Professor of Public Policy (HKS) Professor of Education and Economics (HGSE)
Research interests: Economics of skill development, education, and the labor market. The long-run influence of school accountability: impacts, mechanisms, and policy implications. The growing return to social skills in the labor market.
Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government Chair of the Department 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.
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.
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.
Research interests: Integration of immigrants and their children; the transition to adulthood for the children of immigrants; intergroup relations; the measurement and meaning of racial and ethnic identity; and the social, demographic, and psychological impact of natural disasters.