Who We Are
We advance the principles of freedom through the wide-ranging policy scholarship of an interdisciplinary group of Hoover fellows and through access to the greatest archival collections on war, revolution, and peace assembled in the modern era. Our focus is on scholarly and empirical research that asks bold questions, offers powerful solutions for policy makers, and advances ideas that improve people’s lives.
The research of the Hoover Institution takes a cross-disciplinary approach to a full spectrum of policy areas. Learn more about the Institution’s key focus areas and access the latest activity of Hoover research teams.
Hoover scholars create breakthrough ideas aligned with the Institution’s mission and ideals. What sets Hoover apart from all other policy organizations is its status as a center of scholarly excellence.
Dedicated to producing high-quality public policy research, the Hoover Institution is equally determined to launch ideas formulated by its fellowship into action and disseminate them to public audiences in the United States and around the world.
The Hoover Institution is led by Tad and Dianne Taube Director Condoleezza Rice. Eric Wakin is the deputy director and director of Library & Archives. Learn more about our senior administration.
On April 22, 1919, Herbert Hoover sent his wife, Lou Henry, a telegram pledging $50,000 for the purposes of collecting historical material on the First World War. Hoover’s collection rapidly expanded to document not only the causes and course of that conflict but also its tumultuous aftermath and, within a few years, the broader forces of war, revolution, and peace in the modern era. From these beginnings, the Hoover Institution would become one of the world’s leading public policy research centers, advancing the principles of freedom through the wide-ranging, interdisciplinary scholarship of Hoover fellows and the greatest library and archival collections of their kind.
The Hoover Institution’s research priorities address some of the nation’s biggest challenges, including improving educational outcomes; expanding economic prosperity; upholding a system of natural liberty; achieving a clear-eyed view about America’s role in the world; and grappling with the impacts of rapid technological innovation on governments and economies. The Hoover Institution is also unique among policy organizations for its commitment—through the expertise of its scholars and from its vast Library & Archives holdings—to drawing from the historical record to inform perspectives about public policy making.