Government Department

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.

Daniel Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter

Allie S. Freed Professor of Government
Director of the Social Sciences, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study


Research interests: American politics. Development of political institutions, particularly in the United States.  Political economy of public bureaucracies and government regulation, particularly regulation of health and financial products. 

Carpenter has recently launched a long-term project on petitioning in North American political development, examining comparisons and connections to petitioning histories in Europe and elsewhere. Together with colleagues at Harvard, Radcliffe and the Massachusetts Archives, he launched the Digital Archive of Massachusetts Antislavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions in 2015.

Ryan D. Enos

Ryan D. Enos

Associate Professor of Government


Research interests: Political psychology, race and ethnic politics, and political behavior in the United States and other countries. Social geography and politics.

Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay

Dean of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies


Research interests:  American political behavior, public opinion, minority politics, and urban and local politics.

Current research includes the distributive politics—and downstream political consequences—of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program; the Great Migration and shifts in the political representation of black voters; and a collaborative project with Jennifer Hochschild and Ariel White examining the effects of survey context on the measurement of linked fate.

Peter A. Hall

Peter A. Hall

Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies


Research interests: European politics, public policy-making, and comparative political economy. Evolution of varieties of capitalism in Europe, the roots of the Euro crisis, and the social basis for inequalities in health across nations.… Read more about Peter A. Hall

Michael J. Hiscox

Michael J. Hiscox

Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs


Research interests: International trade, foreign investment, immigration, development, government accountability, and private sector initiatives and standards for addressing social and environmental issues in global supply chains.

Jennifer Hochschild

Jennifer Hochschild

Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government
Professor of African and African American Studies
Chair, Department of Government


Research interests: Intersection of American politics and political philosophy. Race, ethnicity, and immigration; educational and social welfare policies. Hochschild is currently conducting research on the politics and ideology of genomic science, immigrant political incorporation, and citizens’ use of factual information in political decision-making.

Torben Iversen

Torben Iversen

Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy


Research interests: Comparative political economy, electoral politics, and applied formal theory. Currently completing a book-length project with David Soskice on the political representation of economic interests in historical perspective.

Paul E. Peterson

Paul E. Peterson

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government
Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance


Research interests: American politics. Education policy, education reform, and school vouchers. Federalism.

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology
Director, Scholars Strategy Network


Research interests: American politics. U.S. social policy and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy.

The Shifting U.S. Political Terrain project, launched in 2015, documents transformations in advocacy groups, constituency organizations, think tanks, and donor organizations operating around the Democratic and Republican parties – and asks how these shifts contribute to GOP extremism, government gridlock, and public policies that spur economic inequality.

Other projects include tracking the implementation of health reform in the U.S. states; analyzing the dynamics of local Tea Party groups; and probing how the Democratic Party has handled – and mishandled – political battles over taxes and public revenues.