September 9, 2016 – This fall, the RGK Center welcomes Harrington Fellow Mark Clayton Hand to its community of faculty, staff and students. Hand, who previously served on the faculty as adjunct professor of social entrepreneurship, is beginning a Ph.D. program in Public Policy with an emphasis in network analysis. As he builds towards a multi-disciplinary dissertation, he will pursue coursework and research at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and across campus.
Hand’s background in entrepreneurship began at First Light Ventures, where he had the opportunity to launch the First Light India Accelerator, a joint venture with the Shell Foundation to invest in companies addressing social and environmental issues. Hand received an MBA from Oxford University’s Saïd Business School where he redesigned the core MBA entrepreneurship course and co-founded the student-run Oxford Seed Fund for Oxford startups. While teaching social entrepreneurship at the LBJ School, Hand served as venture partner at Austin-based social enterprise incubator UnLtd USA. It was there that he saw the value of approaching problem-solving with a network lens. As a student of public policy, he plans to apply that lens for a deeper understanding of the Texas state legislature and immigration patterns.
The Harrington Graduate Fellowship is the university’s most prestigious graduate fellowship, with stipends equal to or exceeding those of other fellowship programs. Each year, departments across campus are invited to nominate one prospective graduate student; from that pool a cohort of 16-20 students is selected to join the program. All fellows are invited to join the Harrington Fellowship Society, a lifetime community of both graduate students and faculty involved in the program.
Past Harrington Graduate Fellows in the LBJ School of Public Affairs have included Gonzalo Xavier Alcalde, Professor of Political Science at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, Tanvi Madan, Director of The India Project and Brookings Institution Fellow, and Brian Muzás, Assistant Professor of Diplomacy and International Relations at Seton Hall University.
Recent articles by Mark Hand:
The Research Gap in Social Entrepreneurship – Stanford Social Innovation Review