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Graduate Student, Political Science

Vivekinan (Vivek) L. Ashok is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Political Science. He studies American politics, political economy, and methodology. In addition, Vivek manages the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab.

For more information, please visit: http://vivekashok.com
 

Graduate Student, Political Science

Charles Decker is a graduate student in political science. His research focuses on American Political Development, specifically issues of federalism, policy venue shifting, and the changing relationship between national and state-level policymaking. He also researches criminal justice policy. He received his BA from Swarthmore College, and has worked as Field Director in local electoral campaigns in New York City and Pennsylvania.

From 2013- 2014, he was an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow. 

Annabelle Hutchinson is a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Yale with research interests in social policy, substantive political economy, American politics and quantitative methods. Annabelle is particularly interested in examining poverty, inequality, and family and child policy in the United States and other countries. 
 
Graduate Student, Political Science
Sophie Jacobson is a PhD student in political science focusing on the politics of inequality in the United States. Her research centers on American social policy, incorporating historical institutionalist and comparative political economy approaches. Outside the US, Sophie studies the political economy of child poverty in OECD countries. As an ISPS Policy Fellow, she is conducting a political ethnography of single mothers in New Haven for insight into their perceptions and experiences of democratic governance.
 
Graduate Student, Political Science

Torey McMurdo is a Ph.D. student in political science, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and international security. Her interests lie at the nexus of international relations, American politics and comparative politics. Her ISPS research examines Congressional oversight of the NSA, and whether this differs from the rest of the Intelligence Community. In addition to ISPS, McMurdo also serves as a Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a Graduate Affiliate at Davenport College.

Graduate Student, Political Science
Molly Offer-Westort is a doctoral student in political science. Her research is on quantitative methodology for social science research. Her substantive interests are in social identity and redistributive preferences, with a regional focus on West Africa and the Sahel. She has worked with the World Bank Development Impact Evaluation Initiative on evaluations in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Gambia, and for Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Kyle 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.

Graduate Student, Sociology

Celene Reynolds is a fourth-year graduate student in the Department of Sociology. Her research interests include social change, law, educational organizations, and gender and sexuality. Her dissertation, which recently received funding from the National Science Foundation, examines how and why the implementation of Title IX has shifted from an emphasis on gender equity in athletics to sexual harassment on college campuses.

Graduate Student, Political Science

Jerome Schafer started his PhD in Political Science at Yale in 2012. He is interested in political behavior, political economy, and quantitative methodology. His current research uses lab experiments to explore biases in economic voting. For example, voters tend to overweight recent events relative to cumulative performance. The lab setting precisely identifies what voters are capable of, and might suggest ways to assist them in taking decisions that serve their interests. A dual French and German citizen, Jerome holds a B.A. and an M.A. from Sciences Po Paris.

Graduate Student, Sociology

Michael Sierra-Arévalo  received his B.A. in sociology and psychology (high honors) from the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include urban sociology, race and ethnicity, gangs, social network analysis, violence prevention, and policy implications of gang violence.

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