A headshot of PhD in Creativity candidate Andy Carlson.

PhD in Creativity

PhD candidate Andy Carlson is a planner and analyst based in Washington, DC.


Daring Greatly: Creativity from Crisis

The 9/11 commission stated that we should “…find a way of routinizing, even bureaucratizing, the exercise of imagination.” Carlson’s dissertation proposes to devise a model and subsequent actions through the study of the crisis space that leads to creativity in bureaucracies. As Clausewitz wrote in On War, “Everything in war is simple but the simplest thing is difficult.” That statement sums up creativity within a bureaucracy: If you want the workforce to be creative – teach them how to be creative.


Richard Herman, Professor Emeritus and former Chancellor of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Robin Wagner-Pacifici, Professor, Department of Sociology at The New School for Social Research

Keith Mines, Director, Latin America Program at United States Institute of Peace

Andy Carlson