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Team directory

Team directory

John A. Henderson, Assistant Professor of Political Science

John A. Henderson is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research focuses primarily on the consequences of polarization on representation and policymaking in the U.S., as well as the causes of participation and vote choice in congressional and presidential elections. Additional research interests include sensitivity and matching analysis for instrumental variables and imperfectly randomized experiments, as well as dimensional scaling and analysis of text data.

Josh Hochman, Yale College, History

Josh Hochman is a junior at Yale majoring in History, with interests in diplomacy, political rhetoric, and educational equity. He serves as President of the Yale College Democrats, which advocates for legislation pertaining to criminal justice, immigration, and the gender pay gap. Josh is currently an editorial assistant and speechwriter for the Atlantic Council, and previously worked on recruitment for Teach for America.

Gregory Huber, Professor of Political Science; Director, ISPS Behavioral Lab

Gregory Huber, Ph.D., Princeton University 2001, is Professor of Political Science and resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies and the Center for the Study of American Politics. In addition, he is an associate editor of the Quarterly Journal of Political Science and has served on the National Science Foundation review panel for support of political science research.

Annabelle Hutchinson,

Annabelle Hutchinson is a PhD student in the Political Science Department at Yale with research interests in social policy, substantive political economy, American politics and quantitative methods. Annabelle is particularly interested in examining poverty, inequality, and family and child policy in the United States and other countries. 

Sophie Jacobson, Graduate Student, Political Science

Sophie Jacobson is a PhD student in political science focusing on the politics of inequality in the United States. Her research centers on American social policy, incorporating historical institutionalist and comparative political economy approaches. Outside the US, Sophie studies the political economy of child poverty in OECD countries. As an ISPS Policy Fellow, she is conducting a political ethnography of single mothers in New Haven for insight into their perceptions and experiences of democratic governance.
Lisa Kahn

Lisa Kahn, Associate Professor of Economics

Professor Kahn is a Labor Economist with interests in Organizations and education. Her most recent work examines the impact of the Great Recession on employment across firms of varying quality. She finds that employment at low-paying firms is generally more sheltered than that at high-paying firms. She has also examined the consequences of graduating from college in a bad economy, finding surprisingly long-lasting, negative wage effects.

Edward Kaplan, William N & Marie Beach Professor of Management Sciences; Professor of Engineering, Professor of Public Health

Professor Kaplan’s research has been reported on the front pages of the New York Times and the Jerusalem Post, editorialized in the Wall Street Journal, recognized by the New York Times Magazine’s Year in Ideas, and discussed in many other major media outlets. The author of more than 125 research articles, Professor Kaplan received both the Lanchester Prize and the Edelman Award, two top honors in the operations research field, among many other awards.

Elizabeth Karron, Yale Collge, History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health

Elizabeth Karron is a junior in Berkeley College studying History of Science, Medicine, and Public Health. She is especially interested in legal and ethical issues related to health policy and biomedical research. Last summer, she conducted archival research at the British Library on the Government of India’s response to cholera outbreaks in the 19th century. Elizabeth is a research assistant to a professor of history of science and medicine, and she teaches health education workshops in New Haven public schools. 

Amanda Kowalski, Associate Professor of Economics

Amanda Kowalski, Assistant Professor of Economics at Yale University and Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), is a health economist who specializes in topics that are policy-relevant. Her current research focuses on the effects of health insurance reform in Massachusetts on hospital care, preventive care, labor market outcomes, and patient exposure to financial risk.

Pam Lamonaca, Senior Administrative Assistant

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