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About the Institute

From the beginning, the Mosakowski Institute for Public Enterprise has dedicated itself to conducting research and communicating the results in ways that made it more likely that those engaged in service to society would use the lessons to improve people’s lives and communities.

The Mosakowski Institute undertakes what academics call translational research, which means that cutting-edge university research is applied to address important social concerns.

The Institute aspires to have a genuine impact on the world beyond Clark. Its programs, from faculty-led research projects to hands-on internship opportunities and specially designed courses, all aim to help students see the relationships between what they learn in the classroom and what happens in the world around them. A commitment to deep engagement with practitioners working on important issues in actual context is perhaps the Institute’s most distinctive feature. Projects frequently involve multiple faculty participants drawn from several academic departments.

Our translational research uses these four components:

  • 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 outcomes such as improvements in educational performance and a safer, more sustainable environment.
  • Explicit consideration of the key factors supporting or impeding the successful implementation of laws, policies, and programs.
  • Timely and effective communication of results to promote widespread adoption of practices based on research conclusions.

Overseeing the Mosakowski Institute’s work, the Faculty Steering Committee includes:

Yuko Aoyama
Dean of Research

Kate Bielaczyc
Director of the Hiatt Center for Urban Education

Esteban Cardemil
Associate Professor of Psychology

Robert Johnston
Director of the George Perkins Marsh Institute

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 MBA 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, a role he filled until 2015, 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 ’76 is president and CEO of Public Consulting Group, a national leader in providing consulting services to state and local government that dramatically improve financial and operational performance.

Lee Gurel

Our Benefactor

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.