Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Devah Pager

Devah Pager (1972-2018)

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.

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.

Danielle Allen

Danielle Allen

James Bryant Conant University Professor
Director, Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics


Research interests: Political theorist. Democratic theory, political sociology, and the history of political thought. Justice and citizenship in both ancient Athens and modern America.

Jason Beckfield

Jason Beckfield

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.

Lawrence D. Bobo

Lawrence D. Bobo

Dean of Social Science, Faculty of Arts and Sciences
W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences


Research interests: Thw intersection of social inequality, politics, and race.

Bart Bonikowski

Bart Bonikowski

Associate Professor of Sociology


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. 

Mary C. Brinton

Mary C. Brinton

Reischauer Institute Professor of Sociology
Director, Edwin O. Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies


Research interests: Gender inequality, education, labor markets, economic sociology, Japanese society, and comparative sociology. 

Brinton's research combines qualitative and quantitative methods to study institutional change and its effects on individual action, particularly in labor markets and in education.

Daniel Carpenter

Daniel Carpenter

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.

Raj Chetty

Raj Chetty

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.

Frank Dobbin

Frank Dobbin

Professor of Sociology


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.

Ryan D. Enos

Ryan D. Enos

Professor of Government


Research interests: Political psychology, race and ethnic politics, and political behavior in the United States and other countries. Social geography and politics.

Richard B. Freeman

Richard B. Freeman

Herbert Ascherman Professor of Economics


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.

Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

Roland G. Fryer, Jr.

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.

Xavier Gabaix

Xavier Gabaix

Pershing Square Professor of Economics and Finance

Research interests: Finance, macroeconomics, and behavioral economics.

Claudine Gay

Claudine Gay

Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences
Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government and of African and African American Studies


Research interests:  American political behavior, public opinion, minority politics, and urban and local politics.

Edward L. Glaeser

Edward L. Glaeser

Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics


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.