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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Research interests: American politics, with a focus on American political institutions, political economy, and electoral politics. Executive branch politics and the presidency in the contemporary and historical periods.
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.