Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania (PWH) is a global policy research center that aims to advance interdisciplinary, policy-relevant research on the world’s most urgent global affairs challenges. At a time of increasing ideological division and the politicization of policymaking, PWH will draw on the wide range of expertise found across Penn’s 12 Schools, connecting Penn with policymakers, practitioners, and researchers from around the world to develop and advance innovative policy proposals. Housed at the new, state-of-the-art building at the center of Penn’s campus, PWH is uniquely positioned to convene world leaders, cutting-edge practitioners, and top intellectuals engaged on these vital topics. Our high-level workshops, conferences, engagements, and publications link Penn to the global policy community so that the best ideas have impact now when they are needed most. Read more about the vision for Perry World House here.


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  • "Penn to Create Perry World House to Enhance Global Initiatives" - Read more
  • The University of Pennsylvania will establish a central home on campus for global activities and initiatives to be known as the Perry World House, President Amy Gutmann announced today. It will be a gathering place for faculty and students from all 12 of Penn’s schools to engage with eminent international scholars and policymakers on pressing global issues of the 21st century.  As a hub for international exchange and activity, the Perry World House will anchor Penn’s global resources on an interdisciplinary campus while creating partnerships abroad. A $10 million gift from University Trustee Richard C. Perry and his wife, Lisa Perry, will name the house and establish the Richard Perry Endowed Professorship to be affiliated with the house.

  • "William Burke-White Appointed Inaugural Perry Professor and Director of Perry World House at Penn" - Read more
  • Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price today announced that William Burke-White has been named the inaugural Richard Perry Professor and director of the Perry World House at the University of Pennsylvania. Burke-White is currently a professor and Deputy Dean for International Programs at Penn Law School. His new position will become effective July 1. Burke-White, an expert on international law and global governance, joined Penn in 2005 and has been a Deputy Dean of the Law School since 2011. From 2009-2011, he served on the policy planning staff of United States Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, where he was the principal drafter of the Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, Secretary Clinton’s hallmark foreign policy and institutional reform initiative.