Katherine is the provost of the University of Chicago and the Emmett Dedmon Professor at the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy. She received her BA in economics from Yale and her PhD in economics from Harvard. As provost, she is responsible for academic and research programs across the university and oversees the university’s budget.
Katherine’s research focuses on the effectiveness of public and private health insurance and the effects of health system reforms. She is the principal investigator of multiple large-scale National Institutes of Health-funded research programs and a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Her research appears in leading academic journals across medicine, economics, and health policy.
Katherine is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine, the National Academy of Social Insurance, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She serves as a director of Eli Lilly, where she chairs the Ethics and Compliance Committee; and as a trustee of the Mayo Clinic.
Katherine is on the Congressional Budget Office’s Panel of Health Advisers and is a member of the Advisory Board for the National Institute for Health Care Management. Her past experience includes serving as a commissioner on the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission; as chair of the Massachusetts Group Insurance Commission; as a director of HMS, a publicly traded health care analytics and technology company; and as chair of the Board of Directors of AcademyHealth.
Katherine is a frequent commentator in media outlets such as NPR, the New York Times, Bloomberg TV, MSNBC, and Fox Business. She has testified on health policy before multiple U.S. House and Senate committees and served as a Senate-confirmed member of the President’s Council of Economic Advisers.
Appointments & Affiliations
Dean and Emmett Dedmon Professor
Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago
Congressional Budget Office Panel of Health Advisors; Advisory Board for the National Institute for Health Care Management
American Academy of Arts & Sciences; Council on Foreign Relations; National Academy of Medicine; National Academy of Social Insurance
Board of Directors
Honors & Awards
Reinhardt Distinguished Career Award | 2023