Colleagues, friends mourn death of Harvard sociologist Devah Pager

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 00:20 in Psychology & Sociology

Devah Pager, the Peter and Isabel Malkin Professor of Sociology of Public Policy, died Friday at her home in Cambridge surrounded by family and friends. She was 46. A pioneering scholar whose work deeply influenced thinking on mass incarceration and racial discrimination in employment, Pager also mentored dozens of students in their research and career ambitions. “She was a force of nature who accomplished a superhuman quantity and quality of work in a tragically short amount of time, and her impact on scholarship and policy is hard to overstate,” said Jason Beckfield, chair of the Sociology Department. “She did work of global scope and tremendous depth that is unusual in its combination of rigor and creativity and relevance.” Recalling Pager’s friendship and kindness, Beckfield added: “Someone with that kind of sunlight attracted a lot of people. She probably has 100 people who think of her as their best friend.” Born in Honolulu in 1972,...

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