Department of Political Science


Political Theory Colloquium: Chris Lewis and Adaner Usmani (Harvard, Law and Sociology)

19 October 2021, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm

political theory

Chris Lewis' research is about how the law (especially the criminal law) can be more fairly and efficiently administered in response to social and economic inequality. Before joining the Harvard Law School faculty, he was a Junior Fellow at the Harvard Society of Fellows. He studied for his J.D. and Ph.D in Philosophy at Stanford. Adaner Usmani is Assistant Professor of Sociology and Social Studies at Harvard, effective July 1, 2019. His research is driven by two questions: Why do some people flourish while others suffer? And, what explains why, in some places but not others, movements or policies emerge to challenge or moderate this inequality? In one project, he explores when and why ordinary individuals manage to coordinate collective action, and how well these patterns explain the forward march of democracy and the extent of economic redistribution. In a different project, he studies the origins and consequences of American mass incarceration. Most of his work uses computational and quantitative methods, but he retains a keen interest in the comparative historical method, and in qualitative social science more generally.

This event is free.

Event Information

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UCL staff | UCL students






Adam Swift

All sessions will occur online on Tuesdays from 14.00-16.00. Zoom links alongside the pre-circulated papers will be emailed in advance on this list. Note that the total time will be devoted to discussion, with postgraduate students enjoying priority for the first hour.

Open only to members of the academic community.