Academic Experience

In HISPBC, learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom through a rigorous academic schedule, morning and evening sessions, and networking opportunities with leaders in public policy.


Courses are taught using lectures, seminars and group projects. Participants work on team projects and have small-group discussions that encourage diverse perspectives.

All HISPBC sessions are taught by the fellows of the Hoover Institution. The core curriculum covers ten functional areas of public policy and assumes no previous coursework in public policy-related subjects.

Please see below to reference the 2017 curriculum and the topics covered this past year.

The Federal Budget Michael J. Boskin
John F. Cogan
Economic Growth and Taxation Robert Hall
Edward P. Lazear
Lee Ohanian
The Fed, Monetary Policy, Banking and Regulation John H. Cochrane
Amit Seru
John B. Taylor
Energy and Environmental Policy Terry Anderson
James O. Ellis Jr.
Social Security and Retirement Thomas E. MaCurdy
Joshua D Rauh
John Shoven
National Security Stephen D. Krasner
Kori Schake
Health Care Scott W. Atlas
John F. Cogan
Daniel P. Kessler
K-12 Education Eric Hanushek
Caroline Hoxby
Terry M. Moe
Constitutional Foundations Peter Berkowitz
Harvey C. Mansfield
Politics & Elections David Brady
Morris P. Fiorina
Douglas Rivers

 *all faculty subject to change

Distinguished Speakers

HISPBC offers participants networking opportunities with scholars in the field of Public Policy from the Hoover Institution and Stanford University. Visit the Faculty page for additional information.

A Day in HiSPBC

Days will be structured to include two half-day sessions, each focused on a single policy topic along with group panel discussions in the afternoon.  Each topic will typically include teaching from two professors, with presentations from the Hoover faculty members as well as active participation from the class. Lunches will be attended by the entire class and one or more professors from that day’s sessions. 

Class sessions will end in the late afternoon. On several evenings, there will be group dinners with invited speakers. Students can expect to spend three hours a day outside of class on homework, studying individually or in groups, and working on group projects. Readings and case studies must be completed before group meetings and class sessions to facilitate active participation.



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  • February 1, 2018 (deadline for early bird applicants)
  • March 1, 2018 (deadline for all applicants)
  • April 2, 2018 (applicant notification of acceptance)
  • May 1, 2018 (commitment and housing deadline)