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Hugh Heclo  //  Robinson Professor of Public Affairs

Robinson Professor Hugh Heclo

Robinson Professor Hugh Heclo

Formerly a professor of government at Harvard University and Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution, Hugh Heclo is a recognized expert on American democratic institutions as well as the international development of modern welfare states. He has received national awards for his books including Comparative Public Policy, A Government of Strangers, and Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden. Professor Heclo is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship. He chaired the Ford Foundation research advisory committee, which published The Common Good: Social Welfare and the American Future, and is co-author of the 1998 Urban Institute volume, The Government We Deserve. Hugh Heclo is senior editor and contributor to the 2003 volume, Religion Returns to the Public Square: Faith and Policy in America and a member of the Scholar’s Council advising the Librarian of Congress. In 2002 he received the American Political Science Association’s John Gaus lifetime achievement award honoring exemplary scholarship in the joint tradition of political science and public administration. Prof. Heclo teaches courses on the Philosophy of History, Religion and Politics in America, and Faith and Reason in the Making of the Modern Mind. His most recent books are Christianity and American Democracy, published by Harvard University Press and Thinking Institutionally, published in 2008 by Paradigm Publishers. With his wife Beverley, he operates a tree farm in the Shenandoah Valley.

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Ronald Reagan: The Making of a Politician

Professor Heclo presented “Ronald Reagan: The Making of a Politician” at the Seventh Annual Ronald Reagan Symposium at Regent University. At this conference, distinguished scholars discussed “what traits of [Ronald Reagan’s] should Americans look for in choosing their next president?” Click here to read more about it.


Robinson Professor’s First Book Re-published

Robinson Professor Hugh Heclo’s first book Modern Social Politics in Britain and Sweden was re-published this year with a new introduction in the European Consortium for Political Research’s “Classics” book series.


Is America a Christian Nation?

February 6, 2004–Professor Heclo discussed the role of Christianity in American law, public institutions, and culture at the Boston College. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player