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faculty focus logoLearn about Harvard Kennedy School’s new faculty members: who they are, what they teach, and why their research and other activities make a difference in the world. In addition to our Faculty Focus spotlights, which are periodically updated, you can learn about all our faculty members by visiting their profile pages.

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Michela Carlana is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School. She is affiliated with the Women in Public Policy Program, Harvard's Program in Inequality and Social Policy Group. Carlana has focused much of her research on gender inequality in education, and particularly on what forces steer young girls away from, or toward, studying subjects that can prepare them for careers in high-tech.

Justin de Benedictis-Kessner is a political scientist and an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. He researches American politics, with a focus on political behavior, public policy, local politics, elections, and experimental and quantitative methodology.

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Yanilda María González is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School. Her research focuses on policing, state violence, and citizenship in democracy, examining how race, class, and other forms of inequality shape these processes. 


New faculty member Gautam Nair explores how inequality, politics, and business interact in the developing world to shape resource distribution and create winners and losers. Nair is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and is a faculty affiliate of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation and the Center for International Development. His research focuses on the politics of inequality and redistribution. 


Faculty member Benjamin Schneer talks about his research on lobbying, redistricting, and the surprising relevance of traditional media. Schneer is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and his research is in American politics and focuses primarily on political representation: how citizens express their preferences, how government responds to them, and what may shape and distort these processes.

Daniel Schneider, who recently joined Harvard as a professor of public policy and professor of sociology, focuses his research on demography, inequality, and the family. Professor Schneider completed his B.A. in Public Policy at Brown University in 2003 and earned his PhD in Sociology and Social Policy from Princeton University in 2012.

Sandra Susan Smith is the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice and Faculty Director of the Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management. Smith became one of the country’s leading sociologists, an expert in the areas of urban poverty, joblessness, and criminal justice. After 16 years at University of California, Berkeley, Smith joined Harvard Kennedy School in July. 

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Latanya Sweeney is a computer scientist whose work examines the unforeseen consequences of technology on society and what to do about them. She holds a joint appointment at Harvard Kennedy School and Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. 

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