Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp Faculty

The Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camp offers top college students and recent graduates an opportunity to engage with Hoover Institution scholars and policy practitioners on the campus of Stanford University.

Attendees of the week-long, fully funded program participate in focused seminars led by renowned economists, seasoned national security professionals, leading political scientists and policy makers. 

Please see below to reference faculty for the 2020 summer policy boot camp

Scott W. Atlas
Scott W. Atlas, MD, is the David and Joan Traitel Senior Fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution. He investigates the impact of government and the private sector on health care access, quality, pricing, and innovation. His most recent book is “Restoring Quality Health Care: A Six Point Plan for Comprehensive Reform at Lower Cost” (2016).

Peter Berkowitz
Peter Berkowitz is the Tad and Dianne Taube Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. During 2019, he is serving on the State Department’s Policy Planning Staff in the office of the secretary. He is a 2017 winner of the Bradley Prize. At Hoover, he is a member of the Military History/Contemporary Conflict Working Group. In addition, he serves as dean of studies for the Public Interest Fellowship, and teaches for the Tikvah Fund in the United States and in Israel.

David Brady
David Brady is the Davies Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and holds the Bowen H. and Janice Arthur McCoy Professor of Political Science in the Stanford Graduate School of Business.  He has published seven books and more than a hundred papers in journals and books.  

Bruce Caldwell
Bruce Caldwell is a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. An historian of economic thought, he is a Research Professor of Economics and the founder and Director of the Center for the History of Political Economy at Duke University. The Center was set up in 2008, and its mission is to promote and support research in, and the teaching of, the history of economics.

John Cochrane
John H. Cochrane is the Rose-Marie and Jack Anderson Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and an adjunct scholar of the CATO Institute.  

John F. Cogan
John F. Cogan is the Leonard and Shirley Ely Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and a faculty member in the Public Policy Program at Stanford University. John Cogan’s research is focused on U.S. budget and fiscal policy, federal entitlement programs, and health care. He has published widely in professional journals in both economics and political science.

Elizabeth Economy
Elizabeth Economy is a distinguished visiting fellow at the Hoover Institutionthe and the C. V. Starr senior fellow and director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.

Niall Ferguson
Niall Ferguson, MA, D.Phil., is the Milbank Family Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University, and a senior fellow of the Center for European Studies, Harvard, where he served for twelve years as the Laurence A. Tisch Professor of History. He is also a visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Beijing, and the Diller-von Furstenberg Family Foundation Distinguished Scholar at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies in Washington, DC. 

Stephen Haber
Stephen Haber is the Peter and Helen Bing Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the A.A. and Jeanne Welch Milligan Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. In addition, he is a professor of political science, professor of history, and professor of economics (by courtesy), as well as a senior fellow of both the Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research and the Stanford Center for International Development.

Eric Hanushek
Eric Hanushek is the Paul and Jean Hanna Senior Fellow and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education at the Hoover Institution. A leader in the development of the economic analysis of educational issues, his research spans the impact on achievement of teacher quality, high-stakes accountability, and class-size reduction. 

Caroline Hoxby
Caroline M. Hoxby is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a member of the Koret Task Force on K–12 Education. She is the Scott & Donya Bommer Professor of Economics at Stanford University and the director of the Economics of Education Program for the National Bureau of Economic Research. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences.

Erik Hurst
Erik Hurst is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and the V. Duane Rath Professor of Economics and John E. Jeuck Faculty Fellow at the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is also the current deputy director of the University of Chicago’s Becker-Friedman Institute. 

Edward P. Lazear
Edward P. Lazear is the Morris Arnold and Nona Jean Cox Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Davies Family Professor of Economics at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Lazear served at the White House from 2006 to 2009, where he was chairman of the President's Council of Economic Advisers. Before coming to Stanford, he taught at the University of Chicago.

David L. Leal
David L. Leal is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and a professor of government at the University of Texas at Austin. His primary academic interest is Latino politics, and his work explores the political and policy implications of demographic change in the United States. 

Bjorn Lomborg
Bjorn Lomborg is a visiting senior fellow at Hoover Institution and President of the Copenhagen Consensus Center. He researches cost-effective solutions to major policy problems, including most notably climate change.

James Mattis
General Jim Mattis, US Marine Corps (Ret.), is the Davies Family Distinguished Fellow, after having served with distinction as the nation’s 26th Secretary of Defense in the administration. In December of 2016, President Donald J. Trump nominated Mattis for Secretary of Defense and he was confirmed a month later. Mattis left Hoover to apply his extraordinary knowledge and experience to help the President shape his national defense policy.

Michael W. McConnell
Michael W. McConnell is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School. From 2002 to the summer of 2009, he served as a Circuit Judge on the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. He has published widely in the fields of constitutional law and theory, especially church and state, equal protection, and the founding.

H. R. McMaster
H. R. McMaster is the Fouad and Michelle Ajami Senior Fellow at the Hoover Instittution and was the 26th assistant to the president for National Security Affairs. He served as a commissioned officer in the United States Army for thirty-four years before retiring as a Lieutenant General in June 2018.


Condoleezza Rice
Condoleezza Rice is the Thomas and Barbara Stephenson Senior Fellow on Public Policy at the Hoover Institution; and the Denning Professor in Global Business and the Economy at the Stanford Graduate School of Business; and a professor of political science at Stanford University.

Amit Seru
Amit Seru is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, a professor of finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research, and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Seru’s primary research interest is in corporate finance.

Jacquelyn Schneider
Jacquelyn Schneider is a Hoover Fellow at the Hoover Institution.  Her research focuses on the intersection of technology, national security, and political psychology with a special interest in cybersecurity, unmanned technologies, and Northeast Asia.

John B. Taylor
John B. Taylor is the George P. Shultz Senior Fellow in Economics at the Hoover Institution and the Mary and Robert Raymond Professor of Economics at Stanford University. He chairs the Hoover Working Group on Economic Policy and is director of Stanford’s Introductory Economics Center.

Bill Whalen
Bill Whalen, the Virginia Hobbs Carpenter Fellow in Journalism and a Hoover Institution research fellow since 1999, writes and comments on campaigns, elections and governance with an emphasis on California and America’s political landscapes.

John Yoo
John Yoo is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution, professor of law at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall), and a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute. From 2001 to 2003 he served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Council in the Justice Department of President George W. Bush.

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*all faculty subject to change.



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  • January 22, 2020 (deadline for early bird applications – no fee)
  • April 1, 2020 (deadline for all applications)
  • May 1, 2020 (applicant notification of acceptance)
  • May 15, 2020  (commitment and housing deadline)