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, The Harvard Crimson 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.
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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.


Michelle Obama unplugged in new book 'Becoming'
MSNBC, November 9, 2018
Former First Lady Michelle Obama opens up in her new book about her years in the White House and her criticism of President Trump’s campaign. Leah Wright Rigueur joins Craig Melvin to discuss.
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Forum: The Health And Economic Concerns Of Rural Americans
NPR, November 9, 2018
A majority of rural Americans put opioid and drug addiction on par with the local economy as serious problems in their community. The poll found rural Americans largely hold negative views of their local economy, but nearly one-third have seen economic progress in recent years.
Featured: Robert Blendon
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Ron DeSantis Is Lying About Crime in Tallahassee. It Might Work Because Andrew Gillum Is Black.
New York Magazine, November 5, 2018
Crime has been a focal point of the Florida governor’s race. Despite this portrayal, the crime rate in Tallahassee is not even among the top 25 in the state of Florida.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad

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