At Harris, we believe strong leadership is as inclusive as it is ambitious.

Under the leadership of Kerwin Charles, Interim Dean and Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor, Harris Public Policy has an ambitious agenda for the future as it seeks to redefine what it means to be a policy school for a new generation of leaders. The Dean's Office, with input from faculty and staff leadership, sets Harris's direction and strategic priorities. 

Harris Public Policy's three advisory boards provide guidance on new and ongoing initiatives, as well as resource development. Members of both the Harris Council and the Alumni Council are accomplished professionals with substantial experience in the public, nonprofit, and private sectors. Chaired by Interim Dean Charles, the Diversity & Inclusion Advisory Board comprises representatives from Harris's students, alumni, faculty, and staff who have exemplified leadership in their commitment to fostering diversity and inclusion at Harris and in the policy arena.

Kerwin Charles

Interim Dean and Edwin A. and Betty L. Bergman Distinguished Service Professor

Kerwin Charles

Kerwin Charles has served as Interim Dean since 2016 and has been on staff since 2006. His research focuses on labor and applied microeconomics. Topics have included racial and gender discrimination in the labor market and differences in visible consumption across racial and ethnic groups.