Michael Dukakis, Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, Former Governor of Masachusetts, U.S. Democratic Presidential Candidate

Michael S. Dukakis is Distinguished Professor of Political Science at Northeastern University, and a visiting professor at the Luskin School of Public Affairs at UCLA. He and former U.S. Senator Paul Simon authored How to Get Into Politics – and Why, which was designed to encourage young people to think seriously about politics and public service as a career. Dukakis was the three-term governor of Massachusetts and the 1988 Democratic nominee for president of the United States.

Selected Publications

  • Leader-Managers in the Public Sector: Managing for Results; M.E. Sharpe, 2010 (with John Portz)
  • How to Get into Politics-and Why: A Reader. Boston, MA: Great Source Education Group, 2000 (with Paul Simon)
  • “The Governors and Health Policymaking” in Hackney and Rochefort, The New Politics of State Health Policy (2001)
  • “The Problem is Not the Phone Calls: It’s the Special Interest Money.” Journal of Legislation 24:2 (1998)
  • “A Governor Looks at Purchase of Service” in Margaret Gibelman and Harold W. Demone, Jr., Private Solutions to Public Problems. Springer Publishing Company, 1996
  • “Improving the Electoral Process: A Summary of Issues and Some Recommended Proposals” in Improving the Electoral Process, National Conference on Improving the Electoral Process, Northeastern University,1995
  • “Health Care Reform: Blueprints for Progress from the States.” Compensation and Benefits Management 9:2 (Spring 1993)
  • “Learning from the Aloha State.” Journal of American Health Policy 2:1 (1992)
  • “The States and Health Care Reform.” New England Journal of Medicine (8 October 1992)

Awards and Honors

  • Democratic Party Nominee for President of the United States, 1988
  • Governor of Massachusetts, 1975-1979, 1983-1991
  • Voted Most Effective Governor in U.S., National Governor’s Association, 1986
  • Vice-Chair, Amtrak Reform Board, 1998-2003.
  • Visiting Professor, UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
  • Board Member, Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center
  • Board Member, The Free for All Fund
  • Board Member, The New England Center for Children