Carrie Conaway

Carrie Conaway

AM in Sociology and Social Policy, 2001.
Senior Lecturer, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Until June 2019, Carrie Conaway was the chief strategy and research officer for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and led the agency’s Office of Planning and Research, which strengthens planning, data and resource use, and the focus on evidence in the agency and the field to improve outcomes for Massachusetts students.

President, Association for Education Finance and Policy, 2018.

Common-Sense Evidence, by Nora Gordon and Carrie ConawayCommon-Sense Evidence: The Education Leader’s Guide to Using Data and Research, by Nora Gordon and Carrie Conaway, has been published by the Harvard Education Publishing Group (2020).

Alicia Sasser Modestino

Alicia Sasser Modestino

PhD in Economics, 2001.
Associate Professor of Public Policy and Urban Affairs and Economics, Northeastern University
Director of Research, Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy.

The Brookings Institution, Non-resident Scholar, 2016-present.
Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) at MIT, Invited researcher, 2018-present.

Previously, Modestino was a Senior Economist at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where she led numerous research projects on regional economic and policy issues.

Mario Luis Small

Mario Luis Small

PhD in Sociology, 2001
Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology, Harvard University
Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2020.
Elected to American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, 2020.
University of Bremen Excellence Chair, 2020.
Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award, Harvard University, 2020


Someone To Talk To, by Mario Luis SmallMario Luis Small's latet book, Someone To Talk To, examines how people use their networks to cope with loss, victimization, failure, and other debilitating stressors. Oxford University Press (2017).

Best Publication, Sociology of Mental Health Section, American Sociological Association, 2018.

Outstanding Recent Contribution Award, Social Psychology Section, American Sociological Association, 2018.

James Coleman Award for Best Book, Rationality and Society Section, American Sociological Association, 2018.


Unanticipated GainsMario Luis Small's second book, Unanticipated Gains, Origins of Network Inequality in Everyday Life, has been published by Oxford University Press (2009).

Winner of the 2009 C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems.


Villa VictoriaMario Luis Small's first book, Villa Victoria: The Transformation of Social Capital in a Boston Barrio, has been published by University of Chicago Press (2004).

Winner of the 2005 C. Wright Mills Award, Society for the Study of Social Problems.

Winner of the 2005 Robert E. Park Award for Best Book, Community and Urban Sociology Section of the American Sociological Association. 

Ruth Lopez Turley

Ruth N. López Turley

PhD in Sociology, 2001.
Professor of Sociology, Rice University.
Director, Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC), and Founder, National Network of Education Research-Practice Partnerships.
Justin Wolfers

Justin Wolfers is a senior fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics and professor of economics and public policy at the University of Michigan.

Justin Wolfers

PhD in Economics, 2001.
Professor of Economics and Professor of Public Policy in the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, University of Michigan.
Senior Fellow, Peterson Institute for International Economics.

Visting Professor of Economics, The University of Sydney, 2014-present.
Senior Scientist, Gallup, 2011-present.

Non-Resident Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, 2009-present.
Research Associate, NBER, 2009-present.

Named one of the  top 25 economists under the age of 45 by the IMF, 2014.

Recipient of the Excellence Award in Global Economic Affairs, Kiel Institute (Germany), 2007.