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The Sequester didn't shut down ISPS. We have been doing more than ever, starting with a new video to showcase our mission of bringing high-level research to bear on top policy issues. As an amateur cyclist as well as an academic, I was delighted to moderate a major event we co-sponsored with the law school on doping in professional cycling. And on April 2, we are hosting an equally big event on a very different topic, the Future of Medicare. We hope to see you there!


PhD Candidates Present
3/27 @ 12:00

The Future of Medicare
4/02 @ 12:00

PhD Candidates Present
4/03 @ 12:00    

Quantitative Research Methods Seminar
4/04 @ 12:00


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Dynes on Dorian Warren

McGrath on Climate Science

Horowitz on Storm Aid

April 2 "Future of Medicare" Event


Health care spending, more than any other government program, is driving our debt. On April 2, ISPS will host a panel on “The Future of Medicare.” The event will be a roundtable discussion on the fiscal realities of the Medicare program and will examine policy options and political challenges for making it sustainable. The panel will be moderated by Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post. Panelists will be David Brooks (New York Times), Matthew Dowd (ABC political contributor), Thomas Scully (former director of CMS), Zack Cooper and Jacob Hacker of ISPS. The event will be held from 12:00- 1:30 at Woolsey Hall in the President's Room.  Bag lunch available.

New Video, "What Is ISPS?"


"What is ISPS? Who are we and what do we do?" We've been the hub of social and policy studies at Yale since 1968. But many still do not know us that well. Our new video provides an overview of what some of our ISPS scholars have been working on.  Be it health policy, congress, voting behavior, criminal justice, money in politics, democratic elections abroad, climate policy or experimental methodology, our faculty and graduate students explain their latest research and how it is relevant to real world policy issues.

A Perfect Storm of Incumbency Advantage


David Mayhew, renowned for his work on Congress and partisanship, writes, "A perfect storm of incumbency advantage--that was the essence of the 2012 election for governors, senators, and House members running again, not to mention a president and a vice president." Mayhew's new chapter,  "The Meaning of the 2012 Elections," has just been released in a volume that brings together a collection of top-flight scholars to reflect on and analyze all aspects of the 2012 elections. The book gives the reader not only an historical perspective, but a forward look to implications for the political system as well. "The Elections of 2012," is published by CQ Press, and edited by Michael Nelson. It is available March 15. 

ISPS - YLS Panel on Doping in Professional Cycling


ISPS and Yale Law School held a well-attended event, "Spinning Our Wheels: Doping in Professional Cycling" on February 28 at the law school. Panelists included Travis Tygart, CEO, U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Jonathan Vaughters, manager of the Garmin-Sharp-Barracuda Professional Cycling Team, Thomas H. Murray, Bioethicist in Residence and President Emeritus of The Hastings Center, and Floyd Landis, Former Professional Cyclist.  Jacob Hacker, ISPS Director (and amateur cyclist), explained the larger issues associated with the fight to stop doping in sport. "This fight," he noted, "involves the law, public policy, ethics, and international governing bodies – all of which are of interest to ISPS."  Read more here.

Dorian Warren on Engaged Scholarship


On February 28, at the newly inaugurated ISPS Public Policy Workshop, Dorian Warren, an associate professor at Columbia University and former Yale graduate student, addressed the promises and challenges of pursuing “engaged scholarship." Having dedicated his career to producing engaged scholarship, including three years embedded in a Chicago hotel workers union, Warren admitted to being well aware of the costs associated with his type of work.  Not only is it time consuming, he noted, but it can make scholars the targets of those with opposing views, and also risk offending the very groups they work with.  Adam Dyne writes more here.

New Quantitative Research Methods Workshop


The Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP) at ISPS has partnered with the MacMillan Center to begin a seminar series that focuses on quantitative research methods. The first seminar was kicked off March 7 with a presentation by Oeindrila Dube (Economics, NYU), whose work focuses on the political economy of conflict and development. Two more workshops will be held this semester: Adam Glynn (Harvard) on April 4, and Thad Dunning (Yale) on April 25. The series is sponsored by ISPS and MacMillan with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund. For more information, contact Natalia Bueno.

Publications, Media and Mentions


Chris Wildeman et al. on the effect of men's incarceration on the mothers of their children.

A working paper by Greg Huber (with Neil Mahorta) finds that political ideology is an important determining fact in picking a romantic partner.

Alan Gerber, Greg Huber et al. publish a paper in Political Opinion Quarterly on public attitudes about discussing vote choices.

Alan Gerber et al. on Physician Endorsements, Public Opinion, and the Politics of Comparative Effectiveness Research, forthcoming in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law.

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