David Harris

Provost and Senior Vice President of Tufts University

Contact Info:
Office of the Provost
and Senior Vice President
Tufts University
Ballou Hall
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.3310
Email Provost

Provost website
Ph.D., Northwestern University

Social Stratification, Race and Ethnicity, Racial Equality, Diversity, Social Identity and Policy

Biography and Interests
David Harris is Provost and Senior Vice President at Tufts University. Prior to Tufts, he served as Senior Associate Dean, Deputy Provost, Vice Provost for the Social Sciences, and Professor of Sociology at Cornell University. In 2010-2011, Dr. Harris also served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Human Services Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he led the Office of Human Services Policy in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE).

As a sociologist, he applies diverse theories and methodologies in his research. His work combines many disciplines with quantitative approaches and expertise in racial equality and diversity. His work has applied theories from sociology, economics, and psychology to empirical studies of race, ethnicity, and higher education; mixed-race identity and inter-racial relationships; residential mobility; and racial differences in suburbanization.

Various publications in leading academic journals, public policy outlets, and major national newspapers. He is editor of The Colors of Poverty: Why Racial and Ethnic Disparities Persist (Russell Sage Foundation 2008), and the lead author of Eliminating Racial Disparities in College Completion and Achievement: Current Initiatives, New Ideas, and Assessment (Teagle Foundation 2006).