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Haz Yano

2nd-Year MPP

Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago

Hazumu Yano is currently a Captain serving in the Civil Affairs Branch of the United States Army. He grew up in New York City and following the attacks on September 11, 2001, felt a strong conviction to serve in the nation’s defense. This led him to earn an undergraduate degree at the United States Military Academy with a double major in comparative politics and foreign area studies, focused on Latin America. During his studies, Yano spent a semester at the Academia Militar das Agulhas Negras in Resende, Brazil, studying and training with officer cadets of the Brazilian Army. He speaks Japanese, Portuguese, and Korean. 

As part of his service, Yano spent six months working at the US Embassy in Dhaka, Bangladesh, facilitating the Department of Defense’s development of Coastal Crisis Management Centers for the Bangladesh Coast Guard. During this time, he planned and conducted Medical First Responder Seminars through various areas of Bangladesh, helping impart medical first aid skills to the Bangladesh Police.

Yano most recently spent ten months working at the US Embassy in Kathmandu, Nepal. Working with a variety of interagency partners, he facilitated numerous joint exercises between the US military and the Nepali Army while also overseeing a team of Civil Affairs Soldiers conducting developmental projects throughout Nepal. He also planned and coordinated various US-Nepali Security Cooperation activities to enhance the Government of Nepal’s ability to react to disasters and crises.

Upon completing the Harris Public Policy MPP Program, Yano will be assigned for two years as an instructor of American politics in the Social Sciences Department at the United States Military Academy.

At The Pearson Institute, Yano hopes to more deeply understand how political instability informs the root causes of conflict. Through his experience with the military designing and implementing solutions to address gaps in local governance, he has seen how valuable evidence-based decision-making can be in reducing the risk of conflict in unstable regions. He hopes to use his Harris education to better incorporate data analytics into project planning and assessment with the military.


While at Harris, Yano worked as an intern with the United States Marshals Service, helping to revise and update standard operating procedures of the Northern District of Illinois Office. During the summer of 2019, Yano will be working as a Policy Research Assistant with the Crime and Education Lab, under the University of Chicago Urban Labs.

Baidoa, Somalia

Makeshift, temporary shelter made of plastic and clothing at a refugee center in Baidoa, Somalia.