Hahrie Han, PhD


Hahrie Han, PhD, is an RWJF Scholar in Health Policy Research at Harvard University and the Sidney R. Knafel Assistant Professor of Political Science at Wellesley College. Her principal research interests are political participation, the role of organized interests in American politics, and congressional elections. She is currently working on a project examining how civic organizations motivate people to get involved in health politics. Her first book, Moved to Action: Motivation, Participation, and Inequality in American Politics (2009), examines the personal commitments that motivate political participation among the underprivileged, and the implications for democratic institutions such as civic organizations, parties, and campaigns.  Han’s work has been published in the American Journal of Sociology, Perspectives on Politics, the British Journal of Political Science, Legislative Studies Quarterly and Political Behavior. Han was a co-convener of a policy advisory committee for the 2008 Obama presidential campaign and chair of the advisory committee to the Election Assistance Commission (EAC) Agency Review Team on the Obama-Biden Transition Team. She served as National Issues and policy advisor to the presidential campaign of former U.S. Senator Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) in 1999–2000. She received her PhD in American politics from Stanford University and her BA in American history and literature from Harvard University. Han was a National Science Foundation graduate research fellow from 2002 to 2005, and received Stanford University’s Centennial Teaching Award in 2002 and Wellesley College’s Apgar Award for Innovative Teaching in 2006.