Harvard Kennedy School

Alex Keyssar

Alexander Keyssar

Matthew W. Stirling Jr. Professor of History and Social Policy


Research interests: Historian, with a focus on explanation of issues that have contemporary policy implications. Election reform, the history of democracies, and the history of poverty.

Jennifer S. Lerner

Jennifer S. Lerner

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.

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy
Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government


Research interests: Economist. Public sector economics and social policy. Tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality.

Jane J. Mansbridge

Jane J. Mansbridge

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Emerita


Research interests: Political scientist. Representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of free-rider problems.

Quinton Mayne

Quinton Mayne

Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Political scientist. Intersection of comparative and urban politics. How the design and reform of democratic political institutions affects how citizens think and act politically.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy
Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


Research interests: Historian. Racial criminalization in modern U.S. history and origins of the carcereal state. Race and social justice.

Robert D. Putnam

Robert D. Putnam

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Public Policy, Emeritus


Research interests: Political scientist. Inequality and opportunity: the growing class gap among American young people and the implications for social mobility. Social capital and public affairs.

Dani Rodrik

Dani Rodrik

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy
Co-director, Economics for Inclusive Prosperity (EfIP)


Research interests: Economist. Globalization, economic growth and development, and political economy.

Todd Rogers

Todd Rogers

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).

Benjamin Schneer

Benjamin Schneer

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


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.

Danny Schneider

Daniel Schneider

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.

Mark Shepard

Mark Shepard

Assistant Professor of Public Policy

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.
Sandra Susan Smith

Sandra Susan Smith

Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice
Carol K. Pforzheimer Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Director, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management


Research interests: Sociologist. Urban poverty, racial inequality, and criminal justice. How the front-end of criminal case processing contributes to the reproduction of racial and class inequalities.

Julie Boatright Wilson

Julie Boatright Wilson

Harry Kahn Senior Lecturer in Social Policy


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.

William Julius Wilson

William Julius Wilson

Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor, Emeritus


Research interests: Sociologist. Urban poverty, neighborhoods, joblessness, concentrated disadvantage, race and inequality, and social policies to address these problems.