Letter from the Dean

As the new dean of Chicago Harris, I have the distinct honor of joining the school at a pivotal moment in its history. In recognition of our 25th anniversary, we have been reflecting on our founding vision and the notable accomplishments that have allowed the school to thrive over the years. One of the themes that has emerged with the sharpest clarity is that Harris’ deep commitment to rigor and relevance drives the school forward. As we look to the future I’m confident that we are on course to reach our full potential while staying true to the values that make our school the finest of its kind.

The support of our friends, another thread that runs through our history, remains an essential lifeline. Our cover story in this premiere issue of Chicago Harris Magazine showcases the profound impact our donors have on the school. Thanks to the remarkable generosity of Dennis Keller and King Harris and his family, we will be able to realize our dream of moving to a world-class home. Their historic gifts add to the legacy of giving started by the late Irving B. Harris and his wife, Joan, and will help us advance our mission as the pre-eminent source of evidence-based scholarship and training for policy leaders.

We’re also excited to share news about two of our most exciting new initiatives. The Behavioral Insights and Parenting Lab is drawing on cutting-edge technology and “light-touch” interventions to help close the achievement gap in low-income neighborhoods. And the Master of Science in Computational Analysis and Public Policy is a first-of-its-kind program that trains students how to glean new insights from data and combine them with hard-won insights from public policy.

I hope you find this issue to be engaging, informative and grounded in the rigorous, quantitative research that serves as our constant guide. If the effort is successful, the magazine will spark an ongoing dialogue with our readers. So please let us know what you think, and tell us what you’d like to see in the next issue.

Daniel Diermeier


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