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Daniel Timothy Roberts

Graduate Student Affiliate


Daniel Timothy Roberts Daniel Roberts is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Government, studying comparative political economy in rich democracies and contemporary political theory. His primary substantive interests are at the intersection of three topics: education, housing, and finance/credit. In his dissertation project on the "Politics of Opportunity in Advanced Democracies", Roberts studies how historical choices and political spillovers in these institutional domains condition individual behavior. And how this in turn affects politicians’ approach to providing "opportunity" during structural economic transitions, encompassing representative cases across North America, Europe, and East Asia.

Roberts' primary cases in the European context are contemporary Germany and Sweden. His methodological approaches are eclectic, encompassing quantitative methods (administrative data, public surveys, formal theory), qualitative methods (comparative historical process tracing), and contemporary normative theory. Previously Roberts received a B.A. in Economics at the University of Chicago with a focus on macroeconomics, and was a research analyst at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York researching capital markets.


  • Ph.D. Student in Government, Harvard University
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CES, Harvard University