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Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City
Matthew Desmond’s book examines the prevalence and far-reaching consequences of eviction. He recently launched his book tour at Harvard Kennedy School.
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HKS PolicyCast

HKS Alumnus Bryan Stevenson discusses “The Criminal Injustice System”.

History & Timeline

Learn more about the history of Harvard Kennedy School.

David T. Ellwood Named Director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
Harvard Kennedy School, May 9, 2016

David T. Ellwood, Scott M. Black Professor of Political Economy at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), has been named director of the School's Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy, it was announced today by HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf. He will begin his appointment on July 1. Ellwood, who first joined the Harvard faculty in 1980, served as the eighth dean of Harvard Kennedy School from July 2004 through June 2015.


Malcolm Wiener Center 2016 Class Day Awards
HKS, May 24, 2016
Associate Professor of Public Policy Joshua Goodman presented the Manuel C. Carballo, Susan C. Eaton and Frederick Fischer memorial prizes for excellence in student research work at the HKS Class Day Awards Ceremony today. Read about the winners and their projects.


Feds make arrests in alleged Medicaid, Medicare scheme
Marketplace, June 22, 2016
Three hundred people have been charged with defrauding Medicaid and Medicare in schemes totaling $900 million dollars.
Quoted: Malcolm Sparrow

“If the Goal was to Get Rid of Poverty, We Failed”: The Legacy of the 1996 Welfare Reform
Vox, June 20, 2016
A comprehensive examination of the modern history of welfare reform.
Cites: Mary Jo Bane, David Ellwood, Christopher Jencks, and William Julius Wilson

When Muhammad Ali Endorsed Ronald Reagan – Leah Wright Rigueur
Washington Post, June 10, 2016
The legendary boxer’s politics were deeply complicated, writes Leah Wright Rigueur.

The Fight Ahead: As the Primaries Draw to an End, the Clinton Versus Trump Match-Up Becomes Clear
The Globe and Mail, June 9, 2016
Four experts share the key takeaway messages from the primaries for both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

Bernie Sanders Post-Nevada, and the Problem of Political Hubris
WBUR, May 27, 2016
In a commentary, co-authors Nancy L. Rosenblum and Jane Mansbridge argue that Sanders needs to focus on helping the Democrats beat Donald Trump in November.

Experts Have Been Studying Income Inequality for Decades. Has Anything Changed?, May 25, 2016
In a Q+A, Matthew Desmond discusses the history of ethnographic research that informed his book, “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City.”

I’m Black and I’m a Republican
CNN Money, May 25, 2016
Mini documentary examines the reasons why some blacks say they support the Republican Party.
Quoted: Leah Wright Rigueur

The Lack of Hard Data About Policing Is Criminal
Newsweek, May 18, 2016
Experts say the criminal justice system lacks the kind of consistent, local, real-time data that is critical to inform policy.
Quoted: Phillip Goff

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On February 17, the Institute of Politics hosted a JFK Jr. Forum event, Addressing the Zika Virus Threat moderated by Sheila Burke.
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Faculty Research »

“Aiming Higher Together: Strategizing Better Educational Outcomes for Boys and Young Men of Color,” a new report by Ron Ferguson, commissioned by the Urban Institute, concerns what society can do to overcome the systemic predicament facing boys and young men of color.


A new Achievement Gap Initiative report, “The Influence of Teaching,” analyzes how components of teaching predict educational outcomes that tests do not measure, such as student engagement, success mindsets, and agency. 


Inequality and Punishment: A Turning Point for Mass Incarceration?
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January 2016
Devah Pager and Michelle S. Phelps investigate state-level incarceration rates, examining the factors associated with the rise and decline in prison populations.