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The Center's programs focus on PhD education, inequality, criminal justice policy, and the achievement gap in public schools.


Each year, the Malcolm Wiener Center awards prizes for excellence in student research that best exemplifies the work of three remarkable individuals: Manuel Carballo, Susan Eaton, and Frederick Fischer. 

Manuel C. Carballo Memorial Prize

Stephanie Nussbaum (MPP 2020) for the Policy Analysis Exercise:
Keeping it FRESH: Evaluating the NYC Economic Development Corporation’s Food Retail Expansion to Support Health Program

Mr. Carballo was a faculty member from 1978 to 1982. This prize is awarded for exemplary articulation of ideas related to the implementation, management, and evaluation of programs to serve disadvantaged populations in the U.S.

Susan C. Eaton Memorial Prize

Lucy Moore (MPP 2020) for the Policy Analysis Exercise: 
Supporting Family Childcare Providers to Increase the Supply of Childcare in Boston

A student, alumna, and faculty member at Harvard Kennedy School from 1993-2003, Ms. Eaton was a tireless advocate for the rights of workers. The prize in her name is awarded to an outstanding paper on a topic related to human resource management; union leadership; health care quality, management, disparities and inequality; fair wage policies; work-family policies; gender equity, and aging.

Frederick Fischer Memorial Prize

Jyoti Gupta (MPP 2020) and Ella Han (MPP 2020) for the Policy Analysis Exercise:
Partnerships Strategy for Khan Academy Kids

This prize honors the memory of Frederick Fischer, an alumnus of the MPP program and a committed public servant. Awarded for  an outstanding paper on a topic such as  criminal justice; economic and social mobility; workforce development; inequality; education; immigration; social services; and related social policy issues.


A new NBER working paper by Chris Avery reviews coronavirus models and suggests opportunities to bolster economic outcomes and save lives.


Mary T. Bassett and Khalil Gibran Muhammad discuss public health in the time of COVID-19, exploring how the virus encounters existing inequalities, replicates and amplifies them.


Researcher Rachel Lipson and mid-career student Jess Northend are tracking global policy responses.


New research tracing outbreaks among prison inmates and correctional staff. You can also read a Q&A with study authors Marcella Alsan and Crystal Yang.


New research from George Borjas shows economic and racial disparities in testing and infection.


The pandemic has reminded us of the most important parts of in-person teaching.


An honest reckoning with race will make America better, says Khalil Gibran Muhammad. Now he just needs America to listen.


With the visionary support of Malcolm Wiener, HKS has developed pathbreaking ideas in social policy.


The Wiener Center recently hosted the traveling exhibit Undesign the Redline: The Transformation of Race, Place, and Class in America.


New faculty member Will Dobbie talks about the common threads linking criminal justice, education, and consumer finance.


In the fall, Harvard celebrated the career of  sociologist William Julius Wilson, the Lewis P. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor at Harvard University.


Educators have praised “The Formula: Unlocking the Secrets to Raising Highly Successful Children” as one of the most comprehensive studies on parenting.


The children being left behind by America's online schooling
MIT Technology Review, May 13, 2020
Limited access to the internet and technology is widening inequality in education and causing poor students to fall behind. 
Quoted: David Deming

Washington's 'faithless electors' head to Supreme Court in a case that could throw the 2020 election into chaos 
The Seattle Times, May 11, 2020
A supreme court case asks the question: Can presidential electors vote for whomever they want, or can states ensure that they follow the voters’ will? 
Quoted: Alexander Keyssar

Why 1.4 million Health Jobs Have Been Lost During a Huge Health Crisis
The New York Times, May 8, 2020
While health care jobs were once considered recession-proof, that sector is now experiencing massive job losses due to COVID-19. 
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra

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