Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2004 

Elaine Kamarck

Lecturer in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University

Will History Repeat Itself? - The Election of 2004

Elaine Kamarck is currently on the faculty of the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University where she teaches courses in Twenty First Century Government, innovation in government, public management and American Politics. She joined the Harvard faculty in 1997 as Executive Director of Visions of Governance for the Twenty-First Century, a new research program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University. In addition she has served as Director of the Innovations in American Government Program, an award program for federal, state and local governments; as Director of a program called “The Future of Public Service,” and she is currently the principal investigator in a project with the Central Intelligence Agency called, “Strategic Issues for Intelligence Practice in the 21st Century.”

Prior to joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Kamarck served as Senior Policy Adviser to the Vice President of the United States, Al Gore. She joined the Clinton/Gore Administration in March of 1993 and, working directly with Vice President Gore, created the National Performance Review; a new White House policy council designed to reinvent government.

Among Dr. Kamarck’s most recent publications are: “Applying 21st Century Government to the Challenge of Homeland Security” and “Government Innovation Around the World.” In addition she publishes frequently in Newsday and appears regularly on Fox News discussing American politics.

Dr. Kamarck was educated at Bryn Mawr College and received her Ph.D. in political science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is married to Martin Kamarck, and she is the mother of three children.


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