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February 2017


Among the many ISPS accomplishments that inspire me, the achievements of our undergraduate Director’s Fellows and graduate Policy Fellows stand out. We have a remarkable new class of Director’s Fellows just beginning with us — the first to be able to benefit from our new Policy Lab. Meanwhile, some of our recent fellows are receiving well-deserved recognition, including Zach Young (the Michel David-Weill Scholarship to pursue graduate studies at Sciences Po in Paris); Joshua Feinzig (the 2017-2018 Luce Scholarship to spend a year in Asia); and Simone Seiver (the Gates Fellowship to pursue graduate work at Cambridge). The undergraduate Director’s Fellows complement our Graduate Policy Fellows, young scholars in the social sciences, history, law, and related fields who spend a year refining their top-level research and translating it into policy recommendations. We start accepting applications for next academic year in early March.



Center for the Study of American Politics
March 1 @12:00 John Dearborn (Yale) “Creating ‘Proper Organs’ for Presidential Representation
March 8 @12:00 Joshua Clinton (Vanderbilt) "The Politics of Policy: Medicaid Expansion"

Policy Lab
March 1 @3:00  Common Read "Unequal City" with Carla Shedd
March 9 @2:00  "Listen, We Need to Talk: How to Change Attitudes about LGBT Rights"


ISPS is pleased to welcome our latest undergraduate cohort of Director's Fellows of 2017. Thirteen Yale College students were chosen out of a competitive pool of applicants for the fourth cohort of ISPS Fellows: Graham Ambrose, Sydney Daniels, Patrick Demkowicz, Joshua Hochman, Elizabeth Karron, Ryan Liu, Brandon Marks, Olivia Paschal, Alexander Posner, Sarah Siegel, Stella Shannon, Riley Tillett, and Elena
Vázquez. The fellowship is designed to bring together undergraduates interested in honing their skills in public policy research and outreach.The training consists of seminars and bi-weekly meetings in the spring semester; a summer internship in local, state or federal government, or at a NGO; and a related, academic research project to be completed in the fall semester. A stipend is also provided for research. Read their bios here.


ISPS is pleased to announce that applications for the Policy Fellows program for graduate and professional students in the 2017-2018 academic year will open March 6. The program provides a small stipend as well as funding to support ongoing research across a wide range of disciplines; gives promising graduate and professional students a chance to interact with other students with similar interests from across the University; and provides training in policy relevant skills such as memo and op-ed writing, media appearances, and blogging. Applications will be available online from March 6 through March 31. More info here.


Join Yale researchers, scientists, librarians, archivists, programmers, technologists, and others for a one-day event to identify, download, and preserve federal research data. There are different paths and roles for DataRescue attendees and they are looking for people with a variety of skills. If you’re interested but unsure of how you might get involved, see more information here. Sign up, show up, and the guides will help you choose a path. Saturday, March 4,  9 AM-4 PM/ 17 Hillhouse Avenue.


A Q & A with Greg Huber in Yale News discusses his latest research about online dating and what affect partisan politics has on choosing a partner. Huber's latest paper, "Political Homophily in Social Relationships: Evidence from Online Dating Behavior" with co-author Neil Malhotra, published in The Journal of Politics, analyzes data from online dating sites, observing the rates at which men and women choose someone with the same political views. The research suggests that the preference for politically similar partners creates a risk of polarization and a reduced political tolerance towards differing views. Related article: Psychology Today.


Using a Hierarchical Network Algorithm for Studying the Diffusion of Neighborhood Violence. Sara Bastomski, Andrew Papachristos et al. publish "Neighborhood Co-Offending Networks, Structural Embeddedness, and Violent Crime in Chicago." Social Networks
Who Do Violence Preventers Target to Achieve Violence Prevention? Tony Cheng publishes "Violence Prevention and Targeting the Elusive Gang Member." Law and Society Review
On Antidepressant Treatment and Relapse. Adam Chekroud publishes "Trajectories of Relapse in Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trials of Treatment Discontinuation in Major Depressive Disorder: An Individual Patient-Level Data Meta-Analysis." Lancet  Related Article:  Yale News
A Follow Up to Piketty. John Roemer (with Philippe De Donder) publish "The Dynamics of Capital Accumulation in the United States: Simulations after Piketty." Journal of Economic Inequality


Zachary Young, an ISPS Dahl Scholar and Director's Fellow, has been awarded the Michel David-Weill Scholarship that will allow him to pursue a two-year master’s degree in public policy at the Sciences Po School of Public Affairs in Paris.The scholarship is only given to one American student per year and draws on an applicant pool of students from 30 top U.S. universities. Yale News
Joshua Feinzig, an ISPS Director's Fellow, has been named a 2017-2018 Luce Scholar, which will give him the opportunity to spend a year in Asia. The Henry Luce Foundation program is designed to enhance the understanding of Asia among potential leaders in American society. Yale News
Simone Seiver, an ISPS Dahl Scholar and Director's Fellow, has been named a 2017 Gates Cambridge Scholar. In Cambridge, Simone will pursue a graduate degree and continue her work on the issue of pretrial detention and how it negatively impacts defendants. Yale News


“This person is a victim, we need to save their life.” Andy Papachristos in "How Gun Violence Literally Infects Communities." Newsweek   Related Paper: JAMA Internal Medicine
"It makes sense to create a Medicare-like public option, where you would start by having it available in places where there are only one or two plans."
Jacob Hacker in "4 Obamacare Alternatives That Don't Suck." Vice
“When we interpret results, our own worldviews certainly color whether we think they are good or bad.” Alexander Coppock in "Prof. Politics." Yale Daily News
“I try to keep the discussion as an analysis of politics rather than have participants take on roles as partisans debating issues or debating political strategy.” Eitan Hersh in "Prof. Politics." Yale Daily News
"Twenty years ago, Stephen Skowronek published a book titled The Politics Presidents Make... It was generally recognized as one of the most important books on the presidency." Daniel Franklin in
"Trump Could Be A ‘Reconstructive President,’ Transforming The U.S. For 40 Years." Huffington Post 
“The progressive thickening of the institutional universe of presidential action has hemmed in those incumbents who hold the most compelling warrants for independent action." Daniel Kato quoting Stephen Skowronek in "Political Philosophy Suggests that Trump Will Either Double Down on His Behavior or Eventually Give into Institutional Opposition." LSEUSAblog