Katherine Clark Harris

Katherine Clark HarrisKatherine Clark Harris currently serves as a Policy Advisor and Special Assistant to the Assistant Secretary for Financial Institutions at the U.S. Department of the Treasury. As part of her portfolio, she led the policy process to improve the ability of small businesses to access the public and private markets. The Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act, which grew out of this work, was signed into law on April 5, 2012. Kate also helped to launch a project to better understand the federal "balance sheet" from a corporate finance and risk management perspective. Her other projects included research related to the short-term funding markets, the federal student loan portfolio, and the structure of the U.S. equity markets. Prior to her current position at the Treasury, she was a Policy Advisor for the Office of Capital Markets.

As a visiting fellow at the Center for History and Economics at Harvard and Cambridge University, Kate is focused on the development of the discipline of economics, and how it has been taught in American universities. She will be researching the provision of federal credit and insurance programs from a historical perspective, and how the concept of public sector risk has changed over time. She also will be continuing the work she did with Professor Emma Rothschild on her senior thesis, entitled The Rise and Fall of the Practical Man: Debates over the Teaching of Economics at Harvard, which received the David Howe Research Grant for undergraduates in the field of economic history. While at Harvard, she was awarded the Detur Book Prize and the John Harvard Scholarship.

She is also a member of the Phi Beta Kappa Society. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College, and will be attending Yale Law School in the fall of 2012.

Contact:

Center for History and Economics
1730 Cambridge Street, S-422
Harvard University
Cambridge, MA 02138

katherinecharris@post.harvard.edu