Democratic Innovations Workshop

Democratic Innovations is a new interdisciplinary ISPS program bringing together social scientists from a variety of fields to think about the factors that affect government policy and decision-making, and to analyze novel institutions that might support improvements in representation and government performance.  This workshop features the presentation of current research that tests innovative ideas for improving the quality of democratic representation and governance.

The workshop will meet in person or on Zoom on selected Fridays from 12:00-1:15 p.m.  In person workshops will meet in Room A002 at ISPS, 77 Prospect Street.

This workshop is open to the Yale community only.  To receive regular announcements, please subscribe to the Democratic Innovations Workshop at the link below:


Faculty Organizer: Alan Gerber, Sterling Professor of Political Science and Director of ISPS

Workshop Coordinator and Contact: Kira Wishart

2023-2024 Schedule

date speaker & title
OCT 27 Shir Raviv, Postdoctoral Researcher, Columbia University; ISPS Non-residential Fellow, Yale University
The Politics of Using AI in Public Policy: Experimental Evidence
FEB 9 Mackenzie Lockhart, Postdoctoral Associate, ISPS Democratic Innovations, Yale University
“How Federalism Plus Polarization Creates Distrust in American Elections (and Evidence for a Potential Solution)”
APR 5 Alexandra Cirone, Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Cornell University/Yale University
APR 26

Antonin Lacelle-Webster, Postdoctoral Associate, ISPS Democratic Innovations, Yale University
Rescheduled for Fall 2024

MAY 3 Pierre-Etienne Vandamme, Senior Postdoctoral Researcher, Research in Political Philosophy and Ethics Leuven (RIPPLE)

Past Workshop Series