David Mickey Pabello

David Mickey-Pabello

Postdoctoral Fellow in Ethnoracial Relations, Harvard University
Chapter Member: Boston SSN
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About David

Mickey-Pabello's research focuses on issues of race and ethnicity that are largely tied to policies and geographic spaces. Mickey-Pabello's research overarching themes include racial inequality, racism, educational inequality, and social psychology. Mickey-Pabello serves the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research and the Inequality in America Initiative at Harvard University, and the Civil RIghts Project at the University of California- Los Angeles.


In the News

David Mickey-Pabello quoted on "STEM penalty" and discovers that affirmative action bans have impacted minority students in STEM more than in other disciplines, by Kevin Stark, "Prop. 16 Supporters Hope to Diversify STEM With End to California Affirmative Action Ban" KQED, October 15, 2020.
David Mickey-Pabello quoted on state-wide affirmative action bans being responsible for a decline in the share of STEM degrees awarded to minority students by Ashley Smart, "After Years of Gains, Black STEM Representation Is Falling. Why?" Undark, September 11, 2020.
"Examining Race-Based Admissions Bans on Medical Schools ," David Mickey-Pabello, Interview with Renee Montagne and Steve Inskeep, "Morning Edition, NPR", June 23, 2015.
David Mickey-Pabello's research on racial health disparities and the importance and lack of Black doctors discussed by Damon Tweedy, "The Case for Black Doctors," The New York Times, May 15, 2015.


"A Structural Investigation of Laissez Faire Racism: The Intended and Unintended Consequences of Affirmative Action Bans," University of Michigan, 2019.

Explores several outcomes of affirmative action bans using difference in differences methodologies to test hypotheses that the racialized control of education ultimately leads to racial inequality in educational outcomes and later life.

"Racial Diversity in the Medical Profession: The Impact of Affirmative Action Bans on Underrepresented Student of Color Matriculation in Medical Schools" (with Liliana M. Garces). The Journal of Higher Education 86, no. 2 (2016): 264-294.

Discusses the impact of affirmative action bans on underrepresented student of color matriculation in medical.