Advisory Committee

alan gerber photoAlan S. Gerber (Director) is the Charles C. and Dorathea S. Dilley Professor of Political Science and Professor in the Departments of Economics and of Public Health (Health Policy), Director of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, and former Dean of the Social Science Division of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Yale University.  His current research focuses on the application of experimental methods to the study of campaign communications, and he has designed and performed experimental evaluations of many political communications programs, both partisan and non-partisan in nature.


heather gerken photoHeather Gerken is the Dean and Sol & Lillian Goldman Professor of Law at Yale Law School. Dean Gerken is one of the country’s leading experts on constitutional law and election law. A founder of the “nationalist school” of federalism, her work focuses on federalism, diversity, and dissent. Her work on election reform has affected policy at a national level. At Yale, she founded and runs the country’s most innovative clinic in local government law, the San Francisco Affirmative Litigation Project (SFALP). Dean Gerken served as a senior advisor to the Obama campaign in 2008 and 2012. In 2013, her proposal for creating a “Democracy Index” – a national ranking of election systems — was adopted by the Pew Charitable Trusts, which created the nation’s first Election Performance Index.


gregory huber photoGregory Huber is Department Chair and the Forst Family Professor of Political Science at Yale University.  He is also a resident fellow of the Institution for Social and Policy Studies, the Director of the Center for the Study of American Politics, the Director of the ISPS Behavioral Research Lab, and an Associate Editor for the Quarterly Journal of Political Science. His research interests are in American Politics and Political Economy, including work on political institutions and behavior. He is motivated by a desire to understand how the interactions among the mass public and elites, political institutions, and policies explain important outcomes. He is centrally interested in how individuals think about the government, how these attitudes are shaped by government action and political campaigns, and how those beliefs in turn shape citizens’ political activities and government policy.


Joshua Kalla is Assistant Professor of Political Science at Yale University with a secondary appointment as Assistant Professor of Statistics and Data Science.  His research interests are in American Politics with a focus on how, when, and why people change their minds about political issues. He is primarily interested in the political consequences of prejudice and ways to reduce it as well as the nature, extent, and implications of electoral persuasion in American politics. His research relies heavily on field methods, particularly randomized field experiments in partnership with both non-partisan and partisan real-world political groups.


helene landemore photoHélène Landemore is Professor of Political Science with a specialization in political theory. Her research and teaching interests include democratic theory, political epistemology, theories of justice, the philosophy of social sciences (particularly economics), constitutional processes and theories, and workplace democracy. Hélène is the author of Hume (Presses Universitaires de France: 2004), a historical and philosophical investigation of David Hume’s theory of decision-making; Democratic Reason (Princeton University Press: 2013, Spitz prize 2015), an epistemic defense of democracy; Open Democracy (Princeton University Press 2020), a vision for a new kind, more open form of democracy based on non-electoral forms of representation, including representation based on random selection; and Debating Democracy (Oxford University Press 2021), with Jason Brennan, where she argues against her co-author that we need more rather than less democracy.


rohini pande photoRohini Pande is the Henry J. Heinz II Professor of Economics and Director of the Economic Growth Center, Yale University. She is a co-editor of American Economic Review: Insights.  Pande’s research is largely focused on how formal and informal institutions shape power relationships and patterns of economic and political advantage in society, particularly in developing countries. She is interested the role of public policy in providing the poor and disadvantaged political and economic power, and how notions of economic justice and human rights can help justify and enable such change.  Her most recent work focuses on testing innovative ways to make the state more accountable to its citizens, such as strengthening women’s economic and political opportunities, ensuring that environmental regulations reduce harmful emissions, and providing citizens effective means to voice their demand for state services.


ken scheve photoKenneth Scheve is the Dean Acheson Professor of Political Science and Global Affairs at Yale University. He is a political economist who broadly studies the domestic and international governance of modern capitalism. His research studies inequality and redistribution; the politics of globalization, the social and political consequences of long run economic change; and climate politics. Scheve is the author, with David Stasavage, of Taxing the Rich: A History of Fiscal Fairness in the United States and Europe, which examines the role of fairness concerns in the politics of progressive taxation from the early 19th century through contemporary debates.  He is also the author, with Matthew Slaughter, of Globalization and the Perceptions of American Workers, examining American public opinion about the liberalization of trade, immigration, and foreign direct investment policies.


milan svolik photoMilan Svolik is Professor of Political Science at Yale University. His research and teaching focus on comparative politics, political economy, and formal political theory. Svolik has authored and co-authored articles on the politics of authoritarian regimes, democratization, and democratic backsliding.  In addition to continuing work on the politics of authoritarianism and democratization, Professor Svolik’s current research includes projects on democratic backsliding, support for democracy, and electoral manipulation. His latest book project examines why ordinary people support politicians who undermine democracy.