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Team directory

Team directory

Susan Clark, Joseph F. Cullman 3rd Adjunct Professor of Wildlife Ecology and Policy Sciences

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).

Zack Cooper, Assistant Professor of Public Health and Economics

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, Assistant Professor of Political Science

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.

Allan Dafoe

Allan Dafoe, Assistant Professor of Political Science

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.

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Sydney Daniels, Yale College, Political Science

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 De La O

Ana De La O, Associate Professor of Political Science

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, 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. 

Patrick Demkowicz, Yale College, Biomedical Engineering

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.

John Dovidio

John Dovidio, Professor of Psychology

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.

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Albert Fang, Postdoctoral Associate

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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