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Can Religious Charities Take the Place of the Welfare State?
The Atlantic, March 26, 2017
If the current administration's budget passes, and welfare programs take a hit, are religious charities equipped to step in?
Quoted: Mary Jo Bane
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GOP health care debate misses the point, experts say
CNN, March 21, 2017
The National Academy of Medicine released a potential blueprint to reform the American health care system.
Quoted: Sheila Burke
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Is a 'Merit-Based' Immigration System a Good Idea?
The Atlantic, March 11, 2017
The possibility of a merit-based immigration system is explored from an economic standpoint.
Quoted: George Borjas
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Crime and the Adolescent Brain
The New York Times, March 11, 2017
Increasing the age for prosecution as an adult decreases arrests and reduces the cost of incarcerations, as found in a 2016 Program in Criminal Justice Research Report.
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The question is: Who are you rooting for? Two economists, two views on immigration
Los Angeles Times, March 1, 2017
Two economists give richly informed but highly differing views on the impact of immigration on the economy.
Quoted: George Borjas
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The GOP's Long History with Black Colleges
Politico, February 27, 2017
While some black colleges have seen benefits of relationships with Republican presidents, there remains a need for GOP policies that promote racial justice.
Commentary: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Trump Scapegoats Unauthorized Immigrants for Crime
The Atlantic, February 28, 2017
The president is publicizing examples of crime perpetrated by unauthorized immigrants, which may further stigmatize this group.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Malloy Proposes Justice System Changes for Young Adults
Hartford Courant, March 1, 2017
Connecticut's governor is proposing a new, less punitive category for young adult offenders.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi
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The Immigration Debate We Need
New York Times, February 27, 2017
A conversation is presented on the economic and societal impact of immigration.
Commentary: George Borjas
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Today in Obamacare: a polling expert explains why the health law is looking more popular
Vox, February 24, 2017
More Republican voters are favoring repealing and replacing the ACA, as opposed to simply replacing the law.
Interviewed: Robert Blendon
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How Economists Are Fueling the Global Debate Over Refugees
Bloomberg, February 17, 2017
Economists are studying the impact of refugees on the communities in which they settle.
Quoted: George Borjas
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Can Immigration Hurt the Economy? An Old Prejudice Returns
New York Times, February 14, 2017
As some Americans fear that immigrants will damage productivity, economists disagree on their impact.Cited: George Borjas, Lant Pritchett
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The confused future of health care
Harvard Gazette, February 14, 2017
While the outlook for the survival of the ACA seems dim, analysts say a new plan will take considerable time to develop and implement.
Cited: Amitabh Chandra
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Think Ouside the Box to Deal with Young Adult Criminals
Boston Herald Op-Ed, February 8, 2017
Two Massachusetts sheriffs cite Program in Criminal Justice Research in recommending  comprehensive criminal justice reform and new systemic approach to handling “emerging adults” who commit crimes.
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Trump's draft plan to cut off food stamps for immigrants could cause some U.S. citizens to go hungry
Washington Post, February 3, 2017
A draft executive order restricting WIC and SNAP nutrition programs for immigrants could prevent citizen children of immigrants from access to food.
Quoted: George Borjas
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States are Raising Age for Adult Prosecution Back to 18 
ABA Journal, February 1, 2017
Juvenile justice laws and system reform are being reviewed and considered in several states.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi
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After women's marches, the real challenge is achieving change 
The Globe and Mail (Toronto), January 24, 2017
After hundreds of thousands marched in protest of the current administration, organizers try to convert this participation into long term action.
Quoted: Jane Mansbridge
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A Look Back At Other Marches In History, And What They Accomplished 
NPR Weekend Edition, January 22, 2017
Leah Wright Rigueur discusses the Women’s March significance and how it compares to other marches in history.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueuer
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Lest We Forget 
Moyers & Company, January 20, 2017
Bill Moyers and four historians dissect the “Birther lie”.
Commentary: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Will Manufacturing Jobs Come Back?
