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Director, Burnes Center for Social Change; Professor

Beth Simone Noveck is a professor with joint appointments in the Department of Communication Studies, School of Law, College of Engineering, and College of Social Sciences and Humanities as well as Director of the Burnes Center for Social Change and Impact. She also directs the Governance Lab (The GovLab) and its MacArthur Research Network on Opening Governance.

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy appointed her as the state’s first Chief Innovation Officer and head of the state’s Future of Work Task Force. She served on Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Digital Council. Beth also served in the White House as the first United States Deputy Chief Technology Officer and director of the White House Open Government Initiative under President Obama. 

A graduate of Harvard University and Yale Law School, she is a member of the Scholars Council of the Library of Congress and the Research Advisory Council of the Partnership for Public Service. Her most recent book, Solving Public Problems: How to Fix Our Government and Change Our World, appeared with Yale Press in 2021.

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  • Education

    Yale Law School, JD, Law
    Leopold-Franzens Universität Innsbruck, PhD, Political Science and German Studies
    University of Oxford, Political Science
    Harvard University, AB, Social Studies and AM, Comparative Literature

  • Contact

Beth Simone’s Colleagues

Max Abrahms

Associate Professor of Political Science

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Amílcar Antonio Barreto

Professor & Chair, Cultures, Societies, and Global Studies; Professor & Interim Director, International Affairs; Professor, Political Science; Affiliated faculty member of Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies; Affiliated faculty member in the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Barry Bluestone

Russell B. and Andree B. Stearns Trustee Professor Emeritus of Political Economy; Founding Director of the Dukakis Center; Founding Dean of the School of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

Christopher Bosso

Professor of Public Policy

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Alan Clayton-Matthews

Associate Professor Emeritus of Economics and Public Policy

William Dickens

University Distinguished Professor of Economics and Public Policy

Joan Fitzgerald

Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs

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Stephen E. Flynn

Professor of Political Science; Founding Director, Global Resilience Institute

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James Alan Fox

Lipman Family Professor of Criminology, Law, and Public Policy

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Brian Helmuth

Professor of Environmental Science and Public Policy

Timothy Hoff

Professor of Management, Healthcare Systems and Public Policy

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William Kay

Associate Professor of Political Science

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David Lazer

University Distinguished Professor of Political Science and Computer Sciences, Co-Director of NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks

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Dietmar Offenhuber

Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Art + Design

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Kwamina Panford

Associate Professor of Cultures, Societies and Global Studies