Jane Fountain is currently an associate professor of public policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the director of its “Women in the Information Age Project.” Her research focuses on the relationship between women and information technology. Her two manuscripts in preparation focus on the central role for women in the construction of the information society and the effect of changes in information processing on the structure and policy of the US federal government.
A Radcliffe Public Policy Fellow since 1999, Fountain is the coprincipal investigator of the Center’s NSF-funded “Women in the Information Technology Workplace” project. Fountain’s project, “Participation of Women in Design and Implementation of Information Technologies,” will explore how the lack of female representation in the development and design of information technology can limit their opportunities.
Fountain received her PhD in political science and organizational behavior from Yale University. She received a gift from PricewaterhouseCoopers to direct research on women and information technology in 1999 and grants from the Ford Foundation and the Kennedy School Program on Innovations in American Government.