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Harvard Kennedy School faculty disseminate their research in working papers and publications that contribute to public knowledge and fuel policy innovation. This list features recent faculty publications, including journal articles, books, edited volumes, research papers, and public testimony.

Faculty Papers and Publications

Komisarchik, Mayya, Maya Sen, and Yamil R. Velez. "The Political Consequences of Ethnically Targeted Incarceration: Evidence from Japanese-American Internment During WWII." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP20-021, July 2020.
Bonica, Adam, Adam Chilton, and Maya Sen. "The “Odd Party Out” Theory of Certiorari." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP20-020, July 2020.
Kaufman, Aaron, Peter Kraft, and Maya Sen. "Improving Supreme Court Forecasting Using Boosted Decision Trees." Political Analysis 27.3 (July 2019): 381-387.
Sen, Maya. "Bias and Judging." Annual Review of Political Science 22 (May 2019): 241-259.
Baum, Matthew A., Bryce J. Dietrich, Rebecca Goldstein, and Maya Sen. "Estimating the Effect of Asking About Citizenship on the US Census: Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP19-015, April 2019.
Dietrich, Bryce, Ryan Enos, and Maya Sen. "Emotional Arousal Predicts Voting on the U.S. Supreme Court." Political Analysis 27.2 (April 2019): 237-243.
Bonica, Adam, Adam Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. "Legal Rasputins? Law Clerk Influence on Voting at the US Supreme Court." The Journal of Law, Economics, & Organization 35.1 (March 2019): 1-36.
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. Deep Roots: How Slavery Still Shapes Southern Politics. Princeton University Press, 2018.
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Analyzing Causal Mechanisms in Survey Experiments." Political Analysis 26.4 (October 2018): 357-378.
Sen, Maya. "Response to Dion, Sumner and Mitchell." Political Analysis 26.3 (July 2018): 335-337.
Hochschild, Jennifer L., and Maya Sen. "Americans' Attitudes on Racial or Genetic Inheritance: Which Is More Predictive?" Reconsidering Race: Social Science and Racial Categories in the Age of Genomics. Ed. Kazuko Suzuki and Diego A. von Vacano. Oxford University Press, 2018.
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Explaining Preferences from Behavior: A Cognitive Dissonance Approach." The Journal of Politics 80.2 (April 2018).
Sen, Maya. "The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity." Journal of Legal Studies 47.1 (January 2018): 1-43.
Bonica, Adam, and Maya Sen. "The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar: The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Introduce Ideology into Judicial Selection." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-048, December 2017.
Bonica, Adam, Adam Chilton, and Maya Sen. "The Political Donations Made by Robert Mueller's Team are Not Evidence of Bias." Los Angeles Times. July 28, 2017.
Bonica, Adam, Adam Chilton, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. "The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP17-023, April 2017.
Bonica, Adam, Adam S. Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. "The Political Ideologies of Law Clerks." American Law and Economics Review 19.1 (April 2017): 96-128.
Sen, Maya. "How Political Signals Affect Public Support for Judicial Nominations: Evidence from a Conjoint Experiment." Political Research Quarterly 70.2 (April 2017): 374-393.
Sen, Maya, and William Spaniel. "How Uncertainty About Judicial Nominees Can Distort the Confirmation Process." Journal of Theoretical Politics 29.1 (January 2017): 22-47.
Bonica, Adam, and Maya Sen. "A Common-Space Scaling of the American Judiciary and Legal Profession." Political Analysis 25.1 (January 2017): 114-121.
Bonica, Adam, and Maya Sen. "Judicial Reform as a Tug of War: How Ideological Differences Between Politicians and the Bar Explain Attempts at Judicial Reform." Vanderbilt Law Review 70.6 (2017): 1781-1811.
Sen, Maya. "Diversity, Qualifications, and Ideology: How Female and Minority Judges Have Changed, or Not Changed, Over Time." Wisconsin Law Review 3 (2017): 367-400.
Bonica, Adam, Adam S. Chilton, and Maya Sen. "The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers." Journal of Legal Analysis 8.2 (December 2016): 277-335.
Bonica, Adam, Adam S. Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. "Measuring Judicial Ideology Using Law Clerk Hiring." American Law and Economics Review (November 2016).
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Explaining Causal Findings Without Bias: Detecting and Assessing Direct Effects." The American Political Science Review 110.3 (August 2016).
