Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy

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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond’s book examines the prevalence and far-reaching consequences of eviction. He recently launched his book tour at Harvard Kennedy School.
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HKS PolicyCast

HKS Alumnus Bryan Stevenson discusses “The Criminal Injustice System”.
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History & Timeline

Learn more about the history of Harvard Kennedy School.
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Bringing History and the Humanities To the Study of Public Policy: A Q+A with Khalil Gibran Muhammad
Harvard Kennedy School, September 27, 2016
Khalil Gibran Muhammad brings the perspective of a historian and humanist to the Harvard Kennedy School, where he is professor of history, race and public policy. In an interview, he discusses the challenges facing America after the presidential election, the importance of the humanities, and the need to pay attention to the black public sphere.
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Of Course Immigration Is Economically Helpful - How Could It Be Otherwise?
Forbes, September 25, 2016
Commentary on the National Academies of Sciences report, “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration.”
Quoted: George Borjas
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National Museum Explores African American History
Newsday, September 17, 2016
A preview of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Donald Trump’s Call for a Flood of Poll Watchers Could Disrupt Some Voting Places
ProPublica, September 14, 2016
Gauging the potential for confusion at the polls.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Why Donald Trump Went to Church in Detroit
Christian Science Monitor, September 3, 2016
The Republican candidate makes his appeal directly to black voters.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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How ‘Black on Black Crime’ Became a Conservative Talking Point
KCRW “Press Play,” September 1, 2016
The history of the phrase “black on black crime.”
Interviewed: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Immigration Economics: What You Need to Know
CNN Money, August 31, 2016
Key questions and answers on the immigration issue.
Quoted: George Borjas
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In Trump, Black Republicans See Plenty to Lose
Boston Globe, August 29, 2016
Black conservatives in Massachusetts respond to Trump’s pitch to black voters.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Trump’s Hints About His Favorite President Tell Us Everything About His Signature Campaign Theme
Business Insider, August 28, 2016
Trump has said on social media that he admires Eisenhower.
Quoted: Alex Keyssar
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Events & Seminars »

August 31, 2016 – 5:00 to 6:00 pm
Social and Urban Policy (SUP) Open House and Ice Cream Social. Join Malcolm Wiener Center faculty and staff and celebrate the beginning of the new term!

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On February 17, the Institute of Politics hosted a JFK Jr. Forum event, Addressing the Zika Virus Threat moderated by Sheila Burke.
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Faculty Research »

“Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color,” a new report by Ron Ferguson, commissioned by the Urban Institute, concerns what society can do to overcome the systemic predicament facing boys and young men of color.

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A new Achievement Gap Initiative report, “The Influence of Teaching,” analyzes how components of teaching predict educational outcomes that tests do not measure, such as student engagement, success mindsets, and agency. 

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Inequality and Punishment: A Turning Point for Mass Incarceration?
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January 2016
Devah Pager and Michelle S. Phelps investigate state-level incarceration rates, examining the factors associated with the rise and decline in prison populations.