2021 in Review

2021 in Review

In any given year, HKS students, alumni, faculty, and researchers

work tirelessly to improve public policy and leadership so people can live in

safer, freer, more just, and more prosperous societies—2021 was no

exception. As we approach the end of another calendar year, let’s look back on a small selection of our favorite HKS stories from 2021. 


Alsan awarded MacArthur Fellowship

Harvard Kennedy School Professor Marcella

Alsan, an economist, physician, and public health specialist, was awarded the

prestigious MacArthur Fellowship in recognition of her work examining the

legacies of discrimination and mistrust in perpetuating racial disparities in



Kennedy School graduates recognized during May 27 celebration

Learn more about some of the exceptional graduates of the Class of 2021:



School reacts to Ressa’s Nobel Peace Prize

Journalist Maria Ressa, a fall 2021 Harvard

Kennedy School fellow, was awarded the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize.

Listen to the HKS PolicyCast: Maria Ressa on how social media is pushing journalism—and democracy—to the brink. 


Kennedy School professors appointed to top US diplomatic posts

Tapping Wendy Sherman for deputy secretary of state and Samantha Power to lead

USAID signals commitment to restoring pro-alliance, human rights-based



Altamirano MC/MPA 2022 shares his

ideas at COP26

Beto Altamirano MC/MPA 2022, SICI Cheng Fellow, U.S. Latino Leadership Fellow, and co-founder of Irys, traveled to Glasgow in November to share his ideas at the COP26 Tech For Our Planet showcase.

“Climate change is happening now … It may

feel like our individual, everyday contributions don’t matter in the fight

against climate change, but from big changes to small habits, we can all make a

difference to protect the only planet we have.”

A unique opportunity puts HKS students front and center in Boston government


Acting Mayor Kim Janey’s team looked to the Harvard Kennedy School to assist

with a fast and highly visible transition.

“Our subcommittee’s goal was to brainstorm recommendations and action steps to restart Boston’s economy in an equitable way.” - Alexis Farmer 

MPP 2021


Please note that Harvard Kennedy School will be closed

for winter recess starting December 20. We will re-open on Monday, January 3,

2022. Happy New Year!