Letter from the President and Provost

The Harris School of Public Policy embodies many of the values that make the University of Chicago distinct. The school’s interdisciplinary and data-driven approach to policy analysis reflects the University’s culture of rigorous inquiry, and faculty and student engagement with the City of Chicago and other urban centers demonstrates the impact of research on societal challenges in education, crime, energy and other fields. These efforts draw scholars and practitioners to campus to exchange ideas and learn. 

Because the school stands at the intersection of so many important ideas, we recognized that its next dean would need to build on these existing strengths and think creatively about public policy scholarship and education. We wanted a leader who could work with scholars across the University and engage with business, political and civic leaders in Chicago and beyond to ensure that the school influences major policy debates. 

We found such a person in Daniel Diermeier, who started his tenure as dean on September 1. Dean Diermeier, previously the IBM Professor of Regulation and Competitive Practice at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, is an internationally recognized scholar of political institutions, formal political theory and the interaction of business and politics. He has experience working across disciplines, and his research touches on business, political science, linguistics, economics and law. He has worked extensively with individuals in the academy, in business and in politics, founding and directing interdisciplinary programs at Northwestern, including the CEO Perspectives Program and the Northwestern Institute on Complex Systems. 

We believe Dean Diermeier’s creative engagement with the challenges facing governments, businesses and societies and his commitment to the education of policy leaders will make him an outstanding dean of Chicago Harris. He will play an important role in the University’s partnership and engagement with Chicago and other local, state and federal governments, and will be a key voice and resource in our growing global engagement. 

With Dean Diermeier’s leadership we are confident that the coming years will see the enhanced eminence of Harris in its research, education, engagement and impact, and we look forward to working with him to ensure Harris’ success. 

Robert J. Zimmer 

Eric D. Isaacs 


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