Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Sociology and Public Policy
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.
Professor of Sociology Chair of the Department of Sociology
Research interests: Institutional causes and consequences of social inequality. Economic inequality in the European Union. Theoretical and empirical investigation of why societies have such different population health profiles, showing how institutional arrangements (welfare programs, educational expansion, labor markets, and citizenship rights) stratify health. Long-term trends in the development of political economy.
Research interests: Applies insights from cultural sociology to the study of politics in Europe and the United States, with a particular focus on populist claims-making in political discourse and popular identification with the nation in settled times.
Allie S. Freed Professor of Government Director of the Social Sciences, Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study
Research interests: American politics. Development of political institutions, particularly in the United States. Political economy of public bureaucracies and government regulation, particularly regulation of health and financial products.
Carpenter has recently launched a long-term project on petitioning in North American political development, examining comparisons and connections to petitioning histories in Europe and elsewhere. Together with colleagues at Harvard, Radcliffe and the Massachusetts Archives, he launched the Digital Archive of Massachusetts Antislavery and Anti-Segregation Petitions in 2015.
William A. Ackman Professor of Economics Director of the Equality of Opportunity Project
Research Interests: Public Economics. Use of “big data” to understand how we can give children from disadvantaged backgrounds better chances of succeeding. Combining empirical evidence and economic theory to help design more effective government policies, including tax policy and unemployment insurance, education, and affordable housing.
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.
Research interests: Labor economics. Unions and workplace organization; role of firms and institutions in inequality; China innovations and science workforce ; Environmental economics: China air filtration project.
Henry Lee Professor of Economics Director, Education Innovation Laboratory at Harvard University
Research interests: Education, inequality, and race. Education reform, social interactions, and police use of force. Fryer's work combines economic theory, empirical evidence, and randomized experiments to help design more effective government policies.
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.