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Professor of Sociology and International and Area Studies

Julia Adams teaches and conducts research in the areas of state formation; gender and family; social theory; early modern European politics, and colonialism and empire. She is currently studying large-scale forms of patriarchal politics and the historical sociology of agency relations. She was previously the Arthur F. Thurnau Professor and Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.

Associate Professor of Sociology

Rene Almeling’s research and teaching interests are at the intersection of gender, medicine, and economics. Her book, Sex Cells: The Medical Market for Eggs and Sperm (University of California Press, 2011), received the Best Book Award from the Body and Embodiment Section of the American Sociological Association and the Diana Forsythe Prize from the American Anthropological Association.

Joseph Altonji
Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics

Joseph G. Altonji is currently the Thomas DeWitt Cuyler Professor of Economics at Yale University. He previously held faculty positions at Columbia and Northwestern and has served as a visiting professor at Princeton and Harvard. Altonji specializes in labor economics and applied econometrics. His interests include labor market fluctuations, labor supply, consumption behavior, the economics of education, economic links among family members, race and gender in the labor market, wage determination, and econometric methods.

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.

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.

Assistant Professor, School of Public Health

Professor Chen is a health and development economist. He recently completed his Ph.D. in applied economics at Cornell. His research seeks to better understand how social interactions affect health behavior and outcomes, how socioeconomic status drives social competition. Most of his current work draws on primary data from China.

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Nicholas Christakis
Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science

Dr. Nicholas Christakis is the Sol Goldman Family Professor of Social and Natural Science at Yale University (in the departments of Sociology and of Medicine), and he conducts research on social factors that affect health, health care, and longevity. Dr. Christakis was recently recruited to Yale from Harvard, where he is the Director of the Human Nature Lab and the Co-Director of the Yale Institute for Network Science. His current work involves the application of network science and mathematical models to understand the dynamics of health in longitudinally evolving networks.

Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences

Professor Clark’s primary goal in her research and teaching is to improve conservation of species and ecosystems at professional, scientific, organizational, and policy levels. She has conducted field ecological and behavioral research on thirty-five mammals and other species. She is interested in natural resource policy and management and has conducted research and applied projects, for example, in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem to develop ecosystem management policy and in Australia to evaluate endangered species policy (most recently for koalas).

Allan Dafoe
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Allan Dafoe is Assistant Professor of Political Science. His current research investigates the causes of war, specifically the character of the liberal peace, the role of reputation and resolve, and escalation dynamics. He also has work on improving the use of statistical methods for causal inference. He teaches Ph.D. Quantitative Methods and courses on the causes of war.

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John Dovidio
Professor of Psychology

My work centers around issues of social power and social relations, both between groups and between individuals. I explore both conscious (explicit) and unconscious (implicit) influences on how people think about, feel about, and behave toward others based on group membership. I continue to conduct research on aversive racism, a contemporary subtle form of prejudice, and on techniques for reducing conscious and unconscious biases.

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