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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.