Faculty of Arts and Sciences

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


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.

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.

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald

Alexandra (Sasha) Killewald

Professor of Sociology
Chair, PhD Program in Social Policy
Director of Graduate Studies, Sociology and Sociology & Social Policy


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. 

Michele Lamont

Michèle Lamont

Robert I. Goldman Professor of European Studies
Professor of Sociology and African and African American Studies
Director, Weatherhead Center for International Affairs


Research interests: Cultural sociology. Inequality, race and ethnicity, the evaluation of social science knowledge, and the impact of neoliberalism on advanced industrial societies. Shared concepts of worth and excellence and their impact on hierarchies in a number of social domains.

Joscha Legewie

Joscha Legewie

Assistant 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.

Ellis Monk

Ellis Monk

Assistant 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.

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.

Paul E. Peterson

Paul E. Peterson

Henry Lee Shattuck Professor of Government
Director, Program on Education Policy and Governance


Research interests: American politics. Education policy, education reform, and school vouchers. Federalism.

Jon C. Rogowski

Jon C. Rogowski

Associate Professor of Government
Research interests: American politics, with a focus on American political institutions, political economy, and electoral politics. Executive branch politics and the presidency in the contemporary and historical periods.
Robert J. Sampson

Robert J. Sampson

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences
Director, Boston Area Research Initiative


Research interests: Crime, urban inequality, the life course, neighborhood effects, civic engagement, "ecometrics," and the social structure of the contemporary city. 

Theda Skocpol

Theda Skocpol

Victor S. Thomas Professor of Government and Sociology
Director, Scholars Strategy Network


Research interests: American politics. U.S. social policy and civic engagement amidst the shifting inequalities in American democracy.

The Shifting U.S. Political Terrain project, launched in 2015, documents transformations in advocacy groups, constituency organizations, think tanks, and donor organizations operating around the Democratic and Republican parties – and asks how these shifts contribute to GOP extremism, government gridlock, and public policies that spur economic inequality.

Other projects include tracking the implementation of health reform in the U.S. states; analyzing the dynamics of local Tea Party groups; and probing how the Democratic Party has handled – and mishandled – political battles over taxes and public revenues.