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Bridget Terry Long named dean of Harvard Ed School

May 2, 2018

Bridget Terry Long, A.M. ’97, Ph.D. ’00, a leading economist and internationally recognized scholar on the economics of higher education, will become the next dean of Harvard’s Graduate School of Education (HGSE), Harvard President Drew Faust announced today.

Currently, Long is the Saris Professor of Education and Economics at HGSE. She was the School’s academic dean from 2013‒2017 and the faculty...

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Harvard’s Elizabeth Hinton named 2018 Carnegie Fellow

May 2, 2018

Elizabeth Hinton, assistant professor of history and of African and African American Studies, has been named a 2018 Carnegie Fellow.

Hinton, who was among 31 awardees who will each receive $200,000 for research focused on Stockton, Calif., home to one of the highest crime rates in the country, called the recognition “overwhelming.”

“Whenever you begin a new research project, you are unsure of exactly how...

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Brown-Nagin named dean of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study

April 26, 2018

Tomiko Brown-Nagin, a leading historian on law and society as well as an authority on constitutional and education law and policy, has been named dean of Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard President Drew Faust announced today.

Brown-Nagin is the Daniel P.S. Paul Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard Law...

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Harvard panel discusses next chapter for Black Lives Matter

Harvard panel discusses next chapter for Black Lives Matter

April 24, 2018

Four years after Michael Brown was shot to death by a police officer in Ferguson, Mo., young people of color are still dying. Still, as a panel discussion at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum noted on Monday, a movement has grown at the same time.

With a new documentary shedding light on Brown’s life and the subsequent Black Lives Matter movement, the national focus has turned to basic human and Civil Rights issues broached by his death — and the killings of Trayvon Martin, Stephon Clark, Philando Castile, and others — that society is being called on to tackle.

The Institute of...

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Harvard conference probes possible paths to gender equality

Harvard conference probes possible paths to gender equality

April 23, 2018

The problem is obvious: The U.S. lags far behind other countries in terms of maternal and parental leave. But the remedies are complex.

No single evidence-based solution presented itself as the “Gender Equality: It’s About Time” conference on Friday turned toward public policy. However, on the second day of a two-day conference presented by the Weatherhead Initiative on Gender Inequality, a number of intriguing suggestions were raised, all posing...

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Immigrant Entrepreneurship in America: Evidence from the Survey of Business Owners 2007 & 2012

April 22, 2018

How do businesses created by immigrants differ from those of natives? This study finds that while immigrant-owned businesses have a modestly different industry composition than native-owned businesses, there are ten-fold differences across states in terms of the share of businesses owned by immigrants....

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Boston Globe journalists discuss series on race in Harvard forum

Boston Globe journalists discuss series on race in Harvard forum

April 18, 2018

Is Boston racist? That’s the simplest version of the question discussed Monday at the Kennedy School by Khalil Gibran Muhammad, a professor of history, race, and public policy, and a group of Boston Globe spotlight team journalists whose December series examining race in Boston was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in local reporting.

But as the Globe team quickly noted, the report sought to reveal the complex reality behind that question — and the challenges that lie ahead.

The series of seven articles, gathered...

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Scholars highlight dangers, drivers of inequality in Harvard forum

Scholars highlight dangers, drivers of inequality in Harvard forum

April 17, 2018

For a growing segment of the world’s population, economic inequality has become deadly. That was the message of Nobel Prize-winning economist Angus Deaton and University College London epidemiologist Michael Marmot at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health colloquium “Nations at Risk: The Changing Distributions of Population Health” on Friday.

Following introductory remarks by Harvard Chan School Dean Michelle Williams, the first hour of discussion outlined the extent of the...

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