Faculty and staff

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner

Assistant Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Political scientist. American politics, with a focus on political behavior, public policy, local politics, elections, and experimental and quantitative methodology.

David J. Deming

David J. Deming

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.

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.

Will S. Dobbie

Will S. Dobbie

Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Economist. Causes and consequences of poverty in the US; racial bias in the criminal justice system; the labor market consequences of bad credit reports; and the long-run effects of charter schools.

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences


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.

Karen Dynan

Karen Dynan

Professor of the Practice, Department of Economics


Research interests: Economist. Fiscal and other types of macroeconomic policy, consumer behavior, and household finances.

Christina Ciocca Eller

Christina Ciocca Eller

Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies


Research interests: I draw on both quantitative and qualitative methods to analyze institutional processes of inequality, with a particular focus on the role of organizations in shaping the opportunity structures and outcomes available to individuals. My primary case is the U.S. higher education sector. This research implicates several major areas of sociological study, including inequality, stratification, mobility, organizations, race/ethnicity/gender, and culture, in addition to education.

David T. Ellwood

David T. Ellwood

Isabelle and Scott Black Professor of Political Economy
Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor


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

Ryan D. Enos

Ryan D. Enos

Professor of Government


Research interests: Political psychology, race and ethnic politics, and political behavior in the United States and other countries. Social geography and politics.

Ronald F. Ferguson

Ronald F. Ferguson

Director, Achievement Gap Initiative
Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy


Research interests: Education and economic development, racial achievement gaps.

Archon Fung

Archon Fung

Winthrop Laflin McCormack Professor of Citizenship and Self-Government


Research interests: Political scientist. How participation, deliberation and transparency can make contemporary public governance more fair and effective.

Jason Furman

Jason Furman

Professor of the Practice of Economic Policy


Research interests: Fiscal policy, tax policy, health economics, Social Security, technology policy, and domestic and international macroeconomics.

Xavier Gabaix

Xavier Gabaix

Pershing Square Professor of Economics and Finance

Research interests: Finance, macroeconomics, and behavioral economics.

Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay

Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies


Research interests:  American political behavior, public opinion, minority politics, and urban and local politics.

Edward L. Glaeser

Edward L. Glaeser

Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics


Research interests: Urban and public economics, microeconomic theory. Cities, economic growth, and law and economics, with a focus on determinants of city growth and the role of cities as centers of idea transmission.