EconoFact, January 20, 2017
David Deming discusses the history of job losses in the manufacturing industry and the need for a long-run solution.
Commentary: David Deming
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Raise the Age Gets New Look in Connecticut
The Crime Report, January 20, 2017
Connecticut’s governor launched an attempt at a groundbreaking juvenile justice reform, increasing the age at which young offenders go before an adult court.
Quoted: Lael Chester and Vincent Schiraldi
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Do high-deductible plans make the health care system better?
Marketplace (WVTF Radio), January 18, 2017
High-deductible plans push people to shop around for health treatments, often without the benefit of information on quality and price.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Commander in Tweet: Donald Trump Has Used Twitter as a Bully Pulpit and to Block Users
ABC News, January 18, 2017
There is a long history of US presidents trying to bypass the press and communicate directly with the American public using new technology.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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No Racial Barrier Left to Break (Except All of Them)
New York Times, January 14, 2017
Despite black leadership and advancement, structural racism is still a barrier that must be broken.
Commentary: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Historians in the Age of Trump
Inside Higher Ed, January 9, 2017
A discussion of the role of historians in analyzing the impact and significance of the Trump administration.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad and Leah Wright Rigueur
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Can Training Really Stop Police Bias?
U.S. News & World Report, December 29, 2016
Implicit bias training programs may not be sufficient to eradicate bias within police departments nationwide.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad 
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A Simple Way to Measure Health Care Outcomes 
Harvard Business Review, December 8, 2016
Regardless of the future of the ACA, improving healthcare by measuring patient satisfaction is an important consideration.
Commentary: Amitabh Chandra
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Research: Perhaps Market Forces Do Work in Health Care After All
Harvard Business Review, December 5, 2016
A recent study provides evidence that traditional market forces may apply to health care.
Commentary: Amitabh Chandra
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The Problem With One-Size-Fits-All Health Insurance
New York Times, December 5, 2016
Varying budgets and health care needs make one-size-fits-all health insurance problematic for the insured.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Hard Time Gets a Hard Look
Harvard Gazette, November 29, 2016
HKS and HLS faculty members’ research and real-world experience guides students in seminar on mass incarceration.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi, Bruce Western, and Nancy Gertner
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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A Horrible Idea: Trump’s Push for Stop-and-Frisk Nationwide
BillMoyers.com, 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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African-American Center at Harvard to Receive $10 Million Donation
Wall Street Journal, October 6, 2016
This new grant will fund a longitudinal study of residents in impoverished areas in the U.S.
Quoted: William Julius Wilson
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Searching for the Black Trump Supporter
The Atlantic, October 1, 2016
While Trump remains unpopular among black voters, his black supporters are united by unique demographic and ideological characteristics.
Commentary: Leah Wright Rigueur
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When Whites Just Don’t Get It, Part 7
New York Times, October 1, 2016
Studies bear evidence that racial discrimination persists, despite some voters' insistence otherwise.
Cited: Devah Pager
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Who Gets to Vote?
New York Times, September 30, 2016
While individual states have enacted strict voter ID laws, policy changes could make voting more accessible to all those eligible. 
Commentary: Alex Keyssar
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What Does Immigration Actually Cost Us?
New York Times, September 29, 2016
Conservatives and liberals alike say that the recent National Academy of Sciences report on immigration validates their positions.
Quoted: George Borjas
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Of Course Immigration Is Economically Helpful - How Could It Be Otherwise?
Forbes, September 25, 2016
Commentary on the National Academies of Sciences report, “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration.”
Quoted: George Borjas
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National Museum Explores African American History
Newsday, September 17, 2016
A preview of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Donald Trump’s Call for a Flood of Poll Watchers Could Disrupt Some Voting Places
ProPublica, September 14, 2016
Gauging the potential for confusion at the polls.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Why Donald Trump Went to Church in Detroit
Christian Science Monitor, September 3, 2016
The Republican candidate makes his appeal directly to black voters.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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How ‘Black on Black Crime’ Became a Conservative Talking Point
KCRW “Press Play,” September 1, 2016
The history of the phrase “black on black crime.”
