Elizabeth Linos Wins the David N. Kershaw Prize From the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management

Elizabeth Linos, the Emma Bloomberg Associate Professor of Public Policy and Management and faculty director of The People Lab at the Kennedy School at Harvard University, was awarded the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize for her research on how governments can build a more effective workforce and provide better public services.

The award, which honors persons under 40 who have made distinguished research-driven contributions to the field of public policy analysis and management, was announced by the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Dr. Linos will be recognized at the association’s Fall Research Conference in Atlanta in November. The David N. Kershaw Award and Prize is one of the largest awards recognizing outstanding work in public policy research and social science, with recipients receiving a commemorative sculpture and a $20,000 cash prize.

“Dr. Linos effectively applies expertise in public policy, experience in public administration, and a behavioral economics lens to help uncover important insights about how governments can best serve people,” said Paul Decker, president and chief executive officer of Mathematica. “She exemplifies the spirit of the Kershaw Award, and her portfolio is a testament to the role that modern social scientists should strive to play in not only shaping policy but also ensuring that government services are reaching those who need them most.”

Before joining the Harvard faculty, Dr. Linos was an assistant professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley; vice president and head of research and evaluation at the Behavioral Insights Team — North America; and a policy adviser for social innovation to the prime minister of Greece.

Dr. Linos completed her bachelor’s degree in government and economics and a Ph.D. in public policy at Harvard University.

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