Fast Company | Political scientists from Harvard and Boston University are using sophisticated mapping algorithms to ensure their solution to gerrymandering is as fair as possible. A look at new work by Assistant Professor Benjamin Schneer and PhD candidate Kevin DeLuca (PEG) at Harvard Kennedy School and Maxwell Palmer of Boston University.
Wall Street Journal | By Jason Furman, Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy, Harvard Kennedy School. Given the mounting economic risks posed by the spread of the novel coronavirus, Congress should act swiftly to pass a fiscal stimulus that is accelerated, big, comprehensive, and dynamic, Furman argues.
Awardee | Christina J. Cross, Postdoctoral Fellow at Harvard and Assistant Professor of Sociology (beginning 2021), has been awarded a 2019 ProQuest Distinguished Dissertation Award by the University of Michigan for her doctoral dissertation, The Color, Class, and Context of Family Structure and Its Association with Children’s Educational Performance. The award is "given in recognition of the most exceptional scholarly work produced by doctoral students at the University of Michigan."
The Chronicle of Higher Education Anthony Abraham Jack (PhD 2016), Assistant Professor of Education at Harvard and the author of The Privileged Poor, joins a discussion with a campus leader, a public official, and a college counselor to explore how to lift more people's prospects. Read and watch excerpts from their conversation. Part of The Chronicle series, Broken Ladder, examining the role of education in social mobility.
AAPSS | Mario L. Small, Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology at Harvard, is one of five distinguished scholars to be inducted as Fellows of the American Academy of Political and Social Science at a ceremony to be held in Washington, D.C., on October 8, 2020.
Dissent | By Daniel Schlozman PhD 2011, Joseph and Bertha Bernstein Associate Professor of Political Science at Johns Hopkins University and the author of When Movements Anchor Parties: Electoral Alignments in American History (Princeton University Press, 2015).
Reviewing Ezra Klein's Why We're Polarized, Schlozman writes that it " ultimately fails to account for our deepest divides...As he shifts focus to the dynamics of disagreement, he largely ignores the central conflict in contemporary politics: a particular form of racialized political economy, whose motor is the poisonous entente between racism and the one percent. Start there, and one gets a different picture of the problem, and of potential solutions."
PolicyInsights.org | By Nathaniel Hendren and Ben Sprung-Keyser. This interactive website offers a guided tour of their paper, "A Unified Welfare Analysis of Government Policies," forthcoming in the Quarterly Journal of Economics. Hendren is a Professor of Economics at Harvard; Sprung-Keyser is a PhD student in Economics.
Washington Post | By Peter A. Hall and Yeling Tan. U.S. companies — and the scientific community — could lose out in the long term, the authors argue. Peter Hall is Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies at Harvard. Yeling Tan is Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of Oregon.
No Jargon | Leah E. Gose, a PhD candidate in Sociology and a Malcolm Hewitt Wiener PhD Scholar in Poverty and Justice, explains how The Resistance compares with the Tea Party and what we can learn by looking at them together. A podcast of the Scholars Strategy Network.
Russell Sage Foundation | Asad L. Asad PhD 2017 has been awarded a Russell Sage Foundation Presidential Authority grant for a study titled, "Precarious Citizenship: Judicial Decisions in U.S. Denaturalization Cases." Asad is now Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stanford University.