2006

Leah Platt Boustan

Ph.D. in Economics, 2006.
Professor of Economics, UCLA.

Human Capital in History

Leah Platt Boustan '06, Carola Frydman '06, and Robert A. Margo are the editors of Human Capital in History: The American Record, published by the University of Chicago Press in October 2014. 

Leah Platt Boustan's book manuscript, Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets, is under contract with Princeton University Press.

Leah Platt Boustan is a recipient of a 2013 Straus Fellowship with The Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice at NYU School of Law. Straus Fellows are selected annually to pursue research on a common theme, which for 2013-2014 is “Racial, Ethnic, and Economic Segregation.”  

Leah Platt Boustan is the winner of a 2012 Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded to "126 early-career scholars [who] represent the most promising scientific researchers working today."

Leah Platt Boustan’s dissertation, "The Effect of Black Migration on Northern Cities and Labor Markets, 1940-1970,” has won the Economic History Association’s Alan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in US economic history.

Matissa Hollister

Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, McGill University.

Joel Horwich

A.M. in Sociology and Social Policy.
Managing Director of Grants and Foundation Relations, Citizen Schools.

Jal Mehta

Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


The Allure of OrderJal Mehta's latest book, The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling(Oxford University Press, 2013), "recounts a century of attempts at revitalizing public education, and puts forward a truly new agenda to reach this elusive goal."

The Futures of School Reform, edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess (Harvard Education Press, 2012), represents the culminating work of a three-year discussion among national education leaders convened by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

The Futures of School ReformJal Mehta is a 2010 recipient of the Spencer Foundation's Exemplary Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001: Ideas and the Rise of Accountability Politics."

Jal was  awarded the 2008 American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Politics of Education.

Wendy D. Roth

Ph.D. in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of British Columbia.

Race Migrations

Wendy Roth's book, Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race, has been published by Stanford University Press (2012). 

Honorable Mention for the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Division on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (2014).

Wendy Roth is the winner of the American Sociological Association's 2007 Dissertation Award for best dissertation submitted in the previous calendar year for her dissertation, "Caribbean Race and American Dreams: How Migration Shapes Dominicans' and Puerto Ricans' Racial Identities and Its Impact on Socioeconomic Mobility."

Martin  R. West

Martin R. West

Ph.D. in Government and Social Policy, 2006.
Associate Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Teachers versus the PublicTeachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them, by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson (Ph.D. '11), and Martin R. West (Ph.D. '06) has been published by The Brookings Institution (2014).

From Schoolhouse to CourthouseMartin West's earlier book (co-edited with Joshua Dunn), From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American Education (Brookings Institution Press, 2009), examines the increase in judicial involvement in education policymaking over the past 50 years.