PhD Alumni

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).

Ashley Craig

Ashley C. Craig

PhD in Economics, 2019.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of Michigan.


Stone PhD Scholar in Inequality and Wealth Concentration, Harvard University, 2016-2019.

IIPF Young Economists Award, International Institute of Public Finance, 2020.

Porsha Cropper

Porsha Cropper

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2012.
Deputy of Education and Workforce Development for Los Angeles County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Oren Danieli

Oren Danieli

PhD in Business Economics, 2019.
Lecturer (tenure track), The Eitan Berglas School of Economics, Tel-Aviv University.
Visiting Research Scholar, Industrial Relations Section, Princeton University, 2020-2021.


Recipient of the Martin Award for Excellence in Business Economics, Harvard Business School, 2018.

David J.  Deming

David Deming, Associate Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education.

David J. Deming

PhD in Public Policy, 2010.
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.
Professor of Education and Economics, Harvard Graduate School of Education.


Winner of the David N Kershaw Early Career Award, Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management (APPAM), 2018. The award honors those under the age of 40 who have made a distinguished contribution to the field of public policy analysis and management.

David Deming is one of five new William T. Grant Scholars for 2013-2018. The William T. Grant Scholars Program “supports the professional development of promising early career researchers in the social, behavioral, and health sciences” with five-year research awards.

Jeff Denis

Jeffrey S. Denis

PhD in Sociology, 2011.
Associate Professor of Sociology, McMaster University.


Canada at a Crossroads, by Jeffrey S. DenisAuthor of Canada at a Crossroads: Boundaries, Bridges, and Laissez-Faire Racism in Indigenous-Settler Relations, based on Denis's PhD dissertation research, which included 18 months of fieldwork, 160 interviews, and a photovoice project with Anishinaabe, Métis, and white residents of Northwestern Ontario (Treaty #3 territory). University of Toronto Press (2020).

Winner of the IPUMS Health Surveys Research Award, 2018.

Ellora Derenoncourt

Ellora Derenoncourt

PhD in Economics, 2019.
Assistant Professor of Economics, University of California, Berkeley.
Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley.


Postdoctoral Research Associate, Industrial Relations Section, Department of Economics, Princeton University, 2019-2020..

Visiting Scholar, Opportunity & Inclusive Growth Institute, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, 2020.

Winner of the Economic History Association's Allan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in American economic history, 2019.

Review of Economic Studies Tour, 2019.

Winner of the David A. Wells Prize in Economics for her dissertation, Harvard University, 2019.

Nicole Deterding

Nicole M. Deterding

PhD in Sociology and Social Policy, 2015.
Senior Social Science Research Analyst, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE), Administration for Children and Families, US Department of Health and Human Services.


National Poverty Center Postdoctoral Fellow, Institute for Research on Poverty, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2015-2017.

Daniel Devroye

PhD in Political Economy and Government, 2002.
Managing Director at JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Will S. Dobbie

Will S. Dobbie

PhD in Public Policy, 2013.
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School.


Assistant Professor of Economics and Public Affairs, Princeton University, 2013-2019.

Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow, 2019-2021.

Co-winner of the W.E. Upjohn Institute Dissertation Award for the best dissertation on employment, 2013.

Katherine Levine Einstein

Katherine Levine Einstein

PhD in Government and Social Policy, 2012.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Boston University.


Do Facts Matter?Katherine Levine Einstein's first book, Do Facts Matter? Information and Misinformation in Democratic Politics (co-authored with Jennifer Hochschild), explores the harmful effects of misinformation on democratic politics. Published as part of the The Julian J. Rothbaum Distinguished Lecture Series by the University of Oklahoma Press (2015).

Neighborhood Defenders, by Katherine Levine Einstein, David M. Glick, and Maxwell PalmerHer second book, Neighborhood Defenders: Participatory Politics and America’s Housing Crisis (with David Glick and Maxwell Palmer), investigates the politics of housing. Cambridge University Press (Dec 2019).

Katherine Levine Einstein is currently the co-principal investigator of the Menino Survey of Mayors, a multi-year data set of survey-interviews of U.S. mayors exploring a wide variety of political and policy issues.

David K. Evans

David K Evans

PhD in Economics, 2005.
Senior Fellow, Center for Global Development.
Professor of Economics, Pardee RAND Graduate School.
James Feigenbaum

James Feigenbaum

PhD in Economics, 2016.
Assistant Professor of Economics, Boston University
Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research


Postdoctoral Research Associate and Lecturer, Economics Department, Princeton University, 2016-2017.

Winner of the Alan Nevins Prize for best dissertation in US economic history, Economic History Association, 2016.

Andrew Feldman

Andrew Feldman

PhD in Public Policy, 2007.
Director at Grant Thornton


Andy Feldman's focus is helping public organizations use evidence, data and innovation to strengthen their results, as well as on evidence-based strategies to fight poverty and expand opportunity. He is a director at Grant Thornton Public Sector and also hosts the Gov Innovator podcast.

What Works in Work-First WelfareAndrew Feldman's book, What Works in Work-First Welfare,  explores why some employment programs in New York City are more effective than others at helping people get and keep jobs. Upjohn Institute Press, 2011.