Political scientist Jacob Hacker named as Radcliffe Institute fellow

Jacob Hacker
Jacob Hacker (Photo by Michael Marsland)

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University selected Jacob Hacker as a Radcliffe Institute fellow for 2018-2019. Hacker is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science and director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies.

The Yale professor will pursue an individual project at the institute titled “Fault Lines: How the New Geography of Prosperity and Partisanship are Remaking American Politics.” While in residence, Hacker and other fellows will present lectures and exhibitions to the public, participate in cross-disciplinary study groups, and work closely with undergraduate Harvard students who will serve as research partners.

An expert on the politics of U.S. health and social policy, Hacker is the author, with Paul Pierson, of “American Amnesia: How the War on Government Led Us to Forget What Made America Prosper” and “Winner-Take-All Politics: How Washington Made the Rich Richer and Turned Its Back on the Middle Class.” He is also a board member of The Century Foundation, the Economic Policy Institute, The American Prospect, and a member of the Scholars Strategy Network steering committee.

The Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study is a school “dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across all disciplines.” Each year, the institute hosts about 50 leading scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions, performances, conferences, and other events annually. The institute is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, considered the nation’s foremost archive on the history of women, gender, and sexuality. For more information, visit the institute’s website.