Bernardo Zacka is an assistant professor of political science at MIT.

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I am a political theorist with an interest in ethnographic  methods. My research focuses on the normative challenges that arise in the course of public policy implementation. I am also interested, more broadly, in normative political theory, architecture and urbanism, and 20-th century European political thought.

Prior to joining MIT, I was a junior research fellow at Christ’s College, Cambridge and a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford. I received my Ph.D. from the Department of Government at Harvard and hold a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.
My first book, When the State Meets the Street (Harvard University Press, 2017) examines the everyday moral life of street-level bureaucrats.

You can read more about it here, and find related articles in The Atlantic and the Boston Review.


I convene the MIT Workshop in Social and Political Theory

For the Spring 2019 schedule, and to join the mailing list, please see our website.