Computational Public Policy

The concentration in Computational Public Policy focuses on students developing skills in computer science, data science, and advanced statistics combined with policy analysis. It focuses primarily, although not exclusively, on the application of quantitative techniques to policy issues that arise in various subject matter areas. Because policy analysis interacts with the technical elements of particular disciplines, all schools and many departments in the University offer courses that meet these requirements. For the most part, the common denominator is the extensive use of machine learning and artificial intelligence, and statistics, as policy analysis tools. Concentration courses should focus on developing the skills necessary for modern data-intensive policy analysis. Students choosing such courses, therefore, need to consider their interest in the field in which the course is being given in addition to the methodology being presented. It is also advisable in the majority of the recommended courses that concentrators have an above average background in mathematics, statistics and computation.

The course list includes classes that students have taken in the past to complete this particular concentration, as well as additional classes that may be considered toward this topic. Students may choose to take other courses, though all concentration courses must be discussed with and approved by the faculty advisor whether or not they are on the suggested list. 

Affiliated Faculty

Management Science and Engineering
Graduate School of Business - Faculty
Management Science and Engineering
Sociology
Law School
Economics

Gateway Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Schwarz, K. (PI)
Lee, C. (PI)
Vitko, A. (TA)
Sharp, A. (TA)
Yau, J. (TA)
Fan, I. (TA)
Hakim, D. (TA)
Sha, H. (TA)
Li, W. (TA)
Zhi, Q. (TA)
Lu, L. (TA)
Xu, M. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Autumn

Lee, C. (PI)
Sharp, A. (TA)
Yau, J. (TA)
Li, W. (TA)
Galczak, A. (TA)
Lu, L. (TA)
Xu, M. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM

Mohamed, A. (TA)
Lee, C. (PI)
Wang, Z. (TA)
Vitko, A. (TA)
Fang, F. (TA)
Galczak, A. (TA)
Han, Z. (TA)
Xu, M. (TA)
Yan, X. (TA)
Richmond, D. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Spring

Fang, F. (PI)
Cheng, A. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Summer

Sahami, M. (PI)
Piech, C. (PI)
Woodrow, J. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00 PM
2:00 PM

Parlante, N. (PI)
Woodrow, J. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30 PM
3:30 PM

Parlante, N. (PI)
Woodrow, J. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
1:00 PM
2:00 PM

Gregg, C. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Summer

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00 AM
11:00 AM

Zelenski, J. (PI)
Bowman, N. (TA)
Davis, C. (TA)
Gregg, C. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Autumn

Monday Wednesday Friday
10:00 AM
11:00 AM

Schwarz, K. (PI)
Davis, C. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30 AM
12:30 PM

Davis, C. (TA)
Gregg, C. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Spring

Monday Wednesday Friday
2:30 PM
3:30 PM

Jue, K. (PI)
Bowman, N. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Summer

Monday Wednesday Friday
11:30 AM
12:30 PM

Huffaker, E. (TA)
Dee, T. (PI)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM

Xu, Y. (PI)
Allie, F. (TA)
Thompson, S. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Autumn

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Xu, Y. (PI)
Figueroa, V. (TA)
Toth, A. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Summer

Tuesday Thursday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Elective Courses

Title
Instructor
Quarter
Day, Time, Location

Jurafsky, D. (PI)
Newman, B. (TA)
Iter, D. (TA)
Cervantes, J. (TA)
Zhu, L. (TA)
Lam, G. (TA)
Sawhney, A. (TA)
Bernstein, M. (TA)
Li, R. (TA)
Lettiere, A. (TA)
Kim, B. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Spring

Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM

Ng, A. (PI)
Bensouda Mourri, Y. (PI)
Wang, G. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Autumn

Tuesday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Ng, A. (PI)
Bensouda Mourri, Y. (PI)
Avati, A. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Tuesday
10:30 AM
11:50 AM

Liang, P. (PI)
Kuck, J. (TA)
Koh, P. (TA)
Sadigh, D. (PI)
Raghunathan, A. (TA)
Palsson, M. (TA)
Soylu, D. (TA)
Kondrich, A. (TA)
Lam, G. (TA)
Sawhney, A. (TA)
Wang, W. (TA)
Jones, E. (TA)
Lettiere, A. (TA)
Kim, B. (TA)
Hong, F. (TA)
Zhang, Y. (TA)
Li, V. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Autumn

Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM
2:20 PM

Hashimoto, T. (PI)
Wu, J. (PI)
Jones, R. (TA)
Chen, J. (TA)
Fang, F. (TA)
Lam, G. (TA)
Kaya, K. (TA)
Zhou, Z. (TA)
Wen, Y. (TA)
Rajan, C. (TA)
Wang, R. (TA)
Lowe, S. (TA)
Li, V. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Monday Wednesday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM

Anari, N. (PI)
Wu, M. (TA)
Finn, C. (PI)
Sung, H. (TA)
Chen, J. (TA)
Soylu, D. (TA)
Kaya, K. (TA)
Xu, E. (TA)
Zhou, Z. (TA)
Lowe, S. (TA)
Hong, F. (TA)
Li, V. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Spring

Monday Wednesday
1:00 PM
2:20 PM

Ermon, S. (PI)
Zhao, S. (TA)
Xin, D. (TA)
Li, S. (TA)
Mao, H. (TA)
Chakraborty, S. (TA)
He, K. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
8:30 AM
9:50 AM

Bonica, A. (PI)
Tanigawa-Lau, C. (TA)

2020 - 2021
Winter

Tuesday Thursday
2:30 PM
3:50 PM