Scott Robert Winship

Scott Robert Winship


(Sociology & Social Policy, June 2009)
Thesis Title: Financial Jitters: Trends in Income Changes among Working-Age Adults
Committee: Christopher Jencks (chair), Christopher Winship, William Julius Wilson
Initial Placement: Research Manager, Economic Mobility Project, Pew Charitable Trusts
Current Position: Executive Director, United States Joint Economic Committee


Winship received a B.A. in Sociology and Urban Studies from Northwestern University in 1995, and an M.A. in Sociology and Ph.D. in Social Policy from Harvard University in 2005 and 2009 respectively where he was a fellow in the Multidisciplinary Program on Inequality and Social Policy and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow. While working on a Ph.D. in Social Policy at Harvard, Winship took time off to serve as Managing Editor of The Democratic Strategist, a website founded by political scientist Ruy Teixeira. This was followed by stops at Third Way, a centrist think tank; the Pew Charitable Trusts, where he managed Pew’s Economic Mobility Project; the Brookings Institution; and the Manhattan Institute. Today, Scott is Project Director at the U.S. Congress Joint Economic Committee, and a Contributor at Forbes. His main focus is on the JEC’s Social Capital Project, where, as Annie Lowrey put it in The Atlantic, Scott and his colleagues attempt to study “the social fabric like economists [study] GDP.”


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