SARAH E. JAMES
PhD Candidate in
Government & Social Policy
I am a PhD candidate in Government and Social Policy at Harvard University and a graduate fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. My dissertation project examines the political responses to policy failure and how the design of state institutions impacts social policy. I am a fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program in Inequality & Social Policy, and a graduate affiliate of the Institute for Quantitative Social Science.
What are the barriers to addressing persistent inequality? Under what conditions can government officials and communities surmount these barriers?
POLITICAL DYNAMICS OF POLICY FAILURE
My dissertation book project, When is Hindsight 20/20?, studies the conditions under which public officials are willing to recognize and respond to policy failure, particularly as it relates to social policies.
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT & POLITICAL MOBILIZATION
What experiences and conditions encourage civic engagement and political participation? What strategies can organizations use to effectively mobilize new supporters?
TEACHING & ADVISING
Excellent social science courses teach students both skills and content in order to prepare them to participate in and improve their communities. Mastering the skills of political science—reading critically, analyzing data, writing coherently and understanding civic institutions and processes—are critical to students’ future careers, and, just as importantly, their civic lives.
I grew up moving around Central and South America. As a result I love traveling abroad (because I always have) and throughout the US (to learn more about the country I spent so little time in growing up).
I enjoy all things related to amazing food. I experienced autumn for the first time after moving to Boston, and I particularly enjoy cooking with the ingredients native to New England during that time of year. My family keeps me busy when I am not teaching, researching or writing. We are on a mission to visit every Presidential Museum & Library, and are about halfway there.
SARAH E. JAMES
1737 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02138