Daniel Schneider headshot.Harvard Kennedy School Professor Daniel Schneider has received the Early Achievement Award from the Population Association of America (PAA). The award is given biennially to a scholar who has made distinguished contributions to population research during the first ten years after receipt of their PhD. 

The Population Association of America held the award ceremony on Friday, April 8 in Atlanta. Schneider is a Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and is co-director of The Shift Project at the School’s Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.  

The Population Association of America is a nonprofit, scientific, professional organization established to promote and support high-quality population research. PAA members include demographers, sociologists, economists, public health professionals, and other individuals interested in research and education in the population field.  

Schneider’s research interests focus on social demography, inequality, and precarious work. His research examines class inequality in parenting, the stratification of marriage and fertility, and social and demographics effects of the Great Recession. As co-director of The Shift Project, his current research describes the contours and consequences of precarious work, with a particular focus on how unstable and unpredictable work schedules affect household economic security and worker and family health and wellbeing. 

Schneider completed his Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy at Brown University in 2003 and earned his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2012. Prior to joining Harvard, he was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley and a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Postdoctoral Scholar in Health Policy Research at Berkeley/UCSF.  

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