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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 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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Masterclass with Peter Ganong

Thursday, August 11, 2022 | 4:30 — 5:15 PM (CDT)

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Join this session to learn more about Associate Professor Peter Ganong's economic research on the effect of public policies on people facing difficult financial circumstances.

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Peter Ganong

Peter Ganong
Associate Professor

Ganong is an economist who studies the effect of public policies on people facing difficult financial circumstances. In his research on the foreclosure crisis, he found that most borrowers defaulted due to insufficient liquidity and that many foreclosures could have been averted through liquidity-focused modifications to mortgages. He also has found that unemployment benefits play a crucial role in sustaining the consumption of unemployed workers. In ongoing work, he is studying the effects of racial wealth inequality and the effects of high liquidity on the US economy.

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Masterclass with David Chrisinger

Thursday, September 8, 2022 | 8:00 — 9:30 AM (CDT)

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In this session David Chrisinger, Writing Program Director, Lecturer, and author of Stories Are What Save Us, will host a short workshop on the "shapes of stories." Chrisinger argues that a single story shape, the "person-in-hole" story, is especially useful in policy communication, whether you're telling a story about yourself, your community, or your organization. This is an ideal event for students interested in learning more about the power of storytelling and to help workshop ideas you may be considering for essays, motivational statements, or other prompts requiring you to share your 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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