Our PhD in Social Policy (SPOL) doctoral students are registered at the Harvard Kenneth C. Griffin Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (Harvard Griffin GSAS) and delve into a range of research areas during their time at Harvard.

Our current SPOL students are listed below.

Brian Highsmith

Fiscal federalism, state/local tax and budget policy, public goods, residential segregation, criminal punishment, political economy, antitrust and corporate power, and law and legal institutions.

Andrew byrne Keefe

Crime, criminal law, and criminal justice; economic inequality; empire; mass incarceration; network analysis; policing; political economy; political sociology; and race and racism.

Evan MacKay

Inequality and social policy; crime, deviance, restoration, and punishment; social stratification; race and ethnicity; gender; discrimination; geography; poverty; and quantitative methods.

Alexandra Mitukiewicz

Work, inequality, social policy, demography, aging, retirement.  

Nefara Riesch

Race and ethnicity, poverty and inequality, criminal legal system, labor markets, policing, quantitative methods, and social policy.

Cierra Robson

Racial inequality, technological advancement, surveillance, criminal justice, policing, social policy, and AI ethics.

Lauren Taylor

Stratification and inequality, demography, labor markets, and the welfare state.

Elizabeth Thom

American politics, social policy, political economy, and geography. 

Michael Zanger-Tishler

Criminology, sociology of punishment, race, ethnicity and migration, quantitative methods, comparative sociology, social theory, inequality and social policy, antisemitism, Middle Eastern studies, and law and society.