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.

America and Strategies for the Future George P. Shultz and Bill Whalen
Artificial Intelligence and Cyber in National Security Kiron Skinner
Can America Remain Great? The Fiscal Future Michael Boskin
Constitutional Freedoms Michael McConnell
Economic Growth and Taxation Edward P. Lazear
Education Caroline Hoxby
Entitlement Programs John F. Cogan
Environmental Policy Terry Anderson
The Fed and Monetary Policy John B. Taylor
Constructing the Federal Budget John F. Cogan and Daniel Heil
The Financial Crisis Amit Seru
Health Care Reform Scott W. Atlas
Immigration Victor Davis Hanson
International Hot Spots Michael Auslin
IP and Technology Innovation Stephen Haber
Law and the Presidency  John Yoo
Nuclear Energy Policy James O. Ellis Jr.
Policy and Elections David Brady and Morris Fiorina
State and Municipal Government Hidden Deficits Joshua D. Rauh

 *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)
  • April 15, 2018  (commitment and housing deadline)