Christopher Jencks is Malcolm Wiener Professor of Social Policy at Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government. His books include Inequality: A Reassessment of the Effect of Family and Schooling in America and Black-White Test Score Gap. He is a Prospect contributing editor.
Despite significant improvement in recent decades, blacks still score consistently lower than whites on tests of academic performance. But recent studies show that the gap is not genetic in origin and suggest how it can be closed.Christopher Jencks AND Meredith PhillipsSeptember-October 1998
News reports of an all-time record crime wave have set off a panic that America is out of control. What are the real facts?Christopher JencksWinter 1991
A new study documents that in major cities, a welfare check barely pays rent and utilities.Christopher Jencks AND Kathryn EdinSpring 1990