Mara Loveman joins Berkeley Sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is a comparative-historical and political sociologist with broad interests in ethnoracial politics, nationalism, and the state. She is also a Latin Americanist who studies inequality and the politics of development in the region. Her research has appeared in leading journals, including American Journal of Sociology, American Sociological Review, Comparative Studies in Society and History, and Social Science Research, among others. Her recently completed book, National Colors: Racial Classification and the State in Latin America will be published by Oxford University Press. Professor Loveman earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from UCLA and her BA in Political Economy of Industrial Societies, Latin American Studies, and Spanish and Portuguese from UC Berkeley.
David Harding joins us from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He studies urban poverty and inequality, incarceration and prisoner reentry, education, and statistical methods for causal inference. His book, Living the Drama: Community, Conflict, and Culture Among Inner-City Boys (University of Chicago Press, 2010), examines the role of neighborhoods in adolescent outcomes related to education and romantic and sexual behavior, focusing on exposure to violence and the cultural context of poor communities. Professor Harding is currently working on projects related to prisoner reentry, the effects of community context on adolescent and young adult romantic relationships, and for-profit colleges and educational inequality. He employs both quantitative and qualitative methods.