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Team directory: W

Team directory: W

Ebonya Washington, Henry Kohn Professor of Economics

Ebonya Washington is Professor of Economics and Political Science. She received her PhD in economics at MIT in 2003. She specializes in public finance and political economy with research interests in the interplay of race, gender and political representation; the behavioral motivations and consequences of political participation and the processes through which low income Americans meet their financial needs. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Human Resources and the Quarterly Journal of Economics.

Vesla Weaver, Associate Professor of Political Science and African American Studies

Vesla Mae Weaver was on the faculty of the University of Virginia before coming to Yale in 2012. Weaver is broadly interested in understanding racial inequality in the United States, how state policies shape citizenship, and the political causes and consequences of the growth of the criminal justice system in the United States.

Frederick Wherry, Professor of Sociology

Frederick Wherry is Professor of Sociology, Co-Director of the Center for Cultural Sociology, and Director of Undergraduate Studies. He is currently studying how immigrant and minority households become more equitably integrated into the financial system. How do people lacking bank accounts become banked? What kinds of financial arrangements match well with existing household and community practices? He is beginning his investigations with a grant from the Russell Sage Foundation’s Behavioral Economics Program (with co-PIs Kristen Seefeldt and Anthony Alvarez).

Steven Wilkinson, Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs

Steven I. Wilkinson is Nilekani Professor of India and South Asian Studies and Professor of Political Science and International Affairs.

Jennifer Wu, 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.