Maya Sen

Assistant Professor of Public Policy
Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation
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Maya Sen


Maya Sen is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy. Her research interests focus on American politics and include statistical methods, law, and race and ethnic politics, and political economy. At Harvard, Sen is an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.  

Sen's work has been published in outlets such as the American Journal of Political Science, the Journal of Law and Courts, and the Stanford Law Review.  Sen's work has been profiled by the New York Times, the Washington Post, MSNBC, and National Public Radio.

Sen holds a Ph.D. from the Harvard Department of Government, an A.M. in Statistics from the Harvard Department of Statistics, a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and an A.B. degree in economics from Harvard College. Prior to coming to Harvard, Sen was an Assistant Professor of Political Science at the University of Rochester and an affiliate of the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies. 

More information about Sen's research can be found on her webpage,



  • API-201-Z Quantitative Analysis and Empirical Methods


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Glynn, Adam, and Maya Sen. "Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women's Issues?" American Journal of Political Science 59.1 (May 2014): 37–54.
    • Sen, Maya. "How Judicial Qualification Ratings May Disadvantage Minority and Female Candidates." Journal of Law and Courts 2.1 (February 2014): 33-65.
  • HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
    • Bonica, Adam, and Maya Sen. "The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar: The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-001, January 2015.
    • Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "The Political Legacy of American Slavery." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-057, December 2014.

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