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Insight & analysis

Judith Scott-Clayton testifies before Senate Committee on Ensuring Access to Higher Education
June 3, 2015
Congressional testimony | Judith Scott-Clayton (Ph.D. '09) before U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions. Full committee hearing on Reauthorizing the Higher Education Act.
Why Ferguson, Baltimore Happened [video clip]
June 7, 2015
American Forum at the Miller Center | Clip from recent event with Orlando Patterson, part of its "What Now? Dialogues on Race in America" series. 
View the full broadcast and transcript here ►

Policy Options for Improving Economic Opportunity and Mobility
June 4, 2015
Peter G. Peterson Foundation | Two viewpoints: Scott Winship (Ph.D. 09) of the Manhattan Institute, and Jared Bernstein and Ben Spielberg of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

A Conservative Opportunity Agenda
June 2, 2015
Forbes | By Scott Winship (Ph.D. '09)

Welfare Myths and the Luck of Life
May 28, 2015
Inside Story | By Andrew Leigh (Ph.D. '04)

America's mayors are taking on the big problems, but they can't escape partisan divide
May 21, 2015
The Conversation | By Katherine Levine Einstein (Ph.D. '12) and David Glick


In the news

Studies link childhood lead exposure, violent crime
June 6, 2015
Chicago Tribune 
Robert J. Sampson, Jessica Wolpaw-Reyes (Ph.D. '02).
Your boss wants to control your vote: The real reason to fear corporate power
June 7, 2015
Salon | Discussion of findings by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez (Ph.D. candidate in Government & Social Policy) on political mobilization of employees.

Violence, boycotts loom on eve of Mexico's elections
June 5, 2015
Los Angeles Times | Viridiana Rios (Ph.D. '13).

What's Causing the Rise in Disability Insurance Claims?
June 4, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School |  Jeffrey B. Liebman discusses his analysis of the federal Disability Insurance program, which appears in the latest issue of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. Read the JEP article (free) ►

How Do We Get More People to Have Good Lives?
June 3, 2015
New York Times | Op-ed by Thomas B. Edsall, citing research by Harvard's Richard Murnane and  Raj Chetty, Nathaniel Hendren, and Lawrence Katz.

Interpersonal Conflicts Better Predictor of Neighborhood Crime than Vandalism
June 2, 2015
Medical Daily | Robert J. Sampson. The original study, part of a special issue, "Reimagining Broken Windows," in the Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency, is currently open access (free) ►

Analyzing Employment Trends Through Cell Phone Data
June 2, 2015
Harvard Kennedy School | Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11)

Why the GOP loses if the Obamacare lawsuit wins
June 1, 2015
Washington Post | Political analysis highlights observations made by Theda Skocpol.

The Missing Statistics of Criminal Justice
May 31, 2015
The Atlantic | Bruce Western

How Researchers Could Tell if You've Been Laid Off—From Your Cell Phone Records
May 27, 2015
Wall Street Journal | Daniel Shoag (Ph.D. '11)

Archon Fung Appointed Harvard Kennedy School Acting Dean
May 26, 2015
Harvard Magazine | Archon Fung

Scholars from Columbia University and UC Berkeley to Illuminate Lawrence's Remarkable History
May 26, 2015
Lawrence History Center | Christopher Muller (Ph.D. '14) is part of a team of researchers assembling detailed historical data from the time of the 1912 Bread and Roses Strike in Lawrence, MA, in order to gain new leverage on questions in the fields of health, labor history, and social movements.

What Works Houston: Houston's Learning Curve
May 21, 2015
Politico Magazine | Ruth López Turley (Ph.D. '01)
The New Empiricists
May 4, 2015
Harvard Law Bulletin | Crystal Yang (HLS faculty and Ph.D '13)



Congratulations to Christopher Muller!
American Sociological Association Dissertation Award 2015.

June 2, 2015
Awardee | Christopher Muller, Ph.D. in Sociology, '14.

New this week in academic publications

Garip, Filiz* and Asad L Asad.* 2015. “Migrant Networks.” In Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1-13. Wiley. 

O’Brien, Daniel T. and Robert J. Sampson.* 2015. "Public and Private Spheres of Neighborhood Disorder: Assessing Pathways to Violence Using Large-scale Digital Records." Journal of Research in Crime & Delinquency 52:486-510. [free]

Western, Bruce,* 
Anthony A. Braga, Jaclyn Davis and Catherine Sirois. 2015. "Stress and Hardship after Prison." American Journal of Sociology 120, 5: 1512-1547.
* Doctoral fellow
* Faculty affiliate

See all academic publications by our doctoral fellows ►

Events of interest

Library of Congress ScholarFest 2015
Jun 10-11, 2015
A convergence of scholarly minds on Capitol Hill to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Library's John W. Kluge Center. Among the participants: William Julius Wilson and Jennifer Hochschild.

Brookings Institution: Getting Education Bills to the Finish Line
June 10, 2015
Will be live webcast.

An insider's look at the efforts to reauthorize the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and the Higher Education Act (HEA).  A panel discussion with Martin R. West (Faculty and Ph.D. '06) and other experts.

American Enterprise Institute: The American Dream in Crisis?
Jun 22, 2015 (12:00-1:30)
Will be streamed live.

A discussion with Robert Putnam, Charles Murray (AEI), and William Julius Wilson.

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