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Hilary Silver

Local Affiliate & Seminar Chair


Hilary Silver

Hilary Silver is Professor of Sociology, Urban Studies and Public Policy at Brown University. She is also a Commissioner of the Providence Housing Authority, a consultant for the World Bank, and a longstanding affiliate of Harvard's Center for European Studies. Her areas of expertise are urban poverty and social exclusion, and policies to address them. Her 2015 film on chronic homelessness, Direction Home, has been airing on RI Public Television, and she recently finished a piece on Obama's urban policy.

After two terms as editor of the urban sociological journal, City & Community, Silver received the 2016 Robert and Helen Lynd Career-Lifetime Achievement Award. Silver has received four Fulbright fellowships, was a member at the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, and has held fellowships from the American Institute of Indian Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru Institute for Advanced Study, Hanse Institute for Advanced Study, University of Bristol, and Nuffield College at Oxford. She has visited at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, INSEE, INED, Wissenschaftszentrum Berlin fuer Sozialforschung, Korea University, Sussex, Columbia, and Harvard Universities. Silver has consulted for the United Nations, ILO, and other international agencies, and for US federal, state, and local governments.

This information is accurate for the time period that the affiliate is affiliated with CES.


  • Professor of Sociology and Urban Studies and Professor of Public Policy, Brown University
  • Senior Visiting Fellow, Ash Center for Democratic Governance, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Local Affiliate, CES, Harvard University
  • Co-Chair, Seminar on Social Exclusion & Inclusion, CES, Harvard University