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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 3 • Issue 4 • April 2015

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At ISPS, we are in the midst of a series of high-profile conferences on race, inequality, and American governance. Two recent events on racial inequality and policing that we cosponsored, “Policing Post-Ferguson" and “Inequality, Politics, and Prosperity: Research & Remedies” showcased the amazing work underway by ISPS affiliates. On that theme, Ebonya Washington and Vivek Ashok, along with Princeton's Ilyana Kuziemko, have received significant media attention for their finding that support for redistribution among Americans has not risen substantially even as inequality has. For example, journalist Thomas Edsall takes up this thesis, alongside my own work with Paul Pierson on a similar question in his New York Times op-ed. And, last but not least, our enterprising ISPS Director's Fellows will be heading out next month to begin their policy internships.


Public conferences and workshops are on summer break. Check back with our events page for important updates.


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Conference on Inequality


The ISPS Center for the Study of Inequality (I-CSI) and Washington Center for Equitable Growth held a two-day conference, "Inequality, Politics, and Prosperity," on April 26-27. The conference had four sessions whereby each panel delved into certain issues, such as 1) what shared prosperity means and paths for achieving it; 2) how we measure and assess inequality and unequal representation; 3) how place and politics effect cross-class alliances; and 4) how the rise in inequality effects the ability to govern. Senator Chris Murphy gave the keynote address at the opening of the conference; and Maya Wiley, Counsel to the Mayor of New York City, gave the keynote on April 27.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Michael Sierra-Arevalo looks at new ways of restoring the relationship between the public and the police in "‘Civilizing’ the Fractured Relationship between Police and Minority Communities," re-posted from The Conversation.
Jerome Schafer writes that federal disaster prevention programs only have a small window of opportunity to get voters attention in "Myopic Voters and the Samaritan's Dilemma."
Vesla Weaver and Briallen Hopper look at the costs of witnesses coming forward with their videos of police misconduct in "Charging Media for Using Police-Shooting Video May Be the Price of Equal Justice," re-posted from The Conversation.

Working Paper on Redistribution Spurs Discussion


A Brookings working paper by ISPS affiliates Vivekinan Ashok (PhD candidate in Political Science) and Ebonya Washington (Professor of Economics), and co-author Ilyana Kuziemko  (Professor of Economics. Princeton) on public support for redistribution has spurred many articles on the topic, all quoting the new findings from the paper. "Support for Redistribution in an Age of Rising Inequality: New Stylized Facts and Some Tentative Explanations" finds that even in an era of rising economic inequality, support for the federal government redistributing wealth has remained unchanged and has actually fallen among the elderly and African-Americans. 

Jacob Hacker on the GOP's Extremism


With Paul Pierson, Jacob Hacker's new article "No Cost for Extremism: Why the GOP Hasn't (Yet) Paid for its March to the Right," is featured in the 25th Anniversary issue of The American Prospect. The article looks at the Republican's party migration to the ultra right over the past forty years; questions what happened to the median voter, and why the anti-government rhetoric has been so successful. The authors conclude that to reverse this trend requires a "clear recognition of what has gone wrong." 

The Director's Fellows Summer Internships


Classes were over Friday, exams are over May 7 and soon the undergraduate Director's Fellows will begin their policy-oriented internships. The ISPS program requires its student to obtain an internship for the summer, one that will bring them real-world experience in politics and policy-making.
Here is what our Fellows will be doing this summer:
Azeezat Adeleke will be at The White House Communications Office, as a Yale Women in Government Fellow.
Libby Dimenstein will intern at the Litigation Bureau of the New York State Attorney.
Adrian Hale will intern at the Rochester Business Alliance.
Andre Manuel
will be an analyst at Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group that partners with local leaders and nonprofits focusing on community development, social impact, and small business finance.
Simon Seiver will intern at The Marshall Project, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that covers America's criminal justice system.
Jacob Wolf-Sorokin will intern at the Environmental Defense Fund.
Zack Young will intern at the United States Senate Committee on Finance.
Cindy Zheng will intern at a division of Deloitte that partners federal agency clients with administrative agencies.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Vesla Weaver and Michael Sierra-Arevalo voice their views on the Baltimore riots in The Conversation.
Jacob Hacker is a panelist at the 18th Annual David Dinkins Leadership and Public Policy Forum (Columbia University) on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, as a discussant in "The Future of a National Urban Policy." Watch the video.
Jacob Hacker weighs in on a New York Times article on the new app "Even" that is meant to smooth out irregular paychecks.
Donald Green, former ISPS Director, is one of 32 chosen for the inaugural class of the Andrew Carnegie Fellows in the social sciences and humanities.
Andrew Papachristos
is appointed to the Governor's Youth and Urban Violence Commission. 
Vesla Weaver writes about why it may be a good thing to talk about race at Starbucks.
And Jacob Hacker is a panelist at The New York Review of Books Foundation conference, “What’s Wrong with the Economy—and with Economics?” View video.

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