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David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy (2017-2018)
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

Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Sociology (FAS) and Public Policy (HKS)
Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study (2017-18)


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

On leave (2017-18) at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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 Statistics, Indiana University, Bloomington.
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 and (by courtesy) Public Policy, University of Michigan (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.
Natalie Bau

Natalie Bau

Ph.D. in Public Policy, 2015.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Toronto.
Angie Bautista-Chavez

Angie Bautista-Chavez

Ph.D. student in Government

Angie M. Bautista-Chavez is a doctoral student in the Department of Government and a Fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at Harvard University. Angie’s research focuses on the domestic and foreign politics of immigration regulation and control. She received her B.A. in Political Science and Policy Studies from Rice University in 2013. In addition to research, she is currently the Teaching Fellow for Survey Research Methods. Angie is also Ford Foundation Diversity Fellow.

Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield

Professor of Sociology
Chair of the Department of Sociology


Research interests: Institutional causes and consequences of social inequality. Economic inequality in the European Union.  Theoretical and empirical investigation of why societies have such different population health profiles, showing how institutional arrangements (welfare programs, educational expansion, labor markets, and citizenship rights) stratify health. Long-term trends in the development of political economy.... Read more about Jason Beckfield