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David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood
Nationality American
Education The Blake School
Harvard College
Occupation University professor and administrator
Employer Harvard University
Spouse(s) Marilyn Ellwood
Children Malinda Ellwood
Andrea Ellwood
Parents Paul M. Ellwood, Jr.

David T. Ellwood is an American educator and university administrator. He serves as the Dean of the John F. Kennedy School of Government and as the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy at Harvard University.


Early life

David T. Ellwood grew up Minnesota. His father, HMO". He attended the prestigious college prep school, The Blake School, and graduated summa cum laude from Harvard College in 1975 and earned a Ph.D. in economics from the Harvard department of economics in 1981.


He joined the Kennedy School faculty in 1980 and served two separate terms as the School's Academic Dean. He has served as Dean of Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government since July 1, 2004. He is also the Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy.[1] He is the author of the critically acclaimed, "Poor Support: Poverty in the American Family" (Basic Books, 1988).

In 1993, he was named Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) where he served as co-chair of President Clinton's Working Group on Welfare Reform, Family Support and Independence. At HHS, Ellwood played a key role in the Administration's development and implementation of critical social policy.[2]

Ellwood is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, and a Senior Research Affiliate of the National Poverty Center at University of Michigan's Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy. He is also a Faculty Affiliate of the Joint Center for Poverty Research at Northwestern University/University of Chicago and serves on the Board of Abt Associates and the Malcolm Hewitt Wiener Foundation.

Personal life

He has been married for more than thirty years to his wife Marilyn. They have two daughters, Malinda and Andrea.


  1. ^ HKS Dean's Office
  2. ^ DeParle, Jason, "As Benefits Expire, the Experts Worry," New York Times, Oct. 10, 1999
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