New HKS Professor of Public Policy Will Dobbie’s work examines the causes and consequences of poverty in the United States from diverse, interrelated perspectives. His research has examined everything from racial bias in the criminal justice system, to the labor market consequences of bad credit reports, to the long-term effects of charter schools.

Restoring the American Dream

HKS' David Ellwood is part of a new partnership exploring strategies to increase mobility from poverty: creating access to good jobs, providing meaningful support, and ensuring that ZIP codes don't have to equal destiny.

A Conversation with Arlie Hochschild

A candid conversation about schools, culture, and the widening opportunity gap

Robert Putnam brings our attention to the worsening problem of inequality of opportunity in American society. Though it is a daunting problem that goes far beyond the realm of higher education, he shares a hopeful message of the potential to return to our core values of fairness and equity.