Paul C. Light

Paul C. Light

Nonresident Senior Fellow – Governance Studies

Paul C. Light is the Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service at New York University’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service. Before joining NYU, he was vice president and director of Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, Douglas Dillon Senior Fellow, and founding director of its Center for Public Service. He has held teaching posts at the University of Virginia, University of Minnesota, and Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He was also senior adviser to Sen. John Glenn and the U.S. Senate Governmental Affairs Committee from 1987-1989, and director of the public policy program at the Pew Charitable Trusts from 1995-1998. Light has written 25 books, and is an expert on government reform, public service, veterans policy, social security, and social innovation.

  • Areas of Expertise

    • Government Reform
    • Presidential Leadership
    • Public Service
    • Social Innovation
    • Social Security
    • Veterans Policy
  • Current Positions

    • Nonresident Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
    • Paulette Goddard Professor of Public Service, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, New York University
    • Founding Director, Center for Global Public Service and Social Impact, New York University
  • Past Positions

    • Vice President and Director of Governance Studies, Brookings Institution
  • Education

    • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Michigan
    • M.A., Political Science, University of Michigan
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