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Postdoctoral Associate

Albert Fang (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2015) is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics. His areas of specialization are in political representation, intergroup relations and identity politics, political behavior, and political psychology. He is also interested in methodology with a focus on causal inference, experiments, and applied econometrics.

Curriculum vitae

Postdoctoral Associate

Andrew is a Postdoctoral Associate in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics. He is also teaching three seminars in the Department of Political Science during the 2017-2018 academic year. He completed his Ph.D. in political science (American politics and quantitative methodology) at the University of California, Los Angeles in 2015. His research interests include voting behavior, political communication, public opinion, campaigns and elections, policy representation, experimental methodology, and the survey sciences.

Graduate Student, Political Science

Kyle Peyton is working on a PhD in Political Science and a MA in Statistics. His research focuses on how interactions among institutions, social norms and behavior explain political outcomes. He is especially interested in the design and analysis of experiments for social science research and organizes the ISPS Experiments Workshop.

David Rand
Assistant Professor of Psychology

David Rand is Assistant Professor of psychology, economics, cognitive science, and management at Yale University, and the director of Yale University’s Human Cooperation Laboratory.

Postgraduate Associate

Adam Thal is a Postgraduate Associate in the Policy Lab at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. He specializes in the study of political behavior, inequality, and American politics. His research attempts to understand the rise of inequality in the United States by studying the political behavior of affluent Americans.

Graduate Student, Political Science

Jennifer Wu is a first-year in the Department of Political Science. She is interested in political behavior, public opinion, and representation of voter preferences. Her MSc thesis examined the issue of voter suppression and preferences for franchise extension via a game theoretic framework. Prior to starting the PhD, Jen worked as a statistician in ISPS Health studying the political economy of healthcare. Jen holds a MSc Economics from University College London and a BA from the University of Pennsylvania.

Baobao Zhang is a PhD student in Political Science and a master’s student in Statistics. Her research focuses the intersection between public policy and political behavior. Her past work used survey experiments to study how Americans think about coercive foreign policy. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow (2014-15), she analyzed the effects of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on electoral behavior and political attitudes. Baobao is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and received her B.A. from Yale University in 2013. 


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