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As New Haven digs out from the recent blizzard, ISPS remains a hotbed of activity: The first of our monthly policy lunches considered the policy prospects for the second Obama administration; ISPS has been spearheading informed discussions of violence prevention; and we are now accepting applications for our successful policy fellows program.


Feb. 20 @ 12:00 CSAP   Alvin Tillery, Rutgers

Feb. 26 @12:00 Workshop Dorian Warren, Columbia

Feb. 27 @ 12:00 CSAP Thomas Carsey, UNC


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Matthew Lawrence on Degrees of Mobility

Limor Peer on Access to Research Data

Adam Dynes on Congressional Procedure

Panel on Preventing Gun Violence


What Works? On February 7, ISPS held a panel on the latest research being done on curbing gun violence. The discussion brought together an array of guests and experts: Stephen Barton, a survivor of the Aurora movie theater shooting, talked about the nature of random violence and his work for Mayors Against Illegal Guns; Professor Andrew Papachristos, Sociology, highlighted his research on the non-random nature of urban violence; Professor Tracey Meares, Law School, presented her work on risk-perceptions of gun violence and the way in which that influences the gun control debate; and New Haven Assistant Chief of Police, Archie Generoso, addressed the number of gun injuries due to accidents and suicide, and also the current problem of legislative deadlock that prevents federal agencies from creating a centralized gun registration database. ISPS Policy Fellow, Michael Sierra-Arevalo, moderated the event, which attracted a large crowd at Linsley-Chittenden Hall.

Micro-targeting of Urban Violence


Two ISPS Policy Fellows have been working on the efficacy of targeted policing of violent hubs. Sara Bastomski writes in the wake of the Senate bill passing the Violence against Women Act that more attention should be paid to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV) and the urban neighborhoods of the socioeconomically disadvantaged where it is most prevalent. Looking in detail at Chicago neighborhoods and mapping these areas, her research proposes that violence against women should be seen in a neighborhood context and that a place-based approach in high IPV areas would provide more safety for women.  And Michael Sierra-Arevalo's research studies the success of a program that targets specific street corners in high-violence neighborhoods in Chicago, Boston and New Haven. Instead of large scale police sweeps that yield many non-felony arrests, this new approach of micro-targeting areas of specific gang activity has been shown to be more effective in reducing violence. 

Apply for the ISPS Policy Fellowship


ISPS is now accepting applications for the 2013-2014 Policy Fellows program. Applicants must be currently in a Yale graduate program or professional school. The program focuses on US domestic policy and Fellows are given the opportunity to work on year-long research projects they develop in conjunction with ISPS affiliated faculty. The fellowship places an emphasis on developing the skills and tools needed to translate their research findings into policy recommendations, including blogging, op-ed and policy memo writing. A stipend is provided. Deadline is March 8.  

ISPS Faculty Discuss Policy Agenda for Second Term


Only days after the inauguration, three ISPS Faculty Fellows, Amanda Kowalski, Ellie Powell and Vesla Weaver kicked off the new Public Policy workshop with a panel discussion on the policy prospects in Obama's second term. Kowalski presented her views on what was likely to happen as the Affordable Care Act phases in; Powell gave her take on Congress and, since the election was no game changer, she thought there would be little prospect of any major policy movement; and Vesla Weaver focused on the possibility of immigration reform, which she saw as a real possibility, though the version likely to pass would be essentially a remake of laws enacted in the 1980s and 1990s. All three agreed that the most likely policy areas of success in Obama's second term would be a modified version of gun control and immigration.

Publications, Media and Mentions


Susan Hyde presents her paper, "The Diffusion of Democratic Norms," at the annual conference of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) on Feb 15.

Gregory Huber's paper written with co-authors, Berinsky and Lenz, "Research with Amazon's Mechanical Turk," was selected as an Editor's Choice Article 2012 by the journal Political Analysis.

Ana De La O published an article in American Journal of Political Science, "Do Conditional Cash Transfers Affect Electoral Behavior?"

Ellie Powell (with Joshua Tucker) published an article in British Journal of Political Science, "Electoral Volatility in Post Communist Countries."

Tracey Meares wrote an op-ed on Curbing Gun Violence in Bill Moyers Group Think.

Jason Lyall et al. won Best Paper at MPSA on Support for Combatants in Afghanistan.

Jacob Hacker was featured on Canadian TV on "What Killed the American Dream?" 

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