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Professor of Public Policy

Maya Sen is a political scientist and Professor of Public Policy. Sen writes on issues involving the political economy of U.S. race relations, law and politics, and statistical methods. Her research has been published in journals such as the American Political Science Review, the American Journal of Political Science, and the Journal of Politics, and has been covered by the New York Times, the Washington Post, National Public Radio, and other outlets. She has testified before Congress and presidential commissions.

Professor Sen's newest book, The Judicial Tug of War: How Lawyers, Politicians, and Ideological Incentives Shape the American Judiciary, is available from Cambridge University Press. Sen's first book, Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics, is available from Princeton University Press and won the 2019 William H. Riker Book Award for best book published in political economy.

Sen graduated in 2012 with a Ph.D. from the Department of Government, Harvard University. She also holds an A.M. in Statistics and an A.B. in Economics, both from Harvard University, and a J.D. from Stanford Law School, where she was a member of the Stanford Law Review.

Professor Sen is the current director of Harvard's Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality & Social Policy, which brings together the social sciences in the study of poverty, inequality, and economic mobility. She is also an affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science, the Taubman Center for State and Local Government, and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. 

Professor Sen's CV can be found here. Additional information, publications, and working papers, can be found on Professor Sen's faculty webpage and Google Scholar profile. Media coverage of her research can be found here. For research updates, please follow her on Twitter.

Expertise

Politics
Fairness & Justice
Democracy & Governance

Mailing Address

Harvard Kennedy School
79 John F. Kennedy Street
Cambridge, MA 02138