Dedicated to solving the world’s most intractable public problems
At the Ash Center, we work to meet the profound challenges facing the world’s citizens. While it’s a tall order, the Ash community is committed to bringing our mission to life every day.
The Ash Center serves as an intellectual home to those seeking to make the world a better place. These scholars, students, and practitioners are passionate about a multitude of issues, including democratic governance, innovation in government, Asia public policy, indigenous governance, and antiracism. Research, education, and engagement with practice are central to the Center’s work, which includes more than two dozen distinct projects, programs, and initiatives.
On a typical day at the Ash Center, you might find leading democratic scholars discussing trends in political participation, government leaders sharing best practices in data-driven policymaking, or students exploring the nuances of Chinese domestic and international politics. Outside of Cambridge, you could run into one of our students conducting independent research on how best to increase voter engagement or partnering with a Native American tribal government to strengthen tribal health systems. We also work to bring our research and scholarship to the public at large by hosting over 90 annual events, conferences, and workshops, all of which contribute to the broader academic and public discourse at Harvard and in the community.
Every year, 1 in 10 HKS students receives support from the Ash Center in the form of scholarship or funds for research and learning. Even more students engage with Ash Center faculty or participate in an Ash Center event or study group.
To learn more about how the Ash Center can be a part of your experience at HKS:
No matter your degree program, there is something for you at the Ash Center. We invite you to explore, learn, be inspired, and join us. Our doors are always open.
Director, Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
Daewoo Professor of International Affairs
Harvard Kennedy School