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.

Devising National Security Policy H. R. McMaster 
Cyber and Intelligence John Villasenor
Regimes and Sovereignty  Stephen Krasner
Global Hot Spots Condoleezza Rice
Policy Exercise "War Games" Michael Auslin
Economic Growth and Taxation Edward P. Lazear
The Fed and Monetary Policy John B. Taylor
Innovation Stephen Haber
Climate Change Policy Bjorn Lomborg
Bill of Rights Michael McConnell
Human Rights Ayaan Hirsi Ali 
The Supreme Court  John Yoo
Capitalism vs Socialism Peter Berkowitz 
Free Market Environmentalism Terry Anderson 
US Health Care Reform Scott W. Atlas
Robotics, Labor, & The Future Job Market Erik Hurst 
Education and Economics Caroline Hoxby
State and Municipal Government Hidden Deficits Joshua D. Rauh
Banks, Regulation, and the Financial Crisis Amit Seru
Entitlement Programs John Cogan
Immigration and the Electorate David L. Leal
Nationalism vs Globalism Today Niall Ferguson 
Politics and Elections  David BradyMorris P. Fiorina


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 20, 2020 (deadline for early bird applicants)
  • March 15, 2020 (deadline for all applicants)
  • April 15, 2020 (applicant notification of acceptance)
  • April 29, 2020  (commitment and housing deadline)