Policy-Related Skills Development

ISPS-affiliated students are a carefully selected group of thoughtful individuals who are deeply passionate about policy issues. Students have different interests, policy-related experiences, and academic perspectives. ISPS offers a series of short policy-related skills development sessions to affiliated students to ensure that all students have a base level of knowledge about key aspects of policy work.


  • Certain sessions are mandatory for ISPS-affiliated students and fellows; contact your program coordinator for more information about your participation requirements.
  • ISPS is pleased to also invite graduate students in other departments at Yale with an interest in policymaking to participate in these sessions.
  • Skills development sessions are not open to the general public.


Spring 2022 Schedule

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February 25, 2022


11AM - 12PM


Tips from the ISPS Data Archive (how to prepare a “replication package” for sharing and archiving)

Changwook Ju, Nick Ottone, and Limor Peer
ISPS Data Archive, Yale University

March 4, 2022


1PM - 2PM


How to Research Legislative History

John Dearborn
Assistant Professor, Political Science, Vanderbilt University

April 1, 2022


1PM - 2PM


Writing for a Public Audience

Spencer Piston
Associate Professor, Political Science,  Boston University


April 22, 2022


1PM - 2PM


Best Practices in Reproducible Research (Qualitative Methods)

Sebastian Karcher
Associate Director, Qualitative Data Repository, Syracuse University

Ongoing & by appointment*

Statistical support and training

Writing support and tutoring

Stat Lab

Undergraduate Writing Lab

*Students are encouraged to register for workshops offered by the Stat Lab at the Marx Science and Social Science Library and resources available at the Undergraduate Writing Lab at the Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning.

PLEASE NOTE: Need help finding and/or manipulating data, framing your research question, locating the best sources? Guidance on search strategies for annotated bibliographies and using citation software? Please contact Barbara Esty, Data Librarian, with any questions. 

Past Speakers
Julia Azari, Associate Professor and Assistant Chair, Political Science, Marquette University; Contributor to FiveThirtyEight
Emily Bazelon, Lecturer in Law, Senior Research Scholar in Law, and Truman Capote Fellow, Yale Law School
James Breiding, CEO of S8 Nations and a Fellow at the  School for International Development, Harvard University
John Cisternino, Director of Research, The Tobin Project
Alex Coppock, Assistant Professor, Political Science, Yale University
John Dearborn, Postdoctoral Associate and Lecturer, Yale University
Barbara Esty, Data Librarian, Marx Science and Social Science Library, Yale University
Kenya Flash, Librarian for Political Science, Global Affairs, and Government Information, Marx Science and Social Science Library, Yale University
Karin Gosselink, Associate Director of Undergraduate Writing and Academic Strategies, Poorvu Center for Teaching and Learning, Yale University
Sara Gottlieb-Cohen, Manager of Statistical Support Services, Marx Science and Social Science Library, Yale University
David Leonhardt, Op-Ed columnist, New York Times
Jamila Michener, Associate Professor, Government, Cornell University
Adam Seth Levine, Associate Professor, Government, Cornell University; President, Research4Impact
Nate Loewentheil, Vice President, Camber Creek
Molly Offer-Westort, PhD Candidate, Political Science and Stat Lab Consultant, Yale University
Kyle Peyton, PhD Candidate, Political Science and Stat Lab Consultant, Yale University
Sara Silver, Alan Abelson Chair of Business Journalism at Quinnipiac University and Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia Journalism School
Leah Stokes, Assistant Professor, Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara
Michael Tomasky, Contributing opinion writer, New York Times

Questions? Email isps(at)yale(dot)edu