In the News

Click on the links below for selected recent stories in which Natasha was quoted or her research was profiled.MSNBC

Diverse Issues in Higher Education. “Higher Ed’s Most Common Rationale for Diversity Favors White Students More than Black.” May 2021.

Harvard Crimson Under Review Podcast.

The Wall Street Journal. “School Districts with majority of Black or Hispanic Students Less Likely to Provide In-Person Instruction, Research Shows.” March 2021.

The Hechinger Report. “As elite college applications soar, legacy admissions still give wealthy and connected students an edge.” March 2021.

Boston Globe. “Asian families say they feel invisible in dealing with BPS.” December 2020.

USA Today. “California voters failed to repeal ban on affirmative action. What signal does that send the rest of the nation?” December 2020.

WBUR Radio Boston. “Boston Exam Schools Temporarily Suspend Admissions Test, But Should The Change Be Made Permanent?” November 17, 2020.

Boston Globe. “Will my kid learn anything this school year? Experts take on the most worrisome questions.” October 2020.

Women’s Health. “9 Things you Didn’t Know about Affirmative Action.” August 2020.

Business Insider. “The biggest questions parents and educators have about colleges reopening.” July 2020.

WGBH News. “Remote Learning Is A Challenge, Especially For Students In Districts With Fewer Resources.” May 6, 2020.

Forbes. “Teachers Just As Likely To Be Racially Biased As Anyone Else.” April 15, 2020.

The Tufts Daily. “Legacy Admissions at Tufts from a Sociological Perspective.” March 11, 2020.

The Harvard Crimson. “What to Expect Next in the Harvard Admissions Suit: Experts Weigh In.” February 28, 2020.

The Hechinger Report. “Longer road to the B.A. for many black students.” January 31, 2020.

The Harvard Crimson. “SFFA Expert Witness Releases Working Paper Examining Harvard’s Recruitment of African American Applicants.” November 20, 2019.

The Harvard Crimson. “Legacy, Athlete, and Donor Preferences Disproportionately Benefit White Applicants, per Analysis.” October 23, 2019.

Greater Boston

Greater Boston, WGBH. “What Does The Judge’s Ruling In Favor Of Harvard In Its Admissions Case Mean?” October 2, 2019.

The Takeaway, WNYC. “Harvard Can Continue to Consider Race in Admissions, Federal Judge Rules.” October 2, 2019.

WBUR Radio Boston. “Local Reaction To The Ruling In The Harvard Admission’s Case.” October 2, 2019.

WBUR Radio Boston. “Fallout, Local Reaction After The College Admissions Bribery Scam.” March 13, 2019.

NPR Morning Edition. “How Fairness Is Defined In Today’s Hyper-Competitive College Landscape.” March 13, 2019.

MSNBC, “Money and privilege: College admissions scam highlights problems within system.” March 13, 2019.

WNYC The Takeaway. “Salacious College Admissions Scandal Highlights Commonplace Inequities.” March 13, 2019.

New York Times. “I Learned in College That Admission Has Always Been for Sale.” March 13, 2019.

Reuters. “U.S. college bribery scandal grates on those who missed the cut.” March 13, 2019.

Newsweek. “An End to Affirmative Action? Why the College Admissions Scandal Could Fulfill Critics’ Wish to Scrap Race-Based Program.” March 22, 2019.

Huffington Post. “Celebrity Admissions Scandal Exposes The Racism At The Heart Of College Sports.” March 13, 2019.

KPFA Up Front. “College Admissions Scandal.” March 18, 2019.

New England Cable News. “Breaking Down the College Admissions Scandal.” March 17, 2019.

WBAI, Waking up with Julianna Forlano. “College Admissions Cheating.” March 14, 2019.

USA Today, “‘Affirmative action for the rich:’ Wealthy parents use their privilege to game the college system. And it’s perfectly legal.” March 13, 2019.

Bloomberg Baystate Business News, interview on admissions lotteries. January 22, 2019.

WORT Madison Community Radio, “Would A Lottery System Make College Admissions Fairer?” January 14, 2019.

New York Times. “Challengers of Affirmative Action Have a New Target: New York City’s Elite High Schools.” December 14, 2018. 

Basic Black on WGBH, “Boston Public Radio: Harvard Admissions Lawsuit and Affirmative Action,” November 2, 2018.basicblack1

Harvard EdCast podcast interview on Evaluating Fairness in College AdmissionsNovember 1, 2018.

WNYC The Takeaway interview: Lawsuit Against Harvard Puts Asian-Americans at Center of Affirmative Action Debate,” October 25, 2018.

The Atlantic, “College Sports Are Affirmative Action for Rich White Students.” October 23, 2018.img_1594

The Cornell Daily Sun, “Harvard Prof Describes ‘Diversity Bargain’ in Admissions in Light of Discrimination Lawsuit.” October 18, 2018.

The Atlantic, “The Supreme Court Justice who Forever Changed Affirmative Action.” October 13, 2018.

Harvard Magazine. “Litigating Admissions.” September-October 2018

The Harvard Gazette. “The Upper-Class Tool-Kit.” September 25, 2018.

The Harvard Crimson, “White Students at Elite Universities Support Affirmative Action Out of ‘Self-Interest,’ Harvard Professor Finds in Study.” September 14, 2018.

The Atlantic, “Lotteries May Be the Fairest Way to Fix Elite-College Admissions.” August 1, 2018.

