Dana Born, Ph.D. (Brigadier General, USAF retired)

Dana Born standing and talking
  • Category: Faculty
  • Job Title: Faculty Chair
  • Organisation: Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program
  • Suburb/Town: Cambridge
  • Country: United States
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Find out more about ANZSOG's Future public sector leaders' series, featuring Professor Dana Born

Professor Dana H. Born is the Harvard Kennedy School of Government’s Faculty Chair, Senior Executive Fellows (SEF) Program; Faculty Advisor for the Black Family Graduate Fellowship; Lecturer in Public Policy, and a former Co-Director serving in the Center for Public Leadership. She was honoured with the Harvard Kennedy School’s Annual Teaching Awards 2014-2020, as well as the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Innovation in Teaching Award in 2017.

She is also a retired Brigadier General with 30 years of service in the United States Air Force. From 2004-2013, she served two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she was also the Professor and Head of the Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department. Professor Born also served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force.

Born is a recipient of the:

  • Secretary of the Air Force's Eugene M. Zuckert Award for Outstanding Management Achievement
  • Air Force Association's Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for outstanding contributions to Aerospace education
  • Air Force Distinguished Service Medal
  • Legion of Merit
  • Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

A graduate with distinction of the United States Air Force Academy, Professor Born received her B.S. in Behavioral Sciences (1983), M.S. in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, TX (1985), M.A. in Research Psychology from University of Melbourne (1991) and Doctorate in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University (1994). She received Penn State University's Alumni Fellow Award.

Among other roles, she currently serves as a:

  • Distinguished HOW Moral Leadership Fellow
  • An Independent Director on the Midwest Reliability Organization Board
  • A Trustee on the Board for DeVry University
  • Committee member of the United States Air Force Academy's Falcon Foundation
  • Supporting Director on the Air Force Academy Foundation Board
  • Senior Consultant for the Core Leadership Institute
  • Peer Evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission
  • Member of the Women Corporate Directors, International Women's Forum and Council on Foreign Relations.

Selected Publications

Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles

Born, Dana H., William H. Hendrix, and Justin Hartley. "Empirical Assessment: Two Facets of Moral Maturity." Journal of Character & Leadership Development 6.2 (Summer 2019): 151-160.

Born, Dana, and Megone, Christopher. "Character and Leadership: Ancient Wisdom for the 21st Century." Journal of Character & Leadership Development 6.1 (Winter 2019): 68-87.

Edited Volumes

Born, Dana, Committee on the Consideration of Generational Issues in Workforce Management and Employment Practices, eds. Are Generational Categories Meaningful Distinctions for Workforce Management? National Academy of Science, 2020.


Born, Dana. "Education Is Not Preparing Students for a Fast-Changing World." The Boston Globe, October 28, 2018.

Born, Dana, and Josh A. Goldstein. "Business Leaders Can Reverse the ‘Implosion of Trust’." Boston Globe, March 15, 2018.