Devah Pager

Devah Pager, Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Sociology and Public Policy, a groundbreaking scholar whose research shone a light on the consequences of discrimination, passed away on November 2, 2018. The Harvard Kennedy School community mourns her loss. 

Pager, who held appointments both at HKS and in the Sociology Department at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, was also the director of the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy at the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy.

Read more about Devah Pager, including reflections from faculty colleagues and students, and the impact of her research in the full Harvard Kennedy School statementThe Harvard Gazette news story, and The New York Times.


Harvard Kennedy School Professor Khalil Gibran Muhammad discusses the role religion and ethics have played in his life at the "Life Matters" talk at the Smith Center hosted by Muslim Chaplain Khalil Abdur-Rashid.
Read The Harvard Gazette profile. 

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Harvard Kennedy School was proud to participate in the Harvard Votes Challenge, a university-wide competition between participating schools that seeks to increase voter registration among eligible students. As a school devoted to public service and good governance, we aim high when it comes to democracy. This fall, HKS succeeded in getting over 90 percent of eligible students registered to vote through TurboVote.

Learn more about early voting in Massachusetts.



Politico, October 12, 2018
Fear and anger over the GOP’s health policies are driving a majority of Democratic voters to the polls in an effort to flip control of the House and put the brakes on the Trump administration’s agenda, according to a new POLITICO-Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health poll.

Quoted: Robert Blendon

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Join the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality and Social Policy for thought-provoking seminars and discussion.

Mondays from 12:00 – 1:30 PM 
Light lunch at noon
Presentations begin at 12:15 PM

See the entire Fall semester lineup here.

The center's research & teaching focus on domestic public policy topics: inequality and mobility, urban poverty, criminal justice, education, child welfare, health policy, immigration, history and race, American Indian economic development, and labor.


Blexit” is making a mockery of history and black conservative ideals, historians say
Mic, November 4, 2018
The Turning Point USA summit gave its young, black pro-Trump attendees a chance to meet and connect with peers. But the ideals that brought attendees together don’t seem to be the focal point of the organization’s “Blexit” website. Multiple historians have lambasted the page’s ahistorical facts.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

Immigration crisis? The stats tell a different story
Politico, November 2, 2018
Throughout this election season President Donald Trump has been calling illegal immigration a “crisis,” but studies have shown that immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than the general population.
Quoted: George Borjas

GOP revives Medicare scare tactics as election nears
NPR, October 30, 2018
Medicare is moving front and center in this fall’s campaigns. Republicans are working to change the health care conversation with a tried-and-true technique used by both parties over the years: telling seniors their Medicare coverage may be in danger.
Quoted: Robert Blendon

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