Jennifer L. Hochschild, PhD

Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
Jennifer Hochschild is the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She holds lectureships at the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a former Harvard College Professor.  She taught at Princeton University as the William Steward Tod Professor of Public and International Affairs from 1981 through 2000.  She is chair of Harvard's government department. Recent books, both co-authored, are Do Facts Matter: Information and Misinformation in American Politics (University of Oklahoma Press, 2015), and Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America (Princeton University Press, 2012).  Hochschild now studies the politics and ideology of genomic science with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and political and policy disputes within racial and ethnic groups in American metropolitan areas with support from the Russell Sage Foundation. Hochschild held the John W. Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress in 2011, and was a fellow of The Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, New York University School of Law in 2013-2014. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer in 2016-17.  She was founding editor of Perspectives on Politics and a co-editor of The American Political Science Review.  In 2016-17, she was president of the American Political Science Association.


  • PhD Yale University