Governing board

Maya Sen

Maya Sen

Director, Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy
Professor of Public Policy


Research interests: Political scientist. Statistical methods, law, political economy, and race and ethnic politics. Issues involving the political economy of race relations, the American legal system, and law and politics.

David J. Deming

David J. Deming

Director, Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Professor of Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School
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.

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.

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.

Daniel Schneider

Daniel Schneider

Professor of Public Policy and of Sociology
Co-Director of The Shift Project


Research interests: Sociologist. Social demography, inequality, and the family. The role of economic resources in entry into marriage and cohabitation; the effects of the Great Recession on relationship quality, union dissolution, and fertility; how precarious and unpredictable employment affects family life.

Mario Luis Small

Mario Luis Small

Grafstein Family Professor of Sociology
Visiting Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School
Director of Graduate Studies, Dept of Sociology


Research interests: networks, poverty, organizations, culture, methods, neighborhoods, and institutions.

Small is currently using large-scale administrative data to understand isolation in cities, studying how people use their networks to meet their needs, and exploring the epistemological foundations of qualitative research.

Sandra Susan Smith

Sandra Susan Smith

Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice
Director, Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management


Research interests: Sociologist. Urban poverty, racial inequality, and criminal justice. How the front-end of criminal case processing contributes to the reproduction of racial and class inequalities.

Christopher Winship

Christopher Winship

Diker-Tishman Professor of Sociology
Member of the Faculty, Harvard Kennedy School


Research interests: Stratification and Statistical Methods. Statistical models for causal analysis; the effects of education on mental ability; how people act when rationality is not a possibility; the linkage in Pragmatism between action and knowledge; analysis of Age-Period-Cohort models; inner city youth behavior and violence, police-community relations.