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Harvard University


Shay O’Brien studies the kinship networks that weave elites together. Her research tracks the capture and circulation of resources through upper-class populations over time, with a particular focus on women, whiteness, and wealth. She is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Stone Program in Wealth Distribution, Inequality, and Social Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School, and received her PhD in Sociology from Princeton in 2023. Before graduate school, Shay worked on a large-scale randomized control trial at the social policy research firm MDRC.corporations.

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