The Aims of Public Policy address provides a collective moment for students entering Harris during which they can think about the broader aspects of their education before becoming fully immersed in the data-driven Harris approach to policy analysis. The address is a unique experience to Harris and is an annual tradition. Each year, a Harris faculty member is invited to speak about the impact of public policy, while encouraging you to reflect on the purpose of your education.

2020 Aims of Public Policy Address

Date: Monday, September 21, 2020 - 8:00 PM CDT

This year's address will be given by Scott Ashworth, Professor and Director of the University of Chicago Harris Public Policy PhD program. Professor Ashworth's research uses game-theoretic models to study a variety of issues in political science, with a special emphasis on campaigns and elections.

Professor Ashworth's recent research has examined the welfare economics of campaign finance, the sources of the incumbency advantage, the media's influence on policy choice, and some methodological pitfalls in the study of suicide terrorism. His current research continues to use ideas from contract theory to explore foundational and applied questions in the theory of political accountability.

Before joining Harris, Ashworth was an assistant professor in the Department of Government at Harvard University and in the Department of Politics at Princeton University. Ashworth received his BS in economics from the University of Pennsylvania and his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Previous Speakers

Ryan Kellogg, Professor and Deputy Dean for Academic Programs (2019)

Christopher R. Berry, William J. and Alicia Townsend Friedman Professor (2018)

William Howell, Sydney Stein Professor in American Politics (2017)

James Robinson, The Reverend Dr. Richard L. Pearson Professor of Global Conflict Studies (2016)

Ethan Bueno de Mesquita, Sydney Stein Professor and Deputy Dean (2015)