Jennifer Hochschild is the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and Professor of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She holds Lectureships in the Harvard Kennedy School and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She was a Harvard College Professor for the term of 2007-2012. Hochschild taught at Princeton University from 1981 through 2000, with the position of William Steward Tod Professor of Public and International Affairs. She received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Yale University in 1978.
Hochschild was Chair of Harvard’s Department of Government from 2016 through 2019, and president of the American Political Science Association in 2015-2016. Hochschild held the John W. Kluge Chair in American Law and Governance at the Library of Congress and was a Fellow of The Straus Institute for the Advanced Study of Law & Justice, NYU School of Law. She is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and served as a Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Lecturer. She was founding editor of Perspectives on Politics and a co-editor of the American Political Science Review, and has been a member of the Boards of the Russell Sage Foundation and the General Social Survey. Hochschild has been the recipient of various grants, awards, or fellowships.
Hochschild’s recent books are Genomic Politics: How the Revolution in Genomic Science Is Shaping American Society (Oxford University Press, 2021); Do Facts Matter: Information and Misinformation in American Politics (co-authored with Katherine Einstein, University of Oklahoma Press, 2015); and Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America (co-authored with Vesla Weaver and Traci Burch, Princeton University Press, 2012). She is also the author, co-author, or co-editor of additional books, and roughly 100 book chapters and scholarly articles,
Hochschild now studies the politics and ideology of genomic science, political and policy disputes within racial and ethnic groups in American metropolitan areas, and political responses among the American public to the COVID-19 pandemic. She is planning a research project to analyze political and policy responses to publicly prominent genomics innovations in the United States, England, and Germany.