Deborah Stone

Professor Emerita of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management

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Office: Heller-Brown Building 346
Phone: 63960
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Politics of Policy Making and Policy Analysis; Health Policy; Social Policy; and a new field--policy making institutions and policy analysis in the developing world.


  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • University of Michigan

Deborah Stone

Professor Emerita of The Heller School for Social Policy and Management


Deborah Stone specializes in analyzing the politics of policymaking in advanced industrial states as well as developing countries. She is most known for her textbook on the topic, Policy Paradox: The Art of Political Decision Making, which has had four editions over 25 years and has been translated into five languages. Her research focuses on health policy, disability policy, caregiving, but also addresses a wide range of policy issues.

Awards and Honors

  • Matina Horner Distinguished Visiting Professor, Radcliffe College (1996 - 1997)
  • tne Reader Magazine Award for General Excellence (as senior editor of The American Prospect) (1994 - 1995)
  • Senior Editor, The American Prospect (1992)
  • Pokross Chair in Law and Social Policy (1986 - 1998)
  • Fellow in Law and Political Science, Harvard Law School (1985 - 1986)
  • Guggenheim Fellowship (1985 - 1986)
  • Kaiser Family Foundation Grant (1981 - 1982)
  • German Marshall Fund Fellowship (1978)
  • N.D.E.A. Graduate Fellowship (1972 - 1974)
  • Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst Language-Learing Grant (DAAD) (1971)
  • Harvard University Center for European Studies pre-dissertation training grant (1971)


  • Stone, Deborah. "“Quantitative Analysis as Narrative,”, pp. 157-170.." Routledge Handbook of Interpretive Political Science. 1st 2016 ed. Ed. eds. R.A.W. Rhodes and Mark Bevir. Routledge, 2016