ISPS Supported Seminars in 2019-2020

Interdisciplinary seminars have been an important component of ISPS’s programmatic activity throughout its history. These seminars generally involve several faculty members and a large number of graduate and professional students from a variety of disciplines, departments, and schools and the format depends upon the interests of its members. Seminars typically involve visiting speakers, discussion of published and unpublished papers, and presentation of seminar participants’ own work. Attendance at some seminars requires advance notice, and some distribute papers in advance. Seminars are free and open to interested members of the Yale community.

American & Comparative Political Behavior Workshop

Selected Fridays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect Street, Room A002. This workshop is focused on political behavior broadly considered and invites speakers from a range of social science fields.  The series is sponsored by the ISPS Center for the Study of American Politics and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund.

American Politics and Public Policy Workshop

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect Street, Room A002. Sponsored jointly by the Institution for Social and Policy Studies (ISPS) and the Center for the Study of American Politics, each seminar features a presentation of current political science research by leading scholars in the field of American politics including distinguished faculty from other institutions, research fellows of the CSAP, and Ph.D. candidates at Yale.

Behavioral Sciences Workshop

Selected Mondays from 11:40 am to 12:55 pm, 77 Prospect Street, Room A002. This workshop is an interdisciplinary seminar series featuring speakers of broad appeal in the behavioral sciences. The workshop is held jointly between the Yale departments of Economics, Political Science, Psychology, and the School of Management (SOM). It is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP) and the School of Management’s International Center for Finance and Whitebox Advisors fund.

Computational Social Sciences Workshop

Selected Mondays from 11:40 am to 12:55 pm, 77 Prospect Street, Room A002. This workshop is a new interdisciplinary seminar series featuring speakers of broad appeal in the social sciences who use computational techniques to analyze big data for research into human behavior. This workshop is cosponsored by the Center for the Study of American Politics (CSAP) and the Yale School of Management (SOM) with support from the Initiative for Leadership and Organization at SOM.

ISPS Experiments Workshop

Selected Fridays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect Street, Room A001. The ISPS Experiments Workshop is an opportunity for faculty and students from Yale and neighbouring schools (Columbia, NYU, etc.) to present their research and get feedback on works in progress. The focus is on research that involves lab, survey, field, and natural experiments as well as methodological works that improve the design and analysis of experiments. As ISPS is an interdisciplinary organization, we welcome speakers and attendees from a variety of social science disciplines.

Quantitative Research Methods Workshop

Selected Thursdays, 12:00-1:15 pm, 77 Prospect Street, Room A002. This workshop features cutting-edge research engaged in developing and employing quantitative methods in the social sciences. The workshop will host prominent and up-and-coming scholars in a variety of disciplines, who will present work on a range of topics including experimental design, causal identification in observational studies, text analysis, and election forensics. The series is being sponsored by the ISPS Center for the Study of American Politics and The Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies at Yale with support from the Edward J. and Dorothy Clarke Kempf Fund.

Political Theory Workshop

Tuesdays, 4:15-6:00 pm, 115 Prospect Street (Rosenkranz Hall), Room 202. This workshop provides an informal, interdisciplinary forum for the presentation of work in progress. The workshop features papers by Yale faculty members, visiting scholars, and graduate students in the fields of political philosophy, social theory, ethics, intellectual history, and related disciplines. Papers are distributed in advance when available and participants come prepared to discuss them in detail.

Workshops sponsored by the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics

Animal Ethics

Dates vary. The Animal Ethics group at  the Yale Bioethics Center was formed in response to two phenomena: 1) the moral imperative to reassess the human treatment of other animals, and 2) the theoretical challenge to give nonhuman animals their due in ethics.

Technology & Ethics

Wednesdays, 4:30-6:15 pm. The Technology and Ethics study group examines crucial societal, ethical, and public policy questions arising from the adoption of new technologies.