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Devah Pager

Devah Pager

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Sociology (FAS) and Public Policy (HKS)
Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


Research interests
: Institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system. Inequality, race, discrimination, punishment.

Samuel J. Abrams

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2010.
Professor of Politics and Social Sciences, Sarah Lawrence College.
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Christopher Adolph

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2005.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Washington.

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan (2008-2009).

Book by Christopher Adolph

Christopher Adolph's first book, Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: the Myth of Neutrality has been published by Cambridge University Press, 2013. 

Winner of the 2014 Charles Levine Memorial Prize for Best Book in Comparative Public Policy and Administration.

Christopher Adolph's dissertation, "The Dilemma of Discretion: Career Ambitions and the Politics of Central Banking," has won the 2005 Mancur Olson Award for best dissertation in political economy, given the by the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association.

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor
Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics


Research interests: Political theorist. Democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America.

Weihua (Edward) An

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2011.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Statistics, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Asad L. Asad

Asad L. Asad

Ph.D. student in Sociology

Asad L. Asad is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Harvard University, where he is a Beinecke Scholar, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, a Graduate Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy, and a Graduate Student Associate with the Weatherhead Center for International Affairs.

His primary research interests encompass the fields of im/migration, race/ethnicity, urban sociology, and inequality. His current research seeks to understand contemporary patterns of unauthorized migration from Latin America in spite of unprecedented levels of enforcement at the U.S. border and beyond. His dissertation relies on ethnographic observations and longitudinal interview data with a sample of immigrants living in Dallas, TX in order to interrogate the conditions under which legal status—or a lack thereof—affects migrants' everyday experiences.

Another project relies on large-scale survey data from the Mexican Migration Project in order to understand how ethno-racial processes in Mexico shape individuals' opportunities for lawful migration to the United States.

In both endeavors, Asad seeks to illuminate previously-overlooked social processes that explain the remarkable persistence of the unauthorized migrant population in the United States across time. 

Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management


Research interests
: Poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life.

Lucy Barnes

Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, 2010.
Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University College London

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford (2011-2013).

Samuel Barrows

Ph.D. in Government, 2014.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School.
Natalie Bau

Natalie Bau

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Toronto.
Angie Bautista-Chavez

Angie Bautista-Chavez

Ph.D. student in Government

Angie M. Bautista-Chavez is a doctoral student in the Department of Government and a Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University. Angie’s research focuses on the domestic and foreign politics of immigration regulation and control. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University in 2013. In addition to research, she is currently the Teaching Fellow for Survey Research Methods. Angie is also Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow.

Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield

Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Institutional causes and consequences of social inequality. Economic inequality in the European Union.  Theoretical and empirical investigation of why societies have such different population health profiles, showing how institutional arrangements (welfare programs, educational expansion, labor markets, and citizenship rights) stratify health. Long-term trends in the development of political economy.

Alexander  Bell

Alexander Bell

Ph.D. student in Economics

Alex's research addresses questions of how resources are allocated within society with a focus on equality of opportunity. Past research explores factors influencing kids to enter high-skilled occupations and the role of parent income in producing a misallocation of talent.

Alex holds a Bachelors of Science from Brown University in Computer Science and Economics, where he graduated magna cum laude and was awarded the Gordon Lindsay Prize for Outstanding Honors Thesis.