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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.
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.
Lara Chausow is a graduate student who studies American Politics, with a focus on Congress, lobbying, and interest groups. Prior to entering graduate school, she conducted research and advocacy for government ethics and campaign finance reform at Public Citizen in Washington, DC.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Zack Cooper is an Assistant Professor of Health Policy and of Economics at Yale University He is also a Resident Fellow at the school’s Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS), where he directs the ISPS Health Center. Professor Cooper’s work is focused on using big data analysis and economic research to improve health care policy. There are three strands to his work. The first is examining the growth and variation in health care spending in the United States.
Alexander Coppock is Assistant Professor of Political Science and a resident fellow of the Institution for Social Policy Studies and Center for the Study of American Politics. He received his Ph. D. in political science from Columbia University (2016). His principal research interest lies in political persuasion and its implications for the malleability of public opinion in the context of elections. His interests extend beyond persuasion to the design and analysis of randomized experiments.