Faculty and staff

Joscha Legewie

Joscha Legewie

Associate Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Social inequality and stratification, education, race/ethnicity, quantitative methods, urban sociology, and computational social science. The social, spatial, and temporal processes that lead to inequality. How peer groups, schools, neighborhoods, and the sequencing of events produce macro patterns of social inequality and influence the relations between social groups.

Jennifer S. Lerner

Jennifer S. Lerner

Thornton F. Bradshaw Professor in Public Management
Co-founder, Harvard Decision Science Laboratory


Research interests: A psychologist who draws on insights from psychology, economics, and neuroscience in order to elucidate human judgment and decision making. Predicting effects of specific emotions on specific judgment and choice outcomes. Expanding the evidentiary base for designing public policies that maximize human wellbeing.

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Jeffrey B. Liebman

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy
Director, Taubman Center for State and Local Government


Research interests: Economist. Public sector economics and social policy. Tax and budget policy, social insurance, poverty, and income inequality.

Michael Luca

Michael Luca

Lee J. Styslinger III Associate Professor of Business Administration


Research interests: Economist. Works closely with companies and cities to help them become more data-driven.

Luca's current work focuses on digital data and platforms, analyzing a variety of companies including Yelp, Amazon, and Airbnb. Luca also works on issues related to the design of information disclosure, focusing on the behavioral foundations of how people make decisions.

Jane J. Mansbridge

Jane J. Mansbridge

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values, Emerita


Research interests: Political scientist. Representation, democratic deliberation, everyday activism, and the public understanding of free-rider problems.

Quinton Mayne

Quinton Mayne

Ford Foundation Associate Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Political scientist. Intersection of comparative and urban politics. How the design and reform of democratic political institutions affects how citizens think and act politically.

Jal Mehta

Jal Mehta

Professor of Education


Research interests: What it would take to create high quality schooling at scale, with a particular interest in the professionalization of teaching.

Mehta is currently working on two projects: The Chastened Dream, a history of the effort to link social science with social policy to achieve social progress; and In Search of Deeper Learning, a contemporary study of schools, systems, and nations that are seeking to produce ambitious instruction. 

Ellis Monk

Ellis Monk

Associate Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Ethnoracial categorization, inequality, and stratification in comparative perspective, health, sociology of the body, political sociology, social psychology, cognition, theory, and Brazil.

David A. Moss

David A. Moss

Paul Whiton Cherington Professor of Business Administration


Research interests: Economic policy and especially the government's role as a risk manager. Institutional and policy history, financial history, and political economy.

Moss's most recent work focuses on issues of government regulation, economic inequality, and democratic governance.

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Khalil Gibran Muhammad

Ford Foundation Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy
Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study


Research interests: Historian. Racial criminalization in modern U.S. history and origins of the carcereal state. Race and social justice.

Richard J. Murnane

Richard J. Murnane

Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Research Professor of Education and Society


Research interests: Economist. Ways in which growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families, and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children.

Michael I. Norton

Michael I. Norton

Harold M. Brierley Professor of Business Administration


Research interests: Psychologist. Effects of social norms on people’s attitudes and behavior, addressing the key role that social factors play in shaping the preferences of individuals. 

In the domain of behavioral economics, the psychology of investment: How investing time, labor, and money impacts how people come to value things, from products to people.

Devah Pager

Devah Pager (1972-2018)

Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
In Memoriam


We mourn the loss of Devah Pager, who served as Director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy and as Chair of Harvard's Joint PhD Programs in Social Policy until her death on November 2, 2018. We remember Devah with deep appreciation for the remarkable community she fostered.

Learn more about Devah's seminal work as a scholar in The New York Times obituary.

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

Amanda Pallais

Amanda Pallais

Professor of Economics


Research interests: Labor economics and the economics of education. Barriers preventing workers from achieving efficient employment outcomes; barriers preventing students from optimally investing in human capital; and the effects of social networks on the labor market.

Orlando Patterson

Orlando Patterson

John Cowles Professor of Sociology


Research interests: Historical and cultural sociology. The culture and practice of freedom; the comparative study of slavery and ethno-racial relations; the sociology of underdevelopment with special reference to the Caribbean; the problems of gender and familial relations in the black societies of the Americas; the ways that cultural processes relate to poverty and other social outcomes.