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.
Sydney Daniels is a sophomore in Yale College, majoring in Political Science. She is interested in the politics of inequality, more specifically welfare policy and the criminal justice system reform. Sydney explores these fields in part through her current position as the Alumni Outreach Coordinator for Yale Students for Prison Divestment where she negotiates closely with the Advisory Committee on Investor Responsibility to urge the Yale Corporation to divest from the private prison industry.
Ana L. De La O, Assistant Professor of Political Science, is also affiliated with the MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies and the Institution of Social and Policy Studies. She earned her Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her research interests include causes and consequences of redistribution, politics of public goods provision, effects of anti-poverty programs on the political behavior of recipients in developing countries and the use of field experimental research methods.
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.
Patrick Demkowicz is a biomedical engineer in the Class of 2018 who hails from Farmington, Connecticut. As an ISPS Director’s Fellow, he is interested in studying and creating health care policy. While working in the biotechnology industry last summer, he developed an interest in understanding how public policy can support the development of innovative and affordable medical technologies.
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.
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.
Albert Fang (Ph.D., Columbia University, 2015) is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics. His areas of specialization are in political representation, intergroup relations and identity politics, political behavior, and political psychology. He is also interested in methodology with a focus on causal inference, experiments, and applied econometrics.
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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.