Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, teaches courses on negotiation and decision analysis.
Her research focuses on the relevance of fairness and trust for individual and collective decision-making.
In her book Cooperation and Communication (published in German, Mohr/Siebeck, 1997), she investigates how social context influences bargaining behavior and the willingness to contribute to the common good.
Combining experimental and field data, her applied research addresses the demand for and performance of formal and informal contract enforcement mechanisms, comparing aspects of the political and legal framework across countries.
A Swiss citizen, Iris Bohnet holds a PhD in economics from the University of Zurich, has previously taught in the Senior Executives Program at IMD and the Graduate Economics Program at the University of Zurich, and has spent a year as Research Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley.