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What difference do you want to make?

To produce positive social impact takes serious work, rigorous science, and the courage to find the most effective solutions. Whether your passion is tackling climate change at the systemic level, applying the most cutting-edge computer science to analyze how policies impact lives, or anything in between, you'll find the Harris academic and career resources that will help you achieve success on your terms.

Harris is an international leader in evidence-based, data-driven analysis of complex challenges across policy areas. Below is just a sampling of policy areas Harris students, alumni, and faculty are leading in.  

Energy & Environment

We’re probably forestalling adaptation if we don’t allow markets to accurately and freely price the risks caused by climate change.
—Michael Greenstone
Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Director, Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago

Municipal Finance

“While we think all areas of public policy are important, what underlies most policy initiatives is funding. And if you can’t adequately finance government, you can’t address housing issues, environmental issues, public safety.”
—Mike Belsky
Director, Center for Municipal Finance at the Harris School of Public Policy

Conflict Resolution

“Across the University of Chicago and more broadly, there is an immense depth of scholarship and knowledge about the causes and nature of global conflict and how to resolve it. I hope to help make The Pearson Institute the place to be for anyone who works on or cares about these all-critical global issues.”
—James A. Robinson
University Professor, Harris School of Public Policy
Director, Pearson Institute for the Study and Resolution of Global Conflicts at the Harris School of Public Policy
Author, Why Nations Fail

Social Policy

“Poverty as a lived experience is often characterized not just by low income, but by ill health, insecurity, discomfort, isolation, and lack of agency.”
—Elizabeth Kneebone, MPP'03
Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program at the Brookings Institution
Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

Data Science

“What I found compelling about CAPP was that it was taking all of the things that I was interested in and then applying them to things that actually matter, that are really important for people’s everyday lives.”
—Alden Golab
Second-year Harris student, pursuing a master's degree in computational analysis and public policy (CAPP)

Politics & Policymaking

“On a day-to-day basis—in Chicago, in my district, in committee, on the floor, analyzing policy—the skill set I got at Harris is what I use the most.”
—Mike Quigley, AM'85
US Representative, 5th District of Illinois