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Winter 2024
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Consent required to enroll. In Harris Policy Labs, students work under faculty supervision to apply their Harris training to help government agencies and non-profit organizations address public policy challenges. Students effectively serve as policy consultants, working in interdisciplinary teams to conduct research, analyze complex data, and engage with clients and other experts to produce a set of solution-oriented final deliverables. In addition to gaining first-hand experience on a specific policy issue, students hone other skills that prepare them for policy careers such as working with imperfect data, navigating team dynamics, and communicating complex analyses and policy recommendations to a client’s leadership. Each Lab will focus on a particular policy area or set of policy tools and engage two or three different client organizations. Clients will range from local to international organizations and are expected to include Metropolitan Planning Council, Chicago Park District, Oxfam America, Chicago Department of Family and Support Services, Advance Illinois, Illinois Department of Human Services, World Bank, NATO, Forefront, City of Gary, and others. Some projects may be of particular interest to students who are planning to complete Harris certificate programs.


Students must be selected through Harris Policy Labs application process. Students do not need to pre-register or register for this course in my.uchicago.


Descriptions of client projects for each Lab course will be shared with eligible students prior to registration week each quarter, along with application and enrollment instructions. Descriptions will indicate which certificate each Lab may be counted toward.


  • Equity and the Social Safety Net Policy Lab will count towards the Social and Economic Inequality Certificate.
  • Health Policy Lab will count towards the Health Policy Certificate.
Quarter Title Instructor Day(s) Time(s) Syllabus
Fall 2023 Policy Lab Robert Goerge Wednesday 3:00pm-5:50pm Syllabus
Winter 2024 Policy Lab Rebecca Wolfe Tuesday 3:30pm-6:20pm
Spring 2024 Policy Lab Robert Goerge Wednesday 3:00pm-5:50pm
Fall 2023 Policy Lab Alexandra Tate Monday 3:00pm-5:50pm Syllabus
Spring 2024 Policy Lab Benjamin Krause Wednesday 3:00pm-5:50pm
Spring 2024 Policy Lab Monday 3:00pm-5:50pm