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Team directory

Team directory

David Mayhew, Sterling Professor of Political Science

David Mayhew is Sterling Professor of Political Science.He has been an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellow, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Hoover National Fellow, a Sherman Fairchild Fellow at the California Institute of Technology, a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences, a member of the American Political Science Association National Council, a member of the board of overseers of the National Election Studies of the Center for Political Studies and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the A

Katherine McCabe,

Katherine McCabe is a Postgraduate Associate in the Policy Lab at the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. She specializes in the study of political behavior, political psychology, and policy feedback. Her research examines how individuals’ social identities, personal experiences, and attitudes both shape and complicate how they engage in politics.

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.

Nichole Nelson, Graduate Student, History

Nichole Nelson is a Ph.D. student in the History Department, studying 20th century American History, with a focus on post-WWII urban and suburban history.  More specifically, her dissertation will examine how small suburban communities that choose to intentionally racially integrate in order to increase their property values, can serve as potential models to achieve racial residential integration nationwide, in light of the U.S.

Nicholas Occhiuto, Graduate Student, Sociology

Nicholas Occhiuto is a third-year doctoral student in the Sociology department. His research interests include economic sociology, sociology of markets, organizations, occupations and work. His dissertation is a comparative case study that examines the impact of smartphone applications (i.e. Uber, Lyft, Flywheel etc.) on the taxicab markets in New York, Chicago and San Fransisco in order to understand how innovation affects market transformation.

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.

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. 

Limor Peer, Associate Director for Research

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