Faculty and staff

Maya Sen

Maya Sen

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Political scientist. Statistical methods, law, political economy, and race and ethnic politics. Issues involving the political economy of race relations, the American legal system, and law and politics.

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.

Marcella Alsan

Marcella Alsan

Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Economist and MD. Relationship between health and socioeconomic disparities, with an emphasis on infectious disease. 

Desmond Ang

Desmond Ang

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Applied economics. Intersection of race, education and government. Educational and political ramifications of acts of police violence. Effects of federal election oversight on minority turnout and political polarization.

Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management, Emerita


Research interests: Poverty, welfare, families, the role of churches in civic life.

Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield

Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Institutional causes and consequences of social inequality. Economic inequality in the European Union. Theoretical and empirical investigation of why societies have such different population health profiles, showing how institutional arrangements (welfare programs, educational expansion, labor markets, and citizenship rights) stratify health. Long-term trends in the development of political economy.

Peter Q. Blair

Peter Q. Blair

Assistant Professor of Education


Research interests: Applied microeconomic theory, including supply-side issues in higher education, the effects of occupational licensing on labor market discrimination, and the link between residential segregation and educational outcomes.

Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo

Dean of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences


Research interests: Thw intersection of social inequality, politics, and race.

Mary C. Brinton

Mary C. Brinton

Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology
Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies


Research interests: Gender inequality, education, labor markets, economic sociology, Japanese society, and comparative sociology. 

Brinton's research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study institutional change and its effects on individual action, particularly in labor markets and in education.

Michela Carlana

Michela Carlana

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Economist. Labor economics, education, gender, and immigration.

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.

Amitabh Chandra

Amitabh Chandra

Ethel Zimmerman Wiener Professor of Public Policy and Director of Health Policy Research, Harvard Kennedy School
Henry and Allison McCance Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School


Research interests: Economics and health policy. Innovation and cost-growth in healthcare, medical malpractice, and racial disparities in healthcare.

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty

William A. Ackman Professor of Economics
Director of the Equality of Opportunity Project


Research Interests: Public Economics. Use of “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Combining empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies, including tax policy and unemployment insurance, education, and affordable housing.

Christina Cross

Christina J. Cross

Postdoctoral Fellow in Sociology (2019-2022)
Assistant Professor of Sociology (beginning 2022)


Research interests: How family structure, change, and dynamics influence individual wellbeing across the life course, particularly among minority and/or low-income populations. Childhood as a key stage in the life course for the emergence and accumulation of social advantages or disadvantages.

Zoe B. Cullen

Zoë B. Cullen

Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Research interests: Labor economics, the digital economy, transparency.