Interviewed: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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Immigration Economics: What You Need to Know
CNN Money, August 31, 2016
Key questions and answers on the immigration issue.
Quoted: George Borjas
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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
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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
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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
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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
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The Case for Extreme Immigrant Vetting
Politico, August 17, 2016
Immigrant vetting has a long history in the United States.
Commentary: George Borjas
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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.
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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
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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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Moving Beyond Bratton
New York Times, August 8, 2016
Police chiefs around the country will be watching the New York Police Department closely as Commissioner William Bratton steps down.
Commentary: Malcolm Sparrow
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Here’s How the Electoral College Could Prevent a Donald Trump Presidency, Even If He Wins the Popular Vote
NY Daily News, August 4, 2016
An examination of the Electoral College and federal law.
Quoted: Alex Keyssar
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Why Can’t the G.O.P. Get Real With Black Voters?
New York Times, August 4, 2016
In a commentary, Leah Wright Rigueur analyzes the history of the Republican party’s attempts to win over black voters.
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Prison Goes Hand in Hand With Poverty and Violence in the Northern Territory
The Guardian (U.K.), August 3, 2016
Abuse in correctional facilities underlines the challenges of incarceration.
Commentary: Bruce Western
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Shut Down Don Dale and All Youth Detention Facilities, Says US Expert
Sydney Morning Herald (Australia), August 3, 2016
Expert in juvenile justice responds to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s footage of abuse in a Northern Territory youth facility.
Interviewed: Vincent Schiraldi
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Can the GOP attract black voters? Here's how.
Vox, August 1, 2016
Leah Wright Rigueur, writing with Theodore R. Johnson, examines the appeal of some Republican governors to black voters.
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The Disrupters: Making New York’s Cultural Boards More Diverse
New York Times, July 30, 2016
The mayor’s Cultural Affairs Commission wants the boards of the city’s cultural institutions to become more racially diverse.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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‘Handcuffed’: What’s the Primary Goal of Policing
AirTalk, July 28, 2016
A discussion about the continuing debate over police use of force.
Interviewed: Malcolm Sparrow
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Who Is Delrawn Small? Why Some Police Shootings Get Little Attention
NPR, July 26, 2016
Questions are raised about news media coverage of black victims of police shootings.
Quoted: Khalil Gibran Muhammad
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But Seriously — What Can Omarosa Really Do to Help Trump Win Black Voters?
Vox, July 25, 2016
Trump draws criticism for his campaign’s appointment of Omarosa Manigault as director of African-American outreach.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Wages of Mariel
The Economist, July 23, 2016
Reevaluating the effects of increased Cuban immigration from the 1980 Mariel boatlift.
Cited: George Borjas
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Counting People Where They Live, Not Where They’re In Prison
Huffington Post, July 19, 2016
In a commentary, Vincent Schiraldi explains why U.S. Census rules should be changed.
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The Front Line in a Trump Immigration War: State Economies
CNBC, July 18, 2016
Assessing the economic impact on states if a mass deportation were to occur.
Cited: George Borjas
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The GOP: A History of the Republican Party
Backstory, July 17, 2016
An overview of the GOP from Lincoln to Goldwater.
Interviewed: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Trump Selects Indiana Governor Mike Pence as His Running Mate
KPCC (Southern California Public Radio) AirTalk, July 15, 2016
A discussion of Trump’s choice for vice president.
Interviewed: Leah Wright Rigueur
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The Past and Future of the Affordable Care Act
Journal of the American Medical Association, July 11, 2016
Amitabh Chandra co-authored, with Jonathan Skinner of Dartmouth College, an analysis of the Affordable Care Act.
