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Senior Lecturer In Public Policy

Kennedy School of Government

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

  • Board Member
    Transparent Democracy
  • Founder
  • Advisor
  • Director


  • PhD
  • MPA
    Kennedy School
  • undergraduate degree , history and government
    Harvard College
  • doctorate , sociology
  • MA , Education
    Harvard's Graduate School of Education
  • BA , Communication and Culture
    Indiana University
  • MA , Higher Education Administration
    University of Michigan
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Curriculum Advisory Committee | Dalai Lama Fellows, 23 Aug 2015 [cached]
Marshall Ganz
Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Marshall Ganz grew up in Bakersfield, California, where his father was a Rabbi and his mother, a teacher. He entered Harvard College in the fall of 1960. He left a year before graduating to volunteer with the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project. He found a "calling" as an organizer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, and, in the fall of 1965, joined Cesar Chavez in his effort to unionize California farm workers.
During 16 years with the United Farm Workers he gained experience in union, political, and community organizing, became Director of Organizing, and was elected to the national executive board on which he served for 8 years.
During the 1980s, he worked with grassroots groups to develop new organizing programs and designed innovative voter mobilization strategies for local, state, and national electoral campaigns.
In 1991, in order to deepen his intellectual understanding of his work, he returned to Harvard College and, after a 28-year "leave of absence," completed his undergraduate degree in history and government. He was awarded an MPA by the Kennedy School in 1993 and completed his PhD in sociology in 2000.
As senior lecturer in public policy at the Kennedy School of Government, he teaches, researches, and writes on leadership, organization, and strategy in social movements, civic associations, and politics. He has published in the American Journal of Sociology, American Political Science Review, American Prospect,Washington Post, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. His newest book, Why David Sometimes Wins: leadership, organization and strategy in the California farm worker movement was published in 2009, earning the Michael J. Harrington Book Award of the American Political Science Association. He was awarded an honorary doctorate in divinity by the Episcopal Divinity School in 2010.
Leadership | The Leading Change Network, 21 Dec 2014 [cached]
As the coordinator of LCN's Teaching Initiative, I'm excited to invite faculty to apply to participate in Professor Ganz's online course Leadership, Organizing and Action (LOA): Leading Change. In addition to enrolling in the course, faculty will benefit from coaching to help them launch similar courses at their colleges/universities. Community college faculty are especially encouraged to apply! See the invitation below from Professor Ganz.
Marshall Mr. Ganz and Kanoko-san, [...]
Initiated by Marshall Ganz, Harvard Kennedy School, and others, its purpose is to support its participants in developing the leadership, building the organizational capacity, and improving the ability of democratic organizing to meet the critical challenges of our times.
Dear Friends, On Saturday, November 23rd, an online learning session on Public Narrative: Domination, Loss, Difference was held by Professor Marshall Ganz.
Join Public Narrative Online Session with Marshall Ganz. Register Now!
Leading Change Network is pleased to share the Organizing Notes 2013 by Marshall Ganz in Arabic. In the past three years, Marshall Ganz has mentored Nisreen Haj Ahmad and a team of 30 organizing coaches support community organizing in Jordan, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon and Tunisia.
Marshall Ganz reviews Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect'
Marshall Ganz reviews Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect'
Candidate bios | The Leading Change Network, 21 Dec 2014 [cached]
SoM uses community organizing methodology adapted from Professor Marshall Ganz from Harvard University.
I was a part of the LCN Launch, participating in the Learning Conference in 2012 in Cambridge, and have served twice as a Teaching Fellow with Marshall.
I have the experience of doing this with the organizational and campaign teams I have launched and worked with over the past 5 years through through my roles with New Organizing Institute (NOI), Courage Campaign, Obama for America, and teaching with Marshall Ganz in his Leadership, Organizing, Action: Leading Change global learning course offered through Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.
Marshall came over to Japan to teach in December.
I worked with Marshall Ganz as a Teaching Fellow for both Public Narrative courses, "Self, Us, Now" and "Conflict, Continuity, Change", along with the "Organizing: People, Power, Change" course at the Harvard Kennedy School.
I also supported Professor Ganz on his PowerPoint and presentation for the plenary and the learning room.
Marshall Ganz reviews Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect'
Marshall Ganz reviews Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect'
Marshall ..., 21 Dec 2014 [cached]
Marshall Ganz
Marshall Ganz reviews Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect'
Marshall Ganz reviews Micah Sifry's 'Big Disconnect'
SSIR Team | Stanford Social Innovation Review, 12 Feb 2015 [cached]
Marshall Ganz, Harvard University
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