Our PhD in Social Policy (SPOL) doctoral students are registered at the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, and delve into a range of research areas during their time at Harvard.
Our current SPOL students are listed below.
Stratification and inequality; crime and incarceration, and social networks. Constitutional law, local government law, law and sociology, and the history of school desegregation.
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.
American politics. Networks, influence, and participation in bureaucratic policymaking.
Inequality and social policy; crime, deviance, restoration, and punishment; social stratification; race and ethnicity; gender; discrimination; geography; poverty; and quantitative methods.
Urban policy, neighborhoods, community institutions, homelessness and housing, poverty, race and ethnicity, local social networks, volunteerism, and local policymaking.
Work, inequality, social policy, demography, aging, retirement.
Race and ethnicity, poverty and inequality, criminal legal system, labor markets, policing, quantitative methods, and social policy.
Racial inequality, technological advancement, surveillance, criminal justice, policing, social policy, and AI ethics.
American political economy and economic inequality; the politics of the American knowledge economy.
Family Demography; Stratification; and Social Policy.
Stratification and inequality, demography, labor markets, and the welfare state.
American politics, social policy, political economy, and geography.
American politics, institutions, and power. Land use law, administrative law, and criminal law.
Social inequality, criminal justice policy, and punishment. The impact of criminal justice reform and justice-based interventions and their intersection with issues of gender, race, and immigration.
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.