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Also cited in the Washington Post
Harvard Kennedy School News press release

Smartphones Play a Crucial Role for Black Lives Matter
WUWM Milwaukee Public Radio, July 11, 2016
How social protest movements rely on smartphone technology.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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The Ever-Swinging Police-Community Pendulum: Lessons From a Terrible Week in St. Paul, Baton Rouge and Dallas – Malcolm Sparrow
New York Daily News, July 10, 2016
In an Op-Ed, Sparrow examines the volatility of public opinion.
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How Bernie Sanders Lost Black Voters
Fusion, July 10, 2016
Analysis of the Sanders campaign’s outreach efforts during the primary elections.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Khalil Gibran Muhammad on Our Crisis of Racial Justice
Billmoyers.com, July 8, 2016
Journalist Bill Moyers speaks with scholar Khalil Gibran Muhammad about race and power.
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Feds make arrests in alleged Medicaid, Medicare scheme
Marketplace, June 22, 2016
Three hundred people have been charged with defrauding Medicaid and Medicare in schemes totaling $900 million dollars.
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow
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“If the Goal was to Get Rid of Poverty, We Failed”: The Legacy of the 1996 Welfare Reform
Vox, June 20, 2016
A comprehensive examination of the modern history of welfare reform.
Cites: Mary Jo Bane, David Ellwood, Christopher Jencks, and William Julius Wilson
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When Muhammad Ali Endorsed Ronald Reagan – Leah Wright Rigueur
Washington Post, June 10, 2016
The legendary boxer’s politics were deeply complicated, writes Leah Wright Rigueur.
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The Fight Ahead: As the Primaries Draw to an End, the Clinton Versus Trump Match-Up Becomes Clear
The Globe and Mail, June 9, 2016
Four experts share the key takeaway messages from the primaries for both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Bernie Sanders Post-Nevada, and the Problem of Political Hubris
WBUR, May 27, 2016
In a commentary, co-authors Nancy L. Rosenblum and Jane Mansbridge argue that Sanders needs to focus on helping the Democrats beat Donald Trump in November.
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Experts Have Been Studying Income Inequality for Decades. Has Anything Changed?
Smithsonian.com, May 25, 2016
In a Q+A, Matthew Desmond discusses the history of ethnographic research that informed his book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”
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I’m Black and I’m a Republican
CNN Money, May 25, 2016
Mini documentary examines the reasons why some blacks say they support the Republican Party.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Malcolm Wiener Center 2016 Class Day Awards
HKS, May 24, 2016
Associate Professor of Public Policy Joshua Goodman presented the Manuel C. Carballo, Susan C. Eaton and Frederick Fischer memorial prizes for excellence in student research work at the HKS Class Day Awards Ceremony today. Read about the winners and their projects.
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The Lack of Hard Data About Policing Is Criminal
Newsweek, May 18, 2016
Experts say the criminal justice system lacks the kind of consistent, local, real-time data that is critical to inform policy.
Quoted: Phillip Goff
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Black Republicans: The RNC Gave Up on Us
The Daily Beast, May 17, 2016
Critics of the Republican National Committee’s outreach efforts say it continues to miss opportunities to improve the GOP’s appeal among blacks.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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What Young Men of Color Can Teach Us About the Achievement Gap
National Public Radio, May 11, 2016
In a Q+A, Ronald Ferguson discusses his research report, “Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color.” (See Faculty Research)
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Peer Pressure, Stereotypes Fuel Minority Students’ Struggles
U.S. News & World Report, May 11, 2016
A new analysis by Ronald Ferguson argues that even when male students of color want to do well, they can be dragged down by what others might think.
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Will Party Loyalty Trump Fears About Donald Trump for Black Republicans? – Leah Wright Rigueur
The Root, May 10, 2016
In a commentary, Rigueur writes that while polls show 76 percent of black conservatives don’t like Donald Trump, many prominent black Republicans have remained silent about his candidacy.
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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), was named director of the School's Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, it was announced by HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf. Ellwood, who first joined the Harvard faculty in 1980, served as the eighth dean of Harvard Kennedy School from July 2004 through June 2015.
