Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation

The Roy and Lila Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation advances excellence and innovation in governance and public policy through research, education, and public discussion. The Ford Foundation is a founding donor of the Center. Three major programs support our mission: the Program on Democratic Governance, the Innovations in Government Program; and the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia. More 

Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs

This center is the hub of the school’s research, teaching, and training in international security affairs, environmental and resource issues, and science and technology policy. Its mission is to provide leadership advancing policy-relevant knowledge about issues where science, technology, environmental policy, and international affairs intersect. More 

Carr Center for Human Rights Policy

The Carr Center’s research, teaching, and writing is guided by a commitment to make human rights principles central to the formulation of good public policy in the United States and throughout the world. The center has developed a unique focus of expertise on the most dangerous and intractable human rights challenges of the new century. More 

Center for International Development

This university-wide center seeks to advance understanding of development challenges and offer viable solutions to problems of global poverty. By analyzing and addressing the challenges of developing, the center aims to train future leaders in development and improve the effectiveness of international development policies and institutions. More 

Center for Public Leadership

CPL is committed to growing leaders in a changing world. Recognizing that effective public leadership is essential to the common good, CPL serves people in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors through cutting-edge research, teaching, and leadership development efforts. More 

Hauser Institute for Civil Society

This university-wide institute based at the Kennedy School pursues research and education, promoting critical thinking about the importance, roles, and performance of nonprofits and other civic organizations in civil society. Our community represents a range of disciplines, approaches, and interests to best reflect the breadth of the field. More

Institute of Politics

Harvard’s IOP was created as a memorial to President Kennedy to inspire students to get involved in politics and public service. The institute oversees the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, one of the world’s premier arenas for speech and debate, and runs a unique resident fellows program for political practitioners to spend a semester at Harvard. More 

Joint Center for Housing Studies

The center, a joint venture between HKS and the Graduate School of Design, analyzes the dynamic relationships between housing markets and economic, demographic, and social trends, providing leaders in government, business, and the nonprofit sector with the knowledge needed to develop effective policies and strategies. More 

Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

The center conducts research and designs policy in the areas of criminal justice, health, labor, education, poverty and inequality, social insurance, and human services. The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development is also part of the center. More

Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government

The center is dedicated to advancing the state of knowledge and policy concerning some of society’s most challenging problems at the interface of business and government. The scope of its work ranges from the local to the global levels, and brings together thought leaders from both the public and private sectors. More 

The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston

The institute aims to improve the governance of Greater Boston by strengthening connections among the region’s scholars, students, and civic leaders. The institute attracts young people to serve Greater Boston, produces new ideas about important issues, and fosters thoughtful discussion that involve both scholars and civic leaders. More

Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy

The Shorenstein Center is a research center based at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, with a mission to study and analyze the power of media and technology and its impact on governance, public policy, and politics. Research, courses, fellowships, public events, and engagement with students, scholars, and journalists form the core of the Center. More 

Taubman Center for State and Local Government

The Taubman Center focuses on training and research in the following areas: education; public finance and budgeting; innovation, public management, leadership, and governance; and land use, urban economics, infrastructure, and the environment. More

The Women and Public Policy Program

WAPPP addresses public policies that have an impact on women and both informs and learns from women who shape public policies. Primary activities concern facilitating scholarship and enhancing teaching on women and public policy. More