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The Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management (PCJ) at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS) is excited to announce that Devah Pager, Professor of Sociology and Public Policy has been named Interim Faculty Director during Professor Bruce Western’s academic year sabbatical. Pager joined the faculty at Harvard in 2013 and sits in the midst of the PCJ suite in Taubman.
Professor Pager's research focuses on institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system. She is a contributor to the National Academy of Sciences report The Growth of Incarceration in the United States: Exploring Causes and Consequences. Pager's recent research has involved a series of field experiments studying discrimination against minorities and ex-offenders in the low-wage labor market. Her book, Marked: Race, Crime, and Finding Work in an Era of Mass Incarceration (University of Chicago, 2007), investigates the racial and economic consequences of large scale imprisonment for contemporary US labor markets. Devah Pager holds Masters Degrees from Stanford University and the University of Cape Town, and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Professor Pager spent the 2002-03 academic year as a Fulbright fellow in Paris studying changes in crime policy and its relationship to patterns of immigration and ethnic tension in contemporary France... MORE