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Vol 5
Issue 5
 | May 2017


One of the most gratifying aspects of being Director of ISPS is that I regularly have the chance to announce our amazing new fellows—in this case, our
latest graduate student Policy Fellows. These young scholars span the social sciences and the professional schools and will spend a year pursuing their high-level research and translating it into concrete policy recommendations. Meanwhile, our other group of student fellows, undergraduate Director’s Fellows, have passed a big milestone: Many of our first class have now graduated, including one of our most inspiring, Adrian Hale, who was recently profiled in Yale News. Not to be outdone, our faculty fellows are producing impressive new policy-related research—most notably, in the criminal justice field, where Vesla Weaver and Tracey Meares (here in conversation) and Andy Papachristos (featured in Chicago Magazine) are defining a new evidence-based perspective on crime, policing, and incarceration. 



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The Institution for Social and Policy Studies is pleased to announce their new cohort of Graduate Policy Fellows. This year's twelve highly successful fellows will spend the next year working on research projects in areas as diverse as public perceptions and attitudes towards state surveillance; needle exchange and health-related practices of injection drug users in New Haven; social media consumption and political behavior; and the effects of the sharing economy on patterns of inequality in U.S. cities. You can read their full bios on our website here.


This month Adrian Hale graduated from Yale College. Yale News
featured this extraordinary student's path from serving two tours in Afghanistan as an U.S. Marine to becoming an Eli Whitney Scholar at
Yale to his political and civic awakening from Yale professors. ISPS was lucky to have him as one of our Director’s Fellows in Domestic Policy in the 2015 cohort. Find the story, “The Once-‘Impossible’ Becomes Cause for Celebration for Student War Veteran” in Yale News here.


ISPS is a founding member of Curating for Reproducibility (CURE), along with the Cornell Institute for Social and Economic Research (CISER) and the Odum Institute for Research in Social Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The group builds on the framework established at the ISPS Data Archive and promotes activities that ensure that statistical and analytic claims about given data can be reproduced with that data. Limor Peer presented on this topic at the International Digital Curation Conference and co-led a workshop on why and how to review data and code at the International Association for Social Science Information Services and Technology meeting in May.


"Lawmaking in the Trump Era." David Mayhew looks at the GOP's internal party divisions as they govern after Trump's victory. Originally published in Yale Books Unbound.
"People Love to Hate Congress. This New Book Reminds Us Why We Should Treasure It." Eric Patashnik reviews David Mayhew's latest book, "The Imprint of Congress" in Monkey Cage.


Did a Voter ID Law Really Cost Clinton a Victory in Wisconsin? Josh Voorhees interviews Eitan Hersh who questions the evidence and the data used to make the claim. Slate
How Violence Cascades Through Chicago.  Whet Moser's article featuring research by Andy Papachristos on gun violence and social contagion. Chicago Magazine
The 'Portals' Encouraging Real Conversations About Policing and Race.  A conversation with Vesla Weaver and Tracey Meares about policing and incarceration. City Lab


“We should design the labor-market regulations around a more flexible model.” Jacob Hacker in "Is the Gig Economy Working." The New Yorker
"Once you've decided to cover everybody, you're sort of arguing over where the money comes from." Zack Cooper in ”The GOP Says It Will Send a Health Care Bill to the House Floor Today."  NPR
"David Mayhew based his analysis on a simple but profoundly illuminating premise: that members of the House and Senate are 'single-minded seekers' of re-election." Thomas Edsall on David Mayhew in "Why Republicans Are Always Looking Over Their Shoulders." New York Times
"The evidence and the impact of these mergers is becoming clearer and clearer, which basically shows... an increase in price and in some instances a reduction in quality." Zack Cooper in "The Hospital Industry Is a Big Game of Monopoly Right Now." Axios