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David T. Ellwood
Dean, Harvard Kennedy School
Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy

Dean Ellwood joined the Harvard Kennedy School faculty in 1980 and served two separate terms as academic dean before becoming dean in 2004. In 1993, Ellwood was named Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the US Department of Health and Human Services, where he served as co-chair of President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. A labor economist who also specializes in family change, low pay, and unemployment, Ellwood focuses on the changing structure of American families. Ellwood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a senior research affiliate of the National Poverty Center at University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. A native of Minnesota, Ellwood completed his undergraduate degree and a PhD in economics from Harvard. VIEW FULL BIO