Jacob earned his BA in Political Science from Emory University in 2012 and an MSc in Urban Studies from the London School of Economics in 2013. At Emory and LSE, Jacob devoted his studies to racial divides, and how these conflicts influence political participation and translate into inequitable policy. As a Ph.D. candidate, he plans to build on these research experiences to study intergroup conflict’s effect on voting behavior, local elections, and urban infrastructure projects. The American electorate’s growing diversity increases intergroup conflict’s salience, and Jacob is interested to explore how demographic change transforms our understanding of social cleavages.
Peter Bucchianeri is a Ph.D student in government and social policy. His research interests include U.S. elections, state and local politics, and the political economy of various social policies. Prior to attending Harvard, he received his B.A. in political science from UCLA and his M.S. in Education from the University of Pennsylvania.
Meredith is currently pursuing a PhD in government and social policy at Harvard University. Her research interests include bureaucracy, representation, and inequality policy in the United States. Meredith previously worked at Pew Research Center in Washington, D.C. as a research assistant on the American politics and policy team. She earned her bachelor's degree from the College of William & Mary.
Diana Draghici is a doctoral student pursuing a joint degree in Government and Social Policy. Her major field of substantive interest is American politics, and her research agenda places a particular emphasis on aspects pertaining to American political economy (electoral competition, legislative behavior, policymaking). Her methodological interests are causal inference, graphical methods, Bayesian statistics, and data visualization.
Michael's research focuses on political geography and local politics, with a focus on land use and urban development. Prior to Harvard, Michael graduated from the University of Virginia as an Echols Scholar, with a B.A. in Government and Environment Thought & Practice.
Sarah is a first-year doctoral student in Government and Social Policy. She is interested in the sense of political efficacy within low income communities and how that impacts families' access to education, mental health care, and adequate nutrition. Sarah is also particularly interested in the impact of education on civic engagement for students in low income communities.
Prior to Harvard, Sarah worked in K-12 education for 5 years, first as a high school teacher, and most recently as a high school principal.
Before working in schools, Sarah graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.A. in Plan II Honors and Government. Her undergraduate thesis, which examined the relationship between various history curricula and eventual civic engagement, won UT's William Jennings Bryan Prize in Government. Sarah also holds an M.Ed. from Boston University.
Carlos Lastra was born and raised in Asturias (Spain). He did his undergraduate degree in Mathematics and Philosophy at the University of Oxford and has worked as a consultant for several years, both for private companies and governments in Spain, Latin America and the Middle East. His research interests lie mostly in education and the role it can have in pursuing desirable societal outcomes (e.g. innovation, business creation) as part of an integrated economic policy. He is further interested in the institutional setup for the delivery of those policies and the role of governments in it versus the role of market players. His other interests lie in the Comparative Political Economy of European countries and of European integration and the impact of trade relations on politics.
Audrey Latura is a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy. Her research focuses on how social policy attitudes change at the individual level, comparative work family policy, and female professional advancement, particularly in Latin America, the Iberian Peninsula, and the United States.
Audrey received an MA in International Relations from Yale University and a BA in Latin American Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign with Departmental Distinction. She is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish.
Nicholas Lillios is a doctoral student in the Government and Social Policy Program. Raised in Chicago, Nicholas received a B.A. in Political Science and Biochemistry with comprehensive honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a Truman Scholar, Nicholas spent a year at the Department of Health and Human Services, primarily working in the Office of Rural Health Policy and for the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services.
His current research interests include health policy, inequality, representation, institutions, and political discourse. His recent work focuses on examining how social and economic inequality affect political influence and representation.
Gabrielle is a graduate student in Harvard's joint Social Policy and Government Ph.D. program. Her research interests include political psychology and behavior, the formation and durability of political attitudes, and the role of religious beliefs in shaping Americans' attitudes about inequality and redistribution. Gabrielle received her B.A. in Political Science and Spanish from Indiana University in 2015.
Nicholas Short received his BA in Astrophysics and History from the University of California, Berkeley. He subsequently earned his J.D. from the Hastings College of the Law (University of California) and went on to practice law for the next seven years in the area of trade secret and patent litigation. Nick is earned his MS in Technology and Policy at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2016, where his work focused on the regulation of emerging technologies in synthetic biology.
Nick is interested in integrating two branches of political and economic studies: those of technological innovation and the ways in which economic interests exert political power.