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About the Institute

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The Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise exemplifies an emerging model of use-inspired research by carrying out and mobilizing cutting-edge university research to address important social concerns. The Institute is focused on ‘the public enterprise’—governments and other organizations in service to society—and at the same time seeks to be ‘enterprising’ in identifying and implementing new approaches to improving the effectiveness of public policies and programs. The Institute promotes an exemplary model of use-inspired research. The model of research has five components:

  • Integration of knowledge about the structural dynamics of the institutions and organizations through which laws, policies and programs are implemented;
  • Innovative methodologies and rigorous research designs necessary for studying complex problems of contemporary life, including an emphasis on multi-disciplinary approaches;
  • Research conducted in actual context, often in partnership with practitioners, with a focus on such outcomes as improvements in educational performance and a safer, more sustainable environment;
  • Explicit consideration of the key factors supporting or impeding successful implementation of laws, policies and programs;
  • Timely and effective communication of results to promote widespread adoption of practices based on research conclusions.

Universities conduct a great deal of research that seeks to both advance our knowledge and to enable us to make a positive difference in our world. Too often, however, this knowledge remains in the academy and does not find its way into the hands of those who could use it to improve public policies and programs and the lives of people they affect.

The mission of the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise is to improve the effectiveness of government and other institutions in addressing social concerns through the successful mobilization of use-inspired research.

The Mosakowski Institute’s Faculty Steering Committee oversees the work of the Institute. The Steering Committee is comprised of faculty members from a wide range of disciplines who have a personal interest in and commitment to use-inspired research.

Yuko Aoyama
Dean of Research

Kate Bielaczyc
Director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education

Robert Boatright
Associate Professor of Political Science

Ramon Borges-Mendez
Associate Professor of Community Development and Planning
Department of International Development, Community and Environment

Mary-Ellen Boyle
Associate Professor of Management
Graduate School of Management

John Brown
Professor of Economics

Esteban Cardemil
Associate Professor of Psychology

Robert Johnston
Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute

Deborah Robertson
Associate Professor of Biology

Rosalie Torres Stone
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Jane and William Mosakowski Distinguished Professor of Higher Education


John O’Brien is the immediate past president and CEO of UMass Memorial Health Care and a national leader in advocating for the health of vulnerable populations. He formerly served as CEO of the Cambridge Health Alliance and commissioner of health for the City of Cambridge, and is a past chair of the board of the Massachusetts Hospital Association. He continues to serve on several boards of directors in the health field. He played a leadership role in helping to strengthen and catalyze the Mosakowski Institute’s work on issues of health and well-being. O’Brien holds an A.B. in economics from Harvard College and an M.B.A. in health care administration from Boston University


Richard Freeland, the former president of Northeastern University, is nationally known for his leadership in practice-oriented education, emphasizing the importance of connecting classroom learning with real-world experience. While at the Institute, Freeland helped Clark to design its signature Liberal Education and Effective Practice (LEEP) initiative. He left the Mosakowski Professorship in 2009 to become Massachusetts Commissioner of Higher Education, and currently serves on Clark’s Board of Trustees. Freeland received his bachelor’s degree in American studies from Amherst College and his doctorate in American civilization from the University of Pennsylvania

William Mosakowski and wife Jane

Our Benefactors

William S. Mosakowski '76 and Jane Mosakowski '75

William Mosakowski is President and CEO of Public Consulting Group, a national leader in providing consulting services to state and local government to dramatically improve financial and operational performance.

Lee Gurel

Our Benefactors

Dr. Lee Gurel '48

Dr. Lee Gurel ’48 is a generous and enthusiastic supporter of Clark and the Mosakowski Institute. Lee grew up in Worcester and went on to a distinguished career as a research psychologist.