John D. Donahue

Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy
Faculty Chair, MPP Program/SLATE Curriculum Initiative Co-chair for Cases and Curriculum
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John Donahue


John D. Donahue is the Raymond Vernon Senior Lecturer in Public Policy. He is also Faculty Chair of the MPP Program and the SLATE Curriculum Initiative Co-Chair for Cases and Curriculum. His teaching, writing, and research mostly deal with public sector reform and with the distribution of public responsibilities across levels of government and sectors of the economy, including extensive work with the HKS-HBS joint degree program. He has written or edited twelve books, most recently Collaborative Governance (with Richard J. Zeckhauser, 2011) and Ports in a Storm (with Mark H. Moore, 2012). He served in the first Clinton Administration as an Assistant Secretary and then as Counselor to the Secretary of Labor. Donahue has consulted for business and governmental organizations, including the National Economic Council, the World Bank, and the RAND Corporation, and serves as a trustee or advisor to several nonprofits. A native of Indiana, he holds a BA from Indiana University and an MPP and PhD from Harvard.

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Selected Publication Citations:

  • Book Chapters
    • Donahue, John D. "Improving the Role of Public-Private Partnerships." Memos to National Leaders. Ed. Posner, Paul L., Janice R. Lachance, and Tonya T. Neaves. National Academy of Public Administration, 2016, 101-105.
    • Donahue, John D. "Privatization." American Governance. Ed. Schechter, Steven. Macmillan, 2016.

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