Devah Pager is a professor of sociology and public policy at Harvard University. She is also the Susan S. and Kenneth L. Wallach Professor at the Radcliffe Institute. Her research focuses on institutions affecting racial stratification, including education, labor markets, and the criminal justice system.
During her time at Radcliffe, Pager is analyzing the results of a prospective longitudinal study of job seekers, examining how race and discrimination shape search strategies and job placement.
Pager holds master’s degrees from Stanford University and the University of Cape Town and a PhD from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She spent the 2002–2003 academic year as a Fulbright scholar in Paris, studying changes in crime policy and the policy’s relationship to patterns of immigration and ethnic tension in contemporary France.