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The Rehabilitation Paradox – Bruce Western
The New Yorker, May 9, 2016
Western and researchers from the Boston Reentry Project are finding that mental and physical vulnerabilities are common among formerly incarcerated people, and can derail their efforts to become better parents, neighbors, and citizens.
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Why Higher Ed Makes Sense for Those with Criminal Records – Vincent Schiraldi
Huffington Post, May 9, 2016
In a blog post, Schiraldi argues that opening a pathway to college for people who were involved in the justice system is not only in their interest, but is also good for the nation. Educational opportunities broaden the ranks of fully productive citizens.
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It’s Time to Enfranchise People With Felonies – Vincent Schiraldi
Huffington Post, April 24, 2016
In a blog post, Schiraldi makes a case that permitting people convicted of felonies to vote enables them to participate as full-fledged members of society.
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Why Black Women Deserve So Much More From America Than a Place on the $20 Bill
Fusion, April 22, 2016
Black activists and scholars argue that the fanfare over Harriet Tubman’s image on the currency discounts the struggles of African American women today.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Why the Republican Party Can't Win Over Black Voters – Leah Wright Rigueur
New Republic, April 19, 2016
State Republican leaders’ actions toward African American voters belie efforts by the national party to become more inclusive.
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Neuroscience Is Changing the Debate Over What Role Age Should Play in the Courts
Newsweek, April 18, 2016
Legal experts and policymakers are reconsidering how the criminal justice system treats young people, based on a growing body of research that shows their brains are still maturing. 
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi
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Jackie Robinson: Militant Black Republican – Leah Wright Rigueur
The Root, April 13, 2016
The baseball player-turned-political-activist opposed the 1964 nomination of Barry Goldwater for president, but rather than leave the GOP he fought to counter racism from within the party.
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Why Trump Is Doomed With Black Voters – Leah Wright Rigueur
The Atlantic, April 8, 2016
In a blog post, Rigueur points out that in the last 50 years, no more than 15 percent of black voters have voted for Republican presidential candidates or identified as Republicans.  
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Want to Keep Your Coaching Job? Win, and Do This
Wall Street Journal, April 2, 2016
New research shows that NCAA Division I coaches—for basketball and football—are less likely to get fired if their players are also doing well academically.
Quoted: Christopher Avery
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The research was also cited in Inside HigherEd

Why We Need to Change the Way We Handle Justice for Young Adults – Vincent Schiraldi
Huffington Post, March 24, 2016
Momentum is building among states not only to raise the age of juvenile court jurisdiction, but also to craft developmentally appropriate responses when young people run into trouble with the law.
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30 Nights: Y2Y Homeless Shelter
Harvard Gazette, March 24, 2016
The Harvard student-run shelter for homeless youth, Y2Y Harvard Square, which opened in December, is providing safety—and services—to young people.
Quoted: Julie Wilson
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Men in the U.S. Illegally Are More Likely to Work Than Men Born Here, For Less
Wall Street Journal, March 22, 2016
New research finds that undocumented men are more likely to work than their native-born counterparts, and they're willing to take jobs regardless of how little they get paid. 
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Borjas' research is also cited in Time.

Republican Elite's Reign of Disdain
New York Times, March 18, 2016
An opinion columnist argues that disappearing economic opportunity is the cause of Donald Trump's rise, not a collapse of values.
Cited: Research by William Julius Wilson
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How the Eviction Epidemic is Trapping Black Women in Poverty
Huffington Post, March 17, 2016
Evictions trap the nation's poorest renters—especially black women—in a cycle of poverty with long-lasting repercussions for their employment, health, relationships, and overall stability.
Quoted: Matthew Desmond
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Mass. Probation Chief: State 'Over-Criminalizing People'
State House News Service, March 16, 2016
Probation Commissioner Ed Dolan warned of the over-monitoring of individuals within the probation system at a recent panel sponsored by the think tank MassInc.
