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

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali was born in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1969. As a young child, she was subjected to female genital mutilation. As she grew up, she embraced Islam and strove to live as a devout Muslim. But she began to question aspects of her faith. One day, while listening to a sermon on the many ways women should be obedient to their husbands, she couldn't resist asking, "Must our husbands obey us too?"

Terry Anderson
Terry L. Anderson has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998 and is currently the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow. He is the past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT, and a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University where he won many teaching awards during his 25 year career.

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).

Michael R. Auslin
Michael Auslin is the Payson J. Treat Fellow in Contemporary Asia at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. A historian by training, he specializes in contemporary and historical U.S. policy in Asia and political and security issues in the Indo-Pacific region.

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

Kate Bundorf
Kate Bundorf is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, an associate professor of health research and policy at the Stanford University School of Medicine, a Stanford Health Policy Fellow, and a senior fellow at the Stanford Institute for Economics and Policy Research. She is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. 

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.

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. 

Morris P. Fiorina
Morris P. Fiorina is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science at Stanford University. His current research focuses on elections and public opinion with particular attention to the quality of representation: how well the positions of elected officials reflect the preferences of the public.

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.

Erik Hurst
Erik Hurst is 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 and a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution. 

Stephen Krasner
Stephen Krasner is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution. He is also a member of the political science department at Stanford University, where he holds the Graham H. Stuart Chair in International Relations and is a senior fellow in the Freeman Spogli 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.

Michael W. McConnell
Michael W. McConnell is the Richard and Frances Mallery Professor and Director of the Constitutional Law Center at Stanford Law School, and a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution. 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 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.

Joshua D. Rauh
Joshua D. Rauh is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and the Ormond Family Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Rauh studies the impact of public pension liabilities on state and local finances, business taxation, and the determinants of corporate investment.

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

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.

John Villasenor
John Villasenor is a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution and is on the faculty at UCLA where he is a professor of electrical engineering, public policy, and management and a visiting professor of law.

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 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.

View the faculty from the 2017 and 2018 Hoover Institution Summer Policy Boot Camps.

*all faculty subject to change.



About the Program

Academic Experience

Student Life

hispbcadmin [at] stanford.edu (subject: Summer%20Policy%20Boot%20Camp%202017) (Contact)


  • 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)