Graduate Policy Fellows, 2019- 2020

Roger Baumann is a PhD candidate in Sociology at Yale University. His work focuses on intersections of racial and religious identity in global social movements. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, Roger will be writing on racial and religious solidarities linking African Americans with Israel and Palestine.

Patrice D. Collins is a PhD candidate in the department of Sociology.  Her research focuses on urban ethnography, parental incarceration, and social and racial inequality. Specifically, Patrice uses an ethnographic lens to examine the social worlds of families that experience the collateral consequences of parental arrest and incarceration in their everyday life. Patrice is also interested in the social health of impoverished Black communities with multigenerational cycles of parental incarceration. As an ISPS Graduate Policy fellow, Patrice will focus on the ways in which policymakers strive to support and safeguard children and families with incarcerated parents.  

Angele Delevoye is a Ph.D. student in Political Science with research interests in public policy, American Politics and quantitative methods. Her current research agenda focuses on policy innovations, the role expertise and scientific evidence play in them, and how and whether new forms of institutional arrangements can contribute. Prior to joining Yale, Angele worked for the French Treasury in the United States, following American economic and financial developments for the French Government and focusing on financial regulation, budgetary, fiscal and health issues. She also worked at the House of Representatives, following debates around the Dodd Frank Act and Affordable Care Act adoptions in 2010. Angele holds a B.A in Economics and Political Science and a MPA from Sciences Po Paris, as well as a MSc in Business from ESSEC Business School.

Matthew Denney is a Ph.D. student in Political Science at Yale University. His research focuses on race and criminal justice in the United States, including crime policy in the 1930s, the application of political theory to race and policing, and the relationship between churches and police in black and Latino communities. He is working through the Policy Lab at ISPS to study the effects of liberal arts in prison. Prior to graduate school, Matt received a B.A. in Political Science from Wheaton College (IL).

Yuvraj Joshi is a doctoral candidate at the Yale Law School, where he studies as a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellow.  His main areas of research include constitutional and comparative law, gender and sexuality law, family law, transitional justice, and critical perspectives on human rights.  Prior to starting his doctoral studies, Yuvraj worked on a range of human and civil rights issues with organizations including Human Rights Watch, Lambda Legal, and UNAIDS.  He holds law degrees from the Yale Law School and University College London and a bachelor of arts from the University of Toronto.  
Navin Kumar is currently a PhD student in the Sociology Department. He has used altruism to increase uptake of gonorrhea and chlamydia testing among gay and bisexual men in China. He also seeks to understand how social networks affect treatment retention and patient engagement among people receiving treatment for opioid use disorder, to better tailor services for people at higher risk of treatment failure. He is currently exploring the views of major organizations in the US legal cannabis space, to craft better cannabis policy. In the longer term, he aims to provide policy-relevant and research-driven solutions, for a range of industries and spaces. 
Demar Lewis is a PhD student in the Departments of Sociology and African American Studies at Yale. Broadly, Demar is interested in analyzing how communities that have experienced historical and contemporary forms of violence—as a consequence of structural racism and/or state-sanctioning—are associated with communities where trauma, crime, and social inequities are most resilient today. His research focuses on investigating the national phenomena of 19th and 20th Century U.S. lynchings and 21st Century fatal police-citizen encounters.

In 2018, Demar was selected to participate in cohort 3 of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Policy Research Scholars Program. He received his BA from the University of St. Thomas’ Opus College of Business and MPP from the University of Michigan’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy.

Jun Won Park is a doctoral student in Organizations and Management at the Yale School of Management with research interests in social change and social status. As an ISPS Graduate Policy Fellow, Jun Won is studying what people think is enough money to live on and how people’s social class backgrounds can shape their assessments of what is enough.
Julian Rucker is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and an NSF Graduate Research Fellow at Yale. His research focuses on the relationship between beliefs about structural discrimination and support for efforts to address social inequality. Before coming to Yale, Julian earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin and received a M.A. in Psychology from Northwestern University.
Pengpeng Xiao is a PhD student in the Economics Department at Yale. She has broad interests in structural microeconomics and labor economics. Her current research investigates the factors affecting the diverging wage paths of men and women over the course of their careers, and examines policies that aim to reduce gender inequality at the workplace. As an ISPS fellow, she will take a structural approach to quantify the role played by employers in driving the gender wage gap in the US.