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi
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The Costs of Inequality: Faster Lives, Quicker Deaths
Harvard Gazette, March 14, 2016
The seventh article in the series discusses how all the various forms of social inequality (in education, opportunity, income, and housing) finally add up to inequality in health care and health outcomes.
Quoted: William Julius Wilson, Ronald Ferguson
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Home Today, Gone Tomorrow
Harvard Gazette, March 11, 2016
In this Q+A, Matthew Desmond talks about researching his book, "Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City," and how he came to realize that eviction is a cause, not just a condition, of poverty.
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Slashing Incentives to Prescribe Expensive Drugs
Marketplace, March 9, 2016
Federal health officials have proposed a rule to encourage doctors to prescribe more affordable medications.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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The Eviction Economy – Matthew Desmond
New York Times, March 5, 2016
In an Op-Ed article, Desmond examines the plight of poor, inner-city tenants who pay nearly all their income for often substandard housing. These tenants risk eviction for reporting unsafe and unsanitary conditions.
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Why the Elites Are Wrong About Immigration, Free Trade and Innovation
MarketWatch, March 3, 2016
An opinion columnist argues that the accepted wisdom about globalization does not hold up in the areas of immigration reform, free trade, and technological innovation.
Referenced: Research by George Borjas
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The Costs of Inequality: A Goal of Justice, a Reality of Unfairness
Harvard Gazette, February 29, 2016
Part 5 of the series probes the roots of America's mass-incarceration policies, which are tangled in history, politics, social conflict, and inequality.
Quoted: Phillip Atiba Goff, Vincent Schiraldi, Bruce Western
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Young Black People Are Radically Reimagining What Political Activism Can Be – Leah Wright Rigueur
New York Times, February 29, 2016
In an Op-Ed column, Rigueur writes that there is a generational divide at work behind the number of black voters supporting Democratic presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
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Matthew Desmond's 'Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City'
New York Times, February 26, 2016
Book review by Barbara Ehrenreich, founder of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project.
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How to Reduce Crime: Stop Charging Children as Adults – Vincent Schiraldi
New York Times, February 26, 2016
Schiraldi writes that treating teenagers as adults within the justice system has long-term consequences, not just for justice-involved youth but also for society.
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The Great Expectations of Matthew Desmond
Chronicle of Higher Education, February 24, 2016
This article traces Desmond's journey from poverty researcher and ethnographer in Milwaukee to sociology professor and author.
Quoted: Matthew Desmond
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Carson Questions Obama Blackness in Fading Campaign
AP, February 23, 2016
As Republican hopeful Ben Carson's campaign slows, he raises questions about President Obama's credibility with African Americans.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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The Costs of Inequality: Money = Quality Health Care = Longer Life
Harvard Gazette, February 22, 2016
The fourth article in the series examines how health inequalities are affected by disparities in income, education, housing, race, gender, and even geography.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Nonpartisan Group Calls for National Long-Term Care Plan
Chicago Tribune, February 22, 2016
Medicare and health insurance do not cover care such as bathing, dressing, and other living assistance that seniors may require, placing a severe financial burden on the elderly and their families.
Quoted: Sheila Burke
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Give Voice
Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Winter 2016
A profile of Bruce Western delves into his research on U.S. mass incarceration and its effects on the poor and on communities of color.
Quoted: Bruce Western
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Getting to Win Win
Harvard Kennedy School Magazine, Winter 2016
Jane Mansbridge on the vital role of compromise in the American political system.
Quoted: Jane Mansbridge
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Can the Welfare State Survive the Refugee Crisis?
The Atlantic, February 17, 2016
European nations, and countries around the world including the U.S., are debating how many refugees they can accept, and at what cost.
Quoted: George Borjas
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The Costs of Inequality: Education’s the One Key That Rules Them All
Harvard Gazette, February 16, 2016
In Part 3 of the series, Harvard researchers discuss the factors that contribute to the achievement gap, and explain what they are doing to close it.
