American Local Government: Governing in a College Town

Many colleges and universities call Cambridge, Massachusetts home. These schools shape the city both economically and socially, with over 30 percent of Cambridge’s population being enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program. Couple that statistic with Harvard and MIT’s statuses as the two largest employers in the city and Cambridge stands out as a clear … Read more

Globalization: A U.S. Growth Opportunity

Globalization and its effects on national labor markets is one of the most pertinent issues of our day. Debates on globalization have dominated the political sphere of late, as shown by their role in both Brexit and the 2016 US presidential race. These debates have centered on globalization’s effects on immigration, trade, and financial policy. … Read more

Do All Athletes Really Live in Kirkland?

Since undergraduate housing assignments were first randomized in 1995, Housing Day at Harvard has grown to be a rite of passage for freshmen, as they anxiously await the hoards of rowdy upperclassmen “dorm storming” the freshman dorms and informing students of their housing assignments. However, for a handful of freshmen, housing day is bittersweet. Many … Read more

Cultural Essentialism and the Experience Economy

Shoppers browse the various food stalls inside Boston Public Market.  The Boston Public Market, a bustling marketplace in the heart of Boston, Massachusetts, can feel overwhelming. Brightly lit, well-designed booths pack the five aisles of the market, offering everything from organic soaps to self-serve apple ciders. Food vendors, scattered throughout these aisles, represent cultures from … Read more

The Draw of Consulting and Finance

A striking 36 percent of Harvard graduates in the Class of 2017 who entered the workforce went into the consulting or finance industries, according to survey data gathered by the Harvard Crimson. This is intriguing in light of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which states that the management consulting and financial sectors … Read more

How Diverse Are Harvard Employees?: A Study of Gender and Race

As Harvard College accepts its most diverse class yet for the second time running, pressure is on for the rest of the university to match the demographics of its students. Harvard’s efforts to diversify the student population, which began relatively recently, have been widely successful. For example, the majority of current students were born before … Read more

Diagnosing Democratic Demise: A Review of “How Democracies Die”

Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Arizona.  Reading How Democracies Die by Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt, I felt like I was a freshman at Harvard again, sitting front-row in Levitsky’s Introduction to Comparative Politics course, scribbling down notes on political dynamics in East Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East while acquiring the … Read more

Cosmetology and Conflicts of Interest: A Case Study in American Ethics Law

The LaBarberia Institute of Hair sits between a T.G.I. Friday’s and a small tailor shop in Mayfield, Ohio. The barber school trains students to take the Ohio state mandated licensure exam, but founder and owner Laura Clemente has created an environment that does so much more. LaBarberia is a community fixture, known for offering free … Read more