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Team directory

Team directory

Dan Markovits

Daniel Markovits, Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School

Daniel Markovits is the Guido Calabresi Professor of Law at Yale Law School.  He works in the philosophical foundations of private law, moral and political philosophy, and behavioral economics.

Theodore Marmor, Professor Emeritus of Political Science

Ted Marmor’s scholarship primarily concerns welfare state politics and policy in North America and Western Europe. He particularly emphasizes the major spending programs, which is reflected in the second edition of The Politics of Medicare (Aldine de Gruyter, 2000) and the book written with colleagues Mashaw and Harvey in the early 1990s, America’s Misunderstood Welfare State (Basic Books, 1992).

David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science

David Mayhew is Sterling Professor Emeritus of Political Science.

Torey McMurdo, Graduate Student, Political Science

Torey McMurdo is a Ph.D. student in political science, focusing on U.S. foreign policy and international security. Her interests lie at the nexus of international relations, American politics and comparative politics. Her ISPS research examines Congressional oversight of the NSA, and whether this differs from the rest of the Intelligence Community. In addition to ISPS, McMurdo also serves as a Resident Fellow at Yale Law School’s Information Society Project, and a Graduate Affiliate at Davenport College.

Tracey Meares

Tracey Meares, Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law

Tracey L. Meares is Walton Hale Hamilton Professor at Yale Law School. Before arriving at Yale Law School, she was Max Pam Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Studies in Criminal Justice at the University of Chicago Law School. She has held positions clerking for the Honorable Harlington Wood, Jr., of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and as a trial attorney in the Antitrust Division of the United States Department of Justice.

Renée Mehra, Graduate Student, Public Health

Renée Mehra is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Chronic Disease Epidemiology at the Yale School of Public Health. With an interest in the social and psychosocial determinants of health, Renée’s research focuses on understanding the pathways between structural stigma and adverse birth outcomes. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, Renée will use computer simulation modeling to explore: (1) how structural stigma affects population-level differences in birth outcomes by race, and (2) simulate the implementation of policies to reduce racial disparities in adverse birth outcomes.

Molly Offer-Westort, Graduate Student, Political Science

Molly Offer-Westort is a doctoral student in political science. Her research is on quantitative methodology for social science research. Her substantive interests are in social identity and redistributive preferences, with a regional focus on West Africa and the Sahel. She has worked with the World Bank Development Impact Evaluation Initiative on evaluations in Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, and the Gambia, and for Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in her role as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development.

Kathleen Oltman, Graduate Student, Social Psychology

Katie Oltman is a Social Psychology Ph.D student. Katie researches “entitativity”, the perception of the self or others as being part of a cohesive group. Her work explores which factors of a social group predict discrimination, and how manipulating perceptions of cohesion can be used to benefit disadvantaged groups.

In addition to her dissertation work, Katie works with Dr. Nearon and the Office for Graduate Student Development & Diversity to provide empirical solutions to problems of inequality at Yale. 

Andrew Papachristos, Associate Professor of Sociology

Andrew V. Papachristos is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Yale University, a faculty fellow at the Center for Research on Inequalities and the Life Course (CIQLE), a Resident Faculty Fellow at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) and Director of The Yale Policy Lab. His research focuses on social networks, neighborhoods, street gangs, and interpersonal violence.

Olivia Paschal, Yale College, History and Political Science

Olivia Paschal is a junior from Rogers, Arkansas majoring in History and Political Science with particular interests in religion, state-level policy, and Southern history and culture. She is a managing editor for The Politic and works for the Yale University Art Gallery and Yale Athletics. Last summer in Little Rock, she worked on community organizing, legal initiatives, and policy recommendations concerning mass incarceration in the state - some of which appeared before the Arkansas General Assembly as proposed legislation this session. 

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