About the Institute

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.

Faculty Steering

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

Distinguished Professors

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

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. Mosakowski and his wife, Jane, are dedicated Clark alumni with a long and generous history of giving. In 1999, the couple created the William B. and Dorothy E. Mosakowski Endowed Scholarship fund in honor of Mr. Mosakowski's parents—his mother, Dorothy, worked at Clark for 30 years, many as coordinator of Rare Books and Special Collections in the Goddard Library. In 2000, Mr. Mosakowski partnered with Clark's Graduate School of Management to offer an on-site MBA program to employees at PCG. In 2006 they established the "Mosakowski Challenge" to Clark Fund donors, helping to raise participation and gifts to Clark's annual fund. In that same year they made a major gift to endow the Mosakowski Institute. Mr. Mosakowski, who grew up in Grafton, graduated from Clark in 1976 with a B.A. in Government and International Relations and is a former Chairman of the Clark Board of Trustees. Mrs. Mosakowski received a B.A. in English from Clark in 1975 and a graduate degree in Library Science from Simmons College in 1979.

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. In 2009, Lee made a major gift to Clark to create the Dr. Lee Gurel '48 Endowment within the Mosakowski Institute. The Gurel Endowment supports research in and discussion around the field of urban education, including the annual Gurel Lecture in Education. The gift grew out of Lee's passion, grounded in his own life experiences, about the importance of education and his belief that Clark can and should play a significant role in discovering knowledge about school leadership, about teaching, and about the well-being of students and families, knowledge that can be put into practice to improve our urban schools and the outcomes for students and their communities.