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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.

David T. Ellwood Named Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Harvard Kennedy School, May 9, 2016

David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), has been named director of the School's Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, it was announced today by HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf. He will begin his appointment on July 1. Ellwood, who first joined the Harvard faculty in 1980, served as the eighth dean of Harvard Kennedy School from July 2004 through June 2015.


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

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

Carson Defends Trump’s African American Outreach, but Experts Have Doubts CBS News (Albany), August 23, 2016
Analyzing Donald Trump’s outreach to black voters.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

This Is What Would Happen if Trump Quit the Presidential Race
Business Insider, August 18, 2016
Evaluating hypothetical situations concerning Trump’s candidacy.
Quoted: Alex Keyssar

The Case for Extreme Immigrant Vetting
Politico, August 17, 2016
Immigrant vetting has a long history in the United States.
Commentary: George Borjas

Don’t Be Fooled. Clinton and Democrats Have Their Own Race Problem.
PBS Newshour, August 16, 2016
Large numbers of black voters support Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, but they are not entirely persuaded by the policies of Democrats, according to a commentary by Leah Wright Rigueur.

President Obama’s Criminal Justice Legacy
WNYC “The Brian Lehrer Show,” August 15, 2016
Analysis of the differences between Obama’s first and second terms in office.
Interviewed: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

How Do Americans View Poverty? Many Blue-Collar Whites, Key to Trump, Criticize Poor People as Lazy and Content to Stay on Welfare
LA Times, August 14, 2016
New public opinion poll surveys attitudes about poverty.
Quoted: David Ellwood

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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!


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

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.


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. 


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.