I am Provost and Senior Vice President at Tufts University.

From 2003 until 2012, I was Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. I also served in a number of administrative capacities, including Interim Provost, Deputy Provost, Vice Provost for Social Sciences, and founding director of the Institute for the Social Sciences.

I was on leave from March 2010 until July 2011 as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

My areas of administrative focus have included:

  1. social sciences,

  2. admissions and financial aid,

  3. diversity,

  4. financial and academic planning,

  5. alumni affairs, and

  6. development


My academic work focuses on race and ethnicity, stratification, and public policy. Specific research projects have investigated:

  1. race, ethnicity, and higher education,

  2. mixed-race identity and interracial relationships,

  3. residential mobility, and

  4. racial differences in suburbanization


My most recent book is The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist (co-edited with Ann Lin, 2008).

I was a guest on the public radio program "Out of Bounds" in March 2009. The interview provides an overview of my work.

On the home front, I have been married since 1993 to Anne. We have three daughters--Eve, Olivia, and Maya. We all enjoy spending time with Hershey, our energetic and playful Poodle mix.

When not at work or at home I am probably cycling.

David Harris