Endowed Fund to Honor Prof. Douglas Rae

An endowed fund at the Yale School of Management has been established in honor of Douglas W. Rae, Richard S. Ely Professor of Management and professor of political science, who retires this year after three decades of teaching at the school.

Prof. Douglas W. Rae
Prof. Douglas W. Rae

The Rae and Zannoni Endowed Curriculum Development Fund is supported by a gift from Paolo Zannoni ’87 M.A., ’87 M.Phil, a former student and frequent colleague of Rae.

The fund is designated to support curriculum development and other related projects and activities that impact the school’s mission to educate leaders for business and society.

Rae arrived at Yale in 1967 as a professor of political science, serving as the chair of the political science department in the 1980s. In 1990, he took a leave to serve as chief administrative officer for the city of New Haven. When he returned to Yale in 1991, he began teaching at Yale SOM, armed with a new perspective on the complexities of governing. In 2006, he created a new course, part of the school’s integrated MBA curriculum, called State and Society, focused on the interactions between business, governments, and other stakeholders.

His books include The Political Consequences of Electoral Laws, City: Urbanism and Its End, and Capitalism Is All About Learning (forthcoming).

Gifts in honor of Douglas Rae may be made to the Yale SOM Alumni Fund. Gifts made by June 30 will be recognized in a special section of Impact, the Yale SOM philanthropy report.

Read a profile of Professor Douglas Rae.