Awardee | Ann Owens, PhD'12 in Sociology & Social Policy, has been named one of four new William T. Grant Scholars. The program supports promising early-career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences with five-year research awards designed to expand their expertise into new disciplines, methods, and content areas. Owens is an Associate Professor of Sociology and Management at the University of Southern California, and Associate Director of the Sol Price Center for Social Innovation at the USC Price School of Public Policy.
Owens's research as a William T. Grant Scholar will focus on programs and policies to help low-income families with children move to higher opportunity neighborhoods, as well as the potential promise of place-based opportunity (PBO) models that provide affordable housing in specific neighborhoods.
Awardee | Alexandra Roulet, PhD'17 in Economics, is a recipient of the French Economic Association best book prize for Améliorer les appariements sur le marché du travail, published by Presses de Sciences Po in October 2018. The book seeks "to explain why there are over 3 millions unemployed in France and yet 300 000 unfilled vacancies each year, and what are potential remedies to this mismatch between labor supply and labor demand." Roulet is now an Assistant Professor of Economics at INSEAD.
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 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.
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.
Awardee | Bernard L. Fraga (PhD '13) is the 2018 recipient of the Midwest Political Science Association Latino/a Caucus Early Career Award. An Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University, Fraga's research examines American electoral politics, racial and ethnic politics, and political behavior.
Awardee | Alex Hertel-Fernandez (PhD '16) has been awarded the 2017 Fiona McGillivray Prize for the best paper in political economy presented at the previous year’s American Political Science Association Annual Meeting. The paper, "American Employers as Political Machines," has been published in the Journal of Politics 79,1 (2017). Hertel-Fernandez is now Assistant Professor of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University.