Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor in Public Management Co-founder, Harvard Decision Science Laboratory
Research interests: A psychologist who draws on insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Predicting effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Expanding the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing.
Professor of Public Policy Director of the Student Social Support R&D Lab
Research interests: Behavioral scientist. Intersection of education, psychology, judgment and decision-making, and behavioral economics. Cognitive, motivational, and social barriers to student achievement, and development of low-cost scalable interventions that are informed by behavioral science.
Cognitive and social factors that influence election participation (e.g., get-out-the-vote activities informed by psychological insights). How time-inconsistent preferences can be leveraged to increase support for future-minded policies and choices (e.g., support for environmental legislation, ordering healthier foods, and watching high-brow movies).
Research interests: Political scientist. American politics. Political representation: how citizens express their preferences, how government responds to them, and what may shape and distort these processes.
Professor of Public Policy and of Sociology Co-Director of The Shift Project
Research interests: Sociologist. Social demography, inequality, and the family. The role of economic resources in entry into marriage and cohabitation; the effects of the Great Recession on relationship quality, union dissolution, and fertility; how precarious and unpredictable employment affects family life.
Research interests: Economist. Health care markets, with topics at the intersection of health, industrial organization, and public economics. Competition and policy design in health insurance markets, particularly in public programs like the Massachusetts/ACA health insurance exchanges and Medicaid managed care.
Research interests: Sociologist. Poverty policy, family policy, and child welfare and juvenile justice issues. Adoption from public agencies, child welfare and juvenile justice reform, and community-based strategies for strengthening families' capacities to parent.