Richard J. Murnane
Richard J. Murnane, is an economist and the Juliana W. and William Foss Thompson Professor of Education and Society at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is also a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Dr. Murnane's research has examined the respects in which the growth in family income inequality in the U.S. has affected educational opportunities for children from low-income families and the effectiveness of alternative strategies for improving life chances for these children. He and Greg J. Duncan co-edited the 2011 book, Whither Opportunity, and co-wrote the 2014 book, Restoring Opportunity. One of Murnane's current research projects (with Stanford sociologist Sean Reardon) examines whether trends in the use of different types of private schools by low- and higher-income families contributed to the recent increase in income-based gaps in educational outcomes. He holds a Ph.D. from Yale University.