KSNP Faculty

Brian S. Mandell is Senior Lecturer in Public Policy, Chair of the Wexner-Israel Fellowship Program, and Director of the Harvard Kennedy School Negotiation Project. His teaching and research address the theory and practice of negotiation, emphasizing third-party facilitation and consensus building in domestic and international protracted policy disputes. He writes about contentious disputes and is completing a book on scenario planning for conflict managers and negotiation practitioners. Before coming to Harvard, Brian Mandell taught at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs at Carleton University in Ottawa. Previously, he was a strategic analyst for the Canadian Department of National Defense, specializing in UN peacekeeping and the implementation of arms control agreements. A Pew Faculty Fellow, a faculty member at Harvard's Program on Negotiation (PON) and at the Kennedy School’s Center for Public Leadership (CPL), as well as a Senior Research Associate at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Brian Mandell holds a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

Hannah Riley Bowles is a Senior Lecturer in Public Policy. She conducts research on gender in negotiation and the attainment of leadership positions. She has developed numerous cases on leadership in crisis and the management of complex multi-party conflicts. Her research appears in academic publications, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Psychological Science, and Journal of Behavioral Decision Making. Bowles teaches leadership and negotiation in numerous executive programs. She is the faculty director of Women & Power, the Kennedy School's executive program for women leaders from the public, private and non-profit sectors. She won the Kennedy School's 2003 Manuel Carballo Award for Excellence in Teaching. Earlier in her career, she was a research associate at the Conflict Management Group and Harvard Business School. She was a technical advisor to the Minister of Natural Resources, Energy & Mines of Costa Rica and has been a fellow at the Argentinean National Institute of Public Administration, the West German Parliament, and Oxford University's Forestry Institute. She has a D.B.A. from the Harvard Business School, an M.P.P. from Harvard Kennedy School, and a B.A. from Smith College.

Kessely Hong is a Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and teaches in the areas of negotiation, decision-making and microeconomics. In her research, she examines how gender and other status differences influence trust, stereotypes, and partisan perceptions in negotiations. As a graduate student, Kessely won the Dean's Award for Excellence in Student Teaching. She has been a fellow at the Women and Public Policy Program at HKS, the Program on Negotiation at HLS, and the Harvard University Native American Program. Before coming to the Kennedy School, Kessely worked for the management consulting firm McKinsey and Company and taught English in Ecuador. She earned her PhD in Public Policy and MPA from the Kennedy School, and her BA from Harvard College.

Julia Minson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy. She is a social psychologist with research interests in group judgment and decision-making, negotiations, and social influence. Her primary line of research addresses psychological biases that prevent managers, consumers, and policy-makers from gaining maximum value from collaboration. She also studies the conditions that make people willing to listen and be receptive to views and opinions they strongly oppose. Her most recent work deals with structuring group interaction to maximize decision-making effectiveness. 

Prior to coming to the Kennedy School, Minson served as a Lecturer at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, where she taught Negotiations at both the MBA and the undergraduate levels. She received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Stanford University and her B.A. in Psychology from Harvard University. 

Joshua Flax is an Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and a Federal Mediator for the Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service of the U.S. Government.  He is teaching Introduction to Negotiation Analysis in the fall of 2013 with an emphasis on adding a practitioner perspective to negotiation-conflict resolution work here at HKS.  Josh has been a Federal Mediator since 2001, and he specializes in mediating large-scale labor-management conflict (i.e. strikes, lockouts) mainly in the private sector. He also accepts certain public sector requests for assistance, for example, mediating and managing statewide public pension reform multi-stakeholder negotiations.  Before enrolling as a graduate student at HKS, Josh worked for a firm in London, U.K., organizing policy conferences and trade shows in former Soviet markets that were beginning to open to foreign investment in the mid-1990s.  Josh received his M.P.P. from HKS and his B.A. from Brandeis University.

Robert Wilkinson Robert Wilkinson is a Lecturer in International Negotiation and Global Aid Management. He has worked for twenty years in the fields of conflict resolution, development, and human rights, with an emphasis on leadership in complex environments. Rob has worked with a wide range of clients, including international agencies such as CARE and UNICEF, private sector companies such as General Mills, and political bodies such as the White House. As a consultant with PricewaterhouseCoopers, he was responsible for setting up and running their first office in Burundi, overseeing a two-year Security Sector Reform Program with the military, police, parliament, and civil society. Previously, he spent six years with the Department for International Development (DFID), as Head of the Policy and Research Division Cabinet, and as DFID’s Senior Adviser on Conflict Issues. He has held senior staff positions in Oxfam and the UN, and worked in field locations including Nicaragua, Laos, Angola, Rwanda, DRC, Uganda, Kashmir, Ethiopia, and Kenya. He is a member of the UK International Advisory Board of experts for the Center of Security Sector Management (CSSM). He holds a Master’s Degree from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).