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David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Public Policy (HKS)
Professor of Education and Economics (HGSE)


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.

Devah Pager

Devah Pager (1972-2018)

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Sociology and Public Policy


We mourn the loss of Devah Pager, who served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy and as Chair of Harvard's Joint PhD Programs in Social Policy until her death on November 2, 2018. We remember Devah with deep appreciation for the remarkable community she fostered.

Learn more about Devah's seminal work as a scholar in The New York Times obituary.

Research interests: Institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system. Inequality, race, discrimination, punishment.

Samuel J. Abrams

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2010.
Professor of Politics and Social Sciences, Sarah Lawrence College.
Research Fellow, Hoover Institution

Christopher Adolph

Ph.D. in Political Science, 2005.
Associate Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Associate Professor of Statistics, University of Washington.

Robert Wood Johnson Scholar in Health Policy Research, University of Michigan (2008-2009).

Book by Christopher Adolph

Christopher Adolph's first book, Bankers, Bureaucrats, and Central Bank Politics: the Myth of Neutrality has been published by Cambridge University Press, 2013. 

Winner of the 2014 Charles Levine Memorial Prize for Best Book in Comparative Public Policy and Administration.

Christopher Adolph's dissertation, "The Dilemma of Discretion: Career Ambitions and the Politics of Central Banking," has won the 2005 Mancur Olson Award for best dissertation in political economy, given the by the Political Economy Section of the American Political Science Association.... Read more about Christopher Adolph

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor
Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics


Research interests: Political theorist. Democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America.

Weihua (Edward) An

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2011.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Quantitative Theory and Methods, Emory University.
Desmond Ang

Desmond Ang

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Applied economics. Intersection of race, education and government. Educational and political ramifications of acts of police violence. Effects of federal election oversight on minority turnout and political polarization.

Asad L. Asad

Asad L. Asad

Ph.D. in Sociology, 2017.
Center for the Study of Inequality Postdoctoral Fellow, Cornell University, 2017-2019.
Assistant Professor of Sociology, Stanford University (beginning 2019).
Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, Emerita


Research interests: Poverty, welfare, families, and the role of churches in civic life.

Lucy Barnes

Ph.D. in Political Economy and Government, 2010.
Lecturer in Comparative Politics, University College London

Postdoctoral Prize Research Fellow, Nuffield College, Oxford (2011-2013).

Lucy Barnes is the 2009 recipient of the Best Paper...

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Samuel Barrows

Ph.D. in Government, 2014.
Postdoctoral Fellow, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School.