Harvard Kennedy School

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.

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.

George Borjas

George Borjas

Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy


Research interests: Labor economics, with a focus on immigration issues.

Amitabh Chandra

Amitabh Chandra

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy


Research interests: Economics and health policy. Innovation and cost-growth in healthcare, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in healthcare.

David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood

Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy


Research interests: Poverty and welfare, economic mobility. Labor economics, family change, low pay and unemployment, changing structure of American families. 

Ronald F. Ferguson

Ronald F. Ferguson

Director, Achievement Gap Initiative
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy


Research interests: Education and economic development, racial achievement gaps.

Archon Fung

Archon Fung

Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship
Academic Dean of the Harvard Kennedy School


Research interests: Political scientist. How participation, deliberation and transparency can make contemporary public governance more fair and effective.

Joshua S. Goodman

Joshua S. Goodman

Associate Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Economics of education. Impact of math coursework on students' longer-run outcomes and the impact of college choice on degree completion.

Christopher Jencks

Christopher Jencks

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy Emeritus


Research interests: Changes in family structure over the past generation, the costs and benefits of economic inequality, the extent to which economic advantages are inherited, and the effects of welfare reform.

Alexander Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar

Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy


Research interests: Historian, with a focus on explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. Election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.

Jennifer S. Lerner

Jennifer S. Lerner

Professor of Public Policy and Management
Co-founder, Harvard Decision Science Laboratory


Research interests: A psychologist, draws on insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Predicting effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Expanding the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing.

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy
Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government


Research interests: Public sector economics and social policy. Tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality.

Brigitte C. Madrian

Brigitte C. Madrian

Aetna Professor of Public Policy and Corporate Management


Research interests: Behavioral economics and household finance, with a particular focus on household saving and investment behavior.

In the area of health, using the lens of behavioral economics to understand health behaviors and improve health outcomes. Impact of health insurance on the job choice and retirement decisions of employees and the hiring decisions of firms.

Jane J. Mansbridge

Jane J. Mansbridge

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values


Research interests: Political scientist. Representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of free-rider problems. 

Quinton  Mayne

Quinton Mayne

Associate Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Political scientist. Intersection of comparative and urban politics. How the design and reform of democratic political institutions affects how citizens think and act politically.