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January 24, 2002 Press Contact: Sabrina Miller
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Susan Mayer named Dean of the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies

University of Chicago President Don Michael Randel has named Susan E. Mayer as Dean of the Irving B. Harris Graduate School of Public Policy Studies, effective July 1, for a five-year term of appointment. Mayer is an associate professor at the Harris School and at the College at the University of Chicago, and is the past director and current deputy director of the Northwestern University/University of Chicago Joint Center for Poverty Research. She also serves as a faculty affiliate with the University's Center for Human Potential and Public Policy.

"Susan Mayer’s scholarship and evident passion for the work of the School will certainly make her an effective intellectual leader for the Harris School as well as a vigorous advocate of it with internal and external audiences alike," Randel said. "I share her belief in the School's importance and its place in the University. I look forward very much to working with her to enhance the contribution that it makes to the University and to the world of policy studies."

She succeeds Robert T. Michael, who was the school's first dean and who served two terms of appointment from 1989 to the present, during which time he helped establish the Harris School as a leading research center on public policy.

Mayer received her Ph.D. in sociology from Northwestern University in 1986. She was a Research Associate at the Institute for Policy Studies at Northwestern University before joining the faculty of the Harris School in 1989. She is the author of two books and several articles and book chapters on the measurement of poverty, the consequences for poor children of growing up in poor neighborhoods, the effect of income on children's well-being, and the social and political consequences of economic inequality and segregation. Mayer's current research is on the consequences of economic inequality, economic mobility across generations and the role of non-cognitive skills on social and economic success.
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