreign policy, the distribution of wealth and income, racial politics, and the environment. Also analyzes why democratic polities accept such extensive injustice, and concludes by presenting three strategies of response: social movements, institutional reform, and electoral politics.
Social Capital, Urban Politics, and the Law (Harvard Law School 1L Reading Seminar)
Co-Instructor: David Barron
This course examines the theory of social capital, made famous by Robert Putnam’s best-selling book, Bowling Alone, in the context of the cities and suburbs that comprise the metropolitan areas in which most Americans lives. The course examines the relationship between theories of social capital and major topics in metropolitan studies, including homeowners associations, New Urbanism, community development corporations, racial segregation and metropolitan government. A major theme of the course concerns the relationship between theories of social capital and legal interventions, and thus materials will include not only theoretical writings but also relevant judicial opinions.
PAL-217 (Harvard Kennedy School): Citizen Participation for the 21st Century, What’s Working?
This class explores theories and practices of citizen participation ranging from voting, interest group participation, secondary associations as well as institutions that invite the direct participation of citizens in the exercise of state power.
Justice (Spring 1996, 1993, MIT), Assistant to Professor Joshua Cohen
Undergraduate core class which covers three major theories of justice: the utilitarianism of Bentham and of Mill, libertarianism of Nozick, Hayek, and Friedman, Rawls’ egalitarian liberalism, and the communitarianism of Walzer and Taylor. Responsibilities included teaching a section and grading the papers and final exam.
Classics of Political Philosophy (Fall 1993, MIT), Assistant to Professor Uday Mehta
Undergraduate course which closely covered the major works of Hobbes, Locke, and Rousseau.
Modern Social Theory (Spring 1992, MIT), Assistant to Professor Uday Mehta
Course included both graduates and undergraduates. Analyzed works of Durkheim, Marx, and Weber.
Associate Professor of Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
July 2004 - Present
Assistant Professor of Public Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
July 1999 - June 2004
Center on Wisconsin Strategy, Madison, WI
Executive Director: Joel Rogers, University of Wisconsin
June 1996 - June 1999
Provided background research, institutional design work, and technical assistance for the Milwaukee Jobs Initiative (MJI), a seven year initiative funded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation for children, whose goal is to move residents of inner city Milwaukee into family supporting jobs and to modernize manufacturing in Milwaukee.
Institute for Policy Research, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
Principal Investigator: Wesley Skogan
October 1996 - July 1997
Member of field research team studying problem solving efforts in the context of the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy (CAPS). Documented problem solving efforts of police and residents in three south side Chicago neighborhoods.
Professional and Community Service
Steering Committee, Deliberative Democracy Consortium (2002), see http://www.deliberative-democracy.net/
Director, New Ecology Inc. (2000 – 2004), see http://www.newecology.org/
Founding Committee, Environmental Leadership Program (1998 – 2000), see http://www.elpnet.org/
Editorial Board, Politics and Society (1999 – Present)
American Sociological Association, Associate Member (2000 – Present)
American Political Science Association (1992 – Present)
Awards and Honors
2006. Senior Scholar, Edmond J. Safra Foundation, Center for Ethics, Harvard University.
1995. National Science Foundation Training Fellowship in Democratization.
1992. MIT Department of Political Science General Examinations in political philosophy and political economy, pass with distinction. Highest rank.