WBUR Boston Public Radio interview: “White House Withdraws Obama-Era Guidance For Colleges On Upping Diversity In Admissions,” July 5, 2018.

NPR Marketplace interview: “College Admissions Lottery.” June 26, 2018. Download here. [starts after minute 5]

A New Front in the Battle Over Affirmative Action.” Harvard Magazine. June 21, 2018.

Harvard’s Impossible Personality Test.” The Atlantic. June 19, 2018.

WBUR Boston Public Radio interview: “New Documents In Harvard Lawsuit Provide Peek At Admissions Process.” June 15, 2018.

The fraught racial politics of entrance exams for elite high schools.” June 14, 2018.

Asians are being used to make the case against affirmative action. Again.” . March 28, 2018.

Priti Patel’s Rejection of ‘BME’ is Far More Dangerous Than the Term Itself.” The  Wire. 17 March, 2018.

Yale leadership lacks diversity.” Yale Daily News. November 28, 2017.

The limits of ‘Diversity’.” The New Yorker. Kelefa Sanneh. October 9, 2017.

2 Groups Brace for Anticipated New Challenge of Affirmative Action.” Diverse: Issues in Higher Education. October 5, 2017.

WBUR Boston Public Radio interview: “‘The Diversity Bargain’: How Students View Affirmative Action.” September 19, 2017.

Who is Affirmative Action For?” Scholars Strategy Network No Jargon Podcast. August 15, 2017.

Alt-right leader Richard Spencer to speak at Texas A&M.” Houston Chronicle. August 13, 2017.

SiriusXM News and Issues, The Briefing. “The Reverse Discrimination Script.” August 12, 2017.

WOSU Public Media radio interview: “Affirmative Action in Higher Education.” August 8, 2017.

Ivy League schools brace for scrutiny of race in admissions.” Associated Press. August 6, 2017.

Sometimes, Perceptions of Affirmative Action Don’t Mesh With Reality.” Chronicle of Higher Education. August 3, 2017.

WBUR (Boston Public Radio) interview: “For Now, Federal Focus On Affirmative Action Centers On Harvard.” August 3, 2017.

A sticky week for college admissions as affirmative action debate heats up.” Christian Science Monitor. August 3, 2017.

With Good Reason radio interview: “The Problem with Affirmative Action.” June 23, 2017.

BBC4 Thinking Allowed radio interview on The Diversity Bargain, April 19, 2017.

The Future of Diversity on Campus.” Review of The Diversity Bargain in Public Books, by Catharine Stimpson. April 6, 2017.

The Diversity Bargain: An Interview with Natasha Warikoo.” Huffington Post. By Richard Weissbourd. March 30, 2017.

The Diversity Bargain: And Other Dilemmas of Race, Admissions, and Meritocracy at Elite Universities. Talk at NYU (Feb 28, 2017), on C-SPAN Book TV.

On Race and Meritocracy in Academia.” Review of The Diversity Bargain in Pop Matters, March 7, 2017.

The Society Pages interview on The Diversity Bargain, February 6, 2017.

Diversity remains unclear in GW’s pool of presidential candidates.” The GW Hatchet, January 30, 2017.

Harvard EdCast: The Diversity Bargain.” Harvard Graduate School of Education, November 30, 2016.

The Whitelash Against Diversity.” The Society Pages, November 17, 2016.

Students protesters see Trump’s election, views as dangerous to nation.” Houston Chronicle, November 15, 2016.

Trump supporters encourage violence at Texas State University.” Houston Chronicle, November 11, 2016.

Diversity in Education: Issues In The College Admission Process.” University Herald, October 31, 2016.

The Problem With How Higher Education Treats Diversity.” Review of The Diversity Bargain, in The Atlantic, October 29, 2016.

Why Duke protesters are refusing to leave that administration building.” Christian Science Monitor, April 7, 2016.


Usable Knowledge, Harvard School of Education: “Safe Space vs. Free Speech?”


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Boston Public Radio: “Black College Students Major in Fields That Offer Lower Economic Payoffs, Study Finds.” February 18, 2016.

Reuters: “U.S. Study Finds Teacher Bias in Discipline Toward Black Students.” April 15, 2015.


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The Hechinger Report: “Immigrant children in Europe seem to learn best when assimilated in schools, data show.” December 21, 2015.

Education of Immigrant Children

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The Education of Immigrant Children. Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education. December 11, 2014.

Merit Into Context

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Podcast: “Putting Merit into Context.” Harvard Graduate School of Education, August 27, 2014.

BBC4: “Elite University Admissions.” October 14, 2013.


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Times Higher Education: “Oxford students deny role of class in elite admissions.” August 22, 2013.


Minnesota Public Radio: “Harvard prof saw danger of dysfunctional ‘meritocracy’ in affirmative action case.” June 24, 2013.


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Yale Daily News: “Up Close: Adapting Admissions to 2013.” April 17, 2013.

Understanding Baggy Pants

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Podcast: “Understanding Baggy Pants.” Harvard Graduate School of Education, January 26, 2011.

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Decoding Youth Culture and School Success.” Usable Knowledge, Harvard Graduate School of Education. February 19, 2010.

The New York Times: Hindu Priest from Guyana is Mourned in Queens. June 18, 2009.

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The New York Times. “Indian, Twice Removed.” December 17, 2004.