Bruce Western

Professor of Sociology, FAS
Daniel and Florence Guggenheim Professor of Criminal Justice, HKS
Faculty Chair
Program in Criminal Justice Policy and Management,
Malcolm Wiener Center for Social Policy
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John F. Kennedy School of Government
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Phone: 617-495-3879
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Bruce Western is Professor of Sociology. His research interests are in the field of social stratification and inequality, political sociology, and statistical methods. He is the author of Punishment and Inequality in America, a study of the growth and social impact of the American penal system. His first book, Between Class and Market, examined the development and decline of labor unions in the postwar industrialized democracies. He is currently studying the social impact of rising income inequality in the United States. Western taught at Princeton from 1993 to 2007 and received his PhD in sociology from UCLA.


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Western, Bruce, Anthony Braga, David Hureau, and Catherine Sirois. "Study Retention as Bias Reduction in a Hard-To-Reach Population." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113.20 (May 2016): 5477-5485.
    • Western, Bruce, Deirdre Bloome, Benjamin Sosnaud, and Laura M. Tach. "Trends in Income Insecurity Among U.S. Children, 1984–2010." Demography 53.2 (April 2016): 419-447.
  • Book Chapters
    • Farber, Henry S., and Bruce Western. "Can Increased Organizing Reverse the Decline of Unions in the United States?" The Changing Role of Unions: New Forms of Representation. Ed. Wunnava, Phanindra V.. Routledge, 2016, 323.

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