Political Science

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Postdoctoral Associate

Alessandro Del Ponte is a Postdoctoral Associate at the Center for the Study of American Politics in the Institution for Social and Policy Studies. His work lies at the intersection of behavioral political economy and political psychology, with a focus on cooperation, morality, and group identity. His research explores the question: How do citizens and governments respond to global crises?

Ramon Garibaldo Valdez

Ramon Garibaldo Valdez is a Ph.D. Candidate working on issues around social movements, immigration, and ethnographic methods. His research looks at the ways that immigrant communities in the U.S. actively resist – both through political mobilization and every-day defiance – the marginalizing experiences produced by the U.S. immigration policy regime. Taking an ethnographic approach, his work disrupts common treatments of immigration policy and academic research by centering the voices of unauthorized migrants.

ISPS Director Alan Gerber
Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science

Alan Gerber is the Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Dean of the Social Science Division of the Faculty of Arts and Science, the Charles C. and Dorathea S.

Jack Greenberg, Graduate Student
Graduate Student, Political Science

Jack Greenberg is a doctoral student in American politics at Yale. His research focuses on the historical development of political institutions using mixed methodological approaches, and he is particularly interested in the structural integrity of republican government and the efficacy of democratic reforms. Jack returned to his native city of New Haven after graduating from Williams College in June 2018, and he considers himself a solidly mediocre contributor to the New York Times crossword effort in ISPS each morning.

Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science

Jacob S. Hacker, Ph.D., is the Stanley B. Resor Professor of Political Science at Yale University.

Allison Harris
Assistant Professor, Political Science

Allison P. Harris is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University and a Research Fellow at the Institution of Social and Policy Studies. She conducts research in American politics with a specialization in law and courts. Professor Harris’ current research agenda investigates the ways in which institutional change affects disparities in institutional outcomes, specifically within the criminal legal system.

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.

Professor of Political Science, Gregory Huber
Chair of the Political Science Department at Yale; Forst Family Professor of Political Science; Director, ISPS Behavioral Lab

Gregory Huber, Ph.D., Princeton University 2001, is the Forst Family Professor of Political Science, a resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, Associate Director of the Center for the Study of American Politics, and founding director of the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab.

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.
 
Assistant Professor of Political Science Josh Kalla
Assistant Professor of Political Science

Joshua Kalla is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University with a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of California, Berkeley (2018). His research studies political persuasion, prejudice reduction, and decision-making among voters and political elites, primarily through the use of randomized field experiments.

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