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The John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard Universitymarker (also known as Harvard Kennedy School and HKS) is a public policy and public administration school, and one of Harvard's graduate and professional schools. It offers master's degrees in public policy, public administration, and international development, grants several doctoral degrees, administers executive programs for senior government officials, and conducts research in subjects relating to politics, government, international affairs, and economics.

The School's primary campus is located off of John F. Kennedy Street in Cambridgemarker, Massachusettsmarker. The main buildings overlook the Charles River, southeast of Harvard Yardmarker and Harvard Squaremarker, on the site of a former MBTA Red Line trainyard. The School is adjacent to the public, riverfront John F. Kennedy Memorial Park.

Since 2004, the School's Dean has been David Ellwood, who is also the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy at HKS. Previously, Ellwood was an assistant secretary in the Department of Health and Human Services in the Clinton administration.

History



Graduate School of Public Administration

Harvard Kennedy School was originally the Harvard Graduate School of Public Administration (GSPA), and was founded in 1936 with a $2 million gift from Lucius N. Littauer, a graduate of Harvard Collegemarker. The School drew its initial faculty from Harvard's existing government and economics departments, and welcomed its first students in 1937.

The School's original home was in the Littauer Center north of Harvard Yard, now the home of the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) Economics Department. The first students at the Graduate School were so-called "Littauer Fellows," participating in a one-year course listing which later developed into the school's mid-career Master of Public Administration program. In the 1960s, the School began to develop today's public policy degree and course curriculum in the Master of Public Policy program.

Renaming and move

In 1966, the School was renamed for President John F. Kennedy. By 1978, the faculty—notably presidential scholar and adviser Richard Neustadt, foreign policy scholar and later dean of the School Graham Allison, Richard Zeckhauser, and Edith Stokey—had orchestrated the consolidation of the School's programs and research centers in the present campus. Under the terms of Littauer's original grant, the current HKS campus also features a building called Littauer.

In addition to playing a critical role in the development of the School's modern era, Neustadt, who at the time served as the Assistant Dean, was also the founding Director of the Harvard Institute of Politics (IOP), created in 1966 in honor of President Kennedy. The IOP has been housed on the Kennedy School campus since 1978, and today the Institute puts on a series of programs, speeches and study groups for Harvard undergraduates and graduate students. The John F. Kennedy, Jr. Forum in the new Littauer building is both the site of IOP forums as well as a major social gathering place between HKS courses.

Academics

HKS courses

HKS courses are divided into the following listing of policy areas:



In addition to offerings in the HKS course listing, students are eligible to cross-register for many courses at the other graduate and professional schools at Harvard. Students are also able to sample beyond the Harvard and HKS course listing, at the MIT Sloan School of Managementmarker, The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacymarker at Tufts Universitymarker, and in urban planning at Massachusetts Institute of Technologymarker.

Areas and Faculty Chairs

In lieu of academic departments, the school divides the school and HKS course listing into six areas, each headed by a faculty "area chair." The areas and chairs for HKS courses are:

  • Management, Leadership and Decision Sciences - Prof. Mary Joe Bane
  • International Relations, Science, and Security - Prof. William Clark
  • Democracy, Politics and Institutions - Prof. Alex Keyssar
  • International Development - Prof. Lant Pritchet
  • Social and Urban Policy - Prof. Jose Gomez-Ibanez
  • Markets, Business and Government - Prof. Christopher Avery


Degrees

Currently, Harvard Kennedy School offers four master's degree programs. The Master of Public Policy (MPP) program focuses on policy analysis, economics, management in the public sector, and policy design.

There are also three separate Master of Public Administration (MPA) programs: a one-year "mid-career program" (MC/MPA), intended for professionals more than seven years from college graduation; a two-year MPA program intended for professionals that have an additional graduate degree and are more recently out of school; and a two-year International Development track (MPA/ID) focused on development studies, and with a strong emphasis on economics and quantitative analysis. Among the members of the mid-career MPA class are the Mason Fellows, who currently serve as public and private executives.

In addition to the master's programs, HKS also administers four doctoral programs. PhD degrees are awarded in Political Economy and Government, Public Policy, and Social Policy, in conjunction with the Departments of Government and Sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, as well as in Health Policy, in conjunction with FAS and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Joint and concurrent degrees

Harvard Kennedy School has a number of joint and concurrent degree programs, within Harvard and with other leading universities, which allow students to receive multiple degrees in a reduced period of time. Joint and current students spend at least one year in residence in Cambridge taking HKS courses. At Harvard, HKS joint degree programs are run with Harvard Business Schoolmarker and Harvard Law Schoolmarker, and concurrent programs are offered with Harvard Divinity Schoolmarker and Harvard Medical Schoolmarker.

