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Team directory

Team directory

Riley Tillitt, Yale College, EP&E

Riley Tillitt is a sophomore at Yale studying Ethics, Politics, & Economics with a particular interest in drug policy and criminal justice reform. He is currently Treasurer for Yale’s Students for Sensible Drug Policy and working on Connecticut’s legislation to legalize marijuana. Beyond drug policy, Riley is a Director-General for Yale Model United Nations China and a member of Dwight Hall’s Socially Responsible Investment Fund. 

Mary Evelyn Tucker, Senior Research Scientist; Senior Lecturer; Senior Research Fellow

Mary Evelyn Tucker is a Senior Lecturer and Senior Research Scholar at Yale University where she has appointments in the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies as well as the Divinity School. She is a co-founder and co-director with John Grim of the Forum on Religion and Ecology. Together they organized a series of ten conferences on World Religions and Ecology at the Center for the Study of World Religions at Harvard Divinity School. They are series editors for the ten volumes from the conferences distributed by Harvard University Press.

Tom Tyler, Macklin Fleming Prof of Law; Professor of Psychology; Professor of Management

Tom R. Tyler is the Macklin Fleming Professor of Law and Professor of Psychology at Yale Law School. He is also a professor (by courtesy) at the Yale School of Management. He joined the Yale Law faculty in January 2012 as a professor of law and psychology. He was previously a University Professor at New York University, where he taught in both the psychology department and the law school. Prior to joining NYU in 1997, he taught at the University of California, Berkeley, and at Northwestern University.

Elena Vázquez, Yale College, EP&E

Elena Vázquez is a Junior in Davenport College majoring in Ethics, Politics, and Economics with a focus on criminal justice and urban inequality. Last summer, she served as an investigative intern at the Georgetown Law Criminal Defense and Prisoner Advocacy Clinic where she assisted attorneys in their representation of indigent clients in criminal cases in Washington, DC. On campus, she serves as the Executive Editor of the Yale Review of International Studies, the Vice Chair of the Yale Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and an intern at the Office of the Federal Defender.

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.

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.

Baobao Zhang,

Baobao Zhang is a PhD student in Political Science and a master’s student in Statistics. Her research focuses the intersection between public policy and political behavior. Her past work used survey experiments to study how Americans think about coercive foreign policy. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow (2014-15), she analyzed the effects of expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act on electoral behavior and political attitudes. Baobao is a NSF Graduate Research Fellow and received her B.A. from Yale University in 2013.