Faculty and staff

Devah Pager

Devah Pager

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Sociology (FAS) and Public Policy (HKS)
Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


Research interests
: Institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system. Inequality, race, discrimination, punishment.

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.

Mary Jo Bane

Mary Jo Bane

Thornton Bradshaw Professor of Public Policy and Management


Research interests
: Poverty, welfare, families, and 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.

Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo

W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences


Research interests: Intersection of social inequality, politics, and race. Political psychology.

Bart Bonikowski

Bart Bonikowski

Associate Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Applies insights from cultural sociology to the study of politics in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on populist claims-making in political discourse and popular identification with the nation in settled times. 

George Borjas

George Borjas

Robert W. Scrivner Professor of Economics and Social Policy


Research interests: Labor economics, with a focus on immigration issues.

Mary C. Brinton

Mary C. Brinton

Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology
Chair, Department of Sociology


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.

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

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy


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

David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Professor of Education and Public Policy


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.

Christine  A. Desan

Christine A. Desan

Leo Gottlieb Professor of Law

Research interests: International monetary system, the constitutional law of money, constitutional history, political economy, and legal theory.  Co-founder of the Program of the Study of Capitalism, Desan's research explores money as a legal and political project, one that configures the market it sets out to measure. 

Matthew  Desmond

Matthew Desmond

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Social Sciences


Research interests: Urban sociology, poverty, race and ethnicity, organizations and work, social theory, and ethnography. Prevalence and consequences of eviction and the low-income rental market, network-based survival strategies among the urban poor, and the consequences of new crime control policies on inner-city women.

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Organizations, inequality, economic sociology, and public policy. Evidence-based approaches to diversity management. The rise of the shareholder value model of corporate management.

David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood

Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy
Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy


Research interests: Poverty and welfare, economic mobility. Labor economics, family change, low pay and unemployment, changing structure of American families.