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Frank Dobbin

Henry Ford II Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University

Dobbin will analyze the efficacy of university programs designed to increase diversity among faculty. He will merge data from a retrospective survey of hiring, promotion, diversity, and work-life policies at 670 universities with data on faculty demographics and professors’ career trajectories to study how different policies affect the composition of university faculty. He will evaluate which policies are most effective by race, ethnicity, gender, parental status, and discipline to develop an evidence-based rubric for increasing diversity that university administrators might implement.


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