John Hird

University of Massachusetts School of Public Policy (SPP) faculty John Hird
Dean, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Political Science


225 Draper Hall


(413) 545-7187

John Hird is Dean of the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, as well as Professor of Political Science. He helped to found SPP and was its director from 1998 to 2006. His interest in the creation and use of policy analysis in American governance has led to numerous books, including Power, Knowledge, and Politics: Policy Analysis in the States, and the recently co-edited (with SPP alumna Beth McBratney ’07) Controversies in Globalization and Public Policy. His previous research on environmental policy produced Superfund: The Political Economy of Environmental Risk. From 2005-2010, Hird served as co-editor of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. Prior to his arrival at UMass, he served with the Council of Economic Advisors (Executive Office of the President, Washington, D.C.) and as a research fellow at the Brookings Institution.

Research interests: 

policy expertise and advising; the use of information in policymaking; policy analysis; environmental policy


Ph.D. in Public Policy: University of California, Berkeley, 1988

Courses taught: 

PUBP&ADM 603: Public Policy Analysis