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Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education


Member Bruce Western 

Bruce Western

Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
John F. Kennedy School of Government
Harvard University

(NAS) is professor of sociology, the Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice Policy and Management and the director of the Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy at Harvard University. Before going to Harvard, Dr. Western was a member of the sociology department at Princeton University from 1993 to 2007. He has edited or authored several books including Between Class and Market: Postwar Unionization in the Capitalist Democracies (1997), Imprisoning America: The Social Effects of Mass Incarceration (edited with Mary Patillo and David Weiman, 2004), and The Great Recession (edited with David Grusky and Christopher Wimer, 2011). His 2006 book, Punishment and Inequality in America, examines the causes, scope, and consequences of the growth in incarceration rates in the United States from the 1970s to the 2000s. The book won the Albert J. Reiss Award for distinguished scholarly publication of the Crime, Law, and Deviance section of the American Sociological Association, and the Michael Hindelang Award from the American Society for Criminology. Dr. Western was a Jean Monnet Fellow at the European University Institute, a visiting fellow at the Russell Sage Foundation, a Guggenheim Fellow, and an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences. He received his B.A. (Hons.) in government from the University of Queensland, Australia, and his Ph.D. in sociology from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

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