Faculty and staff

Claudia Goldin

Claudia Goldin

Henry Lee Professor of Economics


Research interests: Economic historian and labor economist. Women in the U.S. economy; female labor force; income inequality, technological change, and education; the gender gap in pay; college women's achievement of career and family; increase of women's employment in their mature and older years.

Roberto G. Gonzales

Roberto G. Gonzales

Professor of Education


Research interests: Contemporary processes of immigration and social inequality; intersection of race and ethnicity, immigration, and policy; effects of legal contexts on the coming of age experiences of vulnerable and hard-to-reach immigrant youth populations.

Peter A. Hall

Peter A. Hall

Krupp Foundation Professor of European Studies


Research interests: European politics, public policy-making, and comparative political economy. Evolution of varieties of capitalism in Europe, the roots of the Euro crisis, and the social basis for inequalities in health across nations.

Gordon Hanson

Gordon Hanson

Peter Wertheim Professor in Urban Policy


Research interests:  Impact of immigration and international trade on the U.S. labor market; economic geography;  urbanization.

Nathaniel Hendren

Nathaniel Hendren

Professor of Economics


Research interests: Intersection of theoretical and empirical work in public economics, including insurance markets, welfare measurement of government policies, and intergenerational mobility.

Hendren is a Founding Co-Director of Opportunity Insights, exploring the geography of intergenerational mobility and the role of neighborhoods in promoting upward mobility.

Michael J. Hiscox

Michael J. Hiscox

Clarence Dillon Professor of International Affairs


Research interests: International trade, foreign investment, immigration, development, government accountability, and private sector initiatives and standards for addressing social and environmental issues in global supply chains.

Jennifer Hochschild

Jennifer Hochschild

Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government
Professor of African and African American Studies
Director of Graduate Studies, PhD Program in Social Policy


Research interests: Intersection of American politics and political philosophy. Race, ethnicity, and immigration; educational and social welfare policies. Hochschild is currently conducting research on the politics and ideology of genomic science, immigrant political incorporation, and citizens’ use of factual information in political decision-making.

Torben Iversen

Torben Iversen

Harold Hitchings Burbank Professor of Political Economy


Research interests: Comparative political economy, electoral politics, and applied formal theory. Currently completing a book-length project with David Soskice on the political representation of economic interests in historical perspective.

Anthony Abraham Jack

Anthony Abraham Jack

Assistant Professor of Education
Shutzer Assistant Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study
Junior Fellow, Harvard Society of Fellows


Research interests: The overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates, culture, education, race and ethnicity, qualitative methods.

Christopher Jencks

Christopher Jencks

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy, Emeritus


Research interests: Changes in family structure over the past generation, the costs and benefits of economic inequality, the extent to which economic advantages are inherited, and the effects of welfare reform.

Thomas J. Kane

Thomas J. Kane

Walter H. Gale Professor of Education
Director of the Center for Education Policy Research


Research interests: Economist. Kane's work has spanned both K-12 and higher education, covering topics such as the design of school accountability systems, teacher recruitment and retention, financial aid for college, race-conscious college admissions and the earnings impacts of community colleges.

Lawrence Katz

Lawrence Katz

Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics


Research interests: Labor economics and the economics of social problems. History of U.S. economic inequality and the roles of technological change and the pace of educational advance in affecting the wage structure. Impacts of neighborhood poverty on low-income families. 

Currently working with Claudia Goldin on a major project studying the evolution of career and family choices and outcomes for U.S. college men and women.

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.

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald

Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Killewald's research takes a demographic approach to the study of social stratification. Work-family intersection; ways in which earnings and employment shape women's time in household labor; and the effect of marriage and parenthood on workers' wages. 

Parental wealth on adult outcomes, including the role of parental wealth in explaining the Black-White wealth gap. Assortative mating by parental wealth.

David Laibson

David Laibson

Robert I. Goldman Professor of Economics


Research interests: Behavioral economics, with emphasis on household finance, macroeconomics, aging, and intertemporal choice.