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Anthony Abraham Jack

  • Social Sciences
  • Shutzer Assistant Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute, junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows, and assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education
Anthony Abraham Jack
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Anthony Abraham Jack is a Shutzer Assistant Professor at Harvard Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. He is also a junior fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows and an assistant professor of education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

Jack’s research documents the overlooked diversity among lower-income undergraduates: the “doubly disadvantaged,”—those who enter college from local, typically distressed public high schools, and the “privileged poor,” those who do so from boarding, day, and preparatory high schools. His scholarship appears in the Du Bois Review, Sociological Forum, and Sociology of Education and has earned awards from the American Sociological Association, Eastern Sociological Society, and the Society for the Study of Social Problems. Jack held fellowships from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation and was a 2015 NAEd/Spencer Dissertation Fellow. The National Center for Institutional Diversity at the University of Michigan named him a member of the Diversity Scholars Network in 2016.

American RadioWorks, the Atlantic, the Boston Globe, the Hechinger Report, the Huffington Post, the National Review, the New York Times, NPR, and the Washington Post have featured Jack’s research, writing, and biographical profiles of his experiences as a first-generation college student. His first book, The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges Are Failing Poor Students, was released in February 2019 by Harvard University Press. Jack earned his BA in women’s and gender studies and religion from Amherst College and his PhD in sociology from Harvard University.

Racial Wealth Gap May Be a Key to Other Inequities (Harvard Gazette, 6/3/21)

Advice to Students: Don’t Be Afraid to Ask for Help (Harvard Gazette, 3/6/20)

Rethinking Inclusion (Harvard Gazette, 3/25/19)

Toward a Path Less Riddled (Harvard Gazette, 4/21/16)

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