Alumni

Andrew Garin

Andrew Garin: Upjohn Institute 2018 Dissertation Award

September 26, 2018

Upjohn Institute
Andrew Garin, PhD in Political Economy and Government '18, has been awarded the Upjohn Institute's 2018 Dissertation Award for best dissertation in employment research. Garin's primary research interests are in labor, public, and urban economics. A postdoctoral fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research in 2018-2019, Garin joins the faculty of University of Illinois Urbana–Champaign in fall 2019 as Assistant Professor of Economics.

David J. Deming

David Deming receives APPAM's David N. Kershaw Award

September 10, 2018
Awardee | David J. Deming, a professor of public policy at Harvard Kennedy School and professor of education and economics at Harvard Graduate School of Education, has been selected to receive the David N. Kershaw Award and Prize from the Association for Public Policy and Management (APPAM). Deming is the 19th winner of the award, which recognizes young professionals under the age of 40 who have made distinguished contributions to the field of public policy. Deming, who now co-directs the Inequality & Social Policy program, is former Inequality & Social Policy doctoral fellow who received his PhD in Public Policy from Harvard University in 2010. 
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Laura Tach: William Julius Wilson Early Career Award

Laura Tach: William Julius Wilson Early Career Award

August 11, 2018
Awardee | Laura Tach (PhD '10) is the recipient of the William Julius Wilson Early Career award from the American Sociological Association's Section on Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility, which recognizes a scholar who has made major contributions within 10 years of receiving the degree. Tach, Associate Professor of Policy Analysis and Management and Sociology at Cornell University, is the third Inequality & Social Policy alum to receive the award in the past five years.
Anthony Abraham Jack

It's Hard to Be Hungry on Spring Break

March 17, 2018
The New York Times | By Anthony Abraham Jack (PhD '16). It is one thing to extend coveted invitations to poor students in recruiting them, writes Jack. it's another to really prepare for their arrival. Jack is a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and an Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Unions

Right-to-Work Laws Have Devastated Unions — and Democrats

March 8, 2018

The New York Times | By James Feigenbaum (PhD '16), Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (PhD '16), and Vanessa Williamson (PhD '15). James Feigenbaum, Assistant Professor of Economics at Boston University; Alexander Hertel-Fernandez, Asssistant Professor of Public Affairs at Columbia University; and Vanessa Williamson, a Fellow in Governance Studies at the Brookings Institution, are members of the Scholars Strategy Network.

Based on the authors' research, "From the Bargaining Table to the Ballot Box: Political Effects of Right to Work Laws," recently released as an NBER Working Paper.
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Boston Review

The Almost Inevitable Failure of Justice

February 22, 2018

Boston Review | By Thad Williamson (PhD '04). Today it is hard not to fear that the persistence of racial injustice and U.S. poverty is anything but a permanent feature of our democracy, writes Williamson, in his review essay of Tommie Shelby's Dark Ghettos. "The lopsided distribution of wealth characteristic of U.S. capitalism must be on the table in any discussion about realizing social justice—including the discussion of ghetto poverty."

Thad Williamson is Associate Professor of Leadership Studies and Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law at the University of Richmond and co-editor of Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond. In 2014-2016, Williamson served as the first director of the City of Richmond's Office of Community Wealth Building while on leave from the University of Richmond.

Anthony Jack

Increasing Opportunity and Harnessing Talent—What Works?

January 11, 2018
Brookings Institution | Anthony Abraham Jack (PhD '16) joined Raj Chetty (Stanford University), Reshma Saujani (Founder and CEO, Girls Who Code), and Richard V. Reeves (Brookings Institution) for a panel on how to harness America's underutilized talent. Anthony Jack is a Junior Fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows and Assistant Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.