The Tobin Project strategically chooses research questions and designs programs to facilitate collaboration across academic disciplines, universities, generations, and the academic and policy arenas. Through small meetings and larger gatherings, Tobin Project scholars develop partnerships with one another and with members of the policy community, overcoming disciplinary and institutional boundaries that can inhibit vital, collaborative scholarship. Working together, historians and economists, senior scholars and graduate students, and professors and policymakers approach problems with new lenses, yielding richer analysis and better understanding of the challenges facing the nation.
The Tobin Project scholar community includes over 350 professors, graduate students, and professional researchers from 17 different disciplines and over 80 institutions. At every stage of the research process, these scholars work and exchange ideas with a network of policymakers and practitioners. Policymakers contribute integral feedback on the relevance, feasibility, and potential impact of the scholars’ research, as well as insight into the policy problems they face on a daily basis. It is by engaging thinkers with a diversity of perspectives, experiences, and methodological approaches that Tobin Project initiatives are able to develop salient research questions and produce cutting-edge scholarship on critical issues. And it is through these networks that the work is distributed and allowed to spark new thinking in both policy and scholarly circles.