Quoted: Ronald Ferguson
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The Costs of Inequality: Increasingly, It’s the Rich and the Rest
Harvard Gazette, February 8, 2016
Part 2 of this series examines how economic disparities touch on nearly every aspect of people’s daily lives, from career prospects and educational opportunities to health risks and neighborhood safety.
Quoted: Christopher Jencks
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Forced Out: For Many Poor Americans, Eviction Never Ends – Matthew Desmond
The New Yorker, February 8 & 15, 2016
Housing insecurity is deeply implicated in the creation of poverty. Evictions—once rare occurrences—are now commonplace. This article details the cascade of circumstances leading to eviction faced by a Milwaukee woman and her children.
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The Big Problem With High Health Care Deductibles
New York Times, February 5, 2016
A deeper look at the economics behind high deductibles.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Amitabh Chandra was also cited in an article in CBS News about the same topic.

David T. Ellwood Named Chair of New US Partnership on Mobility From Poverty
The Urban Institute, February 5, 2016
David T. Ellwood  was named chair of the Urban Institute’s new US Partnership on Mobility From Poverty, with $3.7 million in funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.  
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The Costs of Inequality: When a Fair Shake Isn’t
Harvard Gazette, February 1, 2016
In Part 1 of this series, Harvard scholars examine inequality through the lens of their disciplines, from economics and criminal justice to education and health care.
Quoted: Jennifer Hochschild, Bruce Western
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Black America and the Class Divide
The New York Times, February 1, 2016
Student activists, like those involved in the Black Lives Matter movement, are protesting income inequality across class—as well as racial—lines, according to author Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Quoted: William Julius Wilson
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Re-Entry, Recidivism, and Reform: How Massachusetts Compares to Other States
The Boston Foundation, January 27, 2016
This forum addressed how Massachusetts' policy around sentencing, re-entry, and recidivism stacks up against national trends.
Presenter: Bruce Western
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How New Federal Rules on Solitary Confinement Could Be Just the Start
Christian Science Monitor, January 27, 2016
Advocates of prison reform applaud President Obama’s executive order banning solitary confinement for juveniles and some adults, and hope that states will follow his lead. 
Quoted: Vincent Schiraldi
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Drug Addiction Gets New Treatment on Campaign Trail
NPR’s On Point, , January 21, 2016
Drug deaths are on the rise in the US, especially for white Americans. And it’s changing the conversation about addiction and treatment on the campaign trail and beyond.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur
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Mayor Walsh Supports New ‘Boston Basics’ Education Campaign
State of the City Address, January 19, 2016
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced his support for the ‘Boston Basics’ Campaign, developed by the Achievement Gap Initiative, in his State of the City address on Jan. 19. The ‘Boston Basics’ Campaign, which includes videos and printed materials, introduces five parenting principles that, when practiced, give children a positive start in life and help them get ready for school.
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The Importance of High-School Mentors
The Atlantic, January 13, 2016
For all young people to succeed, they need access to a network of formal and informal mentors, according to education experts.
Quoted: Christopher Avery
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A Most Violent Year: What the Left and Right Got Wrong About Crime in 2015 – Thomas Abt
The Marshall Project, January 11, 2015
Heated commentary from both sides of the political divide tends to obscure existing, practical solutions toward reducing violence. 
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Lowering healthcare spending by tackling non-medical issues
Marketplace - January 8, 2016
Federal health officials announce CMS study to see if organizing patient health care based on unmet social needs (food insecurity, domestic violence, and unemployment) could improve treatment and reduce costs.
Quoted: Amitabh Chandra
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Racial Identity, and Its Hostilities, Are on the Rise in American Politics
The New York Times, January 5, 2016
Political analysts and politicians struggle to understand why working-class Americans vote as they do.
Cited: William Julius Wilson
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Capital Punishment’s Persistence
Harvard Magazine, January-February 2016
Moshik Temkin compares the political process to end capital punishment in the United States with that of France (which abolished the death penalty in 1981).
Quoted: Moshik Temkin
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