Leah Platt Boustan

Leah Platt Boustan

PhD in Economics, 2006.
Professor of Economics, Princeton University.

Winner of the IZA Young Labor Economist Award, 2019.

Best Adviser Award, Graduate Economics Club, Princeton University, 2018.

Leah Platt Boustan is the author of Competition in the Promised Land: Black Migrants in Northern Cities and Labor Markets, Princeton University Press (2017).

Winner of the Allan Sharlin Memorial Book Award for Outstanding Book in Social Science History, Social Science History Association, 2018.

Winner of Alice Hanson Jones Biennial Prize for Outstanding Book in North American Economic History, Economic History Association, 2018.

Leah Platt Boustan '06, Carola Frydman '06, and Robert A. Margo are the editors of Human Capital in History: The American Record, University of Chicago Press, 2014.

Human Capital in History
Awarded Strauss Fellowship, Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law and Justice, NYU School of Law, 2013.

Wiinner of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, awarded to "126 early-career scholars [who] represent the most promising scientific researchers working today," 2012.

Winner of the  Economic History Association’s Alan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in US economic history, 2006.

Matissa Hollister

Matissa Hollister

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Assistant Professor of Organizational Behavior, McGill University.

Awarded Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Insight Grant, 2018.
Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

In Search of Deeper Learning, by Jal Mehta and Sarah FineJal Mehta's latest book, co-authored with Sarah Fine, In Search of Deeper Learning: The Quest to Remake the American High School, has been published by Harvard University Press (2019). 

Winner of the Grawemeyer Award in Education, 2019.

PROSE Award Finalist, Association of American Publishers, 2020.

What would it take to transform industrial-era schools into modern organizations capable of supporting deep learning for all? Jal Mehta and Sarah Fine’s quest to answer this question took them inside some of America’s most innovative schools and classrooms—places where educators are rethinking both what and how students should learn.

Education in a New Society, edited by Jal Mehta and Scott DaviesJal Mehta's edited volume (with Scott Davies), Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education, has been published by the University of Chicago Press (2018).

The sociology of education, the contributors show, largely works with themes, concepts, and theories that were generated decades ago, even as both the actual world of education and the discipline of sociology have changed considerably. The moment has come, they argue, to break free of the past and begin asking new questions and developing new programs of empirical study. Both rallying cry and road map, Education in a New Society will galvanize the field.


Evelyn Green Davis Fellow, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, 2016-2017.

Winner of the Morningstar Family Teaching Award, Harvard Graduate School of Education, 2014.

The Allure of OrderJal Mehta's is the author of The Allure of Order: High Hopes, Dashed Expectations, and the Troubled Quest to Remake American Schooling, which recounts a century of attempts at revitalizing public education, and puts forward a truly new agenda to reach this elusive goal. Oxford University Press (2013).

The Futures of School ReformThe Futures of School Reform, edited by Jal Mehta, Robert B. Schwartz, and Frederick M. Hess, represents the culminating work of a three-year discussion among national education leaders convened by the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Harvard Education Press (2012).

Winner of the Spencer Foundation's Exemplary Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "The Transformation of American Educational Policy, 1980-2001: Ideas and the Rise of Accountability Politics," 2010.

Winner of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Outstanding Dissertation Award in the Politics of Education, 2008.

Wendy D. Roth

Wendy D. Roth

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2006.
Associate Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania

Winner of the Martha Foschi Award for Excellence in Research and Teaching, University of British Columbia, 2019.

Winner of the Canadian Sociological Association Early Investigator Award, 2016.

Race MigrationsWendy Roth's book, Race Migrations: Latinos and the Cultural Transformation of Race, has been published by Stanford University Press (2012). 

Winner of the Isis Duarte Prize from the Haiti-Dominican Republic Section of the Latin American Studies Association, 2015.

Honorable Mention for the Eduardo Bonilla-Silva Outstanding Book Award from the Society for the Study of Social Problems Division on Racial and Ethnic Minorities, 2014. 

Winner of the American Sociological Association Dissertation Award for best dissertation submitted in the previous calendar year, 2007.

Martin  R. West

Martin R. West

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2006.
William Henry Bloomberg Professor of Education, Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Deputy Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance, Harvard Kennedy School.

Teachers versus the PublicTeachers versus the Public: What Americans Think about Schools and How to Fix Them, by Paul E. Peterson, Michael Henderson (PhD '11), and Martin R. West (PhD. '06) has been published by The Brookings Institution (2014).

Martin West's earlier book (co-edited with Joshua Dunn), From Schoolhouse to Courthouse: The Judiciary’s Role in American EducationexFrom Schoolhouse to Courthouseamines the increase in judicial involvement in education policymaking over the past 50 years. Brookings Institution Press, 2009).