Public Policy

Natalie Bau

Natalie Bau

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Toronto.

Naomi Calvo

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2007.
Director of Research and Accountability, Bellevue School District, Washington.
Sarah Cohodes

Sarah Cohodes

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Education and Public Policy, Teachers College Columbia University
David Deming

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

David Deming

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2010.
Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


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

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2013.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University.


Will Dobbie is a co-winner of the 2013 W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award for the best dissertation on employment for his dissertation, “Essays in Labor Economics.”

Daniel Honig

Daniel Honig, Doctoral Fellow in Public Policy.

Daniel Honig

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


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

John J. Horton

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2011.
Assistant Professor of Information Systems, Stern School of Business, New York University.

Felipe Kast

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2009.
Deputy, National Congress of Chile.

Minister of Planning and Cooperation, Government of Chile (2010-2011).
Presidential Delegate for Chilean Reconstruction, Ministry of Housing and Urban Development, Chile (2011-2012 ).
Founder, Evolución Política, Chile.… Read more about Felipe Kast

Andrew Leigh

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

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

Andrew Leigh's book,The Economics of Just About Everything, has been published by Allen & Unwin (2014).

Andrew Leigh's book, Battlers and Billionaires: The Story of Inequality in Australia, has been published by Black Inc. Publishing (2013).

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

Andrew Leigh has won the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia Early Career Award (2006).   

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Elizabeth  Linos

Elizabeth Linos

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2016.
VP and Head of Research and Evaluation, Behavioral Insights Team – North America.

Juan E. Saavedra

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2009.
Economist, Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, University of Southern California .

Gavin Samms

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2004.
Chief of Dissemination, EdLabs, Harvard University.


From 2010-2014 Gavin Samms served as Principal, Superintendent, and CEO of Fulton Leadership Academy, a start-up state-charter school in Atlanta, Georgia, serving boys of color. By the end of his tenure, the Academy was ranked #1 in the district (97th percentile in the state) in terms of value-added.