David Harding studies poverty and inequality, urban neighbborhoods, education, incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. His current projects include the social and economic reintegration of former prisoners, neighborhoods and prisoner reentry, the effects of incarceration on crime, employment, and health, causal inference for contextual effects research, for-profit colleges, educational attainment, and labor market outcomes, and the role of neighborhood context in adolescent romantic relationships and sexual behavior.
For prisoner reentry, incarceration, and related research, see www.prisonerreentryresearch.org.
Books and Edited Volumes
David J. Harding. 2010. Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
David J. Harding, Michele Lamont, and Mario Luis Small, editors. 2010. “Reconsidering Culture and Poverty.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Volume 629.
Katherine Newman, Cybelle Fox, David Harding, Jal Mehta, and Wendy Roth. 2004. Rampage: The Social Roots of School Shootings. New York:Basic Books.
Journal Articles and Book Chapters
David J. Harding and Peter Hepburn. Forthcoming. "Cultural Mechanisms in Neighborhood Effects Research in the United States." Sociologia urbana e rurale (Urban and Rural Sociology). Spring 2014.
Jeffrey D. Morenoff and David J. Harding. “Prisoner Reentry and Communities.” Forthcoming, Annual Review of Sociology (2014).
David J. Harding, Jessica J.B. Wyse, Cheyney Dobson, and Jeffrey D. Morenoff. Forthcoming. "Making Ends Meet After Prison." Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.
Jessica J.B. Wyse, David J. Harding, and Jeffrey D. Morenoff. Forthcoming. "Romantic Relationships and Criminal Desistance: Pathways and Processes." Sociological Forum.
David J. Harding, Jeffrey D. Morenoff, and Claire Herbert. 2013. “Home is Hard to Find: Neighborhoods, Institutions, and the Residential Trajectories of Returning Prisoners.” Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 647: 214-236.
David J. Harding and Kristin Seefeldt. “Mixed Methods and Causal Analysis.” 2013. Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research, Stephen L. Morgan, ed. Springer.
Geoffrey Wodtke, David J. Harding, and Felix Elwert. 2011. "Neighborhood Effects in Temporal Perspective." American Sociological Review 76(5): 713-736.
David J. Harding. 2011. “Rethinking the Cultural Context of Schooling Decisions in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods: From Deviant Subculture to Cultural Heterogeneity.” Sociology of Education 84(4) 322–339. (online appendices)
David J. Harding, Lisa Gennetian, Christopher Winship, Lisa Sanbonmatsu, and Jeffrey Kling. 2011. “Unpacking Neighborhood Influences on Education Outcomes: Setting the Stage for Future Research.” In Whither Opportunity: Rising Inequality, Schools, and Children’s Life Chances. Greg Duncan and Richard Murnane, eds. New York: Russell Sage; Chicago: Spencer Foundation. p. 277-296. (online appendix) (NBER working paper version)
David J. Harding. 2009. “Collateral Consequences of Violence in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.” Social Forces 88(2): 757-782. (Online supplement)
David J. Harding. 2009. “Violence, Older Peers, and the Socialization of Adolescent Boys in Disadvantaged Neighborhoods.” American Sociological Review 74(3): 445-464.
David J. Harding. 2003. "Counterfactual Models of Neighborhood Effects: The Effect of Neighborhood Poverty on Dropping Out and Teenage Pregnancy." American Journal of Sociology 109(3): 676-719. (Mathematica Command File for Sensitivity Analysis) (Stata Command File for Sensitivity Analysis)