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