Bonica, Adam, Adam Chilton, Jacob Goldin, Kyle Rozema, and Maya Sen. "Measuring Judicial Ideology Using Law Clerk Hiring." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP16-031, July 2016.
Sen, Maya. "The Political Legacy of American Slavery." The Journal of Politics 78.3 (July 2016): 621-641.
Sen, Maya, and Omar Wasow. "Race as a ‘Bundle of Sticks’: Designs that Estimate Effects of Seemingly Immutable Characteristics." Annual Review of Political Science 19 (May 2016).
Unkovic, Cait, Maya Sen, and Kevin M. Quinn. "Does Encouragement Matter in Improving Gender Imbalances in Technical Fields? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial." PloS One 11.4 (April 2016).
Acharya, Adivit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Explaining Causal Findings Without Bias: Detecting and Assessing Direct Effects." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-064, October 2015.
Hochschild, Jennifer L., and Maya Sen. "Genetic Determinism, Technology Optimism, and Race: Views of the American Public." ANNALS of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 661 (September 2015): 160-180.
Hochschild, Jennifer L., and Maya Sen. "To Test or Not? Singular or Multiple Heritage? Genomic Ancestry Testing on Americans' Racial Identity." Du Bois Review 12.2 (Fall 2015): 321-347.
Bonica, Adam, Adam S. Chilton, and Maya Sen. "The Political Ideologies of American Lawyers." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-049, August 2015.
Sen, Maya, and William Spaniel. "How Uncertainty about Judicial Nominees Can Distort the Confirmation Process." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-050, August 2015.
Unkovic, Cait, Maya Sen, and Kevin M. Quinn. "Does Encouragement Matter in Improving Gender Imbalances in Technical Fields? Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-032, June 2015.
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "Explaining Attitudes from Behavior: A Cognitive Dissonance Approach." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-026, June 2015.
Sen, Maya. "How Ratifying Treaty Rights Could Affect Norms, Laws, and Constitutional Language." Journal of Institutional and Theoretical Economics 171.1 (March 2015): 112-117.
Hochschild, Jennifer L. and Maya Sen. "Technology Optimism or Pessimism about Genomic Science: Variation among Experts and Scholarly Disciplines." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 658.1 (March 2015): 236-252.
Sen, Maya. "How Ratifying Treaty Rights Could Affect Norms, Laws, and Constitutional Language." Journal of International and Theoretical Economics 171.1 (March 2015): 112-117.
Glynn, Adam, and Maya Sen. "Identifying Judicial Empathy: Does Having Daughters Cause Judges to Rule for Women's Issues?" American Journal of Political Science 59.1 (January 2015): 37–54.
Monroe, Burt L, Jennifer Pan, Margaret E Roberts, Maya Sen, and Betsy Sinclair. "No! Formal Theory, Causal Inference, and Big Data Are Not Contradictory Trends in Political Science." PS: Political Science and Politics 48.1 (January 2015): 71-74.
Bonica, Adam, and Maya Sen. "The Politics of Selecting the Bench from the Bar: The Legal Profession and Partisan Incentives to Politicize the Judiciary." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP15-001, January 2015.
Sen, Maya. "Is Justice Really Blind? Race and Appellate Review in U.S. Courts." Journal of Legal Studies 44.S1 (January 2015): S187-S229.
Acharya, Avidit, Matthew Blackwell, and Maya Sen. "The Political Legacy of American Slavery." HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series RWP14-057, December 2014.
Sen, Maya. "Minority Judicial Candidates Have Changed: The ABA Ratings Gap Has Not." Judicature 98.1 (July/August 2014).
Sen, Maya. "How Not to Pick Judges." New York Times. May 2, 2014.
Sen, Maya. "How Judicial Qualifications Ratings May Disadvantage Minority and Female Candidates." Journal of Law and Courts 2.1 (Spring 2014): 33-65.
Sen, Maya. "How Social Science Research Can Improve Teaching." PS: Political Science and Politics 46.3 (July 2013): 621-629.
King, Gary, and Maya Sen. "The Troubled Future of Colleges and Universities." PS: Political Science and Politics 46.1 (2013): 81-89.
Sen, Maya. "Courting Deliberation: The Role of Deliberative Democracy in the American Judicial System." Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics and Public Policy 27 (2013): 303-331.