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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.
Watch the video.

HKS PolicyCast

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

History & Timeline

Learn more about the history of Harvard Kennedy School.

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.


If Donald Trump becomes the face of American racism, racism wins
Vox, November 7, 2016
Trump’s broad racism may detract from more nuanced conversations about racism in the U.S.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

Every Youth Prison in the Country Should Be Closed
The Crime Report, October 22, 2016
Researchers conclude that the U.S. youth prison model should be replaced with community-based programs and small facilities that prioritize rehabilitation. 
Cited: Vincent Schiraldi 

Youth prisons don't reform, they damage
USA Today, October 27, 2016
High recidivism rates point to a need to close youth prisons and to implement four steps: reduce, reform, replace, and reinvest.
Commentary: Vincent Schiraldi

Voting rights, unsettled
Harvard Gazette, October 25, 2016
The history of voting rights and restrictive voting laws in several states may have an impact as voters head to the polls.
Interviewed: Alex Keyssar

Big Health Policy Implications Loom with 2016 Election 
The Hospitalist (Society of Hospital Medicine), October 18, 2016
The fate of the Affordable Care Act could be determined by the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

Impact of the nation’s first black president
Harvard Gazette, October 14, 2016
Assessments of the Obama administration’s impact on the country include effects on policy and social movements.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

The Problem With Only Letting in the ‘Good’ Immigrants
The Atlantic, October 11, 2016
Analyzing a problematic approach to immigration, and discussing the mixed impact on U.S. citizens.
Quoted: George Borjas

A Horrible Idea: Trump’s Push for Stop-and-Frisk Nationwide, October 6, 2016
Trump’s case for nationwide stop-and-frisk tactics is in line with his campaign’s populist appeal.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

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October 13 – 4:10 PM to 6:00 PM – 10 Big Ideas: Inequality and Wealth Concentration – 10 faculty from across Harvard University's social sciences shared their ideas on inequality. Watch the 10 Big Ideas video.

Faculty Research »

“Are Firms That Discriminate More Likely to Go Out of Business?”
Sociological Science, September 19, 2016
Devah Pager tests the economic theory that employers pay a price for engaging in racial discrimination.


George Borjas and Matthew Desmond Named to the “Politico 50” - Politico Magazine cited Borjas, an economist, and Desmond, a sociologist, as two of the 50 people “transforming American politics.”


“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.


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.