Jimmy P. Biblarz

I am a joint JD/PhD student in Sociology & Social Policy at Harvard University.

Generally, I am interested in stratification and inequality, crime and incarceration, and social networks. My research focuses on constitutional law, local government law, law and sociology, and the history of school desegregation. My dissertation traces the rise and fall of racial integration as the ideological focus of social policy, and the subsequent emergence of competing ideologies. The project seeks to identify how and when sociological ideas about inequality (e.g. reputation, prestige, social capital and networks) have entered legal thinking about what the 14th Amendment guarantees schoolchildren. I hope that this project will serve as the basis for a renewed policy emphasis on school and neighborhood segregation, as well as a litigation strategy that advocates for a more comprehensive vision of what the Equal Protection Clause requires.

In law school, I completed internships with Munger, Tolles & Olson, the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, and the California State Senate. I have also worked as a student attorney with Protect Democracy, the Prison Legal Assistance Project, and Civil Rights Corps.

Originally from Los Angeles, I graduated from Harvard College, magna cum laude, in Social Studies and English in 2014. Before graduate school, I worked as a research assistant for David Gergen at CNN. My research is funded by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, the James M. and Cathleen D. Stone Inequality and Wealth Concentration Ph.D. Scholarship, and the Harvard Fellowship in Law and Graduate Studies.