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.
Research interests: Applies insights from cultural sociology to the study of politics in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on populist claims-making in political discourse and popular identification with the nation in settled times.
Allie S. Freed Professor of Government Director of the Social Sciences, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study
Research interests: American politics. Development of political institutions, particularly in the United States. Political economy of public bureaucracies and government regulation, particularly regulation of health and financial products.
Carpenter has recently launched a long-term project on petitioning in North American political development, examining comparisons and connections to petitioning histories in Europe and elsewhere. Together with colleagues at Harvard, Radcliffe and the Massachusetts Archives, he launched the Digital Archive of Massachusetts Antislavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions in 2015.
Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.
Research interests: International monetary system, the constitutional law of money, constitutional history, political economy, and legal theory. Co-founder of the Program of the Study of Capitalism, Desan's research explores money as a legal and political project, one that configures the market it sets out to measure.
John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences
Research interests: Urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. Prevalence and consequences of eviction and the low-income rental market, network-based survival strategies among the urban poor, and the consequences of new crime control policies on inner-city women.
Research interests: Organizations, inequality, economic sociology, and public policy. Evidence-based approaches to diversity management. The rise of the shareholder value model of corporate management.