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

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ISPS seeks to advance research, shape policy, and develop leaders. We’re thus delighted that a star ISPS researcher, Alan Gerber, has been named a Fellow of the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences. Meanwhile on the policy front, the director of our graduate Policy Fellows program, Dan Feder, explains that ISPS is doing exactly what the New York Times’s Nicholas Kristof has called on academics to do: using top-quality research to inform public debate. And since we do that in part by developing a talented new generation of policy researchers, we’re also happy to announce that we are now accepting applications for 2014-15 Policy Fellows.


Mar. 5 @ 12:00 CSAP
Jon Kastellec (Princeton)

Mar. 6 @ 12:00 CSAP
Quantitative Methods
Ghazala Mansuri
(The World Bank)

Mar. 10 @ Noon YLS
Gov. Dannel Malloy

Mar. 26 @ 12:00 CSAP
Michael Herron (Dartmouth)


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Applications for Policy Fellows


ISPS is happy to announce that we will be continuing our Policy Fellows Program for graduate and professional students in the 2014-2015 academic year. 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 are available online and are being accepted through March 10, 2014. Please direct any questions to isps@yale.edu.

ISPS and IPA Creating a Repository of Data Research

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ISPS and Innovations for Poverty Action (IPA) are partnering to develop a repository for research data from randomized controlled trials in the social sciences.
The repository will be an expansion and major upgrade of the existing ISPS Data Archive. The main objective of this project is the technical integration of the various curation processes with inventory management, metadata workflow, and Web access. Read full story.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Alison Kanovsky addresses the problems left behind in military communities when bases close.
Dan Feder answers Nicholas Kristof's New York Times op-ed-- we're hardly cloistered medieval monks.
Nicholas Downing writes on reforming the FDA drug approval process.
David Mayhew reflects on Robert Dahl and the Political Science Department at Yale.
Charles Decker writes on making sentencing policy more responsive to crime rates.
Yousef AbuGharbieh questions the wisdom of hiring consulting companies to construct the Obamacare website.

Alan Gerber Selected as 2014 Fellow of the AAPSS


Alan Gerber, Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science, and director of the Center for the Study of American Politics at ISPS, was one of seven scholars selected this year to be inducted into the American Academy of Political and Social Science. The AAPSS award is given yearly to only a handful of scholars “in recognition of their contributions to the improvement of society through research and influence over public policy.” Professor Gerber is well known for using field experiments and survey methodology to study voting behavior, public opinion and media influence. Gerber will officially join the Academy on the evening of May 8, 2014, in a ceremony in Washington, D.C.

Upcoming Event: Gov. Malloy at the Law School


The American Constitution Society at Yale Law School and ISPS are co-hosting the Governor of Connecticut, Dannel Malloy on March 10 at noon. The event will be held at the Law School in Room 127 and is open to the public.
The Governor's talk is entitled "Law, Politics and Social Change." Abbe Gluck, Professor of Law, will introduce the Governor and moderate the discussion. And a Q&A session will follow the talk.

Fareed Zakaria on the American Dream


To a packed Levinson Auditorium at the Yale Law School, Fareed Zakaria '86, host of CNN's foreign affairs show GPS gave a talk on Feb. 26 entitled, "Is the American Dream Dead?" Zakaria spoke about the prevailing economic anxiety in the U.S. and the forces at work, mainly globalization and technology, that will determine the future of the American workforce. He raised concern about the long term effect of unemployment on median wage stagnation; spoke broadly on global changes, and answered questions on the current international crisis in Syria. He gave personal insights into being an Indian immigrant and what the American Dream looked like from afar, before arriving at Yale. The event was sponsored by the Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP), and he was introduced by the director of CSAP, Professor Alan Gerber. Read the Yale News, the Yale Daily News and the New Haven Register articles for more coverage.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Eitan Hersh discusses the microtargeting of political ads with Gwen Ifill on PBS NewsHour on February 19, along with University of San Francisco political scientist, Michael Goldstein.
Gregory Huber et al. publish "Political Ideology and Racial Preferences in Online Dating," for the inaugural issue of Sociology Science.
Susan Hyde publishes "What Do Governments Resort to Election Violence?" in British Journal of Political Science.

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