Alexander Tahk Appointed Thompson Center Director

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June 18, 2021:

The Public Leadership Board is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Alexander Tahk as Director of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership.

In this new role, Professor Tahk’s responsibilities will include providing overall leadership to the Center, working with the Public Leadership Board and Faculty Advisory Committee, making faculty research grant awards and bringing thought-provoking speakers to events across University of Wisconsin System campuses. The Director is appointed for a three-year term and will begin work on June 28th.

Public Leadership Board Chairman Scott Jensen offered his congratulations to Professor Tahk, stating: “The candidates presented to the Board by the University were very well qualified. The Board appointed Professor Tahk as Director because he offers innovative ideas for our work and shares the vision of the Board for the future of the Thompson Center.”

Professor Tahk is an Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research and teaching interests are in the fields of methodology and American politics. Professor Tahk completed his doctoral work in political science at Stanford University, where he received a master’s degree in statistics. He received his undergraduate degrees in mathematics and political science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His work has been published in major research publications such as Journal of Personality & Social Psychology, Political Analysis, State Politics & Policy Quarterly, Public Opinion Quarterly, Social Influence, and American Political Science Review. Professor Tahk also serves as a Faculty Affiliate with the University of Wisconsin Law School and an Honorary Fellow in its Institute for Legal Studies.

The statutory mission of the Tommy G. Thompson Center on Public Leadership is “the facilitation of research, teaching, outreach, and needed policy reforms regarding effective public leadership that improves the practice of American government.” The Center, which was established by the state in 2017, endeavors to carry out its mission throughout all of the universities of the University of Wisconsin System.