Institution for Social and Policy Studies

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ISPS Supported Seminars

ISPS Supported Seminars for 2016-2017:​

Interdisciplinary seminars have been an important component of ISPS’s programmatic activity throughout its history. These seminars generally involve several faculty members and a large number of graduate and professional students from a variety of disciplines, departments, and schools and the format depends upon the interests of its members. Seminars typically involve visiting speakers, discussion of published and unpublished papers, and presentation of seminar participants’ own work. Attendance at some seminars requires advance notice, and some distribute papers in advance. Seminars are free and open to interested members of the Yale community.

American Politics and Public Policy Workshop

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect St., Room A002. Sponsored jointly by the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) and the Center for the Study of American Politics, each seminar features a presentation of current political science research by leading scholars in the field, including distinguished faculty from other institutions, research fellows of the CSAP, and Ph.D. candidates at Yale.

Behavioral Sciences Workshop

Selected Tuesdays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect St., Room A002. The Behavioral Sciences Workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar series featuring speakers of broad appeal in the behavioral sciences.  The workshop is held jointly between the Yale departments of Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and the School of Management (SOM).  The Center for the Study of American Politics at ISPS is sponsoring the workshop.

Comparative Research Workshop

Tuesdays, 12:00-1:20 pm, Fellows Lounge, Calhoun College, Ground Floor, Entryway D, Courtyard.  The Comparative Research Workshop is a weekly seminar in which work-in-progress by visiting scholars, Yale graduate students, and Yale faculty from Sociology and other disciplines is discussed. The Workshop is sponsored by the Yale Center for Comparative Research (CCR), a program that promotes theory-driven, empirically rigorous comparative and historical research into social life.  Current areas of interest include but are not limited to state formation; empire; social networks; religion and politics; comparative political economy; liberalism; nationalism; the constitution of racial/ethnic and gender identities; patrimonial politics; democracy, law and citizenship; social movements; class formations, and revolutionary transitions.  This workshop series receives support from both ISPS and the Center for the Study of American Politics at ISPS.

ISPS Experiments Workshop

Selected Thursdays, 5:30-6:30 pm, 77 Prospect St., ISPS Room A001. The ISPS Experiments Workshop is an opportunity for faculty and students from Yale and neighbouring schools (Columbia, NYU, etc.) to present their research and get feedback on works in progress. The focus is on research that involves lab, survey, field, and natural experiments as well as methodological works that improve the design and analysis of experiments. As ISPS is an interdisciplinary organization, we welcome speakers and attendees from a variety of social science disciplines.

MacMillan-CSAP Workshop on Quantitative Research Methods

Selected Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect St., Room A002. Co-sponsored by the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for the International and Area Studies at Yale and the Yale Center for the Study of American Politics at ISPS (CSAP),this workshop will feature cutting-edge research developing and employing quantitative methods in the social sciences. The workshop will host prominent and up-and-coming scholars in political science, who will present work on a range of topics, including experimental design, causal identification in observational studies, text analysis, and election forensics.

Political Theory Workshop

Wednesdays, 4:15-6:00 pm, 115 Prospect St. (Rosenkranz Hall), Room 202. The Political Theory Workshop provides an informal, interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of work in progress. The workshop features papers by Yale faculty members, visiting scholars, and graduate students in the fields of political philosophy, social theory, ethics, intellectual history, and related disciplines. Papers are distributed in advance when available and participants come prepared to discuss them in detail.

Workshops sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Animal Ethics

Dates vary. The Animal Ethics group at  the Yale Bioethics Center was formed in response to two phenomena: 1) the moral imperative to reassess the human treatment of other animals, and 2) the theoretical challenge to give nonhuman animals their due in ethics.

Technology & Ethics

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:15 pm (venue to be determined in 2016-17). The Technology and Ethics study group examines crucial societal, ethical, and public policy questions arising from the adoption of new technologies.