Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy Professor of Public Policy (Harvard Kennedy School) Professor of Education and Economics (HGSE)
Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.
Research interests: Contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality; intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy; effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations.
Walter H. Gale Professor of Education Director of the Center for Education Policy Research
Research interests: Economist. Kane's work has spanned both K-12 and higher education, covering topics such as the design of school accountability systems, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions and the earnings impacts of community colleges.
Research interests: What it would take to create high quality schooling at scale, with a particular interest in the professionalization of teaching.
Mehta is currently working on two projects: The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress; and In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction.
Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Research Professor of Education and Society
Research interests: Economist. Ways in which growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families, and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children.
Professor of Education Deputy Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance (PEPG)
Research interests: Politics of K-12 education in the United States and how education policies affect student learning and non-cognitive development.
Current projects include studies of public opinion on education policy, the effects of charter school attendance on cognitive and non-cognitive skills, data use in schools, and the influence of relative pay on teacher quality.