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Graduate Policy Fellow

Graduate Student, Sociology

Sarah Brothers is a Ph.D candidate in the sociology department. Her research explores how health related knowledges and practices by injection drug users impact disease transmission and overdose. Her ISPS research examines how persons who inject drugs, particularly secondary syringe exchangers, disseminate preventative knowledge on infection and overdose in the New Haven CT area.

Sarah is a recipient of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She holds a B.A. with highest distinction from UC Berkeley. 

Graduate Student, Health Policy and Management

Michael Cohen is a PhD student in health policy and management, with a concentration in economics. His research interests are focused on understanding access to health care services for Medicaid beneficiaries, as well as examining how market characteristics impact the quality of care for older adults. He received a master’s degree in health policy and management from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and his BA from Washington University in St. Louis.

Graduate Student, Sociology

Alex DiBranco is a Sociology Ph.D. candidate at Yale. Her research focuses on right-wing movements in the United States, nonprofit organizations, religion, and gender. In her dissertation, she looks at the development of the U.S. New Right network from 1971 to 1997; in particular, how serial entrepreneurs and conservative foundations shape and sustain this infrastructure toward long-term impact. She also analyzes the role of misogyny from historical to contemporary mobilizations.

Graduate Student, Political Science

Stephen Feagin is a PhD student in the Political Science Department.  His research focuses on the evolution of state surveillance in the United States, as well as public perceptions and attitudes towards surveillance and privacy. Stephen’s dissertation specifically examines public response to surveillance revelations, particularly following the Watergate scandal and the Edward Snowden leaks. He is interested more broadly in state power and its abuses, and democratic norms and accountability.

Graduate Student, Political Science

Matthew H. Graham is a second-year doctoral student in Yale’s political science department. His research focuses on information in politics, polarization, and mass preferences. Prior to doctoral work, he was a senior policy analyst at the Bipartisan Policy Center.

Graduate Student, Sociology

Tina Law is a doctoral student in sociology at Yale. Her research focuses on understanding the role of neighborhoods, communities, and social networks in American urban inequality through quantitative methods. She is currently exploring the effects of the sharing economy on neighborhood social well-being and long-term patterns of inequality in U.S. cities using a “big data” approach. Tina is a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow.

Graduate Student, Economics

Ro’ee Levy is a Ph.D. candidate in the economics department at Yale University. His research focuses on political economy and environmental economics. He is currently conducting field experiments studying the effect of social media news consumption on political opinions and behavior.

Ro’ee holds two Master’s degrees from Tel Aviv University – in economics and political science. Prior to his PhD studies, Ro’ee served as a Research Fellow at the Israel Tax Authority.

Graduate Student, Public Health

Renée Mehra is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. With an interest in the social and psychosocial determinants of health, Renée’s research focuses on understanding the pathways between structural stigma and adverse birth outcomes. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, Renée will use computer simulation modeling to explore: (1) how structural stigma affects population-level differences in birth outcomes by race, and (2) simulate the implementation of policies to reduce racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes.

Graduate Student, Social Psychology

Katie Oltman is a Social Psychology Ph.D student. Katie researches “entitativity”, the perception of the self or others as being part of a cohesive group. Her work explores which factors of a social group predict discrimination, and how manipulating perceptions of cohesion can be used to benefit disadvantaged groups.

In addition to her dissertation work, Katie works with Dr. Nearon and the Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity to provide empirical solutions to problems of inequality at Yale. 

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.

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