Letter from the Dean

With the creation of The Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts and The Pearson Global Forum, Chicago Harris embarks on an exciting new chapter in the school’s history.

As the first of their kind,The Pearson Institute and The Pearson Global Forum will fill a critical gap in identifying new strategies rooted in innovative, data-driven research approaches that will transform how we understand and approach global conflicts for a new era.

At a time of heightened global violence,The Pearson Institute’s mission advances three main areas: research to understand, prevent and resolve violent conflicts; engagement by annually convening the international policy and academic community to recognize new data-driven approaches to policies that reduce global conflicts; and education for the next generation of scholars and practitioners through new courses and programs – all designed to help resolve conflicts and inform more effective policies.

I am extremely grateful to The Thomas L. Pearson and The Pearson Family Members Foundation, whose landmark $100 million gift, equal in size to the second-largest gift in University history,made this all-important initiative possible.The Pearson family’s philanthropic commitment will leave a lasting legacy at Harris, guiding our work to confront the most important foreign policy challenge of our time.

Harris’ distinct approach to policy analysis is informing leaders in other policy domains, as well. Brett Goldstein, our senior fellow in urban science, is helping cities around the world incorporate cutting-edge data analytics into their policing strategies. And McCormick Foundation Professor Bruce Meyer is applying novel insights on the effectiveness of social welfare programs to help congressional legislators launch a commission on evidence-based policymaking.

Harris has always been a place where rigor meets relevance. Our future is bright, and the work that we undertake together is, and will continue to be, vital to the world in which we live.

Daniel Diermeier