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Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies
Vol. 2 • Issue 7 • September 2014

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As the 2014 midterm elections loom, ISPS is gearing up for an event October 30 on the likely outcomes. Meanwhile, two of our graduate fellows—Baobao Zhang and Tony Cheng—have authored astute blog posts on the political impact of the Affordable Care Act and alternatives to police militarization, respectively. And one of our Director’s Fellows, Rahul Singh, has written a smart op-ed on social (im)mobility in Ohio for the state’s biggest paper. Sociologist Andy Papachristos and sociology graduate student Michael Sierra-Arevalo have created big buzz in the burgeoning discussion of inequality, crime, and policing. And last but not least, we are delighted that our colleague and path-breaking scholar, Alan Gerber, has been appointed the new Director of Social Sciences. We know he will bring the same thoughtfulness, sophistication, and insight that he brings to everything he does for and at ISPS.


Oct. 1 @12:00 CSAP
Dan Hopkins (Georgetown)

Oct. 2 @12:15 ISPS Health
Joseph Fins (Cornell)

Oct. 8 @12:00 CSAP
Lauren Davenport

Oct. 9@ 12:00
Quantitative Workshop
Chris Blattman (Columbia)

Oct. 15@12:00 CSAP
Tom Clark (Emory)

Oct. 30 @ 12:00
Event: Midterm 2014


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Midterm 2014: Event on Oct. 30


The Institution for Social and Policy Studies will be holding a special event on Oct. 30 at noon. "Midterm 2014: Expert Perspectives and Predictions" will feature two of Yale's ISPS faculty as they lead us through this year's gubernatorial, congressional, and state representative races. Panelists will include Sterling Professor of Political Science David Mayhew, who will look at the historical patterns of midterm elections; Assistant Professor of Political Science Eitan Hersh, who will look at turnout and vote choice; and journalist Natalie Jackson, senior data scientist with the Huffington Post, who will look at forecasting models and survey research methodology. They will touch on what to expect in the 2016 elections, as well. Jacob Hacker, Director of ISPS, will moderate the discussion and open it up for questions. Lunch will be provided. More information here.

Lux et Data Blogging Corner


Lucy Xu guest blogs on Connecticut's unfriendly tax policies for families with children.
Rahul Singh, an Undergraduate Director's Fellow, writes on the lack of debate between candidates in the Ohio gubernatorial race. Originally published in Cleveland Plain Dealer.
Baobao Zhang, a Graduate Policy Fellow, looks at whether ACA enrollees will show up at the polls and become more active in civic participation.
Tony Cheng, a Graduate Policy Fellow, writes about the use of community mediators as an alternative to police militarization.
Stephanie Heung, an Undergraduate Director's fellow, interned this summer for Dr. Susan Blumenthal, former US Asst. Surgeon General, and co-authored a post with her in the Huffington Post, "Tipping the Scales of Obesity: How to Sell Health."

Alan Gerber Is New Director of Social Sciences


Alan Gerber, Professor of Political Science at Yale, has been appointed the new Director of the Social Sciences. Gerber '86 has been the successful director of ISPS’ Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP), which he started in 2006 as a place for Americanist scholars to promote their work and increase our understanding of political institutions and behavior. Gerber was recently elected as a Robert Dahl Fellow at the American Academy of Political and Social Science, and is a path-blazing scholar who, together with Don Green, made field experiments the gold standard in voter mobilization studies. Read Yale Daily News article.

Policing, Gun Violence, and the "Crime Gap"


Michael Sierra-Arevalo, an ISPS resident graduate student has crowdsourced funding for a project to study modern policing.
His latest paper, "Legal Cynicism and Protective Gun Ownership among Active Offenders in Chicago," is an ISPS working paper and available here.
Andrew Papachristos' writes an op-ed in Washington Post "Closing the Crime Gap to Help Reduce Inequality," that looks at the gap in the perception of crime reduction in different Chicago neighborhoods.
And Newsweek interviews Sierra-Arevalo for a recent article on the data behind a new study done by The BMJ on gun fatalities in the US. The article also mentions Papachristos' related published work last year in American Journal of Public Health.

The Yale Day of Data Event


The 2014 Yale Day of Data was held September 26. Provost Ben Polak, University Librarian Susan Gibbons, and ITS CIO Len Peters opened the day. Phil Bourne, NIH Associate Director for Data Science, and Cathy O'Neil from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, delivered thought-provoking keynotes. A theme that emerged is the need for collaboration around research data, both within academia and with other sectors, to address common issues. Vivek Ashok, ISPS graduate resident and Manager of the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab, presented about the BRL. The day included presentations from faculty about data they collect in their research and some of the challenges they encounter, and a well-attended poster session. The event was co-sponsored by ISPS, and a recording is available here.

Publications, Media, and Mentions


Dan Butler (now at Washington University) along with co-author David Broockman (UC Berkeley) released a paper, "How Do Citizen's Reach When Politicians Support Policies They Oppose" based on their field experiment funded by ISPS. Washington Post and Upshot quote their work. 
A new working paper by John Henderson on assessing whether more schooling causes greater voting participation is on SSRN.
And VOX picks out the most interesting APSA papers, including the Heinz Eulau prize winner by Jacob Hacker, Mark Schlesinger and Philipp Rehm on how Republicans and Democrats view entitlement programs.

Undergrads: If You're Thinking of Applying


The White House internship program has just opened the application process for summer 2015. And in November, ISPS will open our applications for the Director's Fellows in Domestic Policy for Yale undergraduates. Why not think ahead and apply for both? Part of our fellowship requires a summer internship in government or public policy think tanks. Check back to our page in November to apply. In the meantime, think of applying to the White House.

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