Engage with UChicago experts and the Harris experience.

The Harris School of Public Policy's ongoing Masterclass series features world-renowned faculty and instructors. Learn from Harris' notable instructors as they provide insight into their various areas of expertise. Engage in real-time sessions with other future Harris students and get a glimpse into the unique Harris experience at UChicago.

Why attend a Masterclass?

  • Learn more about a specific topic presented by a University of Chicago instructor.
  • Experience the compelling research and academic rigor that you will find in the classes at Harris.
  • Connect with a member of the admissions team to learn more about the full-time, part-time, and credential programs offered at Harris.

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Explore upcoming Masterclasses below and check back for updates on additional sessions. 

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Masterclass with John Burrows

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 5:30 — 6:30 PM (CST)

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Join this session to learn more about leadership and negotiations, how these skills are important to your future career, and how your curriculum at Harris can help you develop or sharpen these skills.

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John Burrows

John Burrows
Senior Lecturer

John Burrows is senior lecturer in leadership at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. He also teaches healthcare leadership in a newly launched double masters degree program in health policy taught jointly by the University of Chicago and the London School of Economics & Political Science. Previously, he was an adjunct professor at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

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Masterclass with Paula Worthington

Wednesday, January 12, 2022 | 5:00 — 6:00 PM (CST)

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Join this session with Paula Worthington on "Infrastructure in the Post-Pandemic 21st Century."

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Paula Worthington

Paula Worthington
Senior Lecturer


Paula R. Worthington is a Senior Lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, where she also serves as academic director of the School’s Policy Labs program and faculty lead on its MPP program. At Harris, Worthington teaches courses in state and local government and cost-benefit analysis and advises students completing applied projects for public and nonprofit sector clients.

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Masterclass with Thomas Coleman

Wednesday, February 16, 2022 | 5:00 — 6:00 PM (CST)

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Join this session with Thomas Coleman on what students can expect to learn and what differentiates UChicago economics from other institutions. This session will focus on "Monetary Theory and Chicago Economics: How Milton Friedman and Anna Schwartz saved the world in 2008."

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Thomas Coleman

Thomas Coleman
Senior Lecturer

Thomas Coleman, PhD'84, is focused on teaching students about financial markets. In 2012 Coleman returned to the University of Chicago, first as Executive Director and Senior Advisor at the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics and then in 2015 as lecturer at Harris. Prior to returning to the University of Chicago, Coleman worked in the finance industry for over twenty years, with considerable experience in trading, risk management, and quantitative modeling.

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Masterclass with John Burrows and Caroline Johnson

Wednesday, March 9, 2022 |  5:30 — 6:30 PM (CST)

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Join this session to learn more about leadership, how these skills are important to your future career, and how your curriculum at Harris can help you develop or sharpen these skills.

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John Burrows

John Burrows
Senior Lecturer

John Burrows is senior lecturer in leadership at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an associate fellow at Oxford University’s Saïd Business School. At the University of Chicago and Oxford, John teaches leadership, negotiations, strategy, decision-making, and organizational psychology to MPP, MBA, and MA students, and to senior executives in open enrollment and custom executive-education programs.

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Caroline Johnson

Caroline Johnson is a dynamic leader with expertise in social capital and soft skill development. Recently she made headlines as an author, publishing her memoir, Jet Girl: My Life in War, Peace, and the Cockpit of the Navy's Most Lethal Aircraft, the F/A-18 Super Hornet, in November 2019. Jet Girl was featured on the Today Show, Fox & Friends, MSNBC, and Fox Nation, and Caroline completed a 16 city national book tour as part of the launch. Caroline is presently a Lecturer at University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and is attending University of Chicago Booth School of Business Executive MBA program.

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Past Masterclasses

Masterclass with David Chrisinger

Tuesday, September 28, 2021 | 4:00 — 5:15 PM (CDT)

In this session, David Chrisinger, Program Director of the Harris Writing Program, Lecturer, and author of Stories Are What Save Us, will host a short workshop on telling your story. This is an ideal event for students interested in learning more about the power of story telling, how to tell your personal story, and to help workshop ideas you may be considering for essays, motivational statements, or other prompts requiring you to share a personal narrative. 

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David Chrisinger

David Chrisinger
Program Director, Harris Writing Program; Lecturer

David Chrisinger is the Associate Director in the Academic and Student Affairs office, where he leads the Harris Writing Program. In his role, David will work with faculty to develop and evaluate writing-focused assignments, assist students in improving their writing skills, and train and manage the Writing Program Teaching Assistants, among other duties. 

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Masterclass with Justin Marlowe

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 | 5:30 PM — 6:30 PM (CDT)

In this session, Justin Marlowe will share his insights on public finance.

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Justin Marlowe

Justin Marlowe
Research Professor

Dr. Justin Marlowe is a research professor at Harris Public Policy. He is an admitted expert witness in federal and state courts and has served on technical advisory bodies for the Governmental Accounting Standards Board, the Government Finance Officers Association, the National Academies of Science, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, several state and local governments, and many other public, private, and non-profit organizations. In this Masterclass, Dr. Marlowe will share his extensive expertise in the world of public finance, with emphasis on public capital markets, infrastructure finance, state and local budgeting, and financial disclosure.

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Masterclass with James Robinson

Tuesday, November 9, 2021 | 4:30 — 5:30 PM (CST)

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In this session, "The Self-Organizing Periphery" with Professor James Robinson, you will learn more about his research using data on the organization and behavior of Colombian paramilitary groups.

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James Robinson

James Robinson
The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies; Institute Director, The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts

As Institute Director, James A. Robinson is guiding The Pearson Institute’s research agenda, engaging the international academic and practitioner community through The Pearson Global Forum, and setting the curriculum for the next generation of leaders and scholars.

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