Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp Academic Program

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 discussions. 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 areas of public policy and assumes no previous coursework in public policy-related subjects.

The Fed and Monetary Policy John B. Taylor
Economic Growth and Taxation Edward P. Lazear
Technology and Finance Amit Seru
Regulation and Wall Street John Cochrane
The President and National Security H. R. McMaster 
China Policy Elizabeth Economy
Cyber and National Security Jacquelyn Schneider
International Diplomacy James Mattis 
Global Hot Spots Condoleezza Rice
Entitlement Programs John Cogan
Health Care Reform Scott W. Atlas
Education K-12 Eric Hanushek
University Education and Opportunity Caroline Hoxby
The Future Job Market Erik Hurst 
Freedom of Speech Michael McConnell
Political and Economic Freedom Peter Berkowitz
Supreme Court: Critical Issues 2020 John Yoo
Innovation Stephen Haber
Rational Climate Change Policy Bjorn Lomborg
Smith & Hayek & Friedman Bruce Caldwell
Nationalism vs Globalism Today Niall Ferguson 
Immigration and the Electorate David L. Leal
Politics and Elections  David Brady

* All faculty listings 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 sessions focused on policy topics along with group panel discussions.  Each topic will typically include teaching from multiple 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. There will be group dinners with invited speakers on some of the evenings. 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.





Student Life

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  • January 22, 2020 (deadline for early bird applications – no fee)
  • March 16, 2020 (deadline for all applications)
  • April 15, 2020 (applicant notification of acceptance)
  • April 29, 2020  (commitment and housing deadline)