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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Maya Sen is a political scientist and an
Assistant Professor at the Harvard Kennedy School. Sen writes
on issues involving the political economy of U.S. race relations,
law and politics, and statistical methods. Her research
has been published, or is forthcoming, in leading journals
such as the American Political Science Review,
the American Journal of Political Science, and the
Journal of Politics, and has been covered by
the New York Times, the Washington
Post, National Public Radio, and other outlets. Her
current book-length project, co-authored with Matthew Blackwell
(Harvard) and Avidit Acharya (Stanford), explores the lasting
impact of U.S. slavery on contemporary politics.
Sen graduated in 2012 with her Ph.D. from the Department of
Government, Harvard University. She also holds an
A.M. in Statistics and an A.B. in Economics, both from Harvard
University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was a
member of the Stanford Law Review.
Professor Sen's CV can be found here.
Additional information, publications, and working papers, can be
found on Professor Sen's faculty
webpage and Google
Scholar profile. Media coverage of her reserch can be
found here. For research
updates, please follow her on Twitter.
The Supreme Court and Public Policy
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 (January 2015):
Sen, Maya. "How Judicial Qualifications Ratings May Disadvantage
Minority and Female Candidates." Journal of Law and Courts
2.1 (Spring 2014): 33-65.
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Acharya, Adivit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Explaining
Causal Findings Without Bias: Detecting and Assessing Direct
Effects." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-064,
Bonica, Adam, Adam S. Chilton, and Maya Sen. "The Political
Ideologies of American Lawyers." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper
Series RWP15-049, August 2015.
Sen, Maya, and William Spaniel. "How Uncertainty about Judicial
Nominees Can Distort the Confirmation Process." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP15-050, August 2015.
Unkovic, Cait, Maya Sen, and Kevin M. Quinn. "Does Encouragement
Matter in Improving Gender Imbalances in Technical Fields? Evidence
from a Randomized Controlled Trial." HKS Faculty Research Working
Paper Series RWP15-032, June 2015.
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Explaining
Attitudes from Behavior: A Cognitive Dissonance Approach." HKS
Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-026, June 2015.
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.