Don Coursey, an expert on the financial impact of environmental regulation, will become dean of the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, effective July 1.
The Harris School, which has 160 professional master's degree students and 25 Ph.D. students, was named in 1990 to honor Chicago civic leader and philanthropist Irving B. Harris. The Harris School has united researchers from diverse disciplines to address such policy issues as child and family welfare, education, job training, health-care regulation, the environment, international affairs, housing, community development, and urban poverty.
"This is an exciting time for the Harris School," says Coursey. "More researchers and students are exploring more topics of interest than at any other time in the school's history. A large, but enjoyable, part of my time will be spent sharing these contributions with the school's larger communities."
Prior to joining the University of Chicago's faculty in 1993, Coursey taught at Washington University in St. Louis, where he directed the Business, Law and Economic Center. Coursey succeeds associate professor Charles Glaser, who has been acting dean since 1994.
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