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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 2 • Issue  9 • November 2014

Jacob HackerFrom Jacob Hacker

Yale College students are away for Thanksgiving, so it seems a good opportunity to say thanks to Yale College students, and in particular our own stellar Director’s Fellows. This year, ten undergraduates from across Yale received Marshall and Rhodes scholarships. Two of them—Jordan Konell (Rhodes) and Rahul Singh (Marshall)—are among the inaugural class of ISPS Director’s Fellows, a pretty good batting average for a new program. Of course, this is mostly a reflection of how terrific the Director’s Fellows are. Lest you doubt it, read Jared Milfred’s account of our November 10 event on campaign finance disclosure. And if you want to be part of next year’s class of fellows—and if you are a sophomore or junior interested in domestic policy, you should—please apply online by December 1.


Dec.1 @5:00
Enviromental Ethics
Dale Jamieson (NYU)

Dec. 3@4:15 Tech &Ethics
Marc Saner (U Ottawa)

Dec. 11 @12:00
Quantitative Methods
Guido Imbens (Stanford)


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ISPS Fellows Awarded Rhodes, Marshall


Congratulations to two of our ISPS Director's Fellows who have been awarded fellowships to study in the United Kingdom. Jordan Konell, a political science and African American major, will be a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford; and Rahul Singh, an economics and mathematics major will be a Marshall Scholar and will be attending the London School of Economics and University College London. 
Spread the word: Applications for the ISPS Director's Fellows in Domestic Policy are open and online until December 1. Yale College sophomores and juniors of all majors are encouraged to apply. Accepted applicants will be notified before the winter break. More on the program here.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Jared Milfred, an undergraduate Director's Fellow and EP&E major, writes on the complexities of disclosure laws and the event ISPS held on the topic November 10, in "Shining Light
on Dark Money in Campaign Finance."
Patrick O'Brien, an ISPS graduate Policy Fellow in political science, writes on how presidents appoint their team
of principal advisers and that all but sets the choice of
policy alternatives, in "Beyond the Election: Who Controls
Presidential Policy."

Nov. 10 Event: "Show Me the Money"


An ISPS sponsored event on campaign financing and disclosure laws took place on November 10. Nearly one hundred people attended Luce Hall for the panel discussion "Show Me the Money: How Transparency in Political Donations Could Change American Elections," which featured panelists Trevor Potter (Campaign Legal Fund founder), David Primo (University of Rochester), Ray La Raja (University of Massachusetts -Amherst) and Heather Gerken of Yale Law School.
Heather Gerken's recently co-authored paper on deregulation of campaign finance and shadow parties is available on SSRN. If you missed the event, you can  watch the entire video here.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Vesla Weaver looks at police abuses in Ferguson and beyond in "Black Citizenship and Summary Punishment: A Brief History to the Present," published in Theory & Event.
Margaret Peters weighs in on Obama's executive order on immigration in Yale News.
Upshot uses Eitan Hersh's research on the problem of party activists doing campaign stumping.
Alan Gerber weighs in on whether providing free transportation to the voting booth improves democracy.
Heather Gerken writes an op-ed in the New York Times about the practicalities of trying to pass election reform.
Alan Gerber, Greg Huber and Ebonya Washington's research cited in an article in Upshot about partisanship and bias. Data from paper can be found here.
Yale News follows up on the ISPS October 30 event, "Midterm 2014: Perspectives and Predictions" with ISPS faculty Eitan Hersh, David Mayhew and Vesla Weaver.

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