Teresa Acuña, Roy and Lila Ash Fellow

For Teresa Acuña, mid-career MPA 2017 and the Roy and Lila Ash Fellow at the Ash Center, community is always on her mind. Learn about her experience as a legislative aide and advocate.


Case Study

Meet the 2017 Innovations in American Government Awards Semifinalists and Bright Ideas honorees. These programs represent the next horizon in innovative government efforts to improve services, solve problems, and work on behalf of citizens.

Innovations in American Gov. 2017Bright Ideas

Historical Context for Modern Immigration Policy & Sentiment

JKF Jr ForumThe Ash Center and Harvard's Institute of Politics hosted Ambassador Norm Eisen, current Brookings Institute fellow, and author Mary Graham, co-director of the Ash Center's Transparency Policy Project, for an event about presidential secrecy, moderated by Archon Fung. The Harvard Gazette has the story


New Operational Excellence in Government Platform

OpExExplore the Ash Center's new platform for government operational efficiency. The site contains insights from thousands of recommendations from over 200 state and local government reports. The 30 best studies, searchable by location and topic, are available today. 

Featured Research

Candelaria Garay explores social policy expansion in Latin America, showing how the critical factors driving expansion are electoral competition for the vote of outsiders and social mobilization for policy change.
                                                                                  Social Policy in Latin America

Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister of Indonesia

What is the response of Indonesia to the New World Order? How can global leaders respond to current events without destroying the engines of global prosperity? Watch the Albert H. Gordon Lecture presented by Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Finance Minister of Indonesia. 

Asia Public Policy Forum 2017

Watch a session from the 2017 Asia Public Policy Forum (APPF) about education and meeting the demand for jobs, a part of the forum's overall discussion about improving education access and quality in Asia.

Judging the Bench

Dr. Prof.

Former Ash Center Democracy Fellows, Professor Graham Smith, Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Westminster, and Dr. Paolo Spada, Center for Social Studies, University of Coimbra, Portugal received funding to explore, through a large-scale field experiment, how representation-centric collaborative platforms and empathy inducement can promote more reason-based, intellectually humble dialogue in online news comments around socially, culturally and politically divisive issues.