The Taubman Center for State and Local Government is a research center within the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Our mission is to spark innovative public policy discourse, to create first-rate works of scholarship, to enrich encounters between practitioners, scholars and students, and to inspire graduates.
The Center seeks to improve the governance of states, metropolitan areas and cities through research, teaching and public events. We support research, particularly for junior faculty in their teaching and their research. We believe this helps them build a strong foundation for motivating students in innovative and inspiring ways. We also hope to nurture faculty interests in broad areas of public policy regarding state and local government and intergovernmental relations. We support a wide range of research interests including urban economics, policies and development; education policy and governance; civic engagement and social capital; governmental communications. The Center offers a variety of venues for communication and discussion open to students, academics and the public.