Christopher Jencks, DLitt

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: Harvard University
Location: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

Christopher Jencks, DLitt, Professor Emeritus at Harvard University, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in sociology and writing.

After a long and successful career in writing and academia, Dr. Jencks retired as professor emeritus of Harvard University in 2016. He first started at the institution in 1967, having gained experience as an associate editor at the New Republic Magazine and with a fellowship at the Institute for Policy Studies. In addition to his esteemed teaching career at Harvard, Dr. Jencks was also a John D. MacArthur Professor of Sociology and Urban Affairs at Northwestern University from 1980 to 1995. Outside of teaching, he has published several works, including 1968’s “The Academic Revolution,” 1972’s “Who Gets Ahead?” and 1991’s “The Urban Underclass.” Furthermore, he has published “The Black-White Test Score Gap,” “The Homeless” and “Rethinking Social Policy.”

None of these accomplishments would be possible without Dr. Jencks own academic pursuits. He first earned a Bachelor of Arts at Harvard University in 1958, subsequently completing an MEd a year later at the institution. Following this, Dr. Jencks attended the London School of Economics for postgraduate coursework. He later received an LLD from Kalamazoo College in 1969 and a DLitt from Columbia College in 1983. On numerous occasions he has been a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in Behavioral Science. He has also been a fellow of the Russell Sage Foundation, the Institute for Advanced Study and as a Guggenheim Fellow. Dr. Jencks has been active with the American Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Science.

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