Public Policy

Naomi Calvo

Naomi Calvo

PhD in Public Policy, 2007.
Director of Research, Evaluation, and Assessment, Bellevue School District, Washington.
Sarah Cohodes

Sarah Cohodes

PhD in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Education Policy and Economics, Teachers College Columbia University.


Distinguished CESifo Affiliate Award, Economics of Education, 2016.

Winner of the Jean Flanigan Outstanding Dissertation Award, Association for Education Finance and Policy, 2016. 

David J.  Deming

David Deming, Associate Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

David J. Deming

PhD in Public Policy, 2010.
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Winner of the David N Kershaw Early Career Award, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), 2018. The award honors those under the age of 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management.

David Deming is one of five new William T. Grant Scholars for 2013-2018. The William T. Grant Scholars Program “supports the professional development of promising early career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences” with five-year research awards.

Will S. Dobbie

Will S. Dobbie

PhD in Public Policy, 2013.
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.


Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2013-2019.

Named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2019-2021.

Co-winner of the W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award for the best dissertation on employment, 2013.

Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman

PhD in Public Policy, 2007.
Director at Grant Thornton


Andy Feldman's focus is helping public organizations use evidence, data and innovation to strengthen their results, as well as on evidence-based strategies to fight poverty and expand opportunity. He is a director at Grant Thornton Public Sector and also hosts the Gov Innovator podcast.

What Works in Work-First WelfareAndrew Feldman's book, What Works in Work-First Welfare,  explores why some employment programs in New York City are more effective than others at helping people get and keep jobs. Upjohn Institute Press, 2011.

Dan Honig

Daniel Honig

PhD in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of International Development, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.


Navigation by Design, by Dan HonigDaniel Honig's first book, Navigation by Judgment: Why and When Top-down Management of Foreign Aid Doesn’t Work, examines the optimal level of autonomy in foreign aid intervention delivery and the role political authorizing environments and measurement regimes play in circumscribing that autonomy. Published by Oxford University Press (2018).

Winner of the Next Horizons Essay Contest, 2014. The contest, organized by the Global Development Network in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, invited original and innovative thinking to inform the ongoing discourse on development assistance.

John J. Horton

John J. Horton

PhD in Public Policy, 2011.
Assistant Professor, MIT Sloan 'School of Management.


Upjohn Institute Early Career Award, 2016.

Felipe Kast

Felipe Kast

PhD in Public Policy, 2009.
Senator, National Congress of Chile.


Deputy, National Congress of Chile, 2014-2018.

Presidential Delegate for Chilean Reconstruction, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Chile, 2011-2012.

Minister of Planning and Cooperation, Government of Chile, 2010-2011.

Founder, Evolución Política, Chile.

Andrew Leigh

Andrew Leigh

PhD in Public Policy, 2004.
Member of Parliament, Australia.
Shadow Assistant Treasurer and Shadow Minister for Competition.


Professor of Economics, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2004-2010.

Randomistas, by Andrew LeighAndrew Leigh's latest  book, Randomistas: How Radical Researchers Are Changing Our World, has been published by Yale University Press (2018).

Author of The Luck of Politics, Black Inc. Publishing (2015).

Author of The Economics of Just About Everything, Allen & Unwin (2014).

Author of  Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia, Black Inc. Publishing (2013).

Andrew Leigh's first book, Disconnected, has been published by the University of New South Wales Press (2010).

Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award, 2006.   

 Battlers and Billionaires, by Andrew Leigh   Battlers and Billionaires, by Andrew Leigh Disconnected, by Andrew Leigh

Elizabeth  Linos

Elizabeth Linos

PhD in Public Policy, 2016.
Assistant Professor, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.


VP and Head of Research and Evaluation, Behavioral Insights Team – North America, 2016-2017.

Juan E. Saavedra

Juan E. Saavedra

PhD in Public Policy, 2009.
Economist, Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California .
Gavin A. Samms

Gavin A. Samms

PhD in Public Policy, 2004.
Founder and Head of Schools, Genesis Innovation Academy, Atlanta.


From 2010-2014 Gavin Samms served as Principal, Superintendent, and CEO of Fulton Leadership Academy, an all-boys charter school in South Fulton.