David Harding, Ph.D.

Job title: 
Professor of Sociology & Faculty Director, Social Sciences D-Lab

Former Faculty Director, Social Sciences D-Lab.

David Harding studies poverty and inequality, urban neighborhoods, education, adolescents and young adults, incarceration, and prisoner reentry. He uses both qualitative and quantitative methods. His current projects include the social and economic reintegration of former prisoners, the transition to adulthood after prison, the effects of incarceration on crime, employment, and health, and causal inference for contextual effects research.

Now Available: After Prison: Navigating Adulthood in the Shadow of the Justice System (Russell Sage)

For prisoner reentry, incarceration, and related research, see www.prisonerreentryresearch.org.

Research interests: 

Poverty, inequality, causal inference, mixed methods, incarceration and prisoner reentry, education, neighborhood effects, urban communities, adolescence


Susan Wang; Vandana Janeja; David Harding, Ph.D.; Claudia von Vacano, Ph.D.; Daniel Lobo
Journal Article, 2023
Claudia von Vacano, Ph.D.; Michael Ruiz; Renee Starowicz, Ph.D.; Seyi Olojo; Arlyn Y. Moreno Luna; Evan Muzzall, Ph.D.; Rodolfo Mendoza-Denton, Ph.D.; David Harding, Ph.D.
Journal Article, 2022