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Professor of Public Policy

Maya Sen is a political scientist whose interests include law, political economy, race and ethnic politics, and statistical methods. Her research has been published in journals such as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 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 on issues pertaining to the federal courts.

Professor Sen's latest 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.

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.

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