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We’re happy to welcome our new class of ISPS Policy Fellows for 2013-2014. We have thirteen Yale-affiliated scholars from the graduate programs and professional schools who will be spending a year under the aegis of ISPS, working on U.S. domestic policy issues. Our new panel on the Future of Medicare on April 2 was a success, and the video is available. Don’t forget to also check out our new video, “What is ISPS?”


4/22 @6:10 Yale Law
Jon Selib on ACA

4/23 @ 5:00 Bioethics
Thomas Murray

4/24 @12:00 CSAP
Lynn Vavreck (UCLA

4/24@ 4:00 EP&E
Peter Singer on Altruism

Quantitative Research
Thad Dunning


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Sierra-Arevalo on Reducing Violent Crime

Horowitz on Responsibility of the State

Feder on Federal Budget

ISPS's New Policy Fellows


ISPS welcomes the new class of  Policy Fellows for 2013-2014.  Thirteen students from Yale’s graduate and professional schools were chosen this month for our year-long fellowship in U.S. domestic policy. Areas of study in this new class are inequality, health care reform, regulation, criminal justice, race, political opinion, polarization, civil law, health economics, and redistribution. To read about each new fellow, click here.

The Future of Medicare Panel


On April 2, ISPS convened a panel on the "Future of Medicare: Policy Options and Political Realities." Sarah Kliff of the Washington Post moderated. David Brooks, Tom Scully, Zack Cooper, and Jacob Hacker comprised the panel. The event, held at Woolsey Hall in the President’s Room, was at full capacity as the panel took on some of the thorniest issues. The event was live-streamed here. Kate Archibald blogged the story at Lux et Data, and the New Haven Register and Yale Daily News covered the story. 

A Conversation with Barney Frank


Barney Frank, former Member of Congress representing Massachusetts and chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, held an informal talk at ISPS on April 15. He spoke about his 30 years in Congress, his childhood in Bayonne, NJ, the causes and consequences of polarization in Washington, and the place of academics in shaping public policy.  He lamented the current loss of popularity for government and is currently writing a book on why government is good. He ended the talk on an optimistic note about the future, focusing on all the changes that have been beneficial. "Reality overcomes prejudice. People learn stereotypes aren't true."

Preventing and Reducing Violent Crime


ISPS scholarship on gun violence and the micro-targeting of crime areas continues to be led by Tracey Meares, Yale Law Professor and ISPS Resident Fellow. Last week she discussed gun violence simultaneously on WBEZ in Chicago and WNYC.

Then on April 15, Professor Meares gave the Walton Hale Hamilton Inaugural lecture, titled "Smart, Tough, and Fair: Reducing Violent Crime in 60 Minutes or Less." View video.

And Michael Sierra-Arevalo, Sociology grad student and first- year ISPS Policy Fellow, wrote a policy brief for SSN (Scholars Strategy Network) on the methods and results of a pilot program being used in some American cities that has been successful.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


"Insecure American: Economic Experiences, Financial Worries, and Policy Attitudes," by Jacob Hacker (co-authored with Philipp Rehm, Ohio State, and Mark Schlesinger, Yale University) appears in the March issue of the journal Perspective on Politics.

"When Do Governments Resort to Election Violence?," by Susan Hyde (co-authored with Emilie M. Hafner-Burton and Ryan S. Jablonski, both at UC San Diego) is published (online first) by the British Journal of Political Science.

Ellie Powell's latest work, “Money in Exile: Campaign Contributions and Committee Access” (with Justin Grimmer), has garnered interest at several universities this spring. She gave invited talks at Princeton, Wesleyan University, UC Berkeley, and will also be presenting at the University of Wisconsin on May 6. 

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