Academic Dean's Office

Welcome to the office of Academic Dean Archon Fung at the John F. Kennedy School of Government.

The Academic Dean oversees major faculty and research activities at the school, including appointments, sponsored research, the faculty budget, and the Faculty Steering Committee.

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Academic Dean Archon Fung is the Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship. He co-directs the Transparency Policy Project. He guides a suite of activities at the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation that explore possibilities for deepening the quality of democratic governance. He is also a faculty chair of the Harvard Kennedy School's joint degree program with the Harvard Law School, faculty chair of the Executive Education Program on "Creating Collaborative Solutions," and regularly teaches the professional ethics course of the Masters of Public Policy Program. He co-founded (, a digital open-source repository that documents participatory governance efforts around the world. He serves on the governing, advisory, and editorial boards of several organizations working in the civic engagement and democracy space, including Everyday Democracy, the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, GoodGuide, the Politics & Society journal, and the Boston Review magazine.

Professor Fung is a political scientist and democratic theorist. His research aims to understand how public participation, deliberation, and transparency can make contemporary public governance more fair and effective. He focuses on identifying and understanding the dynamics and consequences of innovative institutional designs, policies, programs, and organizations that attempt to create more potent avenues for citizen engagement in areas like regulation, public accountability, urban planning, and public services. His books include Full Disclosure: The Perils and Promise of Transparency (Cambridge University Press, with Mary Graham and David Weil) and Empowered Participation: Reinventing Urban Democracy (Princeton University Press). He has authored or co-authored five books, four edited collections, and over fifty articles, book chapters, and reviews appearing in journals including American Political Science Review, Perspectives in Politics, Public Administration Review, Science, Political Theory, Journal of Political Philosophy, Politics and Society, Governance, and Journal of Policy and Management.

He received his Ph.D. in Political Science and Bachelor degrees in Physics and Philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the Harvard Kennedy School as an Assistant Professor in 1999 and was made Full Professor in 2008. He lives in Brookline, Massachusetts with his wife Deborah and their two boys. He usually commutes to Cambridge on his bicycle.

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