Institution for Social and Policy Studies

Advancing Research • Shaping Policy • Developing Leaders

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Kate Baldwin

Kate Baldwin, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Kate Baldwin is an assistant professor of political science. She studies the political economy of developing countries, with a regional focus on sub-Saharan Africa. Her current research projects analyze politics in weak states. In these contexts, she is interested in how community-level institutions – such as traditional leaders and NGOs – interact with the national state to affect development, democracy and conflict.

Deborah Beim, Assistant Professor of Political Science

Deborah Beim is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and a Resident Faculty Fellow of the Institution for Social Policy Studies and Center for the Study of American Politics. She studies judicial politics and applied formal theory.  Her current research focuses on communication and doctrinal development in the Courts of Appeals. 

Curriculum vitae

Ravi Bhalla, Co-Director of ISPS Director's Fellows

Ravi Bhalla is a 2L at Yale Law School. He graduated summa cum laude from Columbia University with a degree in economics-mathematics and philosophy, and, prior to law school, spent two years working for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and the Financial Stability Oversight Council. At Yale, he is the Executive Managing Editor of the Yale Journal on Regulation, a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Economics and the Membership Chair of the South Asian Law Students Association.

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Kassandra Birchler, Graduate Student, Political Science

Kassandra Birchler is currently a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Yale. Her research focuses on the intersection of political science and psychology. In her dissertation she is exploring the effect of early childhood trauma on political ideology. She is also studying how people regulate their emotions in the political context, with a focus on people’s tendency to use political content to replace feelings of anxiety with anger.

Ofra Bloch, Graduate Student, Yale Law

Ofra Bloch is a doctorate candidate at Yale Law School, where she also completed her LL.M. degree in 2015. Embracing a historical perspective, Ofra’s work explores questions of inequality and law. In her dissertation, she examines the ways in which affirmative action law and policy successfully fight some forms of inequality while sustaining others. She is currently exploring the shift towards class-based affirmative action in higher education and aims to develop an understanding of its implications and trade-offs.

Richard Breen, William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology

William Graham Sumner Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE). I joined the Yale Sociology faculty in January 2007. I was previously an Official Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford, where I am still a Senior Research Fellow. I am a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a member of Academia Europaea. My research interests are social stratification and inequality, quantitative methods, and the application of formal models in the social sciences.