Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Advancing Research • Shaping Policy • Developing Leaders

Director’s Message: May 2017

Publication date 
May 31, 2017

One of the most gratifying aspects of being Director of ISPS is that I regularly have the chance to announce our amazing new fellows—in this case, our latest graduate student Policy Fellows. These young scholars span the social sciences and the professional schools and will spend a year pursuing their high-level research and translating it into concrete policy recommendations. Meanwhile, our other group of student fellows, undergraduate Director’s Fellows, have passed a big milestone: Many of our first class have now graduated, including one of our most inspiring, Adrian Hale, who was recently profiled in Yale News. Not to be outdone, our faculty fellows are producing impressive new policy-related research—most notably, in the criminal justice field, where Vesla Weaver and Tracey Meares (here in conversation) and Andy Papachristos (featured in Chicago Magazine) are defining a new evidence-based perspective on crime, policing, and incarceration.