Beyond Harvard, HKS has concurrent degree arrangements with other selective law, business, and medical schools. These include: Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern Universitymarker; MIT Sloan School of Managementmarker; Stanford Business School; Tuck School of Businessmarker at Dartmouth Collegemarker; The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvaniamarker; Columbia Law School; Duke University School of Law; Georgetown University Law Centermarker; New York University School of Lawmarker; Northwestern University School of Lawmarker; Stanford Law School; University of California, Berkeley School of Law; University of Michigan Law Schoolmarker; University of Pennsylvania Law School; Yale Law School; and UCSF Medical Center.

Taubman Building, John F. Kennedy School of Government


MPP Policy Areas of Concentration

Students enrolled in the Master of Public Policy program select a major, called a Policy Area of Concentration, on which they focus their coursework, take a year-long resaerch seminar in their second year, and prepare a master's thesis, called a Policy Analysis Exercise. These concentration areas are:

  • Social and Urban Policy
  • International and Global Affairs
  • Health Care Policy
  • Housing, Urban Development, and Transportation
  • Nonprofit Sector
  • Democracy, Politics and Institutions
  • Political and Economic Development
  • International Trade and Finance
  • Human Resources, Labor, and Education
  • Business and Government Policy
  • Crime and Criminal Justice
  • Press, Politics, and Public Policy


Notable HKS faculty





Centers

Harvard Kennedy School is home to 15 centers, several of which are located at HKS but University-wide.



Student life

Kennedy School women's team outside the Weld Boathouse preparing to row the Head of the Charles
There is an active student life at HKS, despite the fact that most students are at the School for two years or less. Most of the activities are centered around interest-driven student 'caucuses,' the student government (Kennedy School Student Government, known as KSSG), a student newspaper (The Citizen), student-edited policy journals, and a number of athletic groups.

Elections for HKS student government are among the most lively of the activities at the School, as one might expect for a school of government. The KSSG is led by a President, Executive Vice President, functional Vice Presidents and Class Representatives. The KSSG is also responsible for overseeing the interest caucuses at the School.

The courtyard nestled between the main Kennedy School buildings is a key attraction for students who gather there to work on their assignments, have lunch, or relax. During the warmer months, the School frequently sponsors beer and barbecue events which give students the opportunity to socialize. During the colder months, "Quorom Calls" are held in one of the indoor atriums, to celebrate the end of each week of HKS courses with friends.



Rankings

Harvard Kennedy School receives high rankings in the U.S. News & World Report listing of top graduate schools of public affairs. In the 2008 rankings, HKS is ranked second overall, tied with Indiana University Bloomington, and is ranked first in the subcategories of public policy analysis, health policy & management, and social policy.

HKS degree program alumni

Government and politics



Non-profit



Military

  • Christopher C. Ames (MPA '91) - U.S. Navy, Rear Admiral
  • Charles Hooper (MPA '89) - U.S. Army General
  • Jeffrey Fowler (MPA '90) - United States Navy, Vice Admiral; Superintendent, United States Naval Academymarker
  • Andrew F. Krepinevich, Jr. (MPA '80) - United States Army, Lt. Col.; author of The Army and Vietnam
  • Guy C. Swan III (MPA '86) - U.S. Army Major General, Commanding General of the Military District of Washington and Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region


Academia



Journalism



Business



Arts



See also



External links



References

  1. Kennedy School Web site asks what you can do — The Harvard University Gazette
  2. Harvard Kennedy School - David Ellwood
  3. Harvard Kennedy School - History
  4. Kumar, Martha Joynt. "Richard Elliott Neustadt, 1919-2003: a tribute," Presidential Studies Quarterly, Mar. 1, 2004, pg. 1
  5. HKS Course Listing
  6. HKS Course Listing
  7. Harvard Kennedy School - Office of Admissions
  8. Harvard Kennedy School - Joint & Concurrent Degrees
  9. Harvard Kennedy School - Centers
  10. Ash Institute For Democratic Governance and Innovation
  11. Harvard - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
  12. Carr Center for Human Rights Policy | John F. Kennedy School of Government | Harvard University
  13. http://cid.harvard.edu
  14. http://cpl.harvard.edu/
  15. Harvard Kennedy School
  16. Harvard University Institute of Politics
  17. Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics : Home
  18. Shorenstein Center Home Page
  19. Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business & Government
  20. Rappaport Institute of Greater Boston
  21. The Taubman Center:
  22. http://www.hks.harvard.edu/socpol/
  23. Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies - Home Page
  24. Women and Public Policy Program
  25. America's Best Graduate Schools 2008: Complete Guide to Public Affairs Programs



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